BlueCollarWriter Labor News Update


Labor News Update - 08/4/2023

#HotLaborSummer Strike Coverage

Striking writers and studios will meet this week to discuss restarting negotiations

Hollywood Studios Signal New Strategy by Talking With Writers

SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher Fires Up New York Picket Lines: ‘There Is No Turning Back!’

Fran Drescher leads rally ahead of NYC Council vote supporting SAG strike

The Writers Guild Knows Exactly What It Wants – Will Studios Rise to Meet Them?

SAG-AFTRA to Hold First Official Picket Line at Universal After Sidewalk Restoration

Strike Summer! UAW Members at Thombert in Iowa Walk Off Job to Demand Fair Contract

GM criticizes autoworkers union's contract demands

A Third Wave of Strikes Crests at Los Angeles Hotels

What To Know About The L.A. Hotel Strike—As Politicians Urge Taylor Swift To Postpone Tour In Solidarity

Workers from Dotson Iron Castings: Strike continue

Wabtec, union reach court-approved deal over conduct of striking workers at Erie plant

Inside pending strike: What nurses union is doing to prepare its members for walkout — With no future negotiations scheduled, strike at RWJ University Hospital starting Friday morning appears all but certain

Powell’s Books responds to union employees voting to authorize strike

Nurses strike at Rochester General Hospital in a two-day walkout

Labor News

Labor Board judge blasts Warrior Met in long-running dispute with Mine Workers

Auto suppliers brace for a strike that could turn supply chain on its head

Wage Gains at UPS Have Amazon Workers Demanding More

85,000 union workers, members of the Kaiser Coalition of Workers, begin informational picketing as strike deadline looms September 14

Stanford Health Care residents demanding better wages

San Jose fast food workers rally against low wages, poor working conditions

The Dark Reality For Workers Building Our All-Electric Future

UMaine System ready to recognize union for graduate student workers

Local UMWA Chapter Steps Up with Support for United Way of Eastern Utah

Louisville Teamsters chapter recommending 'Yes' vote to ratify new UPS contract

Louisville UPS Teamsters encouraged to vote 'yes' on contract despite D.C. voting mix up

Google Illegally Cut Contract Staffers Who Worked on AI, Union Alleges

Because of our Union: ‘We Can Fight for What’s Best for Our Kids’

Trinity Health Michigan lab workers join union following termination of 11 employees

$764 million pension payout protects pension benefits for unionized workers at Tops, other employers

Kowalski's Markets union workers at six stores ratify new contract, averting strike

US healthcare workers focus on pay and understaffing in fight for new contracts

— Over 85,000 workers hold pickets at 50 facilities across US as union contracts set to expire on 30 September

New 4-year deal struck between DeKalb teachers’ union, School District 428

NLRB News, Updates & Summaries

Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of July 17 - 21, 2023

Board Adopts New Standard for Assessing Lawfulness of Work Rules

National Labor Relations Board orders Colchester software company to reinstate 4 employees — The employees were wrongly fired for sharing information about salaries, an administrative law judge found.

Politics, Legislation & Government

US labor board says work rules cannot hamper unionizing

The NLRB's New Employee Handbook Ruling Throws The Gauntlet At The Supreme Court

Workplace Safety & Health

Big Business Is Fighting Efforts to Protect Workers From Heat 

BlueCollarWriter Labor Media Updates

BlueCollarWriter Labor News Update is now proudly sponsored by Glenn Martin Hammond Law Office

Pro-Worker. Pro-Union. Always fighting for the little guy. These are just a few reasons BCW Labor Media is proud to have Glenn Martin Hammond and his law office return as a sponsor.

Summer of Solidarity Fundraiser Is Underway!

Enjoying what we do at BlueCollarWriter Labor Media and the services we provide? Then please consider donating. BCW Labor Media is 100% crowdfunded by pro-union supporters like you and we would like to keep it that way, but it takes readers like you to pitch in so we can continue our mission and provide the news that matters to the working class.


Labor History in 2:00:  This Day in Labor History

August 4 - The Night the Lights Went Out on Broadway

That was the day Michael Siegel, Business Agent for New York City’s Local 3, IBEW announced the lights would be going out on Broadway for an half an hour.

Electricians had been on strike for nearly a week to protest Consolidated Edison’s refusal to employ union electricians for work on its new Waterside plant.

The company claimed it could only use members of the Brotherhood of Edison Employees, an ‘independent union.’

The walkout also affected electricians at area construction sites and at 25 defense contractors across the city.

The union had just agreed to exempt electricians at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, where the strike held up work on four battleships.

And the IBEW allowed electricians at Ford Instrument to return to work, given they had orders for $100,000,000 in defense instruments.

Siegel announced that at 9 p.m. the following evening, maintenance men not on strike, would pull the switches on all signs in Times Square in sympathy, to bring attention to their plight.

After the half-hour blackout, the IBEW continued to fight injunctions brought by the New York Electrical Contractors Association.

Harry Van Arsdale Jr., business manager for Local 3, declared the blackout had been more successful than they had hoped.

He characterized the switch-off as a “blackout for enlightenment.”

Naval officials complained however that the strike held up vital defense projects.

Newspapers noted that Broadwayites suddenly noticed the moon when an estimated 10 million watts of super-lighting was turned off.

A Times Square veteran noted it was darkest since 1918, when a Zeppelin raid alarm caused a blackout.

The strike was called off a week later when ConEd acknowledged its previous agreement with IBEW.