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Labor News Update - 08/16/2023

#HotLaborSummer Strike Coverage

WGA Response to Studios Indicates No Quick End to Strike

Writers Guild East Leadership In L.A. to Review Studios’ Proposal

'Arrow' & 'Heels' Star Stephen Amell Joins SAG-AFTRA Picket Line After Initially Criticizing Strike

SAG-AFTRA Feels ‘Sign of Hope’ as WGA and AMPTP Resume Negotiations

Labor News

Special effects workers vote to unionize over Marvel Cinematic Universe exploitation and unrealistic deadlines

Union representing workers on Metro-North trains says it's ready to strike

Workers at a Chicago Safety-Net Hospital Went on Strike. They Just Won Across-the-Board Raises

Philadelphia Orchestra Members Join AGMA After 20-Month Campaign

Creative, cultural and service-industry workers look to unions for leverage

Philadelphia Zoo workers focused on animal welfare and staff safety as they negotiated a post-pandemic contract

Bath Iron Works and its largest union reach tentative contract deal, likely averting repeat of 2020 strike

Stop work orders issued to 27 Boston Market locations in NJ over workers' rights violations

Amcor workers represented by Teamsters Local 238 voted to ratify a new four-year agreement by a strong margin, ending a two-week strike at the company’s plant in Des Moines, Iowa.

'There is just not equity and equality here': Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital union workers ready to walk out, claiming unfair labor practices

What are 'shoulder buddies?' Union leader explains JCPS solutions to bus disaster

Providence St. Vincent Physicians Say ‘Union Yes’ to AFT

RNs in Washington State Ratify First Union Contract

BCTGM Members at Amalgamated Sugar Reach Tentative Contract Agreement After 97% Vote for Strike Authorization

Swissport Workers in Fort Myers Vote to Join IAM

Help the Survivors of the Hawaii Wildfires 

Devastating wildfires are raging in Hawaii. At least 99 people have died and many others have lost their homes, and rebuilding will cost billions . Many union members are affected by the fires, and here are the ways to help if you can. Please donate to the Hawaii State AFL-CIO Labor Community Services Program/Hawaii Employees Lifeline Program. The suggested donation amount is $2,500 and must be made payable by check to: Hawaii Employees Lifeline Program, attention Cathy Lederer at 888 Mililani Street, Suite 501, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Alternatively, you can donate to the Union Community Fund. Credit card contributions can be made at: For checks made payable to the Union Community Fund, note in the memo line: “Disaster Relief Efforts." Send by mail to: 815 Black Lives Matter Plaza NW, Washington, DC 20006. Please take a moment to toss a lifeline to our union brothers, sisters and siblings during this tragic time.

NLRB News, Updates & Summaries

Scrutiny of Cornell-Starbucks Relationship Intensifies Following NLRB Decision

Amazon is in default of a 2021 settlement that resolved allegations that the e-commerce giant infringed on its workers' organizing rights, a National Labor Relations Board official said

Politics, Legislation & Government

The Teamsters are applauding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for its announcement that it will consider petitions for waivers from the agency’s prior determinations that California and Washington meal and rest break rules for commercial drivers were preempted by federal hours-of-service regulations.

Bill Straub: Time marches on for everyone; has it finally passed Mitch McConnell by — after 38 years?

Workplace Safety & Health

Coal miners plead with feds for stronger enforcement during emotional hearing on black lung rule

MSHA: ‘We just need to put an end’ to the rise in mining deaths

Heat stress a growing workplace safety concern for miners: NIOSH

Which groups face greater barriers to mental health support at work?

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

August 16 - George Meany is Born

On this day in Labor History the year was 1894. That was the birthday of the long-time leader of the AFL-CIO. 

George Meany grew up in the Bronx, with his Irish Catholic family. 

Labor History in 2 is a daily, pocket-sized history of America's working people, brought to you by The Rick Smith Show team.

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