BlueCollarWriter Labor News Update


Labor News Update - 09/18/2023

#SolidaritySeason Strike Coverage

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Labor News

Las Vegas hospitality workers say they are close to a breaking point. The Culinary Workers Union and resort companies have until late September to finish contract negotiations or the union will hold a strike vote.

Wood River workers ratify contract with Phillips 66, averting strike

Unionized refinery workers at Phillips 66’s 356,000 barrel per day Wood River refinery in Roxana ratified a contract with the refiner in late-stage negotiations, union leaders said on Wednesday.

A majority of about 370 operators in the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 voted Wednesday to accept the proposal, averting a potential strike, the union officials said.

Why Wells Fargo is the only big bank where workers are trying to unionize

For at least a decade, labor organizers have tried to make inroads at the nation's banks, but Wells Fargo is the only big one where workers are actually trying to unionize.

Why it matters: Worker efforts trace back to the bank's recent scandals and demonstrate how a business's failures can ripple out to its employees and culture in the long term.

NLRB News, Summaries & Decisions

Politics, Legislation & Government

California Lawmakers Approve Nation-Leading $25 Minimum Wage for Health Workers

 A sweeping agreement between labor and the health industry would gradually raise the minimum wage for hundreds of thousands of health workers in California to a nation-leading $25 an hour while ending a years-long battle over dialysis clinics.

Fetterman joins striking UAW workers in Michigan

Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman (D) joined United Auto Workers members on the picket line Saturday after the union launched an unprecedented strike against General Motors, Ford and Stellantis.

Obama on UAW strike: Time to ‘do right’ by workers that keep companies ‘on their feet’ 

Former President Obama backed the United Auto Workers strike on Saturday, telling automakers that it’s time to “do right” by workers.

“Fourteen years ago, when the big three automakers were struggling to stay afloat, my administration and the American people stepped in to support them,” Obama said on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “So did the auto workers in the UAW who sacrificed pay and benefits to help get the companies back on their feet.” 

Kentucky AFL-CIO:

Father Shonis has retired but he's sticking with the union

"You can't be a Christian and a Democrat."

You might have heard that Republican charge if you've volunteered for a Democratic candidate in Kentucky-maybe even for union-endorsed Gov. Andy Beshear this time around. (He and First Lady Britainy Beshear are deacons at Beargrass Christian Church in Louisville.)

"Basically, I think what they are talking about is the right to life," said Father Anthony Shonis, a retired Catholic priest who lives in Henderson. "But the church-and certainly Pope Francis-teaches that the right to life is more than unborn children. 

"You can bring children into this world, but you really have to be able to take care of them, and that's where the unions come into play by providing a family-sustaining wage." 

Organized labor views Shonis as a longtime ally. A Pennsylvania native, he grew up in a union household.

Labor History in 2:00

On this day in Labor History the year was 1895. 

That was the day that Booker T. Washington delivered what came to be known as the “Atlanta Compromise Speech,” which outlined his vision for race relations and black labor in the South. 

On this day in Labor History the year was 1830. That was the day that “Tom Thumb,” the first locomotive built in the U.S. raced a horse on a nine-mile course in Maryland.  

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