Business, Logistics

West Coast Dockworkers Decline Contract Extension, Seek Talks

West Coast Dockworkers Decline Contract Extension, Seek Talks A container handler at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg)

The union representing about 15,000 dockworkers at the largest U.S. ports declined an offer by employers to extend existing labor contracts for a year, setting the stage for heated negotiations.

Augusta Saraiva | Bloomberg News
November 23, 2021
Business, Equipment

Labor Shortage Leaves Union Workers Feeling More Emboldened

Striking UAW at Volvo Dublin, Va. UAW members strike outside the Volvo Trucks North America plant in Dublin, Va., in June. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

With help wanted signs at factories and businesses spreading across the nation, union workers are seizing the opportunity to try to recover some of the bargaining power — and financial security — they feel they lost in recent decades as unions shrank in size and influence.

Ben Finley and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
September 7, 2021
Government, Business

Workers at Mexico GM Plant Oust Union

Main entrance to the General Motors assembly plant in Silao, Mexico Main entrance to the General Motors assembly plant in Silao, Mexico. (2008 photo by Mario Armas/Associated Press)

MEXICO CITY — Workers at a General Motors plant in Mexico have voted to end a collective bargaining contract negotiated by an old-guard union accused of intimidation tactics in earlier votes. It was an early display of the effectiveness of labor mechanisms negotiated under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

August 19, 2021
Business, Logistics

Union Appeals Amazon Election Loss, Claiming Misconduct

An RWDSU supporter holds a sign outside of union headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. A Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union supporter holds a sign outside of the union headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. on March 26. (Andi Rice/Bloomberg News)

Accusing Amazon .com Inc. of misconduct, the retail union that lost a hotly contested election at the company’s Alabama warehouse has asked federal officials to set aside the results.

April 19, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Amazon Bid to Delay Union Vote Rejected

An employee at an Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J. An employee uses a pallet jack to transport plastic crates at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J. (Bess Adler/Bloomberg News)

The National Labor Relations Board has rejected Amazon .com Inc.’s request to delay a unionization vote at the company’s Bessemer, Ala., warehouse, clearing the way for the closely watched election to begin next week

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2021
Government, Business

House Approves Union Rights PRO Act; Senate Action Uncertain

Union Workers at a demonstration. (Getty Images)

Legislation meant to strengthen certain rights of workers to unionize advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 6 mostly along party lines.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 11, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

New Jersey Steps Up Efforts to Identify Misclassified Workers

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (Associated Press/Seth Wenig)

The New Jersey Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor signed a joint agreement to step up efforts to protect employees, including truck drivers, from illegal misclassification as independent contractors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Philadelphia Refinery Wrecked by Fire Set to Close

Refinery The Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc. complex on the banks of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers in Pennsylvania. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Bloomberg News)

The biggest refinery on the East Coast will shut down, after a massive explosion and fire crippled operations at a site that has helped fuel the region for 153 years.

June 26, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

UAW Says GM Dismissed Concessions Before Idling Cruze Plant in Ohio

GM Shuttered General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Maddie McGarvey/Bloomberg News)

Three weeks after employees at the Lordstown General Motors Co. compact car plant assembled their last Chevrolet Cruze, employees are filing into the United Auto Workers Local 1112 hall to sign up for unemployment benefits and try to figure out if they should take a transfer to another GM plant or wait it out.

March 29, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Union Dispute Leaves Some Freighters Stuck at Port of Toledo

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

A long-simmering labor dispute between a local longshoremen’s union and a Port of Toledo stevedore has led to three ocean freighters being waylaid at the Port of Toledo docks and a fourth boat being turned away — potentially costing the terminal tens of thousands of dollars a day in lost work.

Tyrel Linkhorn and David Patch | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
May 15, 2018