Some 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by URS at the Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, Texas, voted this week to join the Machinists (IAM). The workers voted by 61% for IAM representation in a daylong election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
Members of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition on Tuesday held a one-day unfair labor practice strike at Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District offices near the bridge’s tollbooths. The 450 workers in the unions that make up the coalition have been working without a contract since July 1.
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
Exciting things are happening in Texas. The Machinists (IAM) today announced a second important organizing victory, this time for 475 office and clerical personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi. This follows an April organizing win for 450 helicopter mechanics and technicians at the same facility.
Mother’s Day is less than a week away (May 11), so you have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice tribute for Mom that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out.
Machinists (IAM) at the Boeing Co. voted to accept an eight-year contract extension Friday that ensures production of Boeing’s 777X will remain in Washington State. The 51% to 49% vote also means Boeing will maintain production of its 737 MAX in Renton through 2024. Analysts estimate the two programs could account for as many as 20,000 direct and indirect jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.
Some 30 equipment and repair technicians at an Amazon.com warehouse in Middletown, Del., will vote on joining the Machinists (IAM) in a National Labor Relations Board election set for Jan. 15. Even though the election will cover just a handful of the center’s 1,500 employees, Amazon has hired “a labor law firm that’s battled with unions in the past,” reports the Seattle Times. Amazon has a long history of fighting workers’ attempts to join a union, dating back to a 2000 drive by workers at an Amazon call center in Seattle.
Maine lobstermen are a pretty independent lot, but they are coming together in a union in hopes that their combined strength will help them get better prices for their catch—which is at a 40-year low—and give them more clout in the commercial fishing industry, the state legislature and agencies that regulate the industry.