A third of the workforce at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City began a work stoppage when nearly 1,000 cooks, housekeepers, bellmen, and servers represented by UNITE HERE Local 54 struck after the parties failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement by a July 1 deadline. The parties have been divided over wages and health care. While the Taj has claimed that it promised to restore health care insurance, the union negotiating committee believed that the casino failed to make an offer that it could recommend to its membership. The Taj Mahal is the last of five Atlantic City casinos to reach a new labor contract with Local 54.
Thirty Arlington National Cemetery groundskeepers represented by the Laborers’ International Union of North America went on strike over lengthy labor disputes with Arlington contractors Davey Tree Expert Co. and Greenleaf Services concerning paid sick leave and an hourly wage increase. The groundskeepers, who are paid an average of $13 an hour without any paid sick leave, have demanded a 4 percent pay increase to $13.52 an hour, additional break times, and seven days of paid sick leave. The workers struck after Greenleaf countered with an offer of paid sick leave, but no pay increase. The workers have also alleged that the Greenleaf supervisors installed cameras on the cemetery grounds as an intimidation tactic, but that the cameras were thereafter removed.
Hundreds of nurses at Kaiser Permanente hospitals throughout California walked the picket line in protest of alleged nursing shortages and inadequate training. Kaiser has maintained that it proposed an 18 percent salary increase, which would make the nurses among the highest paid in Southern California, but has yet to receive a counter proposal from the nurses.
Nearly 1,000 baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and wheelchair attendants employed by American Airlines contractors called off a planned strike at the Philadelphia International Airport during the Democratic National Convention after American Airlines agreed to broker an agreement between the contractors and their employees. The workers, who are supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ, are calling for an hourly minimum wage of $15 and the right to join a union without interference from their employers, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, Prospect Aviation Corp., and McGinn Security Inc.
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) members began picketing Albertsons, Ralphs, and Vons stores in Central and Southern California as negotiations have stalled over a labor agreement to cover around 48,000 California supermarket employees. The UFCW has further urged customers to boycott the California supermarkets. The parties have been divided in negotiations over pay increases, pension, and health care. The members are scheduled to vote on a proposal on August 8, and have indicated that they will strike if the proposal is rejected.