With backing from the SEIU, airport workers staged demonstrations at various airports across the country as well as internationally. The protests are in response to low wages, poor working conditions, and safety issues.
Port truck drivers and warehouse workers on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. ended a six-day strike, protesting claimed misclassifications of their status as independent contractors. This was the drivers’ 13th and the warehouse workers’ fourth work stoppage in the past two years. The workers are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT or Teamsters).
Following stalled contract negotiations and the expiration of a second extension of the parties’ prior collective bargaining agreement, Hartford Distributors, a Connecticut-based beer wholesaler, locked out 120 Teamsters Local 1035-represented warehouse workers and drivers. The parties have since agreed to meet with a federal mediator.
About 4,800 nurses at five Allina Health hospitals in the Twin Cities area voted to commence a week-long strike in response to the hospitals’ planned changes to the nurses’ health care plans. The nurses, who are represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association, state that the changes would negate wage increases offered by the company.
Nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center announced their intent to stage a four-day strike in protest of claimed staffing shortages. The nearly 1,300 nurses are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which was selected as the nurses’ representative last July.