Eight striking carwash employees at Vegas Auto Spa in Brooklyn, N.Y. unanimously voted in favor of representation by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union. The employees have been on strike since November, which resulted in the carwash closing operations for two months. Now, Vegas is operating with replacement workers.
The Los Angeles chapter of the AFLCIO has endorsed a boycott of El Super grocery stores in California, Arizona, and Nevada. The boycott began December 20, 2014, after El Super and four local chapters of the UFCW failed to reach an agreement to renew labor contracts that expired in September 2013.
UNITE HERE is behind a nationwide series of protests seeking to improve airline food workers’ health insurance benefits. The union is campaigning for airlines to increase fares by a “Nickel a Ticket” and apply the extra revenue to subsidize health insurance for employees of airline vendors such as, LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet, and Flying Food Group. Labor agreements covering Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet employees are expired, and health care has been a major issue in negotiations to settle new contracts.