The majority of workers, who went on strike on October 26 at California ports, ended picketing and returned to work four days later, on October 30. While drivers from XPO Logistics Inc. , Intermodal Bridge Transport Inc., and Gold Point Transportation Inc., returned to work, short-haul drivers from Pacific 9 Transportation Inc. remained on strike. The workers are seeking Teamsters representation.
In the midst of intense negotiations for new labor agreements covering 39,000 workers in in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the CWA filed a petition asking Maryland utility regulators to investigate Verizon Communication’s infrastructure. Verizon has been in contract negotiation with CWA and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to replace 27 collective bargaining agreements that expired on August 1. The two sides continue to negotiate issues including outsourcing jobs, transferring employees, and increasing cost of health benefits. The CWA filed a similar petition with Maryland regulators in October, and the union indicates that they plan to file similar petitions in Delaware and Virginia.
Kohler Co.’s 2,200 UAW members at its manufacturing facilities in Sheboygan, Wis. began striking after rejecting the company’s final contract offer. The employees, who work in the manufacturing of kitchen and bathroom fixtures as well as engines and generators, are dissatisfied with proposed wages, two-tier wage structure, and increased health care costs.
Eighty-five workers at a FedEx Freight terminal in Gardena, Calif. walked off the job on November 9 to protest the employer’s alleged surveillance of union organizing activities.
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)-represented employees of Southern California El Super conducted a one-day strike against the grocery chain. The parties have been engaged in prolonged negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expired in September 2013.
On Thanksgiving day, airport cleaners, baggage handlers, and other employees contracted by airlines across the country held a hunger strike in a stated effort to call attention to their campaign for a $15 minimum wage and union representation. SEIU Local 32BJ, which is involved organizing these events, estimated a “few hundred” workers participated in 14 cities, including airports in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington.