• UNITE HERE Local 54 and the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, are at odds after the casino declared contract negotiations were at an impasse. Negotiations started in August to renew agreements with 10 Atlantic City hotel casinos, and the union and eight out of 10 of those hotel casinos reached materially similar agreements. The Tropicana, however, proposed to withdraw from the defined benefit pension plan, replacing it with a defined contribution plan. In January, the Tropicana advised the union that its offer was final and has refused to return to the bargaining table since. After the Tropicana stopped making contributions to the pension fund, thousands of picketers marched outside the Tropicana, and the union has called for a boycott of the Tropicana. In response, at least ten groups have cancelled meetings/events that had been scheduled at the Tropicana.
  • The Teamsters Local 371 called off a strike at two Nichols Aluminum plants located in Davenport, Iowa, and made an unconditional offer to return to work. The Teamsters struck Nichols Aluminum in January 2012, when contract negotiations reached impasse. On April 4, the company converted over 100 temporary workers it had hired during the strike to permanent employees.
  • Workers represented by the United Steelworkers at Tesoro Corporation’s refinery in Wilmington, California voted to authorize a strike if negotiations with the company for a new agreement are unsuccessful.
  • Eighty-six members of Teamsters Local 175 ended a brief strike and returned to work at two Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated operations in West Virginia, after the company agreed to abide by a decision issued by a third-party grievance panel concerning certain work requirements.
  • Members of the International Association of Machinists struck Lockheed Martin’s Forth Worth, Texas plant, after rejecting the company’s last, best, and final contract offer. The union is fighting the company’s proposal to eliminate its defined benefit pension plan for new hires and reduce its health care plan options.