• Members of Communications Workers of America conducted a two-day unfair labor practice strike at AT&T Inc’s East and West regions. 3,200 lineworkers went on strike at AT&T East in Connecticut and approximately 18,000 workers went on strike at AT&T West in California and Nevada. The union claims the Company has not bargained in good faith; negotiations for a new labor agreement have been continuing since February 29, 2012. In answer to the strike, AT&T issued a statement noting that “it has already reached agreements with local CWA and IBEW leaders in other contracts where employees perform the same type of work.”
  • The president of the AFL-CIO wrote to 177 members of Congress requesting help to end American Crystal Sugar Co.’s lockout of its 1,300 union workers. The letter, targeting members of Congress who have received campaign contributions from the sugar beet cooperative, asked the members of Congress to consider returning political contributions from the company if American Crystal refuses to end the lockout. The 13-month-long lockout began after the union rejected a five-year contract that included increasing wages by 14 percent and a $2,000 signing bonus. According to the union, the offer was rejected because it included a shift to the health insurance plan for nonunion workers, which significantly negated the wage increase, and proposed work rules allowing the company to contract out work.