• After contract negotiations stalled between union workers and American Crystal Sugar Co., (ACS), ACS hired replacement workers and locked-out the 1,300 Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers, and Gran Millers Local 167G union members from its plants.
  • The Teamsters voted to authorize a strike against Fred Meyer Stores Inc. after parties failed to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. Meanwhile, other grocery industry employers in the Seattle-Tacoma area recently settled three-year agreements with the Teamsters that provide annual wage increases and the continuation of health and welfare benefits.
  • Southern California United Food and Commercial Workers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike at Ralphs, Albertsons, and Safeway supermarkets if a new bargaining contract cannot be reached.
  • Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) called off a two-week strike and returned to work at Verizon Communications Inc. while parties continue to negotiate over a new collective bargaining agreement. Strikers become eligible for strike benefits only after 15 days on strike, so they got nothing. The union and company additionally agreed to withdraw all pending unfair labor practice charges arising from the strike or collective bargaining before the strike ended.
  • Steelworkers at Honeywell International Inc. will return to work after a one-year lockout following ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement. The reintegration of the 230 affected employees will occur over the course of several weeks as those employees are retrained and recertified. The new agreement provides no wage increases during the first year but will provide increases in the second and third year. It also includes adjustments in the overtime rules, providing the company greater flexibility for assigning and paying overtime.
  • Over 200 Roquette America workers in Iowa expected to return to work in August after a 10-month lockout after voting to accept a four-year contract with the corn-milling company. The contract provides for four lump sum bonuses, no general wage increases and pay cuts for certain classifications, higher employee health care premiums, a reduction in sick leave, conversion of the company’s pension plan to a 401(k), and terms allowing the company to lay off workers out of seniority order.