Teamsters Local 812 initiated a strike at Clare Rose Inc., a Long Island beer distributor, after the company announced a 30 percent reduction in wages along with its plans to discontinue its participation in the union’s pension plan. The company’s mechanics, who are represented by Machinists Local 447, also walked out in solidarity with the Teamsters. While the company and the Teamsters had attempted to negotiate over a period of several months, the union ultimately rejected the company’s final offer by a vote of 107-9.
About 1,800 Charter Communications, Inc. workers, ranging from warehouse and service technicians to the members of the engineering department, represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 in New York and New Jersey have remained on strike since late March, when their contract with the company ended. Despite the company’s offer of wage increases, the members are opposing proposed cuts to health care and pension plans.
Eight members of UNITE HERE Local 33 have begun an indefinite “symbolic” hunger strike, pledging that they will continue to strike until Yale University begins its first contract negotiations with the union. Yale has refused to negotiate with the union until the NLRB comes to a decision on whether the union’s micro-unit strategy of organizing by department, rather than by a school-wide bargaining unit, was proper.
Ft. Smith, Ark.-based Exide Technologies and IBEW Local 700 resumed negotiations after the company effectuated a one-day lockout that affected 135 union members. The negotiations have centered around cuts in overtime pay and other compensation concerns.