• Hundreds of Chicago and San Francisco hotel workers represented by UNITE HERE participated in sit-ins resulting in nearly 300 arrests after contracts covering approximately 16,500 workers and 69 hotels expired in August. Negotiations between UNITE HERE and many of the cities’ largest hotel employers have stalled as the hotels seek decreased wages and staffing levels and increased health care payments. UNITE HERE is also in negotiations with several Atlantic City, NJ hotels at which unit employees continue to work under an extended agreement following expiration of their collective bargaining agreement.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers members voted overwhelmingly in favor of allowing the union to call a strike against approximately 225 Fry’s, Safeway and Kroger supermarkets located throughout Arizona after negotiations over a new contract yielded little progress. The parties remain at a standstill with regard to the amount wages will be increased, health insurance premium contributions by employees and the amount pension contributions would be increased.
  • Members of the Truck Drivers Union, a Teamsters affiliate, continue to strike against Aunt Millie’s Bakeries in five Michigan cities. Eight employees walked off the job after disputes regarding wages and implementation of job duties and classifications could not be resolved.
  • Teamsters members ratified a first contract, ending a two-week strike against Amerijet International. The four-year agreement covers 60 pilots. Negotiations began in 2004.