Some 700 International Union of Electronic Workers (IUE)-represented employees at Momentive Performance Materials plants in Ohio and New York remain on strike after rejecting the company’s second contract proposal. In January, striking workers traveled by bus to the Saratoga, N.Y., home of the company’s chief executive officer, and passed out leaflets about the labor dispute to his neighbors. Momentive’s engineering team, experienced supervisors, and temporary replacement workers have replaced the workers during the strike. Contract sticking points include employee health, retiree, and leave benefits.
Approximately 320 Molson Coors workers, including producers, brewers, packagers, maintenance, and warehouse personnel, at the Carlingview Drive facility in Toronto, went on strike after their labor contract expired. The workers are represented by the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers Local 325.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT or Teamsters) Local 2010 initiated mass walkouts and a one-day strike at all 10 University of California (UC) campuses and facilities across the state. Some 12,000 administrative clerical support workers represented by the local, protested over alleged violations of state law and unfair labor practices, and in support of UCLA skilled trades workers on a five-day strike. In Los Angeles, protests and picket lines resulted in street closures around UCLA’s main campus and disrupted campus medical centers and administrative offices, including at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and UCLA buildings at LAX and the Wilshire Center. Picketing and demonstrations also occurred at UC medical centers in San Diego and San Francisco. In addition, protesters demonstrated at UC Campuses in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Irvine, Davis, Santa Barbara, and Riverside.
Following union-backed boycotts and an adverse NLRB ruling, the U.S. Postal Service agreed to curb a controversial arrangement allowing private employers to provide mail services at more than 500 Staples Inc. stores. The Postal Service’s largest union had mounted a three-year, multipronged campaign against the arrangement. After their victory against Staples, the American Postal Workers Union has released plans to boycott other major approved retailers.