• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Dem.) helped broker an end to a 26-day lockout of 8,500 Consolidated Edison Co. of New York Inc. union workers. Con Ed locked out the employees represented by Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 after the parties reached an impasse over issues concerning future pension benefits, as well as issues regarding wages, sick time, medical benefits, and disability concessions. The terms are not yet public.
  • 700 employees represented by New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU employed at five nursing homes in Connecticut struck in response to HealthBridge Management’s unilateral alteration of benefits. The previous labor agreement expired in March 2011, and the parties have been unable to reach an agreement on a new contract.
  • 200 SEIU Local 1-represented Houston janitors, working in commercial office buildings, struck to protest alleged harassment and changes in health care benefits. The strike could affect 3,400-SEIU represented janitors as it spreads to Minneapolis, Seattle, Boston, Washington D.C., San Ramon, Calif., Oakland, Los Angeles, and Denver under “conscience clauses” permitting solidarity strikes.
  • United Airlines and Continental Airlines pilots voted to authorize a strike in response to joint contract negotiations that have been ongoing for two years following the two airlines’ merger, resulting in United Continental Holdings Inc. If the National Mediation Board (“NMB”) finds that further negotiations are useless, it can then release the parties from negotiation obligation and the pilots could strike.
  • San Francisco superior court employees, represented by SEIU Local 1021, struck for one day for the purpose of demanding financial transparency in response to a five percent pay cut. The Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) also announced in June that it was going to lay off 29 employees. A recently passed California budget bill cut $540 million to the trial court system, including $50 million across all California state courts and $15 million from the AOC’s budget.
  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO, National Football League Players Association, National Organization of Women, Center for Community Change, Feminist Majority Foundation, Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Labor Community, Franciscan Action Network, and National Black Justice Coalition are some of many groups worldwide that are boycotting union-free Hyatt Hotels Corp. in 20 cities as part of a long-running effort by UNITE HERE to pressure Hyatt to voluntarily recognize the union.
  • AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka announced the beginning of a nationwide effort to end a nearly one-year lockout of 1,300 workers at five American Crystal Sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa. The employees are represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union. American Crystal locked out its workers one day after union members rejected a contract offer providing a 14 percent wage hike over five years, plus a $2,000 signing bonus. The proposed contract also included changes to health insurance benefits that would require increased employee contributions, as well as granting the Company authority to subcontract work. The union later rejected a revamped proposal providing for a phase-in of health care changes, and terms that no current employees would be affected by the contracting out language.