Airplane-cabin cleaners represented by SEUI Local 32BJ ended their strike after New York state officials said they would investigate complaints about working conditions. About 75 employees, who work for Delta contractor Air Serv, walked off their jobs on October 8 and 9 over complaints about working conditions, including potential exposure to hazards such as the Ebola virus.
The Illinois Nurses Association, which represents 1,100 nurses, voted to strike upon expiration of its labor agreement with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System. The hospital filed suit in state court to prevent 320 nurses from joining the strike, claiming those nurses provide “unique and critical” services and that there are no qualified substitutes available to replace them. A Cook County Circuit Court issued a temporary restraining order, enjoining 85 nurses from participating in the planned strike, explaining that a full-strike would pose a clear and present danger to the public.
Sherwin Alumina locked out its United Steelworker represented employees after they rejected the Company’s “last, best and final offer.” The 450 workers, located in Gregory, Texas, are represented by USW Local 235-A.
Following failed negotiations with FairPoint Communications, more than 1700 employees in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are striking. As a result of the strike, employees lost their eligibility for health benefits under the employer-sponsored plan. According to FairPoint, if the employees return to work they will regain their coverage. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communication Workers of America (CWA), represent the striking employees.