Pacific 9 Transportation, Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters agreed to end their protracted labor dispute. The drivers, who haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., to retailers’ warehouses and distribution centers, had been on strike since July 2015, over their classification as independent contractors rather than Pac 9 employees. The agreement provides that all owner-operators are now considered employee drivers, which provides a path for willing employees to obtain union representation.    

Four hundred IAM represented employees at Triumph Composite Systems, an airplane parts manufacturer in Washington, struck. Ninety-four percent of the workers voted in favor of the strike, citing negotiations over pensions and wages.    

Nearly 200 Teamster-represented employees of US Foods in Maryland remain on strike concerning the Company’s plan to close one of its facilities.    

Thirty-nine thousand striking Verizon employees on the East Coast returned to work, ending a six-and-a-half-week work stoppage after Verizon, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers agreed to a tentative labor contract. The proposed contract includes a 10.5 percent pay increase over the term of the deal. Verizon agreed to add 1,300 call center jobs, provide a $2,800 minimum profit-sharing payment, and to increase pension contributions. If approved, the Verizon agreement will run through August 3, 2019.