The SEIU organized strikes at fast food establishments and other retail and home care businesses in 190 cities as part of its campaign to boost the minimum wage. The original fast food walkout took place in November of 2012 and included 200 fast food workers in New York. The movement has since spread to include cities like Jackson, Miss. Knoxville, Tenn., and Buffalo, N.Y.
Approximately 1,500 Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation members at the University of Oregon went on a one-week strike ending with the negotiation of a new labor agreement.
National Nurses United (NNU) represented nurses at MedStar Washington Hospital, in Washington D.C., conducted a one-day strike protesting staffing levels, wages, and benefits after the hospital made its last, best, and final contract offer. But, according to the hospital, 70 percent of nurses who were scheduled that day attended work. The hospital stated that though strikers only intended to protest for a day, they would not be able to return to work for 10 days because the nurse replacement agency required a minimum of a 10-day contract.
Amid an unresolved labor dispute and pending litigation involving the Baltimore port, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) placed its Baltimore Local 333 under a temporary trusteeship, reportedly an undisclosed member of the ILA’s executive council. The trusteeship follows a turbulent period for the local, including a three-day strike in October 2013 related to still-unresolved local contract negotiations with port management. An independent arbitrator found that the strike violated terms of the union’s master collective bargaining agreement, and later assessed a multi-million dollar penalty against Local 333. Local and regional management have sought relief in federal court to force the Baltimore local to comply with the arbitration award.