• Industrial Technical Professional Employees Union (“ITPE”)-represented taxi drivers began a strike against Yellow-Checker-Start Transportation in Las Vegas. The strike began two days after the union filed an unfair labor practice charge, alleging that the employer refused to provide documents and other information requested during collective bargaining. The ITPE drivers voted down the employer’s contract proposal several times, after which the employer declared impasse and unilaterally implemented its last, best, final offer. The union disagreed and called the drivers out on strike, declaring that the work stoppage will continue for “as long as necessary.”  
  • More than 530 members of the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”) working for Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington went on a short-term strike. The strike was in response to the hospital’s implementation of a new health plan that union members argue will shift costs to lower paid workers.  
  • Members of UNITE HERE Local 26 have given the union authorization to call a strike at six hotels in Boston as contract negotiations for 1,200 employees continue. The union, however, does not expect to call a strike anytime soon. Union members have already ratified five-year contracts with 15 other hotels in the Boston area. These ratified contracts include increases in wages and benefits and also strengthen job security.