All but 56 of the 400 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union-represented workers who went on strike at the Just Born Inc. candy manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania called off the strike. The 56 employees not returning to work are senior workers who had reportedly been replaced by the employer while on strike.
UNITE HERE launched a nationwide boycott of properties owned by Donald Trump as a protest to failed labor negotiations at Trump’s Las Vegas hotel. The union, which has 264,000 members, has urged people not to do business with Trump hotels or golf courses. The boycott hopes to revive negotiations for the 525 workers covered by the union at Trump Hotel Las Vegas.
Nearly 1,400 St. Louis area painters represented by Painters District Council 58 struck following a wage dispute with contractors who are members of the Painting and Decorating Foundation, which represents about 160 painting and drywall taping contractors. The strike began after a three-year contract expired, with no replacement or extension approved. Wage increases and benefits were key among issues raised.
Two subsidiaries of Dominion Resources Inc. ended a lockout of 950 United Gas Workers Union Local 69-represented workers in six states. Employees will receive full back pay for the time in which they were locked out during the dispute. The lockout was initiated after union leaders refused to submit a proposed new four-year labor contract to its members. The end of the lockout also guarantees no further lockouts before April 2017, in exchange for the union’s no-strike pledge while a new contract is negotiated.
Long Island University locked out 400 full-time faculty members who work at its Brooklyn campus after contentious contract negotiations failed to reach agreement before the beginning of the school year. The faculty cast a no-confidence vote in the University’s leadership after the LIU Faculty Federation, the faculty union, voted to reject the latest contract proposal. The University has said that the lockout was necessary due to the union’s history of striking during negotiations. The University stated that the union’s contract proposal would prevent the University from maintaining the freeze on tuition rates that it had promised to students.
More than 4,300 nurses, represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association and employed by Allina Health in the Twin Cities, struck for the second time this year after the parties failed to negotiate a new three-year bargaining agreement.