• On June 6, the National Guestworker Alliance staged demonstrations at McDonald’s restaurants around the world. The organization seeks to reach an agreement with McDonald’s to protect guestworkers from mistreatment generally, and specifically, to protect such workers from retaliation if they complain about working conditions.
  • On June 12, retail janitors in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area staged a two-day walkout against several companies that employ them to clean retail stores like Target, Kohl’s, and Kmart. The strike was facilitated by the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (the Center for Workers United in Struggle). The organization has been trying to organize janitors in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for the past three years.
  • On June 24, American Bottling Company’s warehouse employees in Riverside, California went on strike in a dispute over benefits and work hours. American Bottling is owned by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. The Riverside facility ships 7-UP and other canned and bottled beverages. American Bottling has been trying to negotiate a new contract with the local Teamsters union that represents workers at the facility. The company has been pushing for employees to pay a larger share of their health insurance costs and to move from a five-day, eight-hour work schedule to a four-day, 10-hour schedule. The company has proposed restarting negotiations on July 8. During the strike, the company is using management workers to keep the facility operating.
  • On June 25, Teamsters-represented drivers and warehouse workers for RL Lipton Distributing Co., a distributor of Anheuser-Busch products, went on strike at the company’s Austintown, Ohio facility. The parties’ labor contract expired in May 2013, and negotiations for a successor agreement have been unsuccessful to date.