• Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) voted to give union leaders authorization to call a strike against Verizon Communications Inc., if a fair contract cannot be reached. Negotiations between IBEW and CWA and Verizon have been ongoing since June and cover some 55,000 wireline employees in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The contracts are set to expire August 6, 2011.
  • Hotel workers represented by UNITE HERE staged protests against Hyatt Hotels and what the union contends is back-breaking workload increases for “housekeepers.” The protests took place in nine cities in what UNITE HERE described as a “national day of housekeeping action.” The union also contends that Hyatt has eliminated jobs, replaced career housekeepers with minimum wage temporary workers, in addition to imposing dangerous workloads. A Hyatt spokesperson expressed confusion over the protest. In March, Hyatt agreed to sign the same contract as the one adopted by Hilton Hotels Corp., Starwood Hotels, and Resorts Worldwide Inc. and give workers one year back pay.
  • Honeywell International Inc. and the United Steelworks union agreed to end a one-year lockout at its specialty chemicals facility in Metropolis, IL. With the agreement, 230 employees represented by USW Local 7-669 will return to their jobs. Additionally, the parties reached a tentative three-year bargaining agreement. The lockout began on June 28, 2010, when the parties hit an impasse over overtime pay while negotiating a new agreement.