• Employees and supporters protested for increased wages at Walmart locations in 15 U.S. cities. One hundred protesters in 11 cities were arrested. 
  • UAW production and maintenance workers at Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. plants in the Fort Worth, Texas area held a one-day strike to protest alleged unfair labor practices during the parties’ ongoing contract negotiations. UAW and Bell have been in negotiations since April 2013, and their prior collective bargaining agreement covering 2,500 workers expired in June 2013. Union leaders have rejected two proposed contracts and assert that the company’s refusal to bargain on issues such as health care, pension, and overtime is an unfair labor practice. 
  • A preliminary injunction was entered to prevent members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (“IBT”) Local 727, who were picketing SCI Illinois Services Inc., a Chicago-area funeral operator, from “[e]mploying bullhorns or other noise amplification devices during funeral or memorial services irrespective of distance from the site of the services.” The picketing began after SCI and the union failed to agree to terms of a third collective bargaining agreement. Specifically, the parties failed to agree on contract terms providing for the elimination of the pension plan and union-sponsored health care benefits. SCI claimed that union members, among other things, blocked a widow from returning to her car after her husband’s funeral. 
  • A federal court in Ohio granted Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway’s request for a temporary restraining order against members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen who walked off the job in protest of alleged violations of their collective bargaining agreement. The union members claim that the Railway uses supervisors to perform the work of engineers and trainmen and “operat[es] single-person operations in an effort to eliminate trainmen.” The court granted Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway’s request, ordering striking employees back to work, reasoning that under the Railway Labor Act, minor disputes must be resolved through a grievance process established by the National Mediation Board, not by self-help measures.