Labor Issues


North Sea drilling rig workers in wildcat strikes over pay

North Sea offshore gas workers are taking part in wildcat strikes to demand a wage rise. Staff say they are requesting a salary rise that "ties in with inflation", with one saying working in the oil and gas industry has become "a struggle". The strike by Bilfinger workers, which started...
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Revealed: Starbucks fired over 20 US union leaders in recent months

Starbucks has fired over 20 union leaders around the US over the past several months as union organizing campaigns have spread across the country, the Guardian can reveal. The news comes as Starbucks workers have filed petitions for union elections at more than 250 stores, spanning 35 states in the US. Starbucks’ chief executive, Howard Schultz, has led a campaign against the union movement calling it “some outside force that’s going to dictate or disrupt who we are and what we do”.
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Oxford Mini plant strikes end after pay deal

Industrial action that threatened to hit production at Oxford's Mini plant has ended after workers secured a pay rise of up to 21%. Two hundred Unite members, employed by logistics firm Rudolph and Hellmann, walked out over pay on 10 May. Later planned strikes were suspended ahead of a vote...
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Viewpoint: Are unions gaining steam?

After months of organizing from the Congressional Workers Union, the House of Representatives voted 217-202 last week to recognize congressional workers’ right to unionize. The vote fell on party lines, with every Republican in the House opposing the measure. This partisan split, coupled with Biden-era policies, underscore the growing political momentum and enduring divisiveness of unionization in the United States.

GameStop worker sues over alleged labor law violation

A former GameStop worker is suing the video game retail company for allegedly violating New York Labor Law. The proposed class action suit was filed Wednesday in New York’s eastern district court by Trevon Mack, a GameStop retail worker employed from 2016 to 2020. Mack and his lawyer said...

NY claims Amazon subjects pregnant, disabled workers to harsh conditions

Amazon’s warehouses are subjecting pregnant women and disabled workers to harsh physical work conditions that have improperly exposed them to injury, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration claimed on Wednesday. The administrative complaint by the New York State Division of Human Rights alleges that Amazon has forced pregnant women to lift heavy packages instead of giving them lighter ones and has denied requests from disabled workers that would allow them to continue working, claiming that they didn’t submit “appropriate” medical documentation. Amazon, which operates 39 facilities in New York that employ 39,000 workers, has forced these employees to take unpaid leaves of absence instead...
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Apple accused of hindering employee efforts to unionize

Workers attempting to form unions at multiple Apple retail stores allege the iPhone-maker is breaking federal labor laws in its attempts to block these efforts. If the allegations bear out, it’s more than a bit hypocritical – Apple requires its component suppliers to allow their employees to join unions.
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Apple accused of union busting in its stores for the second time this week

Apple has been accused of union-busting at its flagship World Trade Center store in New York City. According to a complaint filed by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the iPhone-maker violated federal labor laws by interrogating workers about union activity, prohibiting employees from posting union flyers in shared spaces, and forcing workers to attend anti-union presentations.

Apple accused of union busting at World Trade Center store

AAPL APPLE INC. 137.35 -3.47 -2.46%. On Thursday, the CWA accused tech giant of engaging in illegal activities at its World Trade Center flagship store, including "interrogating staff, surveillance, restricting the posting of union fliers and requiring employees to attend mandatory anti-union speeches." It also claims that Apple's "overly broad, company-wide no solicitation policy" violates the National Labor Relations Act by discouraging employees from engaging in union activity.

Unions Are Making a Comeback

“We’re in a really exciting labor moment,” says sociologist Erin Hatton. “Coming out of the trauma of COVID, this may be the silver lining that carries us out of it. Workers are organizing in workplaces that have long been seen as completely outside labor movements.”. And it’s...

Starbucks charged with extensive labor law violations

The National Labor Relations Board filed a wide-ranging complaint May 6 against Starbucks Corporation—finding that the company committed 29 separate violations of federal labor law after workers began union campaigns at a handful of stores in New York. The complaint, filed by NLRB Regional Director Linda Leslie, brings together a slew of unfair labor practice charges that the union Workers United filed against Starbucks from November 2021 through April 2022.