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  • TORONTO, Feb 23- A looming lockout at Canada's biggest railway threatens to delay imports from Asia and may compound a U.S. West Coast port logjam unless last-ditch contract talks succeed on Monday. CN Rail operates freight trains on tracks across Canada and the United States, but Unifor represents only Canadian workers. A lockout could spur disruptions of...

  • TORONTO, Feb 23- Canadian National Railway Co and the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and trucking staff will resume contract talks on Monday, just hours before a deadline set by Canada's No. 1 railway to lock out the workers. CN Rail operates freight and some passenger trains on tracks across Canada and the United States.

  • TORONTO, Feb 23- Canadian National Railway Co and the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and trucking staff will resume contract talks on Monday, just hours before a deadline set by Canada's No. 1 railway to lock out the workers. CN Rail operates freight and some passenger trains on tracks across Canada and the United States.

  • SHIPPING COMPANIES AND DOCKWORKERS' UNION REACH TENTATIVE DEAL IN CONTRACT TALKS FOR 29 U.S.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 19- Shipping executives and union leaders for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports ended a third day of contract talks late on Thursday without reaching a settlement but planned to meet again on Friday, a source close to the situation told Reuters. Labor Secretary Tom Perez was presiding over the talks in San Francisco, having joined them on...

  • Union suspends contract talks with Air Canada Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 12:23 AM ET

    TORONTO— The union representing about 4,100 Air Canada employees said it has suspended contract talks with the airline over shift trading issues. Unifor said Wednesday that negotiators suspended talks on a new contract for customer sales and service agents after Air Canada released planned changes to shift trading rules. A spokesman for Air Canada said in...

  • OTTAWA/ TORONTO, Feb 13- The Canadian government said on Friday it had joined contract talks between Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd and unionized staff ahead of a possible weekend strike, but it also began laying the groundwork to introduce back-to-work legislation. Leitch was in Montreal on Friday and "is personally intervening to encourage all parties to work...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 13- Clogged ports along the U.S. West Coast reopened to cargo vessels on Friday after a daylong closure, but shippers planned to reimpose a partial shutdown through the holiday weekend barring a settlement in stalled labor talks with the dockworkers union. Contract talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which...

  • Feb 13- The United Steelworkers union and refinery owners were set to resume contract negotiations next week as the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 reached its 13th day on Friday. "We're still fulfilling the information request from the USW and looking forward to resuming negotiations next week," said Ray Fisher, spokesman for Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 10- The United Steelworkers union said little progress was made in talks with oil companies on Tuesday for a new U.S. refinery workers contract as a strike at 11 plants completed its 10th day, according to a text message issued by the union. The USW said lead oil company negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc failed to bring experts and information as...

  • This new governor moves against unions Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 7:59 AM ET
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

    Labor leaders say the governor's executive order is aimed at shrinking union membership and diminishing labor's power. The NYT reports.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 9- U.S. West Coast port operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies halted loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend, citing chronic cargo backups that shippers and dockworkers have blamed on each other during months of labor tensions. But a planned resumption of federally mediated contract talks was pushed back...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 4- The chief labor negotiator for shippers and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports raised the ante in contract talks with the dockworkers' union on Wednesday, warning that ports plagued by chronic cargo slowdowns were days away from complete gridlock. The companies have repeatedly accused the International Longshore and Warehouse...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 3- Negotiations were getting underway late on Tuesday between Royal Dutch Shell Plc and union leaders over a new wage contract for U.S. refinery workers who have been on strike for three days, both sides said. "Shell and USW are meeting Tuesday evening to continue contract negotiations in hopes of coming to a satisfactory agreement for both parties,"...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 27- Negotiators for major shipping lines and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers have reached a tentative agreement on the maintenance of cargo chassis, overcoming a key hurdle in protracted contract talks for 29 U.S. West Coast ports. "A tentative agreement was reached on the chassis topic, and we are hopeful that this will allow us to move...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 27- Negotiators for major shipping lines and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers have reached a tentative agreement on the maintenance of cargo chassis, overcoming a key hurdle in protracted contract talks for 29 U.S. West Coast ports. Settlement of the chassis issue, and the labor talks in general, has been seen as crucial to resolving...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change. On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change. On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-...

  • Jan 16- Pilots at Allegiant Air have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike after two years of contract talks, empowering their union to request U.S. government approval for a walkout, the union said in a release Friday. More than 98 percent of the 473 pilots who voted approved the strike, according to the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local...

  • Amazon creates 6,000 new permanent jobs in Europe Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 2:00 AM ET

    BERLIN, Jan 13- Amazon.com Inc created 6,000 new full-time positions in Europe in 2014 to respond to booming demand, the U.S. online retailer said on Tuesday. Amazon said in a statement it now employed 32,000 permanent staff in the European Union, with the new jobs created in logistics centres, customer service, software development, supply chain management and...