Labor Unions


  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Nov 20- A ruling on whether an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is constitutional will be issued on Friday, a judge overseeing the case said on Thursday. Public labor unions and retirement groups argue the provision in Illinois' constitution against the impairment or diminishment of those...

  • Facebook shuttle drivers vote to unionize Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    Facebook shuttle bus drivers voted Wednesday to unionize to get better pay and working conditions, which could lead other service workers to unionize.

  • Yellen meets with activists seeking Fed reforms Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A coalition of community groups and labor unions are "fed up" with the Federal Reserve. Ady Barkan, one of the organizers of "Fed Up: The National Campaign for a Strong Economy," said Yellen and the other Fed officials listened but made no commitments about future Fed policy. "It was a very good conversation," said Barkan, an attorney with the Center for Popular...

  • California farm slugging it out with labor union Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    Gerawan Farming is locked in a legal battle with the labor union over whether it should represent its 3,000 workers.

  • German labor chief: VW must halt anti-union group Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

    IG Metall President Detlef Wetzel said in a statement Friday from Frankfurt, Germany, that called on Volkswagen to "show its true colors" in officially recognizing the United Auto Workers union as its bargaining partner at the Chattanooga factory once the union proves it has signed up a majority of workers there. It also appears to reflect some concern that a new...

  • Italy's Renzi defies his own allies on Left Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 6:03 AM ET

    ROME— Italy's dynamo premier works with his sleeves rolled up and often without a tie. And Matteo Renzi, on a mission to revive a moribund economy, is bringing his barnstorming style to a fight against cozy links between Italy's political Left and its influential labor unions. His challenge was made more urgent Friday with EU figures showing continued...

  • Cambodia increases garment industry minimum wage Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 8:27 AM ET

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia— Cambodia agreed Wednesday to raise the minimum wage in its important clothing industry by 28 percent to $128 a month, falling short of labor unions' $140 proposal. The Labor Advisory Committee, representing employers, workers and the government, originally agreed on a $123 minimum wage. A Labor Ministry statement said it was increased to...

  • German industrial union seeks 5.5 percent raise Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's largest industrial union is calling for a 5.5 percent pay increase next year for some 3.7 million workers in Europe's biggest economy. The figure is well above Germany's 0.8 percent annual inflation rate but union chairman Detlef Wetzel pointed to high corporate earnings and forecasts of growth. In Germany, wage deals are generally...

  • CNBC's Hallie Jackson reports a coalition has come together and asked President Obama to appoint a federal mediator after the Pacific Maritime Association is accusing the longshoreman's union of an intentional slowdown.

  • West Coast port workers blame management     Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    CNBC's Hallie Jackson reports the Pacific Maritime Association is accusing the longshoreman's union of an intentional slowdown. The National Retail Federation claims a 5 day shutdown of the port this year could cost $10 billion.

  • Lufthansa strike, train stoppage strand millions Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 7:53 PM ET

    Lufthansa cancelled 1,450 flights amid a pilots strike, compounding travel woes after millions were stranded by a weekend-long train drivers' stoppage.

  • Worker paychecks flat since 1979     Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jeff Cox and Carleton English discuss the unemployment rate and what's really driving the jobs and wages issue.

  • France considers tightening controls on job-seekers Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 10- The French government is looking to impose tighter checks on the unemployed to ensure they are seeking work, an attempt to limit spending on benefits and cut joblessness that has split ruling Socialists and infuriated trade unions. Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls set off the outcry this week by suggesting more needed to be done to encourage...

  • No game invites: Facebook bus drivers want a union Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 11:03 AM ET
    The Facebook  logo is displayed on an Apple iPad Air in this photo in Washington.

    Facebook bus drivers want to unionize and call for better hours and pay, the New York Times reports.

  • Wage theft may be costing low-income workers billions Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:37 PM ET
    Placards during demonstration for higher wages in Chicago.

    About a quarter of workers were paid below minimum wage within the last week and three-quarters said they weren't paid for overtime, NBC reports.

  • DETROIT, Sept 29- The United Auto Workers union and two top German labor groups have signed a letter of intent to jointly organize the Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a top UAW official said on Monday.

  • Daimler works council to meet UAW union in Alabama Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    FRANKFURT/ DETROIT, Sept 26- Daimler's works council boss will travel to the carmaker's factory in Alabama, United States, to explore possibilities for improving worker representation at a plant that is a key target for the United Auto Workers union.

  • TORONTO, Sept 16- A group of more than 50 Canadian organizations, including labor unions, are urging the Canadian government to ask domestic companies to give to a trust fund for the survivors of a disastrous garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people nearly a year and a half ago.

  • Fast-food workers fed up with low wages took to the streets in about 150 cities nationwide Thursday. Police arrested several protesters in New York and Detroit.

  • *Rail workers to go on strike from 6 pm. FRANKFURT/ BERLIN, Sept 1- German rail workers' union GDL called a three-hour strike on Monday that will hit passenger and freight traffic across the country as it seeks to raise pressure on rail operator Deutsche Bahn in a pay dispute.