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Labor Unions


  • *Tata says seeking to tackle $2 bln pension deficit. LONDON, May 29- Tata Steel UK's biggest trade union voted on Friday to go on strike, setting the scene for the biggest labour action in the British steel sector in three decades. "Steelworkers are determined to stand up to Tata," said Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community.

  • The great trade debate: How to help the middle class

    Larry Bossidy, former Honeywell CEO, discuses how trade agreements affect the middle class and the upcoming presidential election.

  • LONDON, May 29- Tata Steel UK's biggest trade union voted on Friday to go on strike, setting the scene for the biggest labour action in the British steel sector in three decades. Tata Steel did not have any immediate comment about the vote, but previously has said that its actions were aimed at developing an affordable and sustainable pension scheme through...

  • A US workplace civil war that's at a tipping point Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Protesters march around the Capitol after participating in a rally against a "right-to-work" proposal, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Madison, Wis.

    The US is split over right to work laws—literally. Exactly half of the 50 states are right-to-work states—the next will tip the balance.

  • UAW rival at VW represented by 'union avoidance' expert Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The rival group to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee brands itself as local, independent and free of outside influence or political agenda. But the American Council of Employees won't divulge how it is funded, and the lawyer who recently filed the group's overdue disclosures with the U.S. Department of Labor...

  • Open skies in Australia: Will it draw carriers? Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 3:19 AM ET

    Australia may be weighing allowing foreign airlines to offer domestic flights, but it isn't clear the skies down under are particularly attractive.

  • BUENOS AIRES, May 19- Labor disputes are on the rise in Argentina and costing foreign energy companies millions of dollars as they explore the country's vast but barely-tapped Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas field, company officials said. Trade Unions are a powerful force in Argentina, Latin America's No. 3 economy, where the frequency of industrial disputes are a...

  • Hyundai's union boss walks negotiating tightrope Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:15 PM ET

    Hyundai's union boss faces dissent from within the country's most strike-prone union even as the company is trying to ditch its wage structure.

  • GENEVA, May 19- Governments need policies to stop societies and economies being damaged by fewer and fewer people having full-time salaried jobs, the International Labor Organization said in a flagship annual report on Tuesday. Those changes, and new forms of employment such as "mini-jobs" in Germany, "zero-hours contracts" in Britain and "on call" contracts in the...

  • Are permanent jobs getting the pink slip? Monday, 18 May 2015 | 6:01 PM ET

    Full-time stable employment may be getting a pink slip, with less secure working relationships set to drive weaker economic growth, ILO data show.

  • LONDON, May 18- The head of Britain's largest trade union Unite has threatened to sever links with the opposition Labour Party if the party's next leader moves it further away from its traditional base of support. It is the challenge of the Labour Party to demonstrate that they are the voice of ordinary working people, that they are the voice of organised labour, "...

  • Victory for farmer forced to accept union contract Friday, 15 May 2015 | 2:13 PM ET
    In a May 5, 2015, photo, farmworkers and supporters march in advance of a vote by the Washington, D.C., City Council on a measure "calling on Gerawan Farming to honor a contract issued in 2013 by a neutral mediator and approved by the state."

    An appeals court has ruled in favor of Gerawan farms, saying that a state cannot force a contract if both sides do not come to terms.

  • HOUSTON, May 14- Striking workers at Marathon Petroleum Corp's Galveston Bay, Texas, refinery are scheduled to vote on Monday on a new contract proposal hammered out by a federal mediator, an official of the United Steelworkers union local chapter said on Thursday. National Labor Relations Board told labor and management that they had found merit to charges...

  • Senators forge path forward on Pacific trade pact Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

    Senate alters voting procedure on trade deal to please both sides of the aisle.

  • How to fix unfair CEO pay system: AFL-CIO president Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:31 AM ET
    Richard Trumka

    Shareholders should be given the power to decide CEO pay to scale back outsized executive compensation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says.

  • CEOs new 'royalty' in America: Richard Trumka   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 8:05 AM ET
    CEOs new 'royalty' in America: Richard Trumka

    Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president unveils this year's list of the nation's highest paid executives, and weighs in on the disparity between wage ratios. And Ken Langone, shares his views on why education is vital in the wage debate.

  • Nice nails, grim lives: The plight of manicurists Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 10:24 AM ET
    A customer gets a neck massage while her nails dry at a salon on West 14th Street in New York.

    Manicures have become a grooming staple for women, but largely overlooked is the exploitation of workers in the industry.

  • Will Indonesia's Mideast maid ban backfire? Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 10:08 PM ET
    Indonesian activists protest against the death penalty, in response to the execution of 2 Indonesian maids in Saudi Arabia.

    Indonesia has imposed a ban on any more of its domestic helpers from working in 21 Middle Eastern countries, but will the move backfire?

  • May 5- Southwest Airlines Co said Tuesday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Transport Workers Union 550, the union that represents its 250 dispatchers who help oversee flight operations. The tentative deal provides "adjusted wage-scale increases" and would extend the dispatchers' contract for four years, the company said in a statement.

  • BUENOS AIRES, May 5- Argentina soyoil shipments were slowed on Tuesday by the start of a wage strike by a union representing 20 percent of the country's crushing workers, while the powerful CGT dock-workers union debated whether to join work stoppage. If the soyoil workers strike spreads to other unions representing stevedores at Argentina's key grains hub of...