Labor Unions


  • 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.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 28- Argentine opposition labor unions staged their second general strike this year on Thursday to protest soaring inflation and job cuts, slamming the brakes on business activity and bringing the Rosario grains export hub to a near standstill.

  • DETROIT, Aug 27- General Motors Co will shift production of its Cadillac SRX crossover vehicle from Mexico to its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where the company once built vehicles for its defunct Saturn brand, the company and the United Auto Workers union said on Wednesday.

  • LA mayor plans one of the highest minimum wage rates Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:56 AM ET
    LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on election day, May 21, 2013.

    The plan has faced a "cool reception" from many major business groups worried about costs, according to the L.A. Times.

  • Baseball: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 1:42 PM ET
    Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference after being elected by team owners to be the next commissioner of Major League Baseball.

    Major League Baseball has a new man at the helm, Rob Manfred, and he's unlikely to rock the financially flush MLB boat.

  • UFW fires back: Union takes aim at peach farmer Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:57 PM ET
    Dan Gerawan

    The union says rather than abandoning the farm, it has worked at various times over the years to try to negotiate a contract.

  • Workers may have booted union—but nobody's saying Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    A group of California farm workers voted on whether to kick out the United Farm Workers. That was last November.

  • DUBLIN, Aug 9- Ireland's government will start talks next year with trade unions on the gradual reversal of public sector pay cuts that helped it overcome financial crisis, the spending minister was quoted as saying on Saturday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 1- New York's Metropolitan Opera agreed to extend negotiations with its labor unions for 72 hours, delaying a threatened lockout at the nation's largest performing arts organization, the Met said late on Thursday.

  • McDonald's ruling may be very good news for labor Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:34 PM ET
    Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois.

    Fears that workers will become more unionized after a ruling by the legal arm of the National Labor Relations Board against McDonald's may be real.

  • McDonald’s ruling could open door for unions Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 9:57 AM ET
    Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on May 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

    McDonald's warned that the ruling would affect not only the fast-food industry but businesses like dry cleaners, the NYT reports.

  • U.S. judge tosses suit vs Marriott over failed hotel Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    The plaintiff, Madison 92nd Street Associates LLC, accused Marriott and a labor organization of conspiring to control which Marriott- branded hotels unionized. Madison chose Marriott because of the assurance it received from Marriott that it was a non-union company and that Courtyard would employ a non-union workforce at the hotel, according to the lawsuit.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- The U.S. Macy's sales employees in the cosmetics and fragrances departments in Saugus, Massachusetts can now vote on whether to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. The board's move signals its willingness to apply to other industries a standard it set in its 2011 decision in Specialty Healthcare.