Labor Unions


  • CHICAGO, Nov 21- A judge ruled on Friday that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law and an initial defeat to the state's efforts to fix its sagging finances. The judge rejected the state's argument that public workers and...

  • How the West Coast port strife affects retailers  Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    The ongoing labor strife at West Coast ports is putting pressure on retailers, such as GameStop and Ann Taylor, who need speedy access to the billions of dollars worth of imports that come in through the docks.

  • Employers decry 'break' in West Coast port talks Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 8:23 AM ET
    A Crowley Maritime Corp. tugboat prepares to guide the MOL Endurance Container ship out of its berth at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.

    Negotiations over a new contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports took an unexpected turn, as employers decried the "extended break" in talks.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Coalition asks Obama to intervene in port dispute  Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 1:08 PM ET

    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 arrested in Detroit demonstration  Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    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.