Labor Unions


  • NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina, April 14- Labor union officials say they could postpone a vote seeking to organize 3,000 workers at Boeing Co's factory here in South Carolina if their campaign fails to gain enough traction against fierce opposition from the company and local politicians. Organizers for the International Association of Machinists are...


  • SAO PAULO— Brazil's lower house has approved the preliminary text of a bill opposed by labor unions that would allow companies to outsource their entire labor force. After its final approval by the chamber, the bill would have to be approved by the Senate. Congressman Siba Machado of the governing Workers' Party has said the legislation would allow companies to...

  • April 8- Ballooning pension payments, difficult negotiations with labor unions and threatened state funding cuts are some of the challenges facing Rahm Emanuel, who won a second term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday. As a result, rating agency Moody's Investors Service has dropped Chicago's general obligation credit rating six notches since 2010 to Baa2, two...

  • Brazil congress set to vote on outsourcing bill Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:43 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Brazil's lower house Wednesday started discussing a bill opposed by labor unions that would allow companies to outsource their entire labor force. Congressman Siba Machado of the ruling Workers' Party told reporters the law would allow companies to fire employees and replace them with outsourced workers at lower wages.

  • SHENZHEN, China— A new crop of labor leaders is emerging in China as migrant factory workers increasingly demand their rights and a fair share of the country's now-slowing economic boom. Disillusioned with China's officially sanctioned labor union, workers are electing their own representatives and launching strikes and protests at a rate that has doubled...

  • Why Vietnam’s positives aren’t boosting stocks Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 10:56 PM ET
    Stock prices are shown on a ticker outside a securities firm in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Vietnam's economy seems to have it all – good demographics, rising incomes and growing consumption – but that's not enough to boost its stock market.

  • West Coast port fiasco over? Not so fast Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET
    A shipping container is moved at the Port of Oakland.

    Serious damage has been done to the West Coast ports business and it needs to be addressed quickly, say the CEOs of the US Chamber, NRF and NAM.

  • MCD vs. NLRB: McProblem?   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 3:35 PM ET
    MCD vs. NLRD: McProblem?

    CNBC's Kate Rogers reports the National Labor Relations Board will begin weighing whether or not McDonald's is a joint employer with its franchised lotions. What's at stake, with Paul Millus, employment attorney.

  • DETROIT, March 25- The United Auto Workers union on Wednesday said getting raises for workers at the Detroit automakers will be a top priority in contract talks this summer, but more jobs and production are shifting to U.S. plants without unions and Mexico. Earlier this week, General Motors Co said it would build a factory in Mexico to assemble a new generation of...

  • Public pension cuts to all but police, firefighters Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 12:12 PM ET
    Firefighters battle an apartment fire in Detroit, March 5, 2014.

    "Those who put their lives on the line in service to our state deserve to be treated differently," Rauner said, the NYT reports.

  • CNBC update: Pilot strike   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 11:32 AM ET
    CNBC update: Pilot strike

    A Lufthansa pilot strike has entered its third day, and Diageo will put nutrition information on labels of its liquor products, reports CNBC's Sue Herera.

  • Economic 'odd couple' seek jobs boost   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 8:36 AM ET
    Economic 'odd couple' seek jobs boost

    Glenn Hubbard, Columbia University, and Andy Stern, former SEIU president, share their plan to create jobs and improve the economy. In the end you have to make deals and find common ground, says Stern.

  • McDonald's conditions are hazardous, workers claim Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Fight for 15 campaigners protesting in a McDonald's restaurant in Massachusetts on December 4, 2014.

    Members of a group fighting for $15 hourly wages have filed complaints against McDonald's alleging work conditions there are hazardous.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, March 13- Pro-government labor unions and social activists staged demonstrations across Brazil on Friday in support of President Dilma Rousseff, two days before mass protests planned against her administration. The protests on Sunday could deepen a political crisis that has given rise to calls for Rousseff's impeachment for not stopping a...

  • Sparks fly as peach farmer faces off vs. big labor Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 2:11 PM ET

    Hearings in California on alleged unfair labor practices at America's biggest peach grower finally closed——but sparks kept flying.

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 9- Argentina's government is considering raising the minimum threshold on income tax as a sweetener in salary talks with trade unions to avoid unruly protests in the run-up to October's' s presidential election, a senior government official said. The prospect of strikes is another headache for President Cristina Fernandez, fighting...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- Trade unions stepped up their campaign against legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, appealing to lawmakers to oppose the plan. Nearly 400 union members and allies descended on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers on the so-called fast track legislation that would allow Congress to set...

  • BERLIN/ BOEBLINGEN, Feb 24- An inflation-busting wage deal for Germany's biggest labor union agreed on Tuesday looks set to boost household spending this year after consumer activity propelled strong growth in Europe's largest economy at the end of 2014.. Germany is under pressure to increase wages and invest more to help reduce economic imbalances and...

  • BOEBLINGEN, Feb 24- A major regional branch of IG Metall, Germany's biggest trade union, agreed with employers on a 3.4 percent wage increase for one year from April 1, plus a one-off payment of 150 euros, the head of the union in Baden-Wuerttemberg said on Tuesday. Deals agreed in the pilot region traditionally serve as a template for agreements across Europe's...