● Union members from the Worldwide Brotherhood of Electrical Employees shall be picketing the Super Bowl to protest Frontier Communications—which has a corporate partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—proposing to chop well being care and retirement advantages in ongoing contract negotiations.
● Ohio auto parts workers went on strike to unionize, and when that didn’t succeed, petitioned the Nationwide Labor Relations Board for recognition.
● Former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney is dead at 86. Sweeney was a significant determine in transferring the labor federation to a extra activist and inclusive stance.
In early January, members voted to reject a proposed contract that they are saying was inadequate and one-sided. After that, a 30-day mediation interval started. That mediation interval expires this week. Due to some delays on the VA’s aspect in appointing a negotiator, the union is hoping for an extension, although it’s unclear what a last timetable shall be. What is definite is that after a course of that has been marked by lawsuits, intransigence, political battles, and fees of unhealthy religion, there are nonetheless vital excellent points to be settled.
“We’ve alleged from the start that the VA’s by no means actually come to the desk with a honest want to succeed in settlement. There’s been a variety of unhealthy religion conduct,” says Thomas Dargon, AFGE’s performing supervisory legal professional engaged on the Nationwide Veterans Affairs Council (NVAC). “What we’ve been asking for all alongside is for them to come back to the desk significantly.”