Latest Labor unions News

Unionized Starbucks stores face hard work of bargaining

May. 26, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

It’s become a common sight: jubilant Starbucks workers celebrating after successful votes to unionize at dozens of U.S. stores. But when the celebrations die down, a daunting hurdle remains: To win the changes they seek — like better pay and more reliable schedules — unionized...

Planned Parenthood workers in 5 Midwest states seek union

May. 26, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 400 workers at Planned Parenthood offices in five states said Thursday they plan to unionize as their employer deals with the potential loss of business in states where abortions may become illegal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade...

Alaska pilots authorize future strike if contract talks fail

May. 25, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines pilots have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a future strike if current contract negotiations with management and federal mediation efforts fail. The Air Line Pilots Association said Wednesday that almost 96% of its members cast mail-in votes and...

Electric battery maker, coal union announce WVa labor pact

May. 24, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The energy startup SPARKZ said Tuesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the nation's largest coal miners' union on a labor-management agreement for its planned electric battery factory in West Virginia. The company and the United Mine...

Video game workers create first union at big U.S. game maker

May. 23, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Video game workers at a division of game publisher Activision Blizzard have voted to unionize, creating the first labor union at a large U.S. video game company. A count of ballots on Monday revealed the results of the election affecting a small group of...

Central Missouri library system workers vote to unionize

May. 23, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Workers at Daniel Boone Regional Library in central Missouri have voted to form a union, library officials said in a statement Monday. The new union will be the only active public library union in the state. The results showed 101 employees in...

Union warns of 'labor disputes' if casino contracts expire

May. 20, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For people and groups planning to stay in Atlantic City, the resort's main union for casino workers is warning that “labor disputes” could occur if the casinos don’t agree to new contracts by a May 31 deadline. The move comes at the start of what...

Report finds falling student achievement in K-12 schools

May. 19, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's public schools, which have long enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence, have experienced a yearslong trend of declining student performance exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a critical state report released Thursday. A...

Bill bans school property tax increases from reassessments

May. 18, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering legislation to prohibit local school boards from taking advantage of court-ordered property reassessments in Delaware’s three counties to increase school district taxes. Under current law, if a county conducts a general...

Feds: National Guard members on state duty can join unions

May. 18, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Justice has given the green light to National Guard members on active duty for their states to join labor unions, despite a U.S. law that makes it a felony for military personnel on active federal duty to unionize. The department on Tuesday...