Dominion strikers in Canada ratify pact, end 12-week strike

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020

The over 1,400 workers at Dominion grocery stores in Newfoundland, who belong to Unifor Local 597, voted to end their spirited 12-week-long strike. Voting on what Loblaw, Dominion’s parent company, called its “final” contract proposal was conducted on the picket…


Unionists at GE in Louisville reject company’s contract offer

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of International Union of Electrical Workers-Communications Workers of America Local 83761 at GE Appliances here voted down the bosses’ second contract offer by 57% on Oct. 29. They had rejected their first offer Sept. 16 by…


Rolls-Royce jet engine workers strike to stop job cuts

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020

BARNOLDSWICK, England — After being furloughed, prescribed a 10% wage cut and now facing 350 job losses, workers at jet engine maker Rolls-Royce here have had enough. Ninety-four percent voted for a strike called by their union, Unite, to oppose…


Newfoundland strikers vote on Dominion’s ‘final offer’

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

The 1,400 workers who belong to Unifor Local 597 on strike at the Dominion supermarket chain in Newfoundland started voting on a “final” contract proposal from the company Nov. 9. The balloting continues at the picket lines until Nov. 13.…


Primary care nurses strike across New Zealand

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020
Primary care workers in New Zealand Nurses Organization rally in Auckland Nov. 9 as part of 24-hour strike backing equal pay with nursing counterparts in public hospitals nationwide.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Over 100 primary care workers held a lively picket here Nov. 9. It was part of a 24-hour strike and protest actions by over 3,000 nurses and administration and reception staff from family doctor offices and…


Chicago feed workers strike for better pay and conditions

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

CHICAGO — Twenty-eight members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881 at ReConserve went on strike Nov. 2 for better pay and conditions. The company takes food scraps and converts them into feed for pigs and chickens. The plant…


Dominion strike continues, as workers win solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020

Negotiations resumed Oct. 29 between Loblaw Companies Limited, which owns the Dominion grocery store chain, and Unifor Local 597, representing 1,400 workers on strike at Dominion stores in Newfoundland. These talks, the first since the strike began Aug. 22, ended…


Laid off NY Remington workers fight for severance, vacation pay

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020
Laid-off members of United Mine Workers of America rally outside Remington plant in Ilion, New York, Oct. 28, as bosses use bankruptcy to deny severance pay, unused vacation benefits.

ILION, N.Y. — “We’ll be out here until we get paid what we are owed,” Jamie Rudwall, United Mine Workers of America District 2 representative, told 100 people at an Oct. 28 rally here. Most were among the 585 workers…


Quebec cement truck drivers fight for equal wages

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020

ST.-HUBERT, Quebec — Twenty-five cement truck drivers locked out by Demix Beton in this Montreal suburb are fighting for equal wages and benefits with drivers working for the same company in nearby Longueuil and Lasalle. The drivers belong to the…


Northern California hospital workers strike over short staffing

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Health care workers picket in front of Fairmont Wellness Center in San Leandro, California, Oct. 8 during five-day strike at six public hospitals for safety for patients and themselves.

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Over 4,000 health care workers struck for five days here and at five other hospitals across Alameda and San Joaquin counties during the first week of October, in defense of health and safety for their patients…