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Dec. 29, 2006
More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. 
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Updated: Feb. 20 (12:04)

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   Local and National Union News

By 99%, Teamsters authorize strike at Anheuser-Busch

Dec. 19, 2023 | The resounding vote allows the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee to call a strike if Anheuser-Busch fails to come to terms on a strong new contract. The union is seeking an agreement that improves wages, protects jobs, and secures health care and retirement benefits for 5,000 Teamsters across the company’s 12 U.S. breweries. “Anheuser-Busch can’t kick this can down the road much longer. The Teamsters don’t want to be forced onto the picket line at any employer, but we are fully prepared to walk if Anheuser-Busch doesn’t get serious about negotiating a record contract that also protects good union jobs,” said Jeff Padellaro, Director of the Teamsters Brewery, Bakery, and Soft Drink Conference. The current agreement expires Feb. 29, 2024. There are no dates currently set for negotiations.

Protect yourself from excessive overtime: Sign the 9.5 list!

Dec. 18, 2023 | Stronger protection against excessive overtime was a major part of our historic contract fight at UPS this year—and it was a huge part of our victory. The 9.5 list is designed to stop UPS from working you over 9.5 hours per day more than twice a week—and to make UPS pay for violations. When UPS violates your 9.5 rights, the company must adjust your work schedule and pay triple time for hours worked over 9.5 hours in a day. Drivers have a major role to play in enforcing this new language: Talk with your steward and sign up for the 9.5 list! Learn more here.

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Why 2023 Was Such a Good Year for Labor

Dec. 28, 2023 | WAGES | This year will go down as a very good one for labor in the U.S. Wage inequality narrowed and unemployment stayed below 4% for 22 months, the longest stretch in over 50 years. And though it’s cooled down since, unemployment remains low and wages are catching up to inflation. Strikes improved working conditions and pay. Meanwhile, unions in a variety of industries made waves, and workers without a college education had an especially good year. More at Quartz

How 500,000 Workers Refused to Work in 2023 – And Won Big

Dec. 27, 2023 | ECONOMY | […] on Wall Street, strikes are on the tips of tongues. A Bloomberg News analysis found that S&P 500 executives and analysts talked about unions on earnings calls more this year than any other on record, according to data going back two decades. They, too, have been quick to assure investors that the labor uptick is no big deal. Caesars Entertainment Inc. CEO Thomas Reed told analysts that a recently settled contract with Nevada’s Culinary Union is “going to be the largest increase that our employees have seen” in four decades. “That’s well deserved. It’s anticipated our business model,” he said. Such comments, arguably made to calm antsy investors, are partly bluster. But they also reflect the changed balance of forces in the United States. Business Insider

10 Victories for the Working Class in 2023

Dec. 26, 2023 | COMMENTARY | From the picket lines to state houses to the White House, champions in the fight against inequality landed huge wins. For example, many of the labor battles of 2023 skewered corporate executives for underpaying their workers while blowing money on stock buybacks, a financial maneuver that artificially inflates CEO stock-based pay. Two precedent-setting federal policies to rein in buybacks also took effect in 2023… Scheer Post
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