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New York Mayor Says Its too Hard to Fire, Punish City Workers

January 12, 2011
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A mayoral task force calls the city’s civil service system ill-suited for a modern workforce and suggests changes to get rid of the bad and retain and promote the best. Unions howl.
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Report: Judge Sides with FedEx in Contractor Case

December 15, 2010
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More than 50 lawsuits by FedEx drivers were consolidated into one lawsuit, according to reports. The judge previously ruled that FedEx drivers in Kansas were independent contractors.
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GM, Union Cut Historic Deal to Make Subcompact Car Profitably in U.S.

October 5, 2010
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About 900 of the 1,200 to 1,500 laid-off workers at the Michigan plant will be able to return at full wages and benefits. The remaining laid-off workers will have the option of coming back with Tier 2 wages and full benefits or seeking a transfer to another GM plant.
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Bloomberg Freezes New York Hiring as Layoffs Become Likely

September 22, 2010
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In a couple of years, one out of every eight dollars the city spends will go to providing health care benefits to retirees, says one leading administrator.
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A Bittersweet Win for Former N.Y. Bakery Workers

September 10, 2010
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National Labor Relations Board affirms legal ruling that now-shuttered bakery’s owners didn’t play fair with union when seeking wage concessions that led to lengthy strike. Millions in back pay at stake.
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Continental Pilots Resist Plan to Outsource After United Merger

September 9, 2010
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With antitrust approval of the merger out of the way, hammering out a joint contract with United and Continental pilots is the next critical step in the merger, set to close next month. Talks began August 9 on an accelerated schedule.
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GMs New CEO Meets With UAW Leaders, Says Lets Work Together

September 3, 2010
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After the meeting at UAW headquarters in Detroit, Daniel Akerson said the leaders concluded that ‘while we will not always see eye to eye on everything, GM will succeed to the extent that management and labor work together.’
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Striking Coca-Cola Workers Benefits to Be Restored

September 1, 2010
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Attorneys also filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola asserting that the company violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when it terminated health benefits for the 500 striking workers.
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Unions Win Round in 2003 California Grocery Strike

August 18, 2010
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The grocers had formed a multiemployer bargaining unit to negotiate an expiring labor contract that sought to reduce health care coverage expenses, court records show. They also responded to the strikes by agreeing to share profits from sales among themselves.
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Hotel and Garment Unions Settle on Breakup

July 14, 2010
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After the failed marriage of the two big unions, garment workers will keep longtime cash cow Amalgamated Bank, while hotel workers will walk away with a New York City office tower worth $70 million.
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