Nonunion workers are on their own. Union workers bargain collectively with their employers. In the Collective Bargaining section, we report on all aspects of that: negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations; impasses, lockouts, and strikes; and tentative agreements, votes, and ratification of new union contracts.
Back from rock bottom, strikes exploded in number last year.
Los Angeles teachers could have accepted management’s offer and spent the next few years complaining about it. Instead, they went on strike, all 32,000 of them, and won a stunning series of concessions. And in Vancouver, 700 paraeducators and other school support staff won a 17.5% increase hours before their strike was to begin.
The first teacher strike in LA in 30 years is the latest in a wave of teacher strikes that began last year.
It’s bad enough when regular members of the public cross a strike picket line.
In October and November, the two sides met for bargaining for the first time in more than two years.
Reversing the usual narrative, workers will be better off at Aramark, thanks to skillful union negotiations.
Meanwhile, Burgerville has agreed to no tangible improvements since contract bargaining began in May.
Problems with bathroom breaks and rider wait times are still unresolved.
“I wished him well … and told him to stay away from ATU,” said union president Shirley Block.
The Teamsters UPS contract is the largest collective bargaining agreement in North America, and comes at a time that UPS is booming thanks to online shopping.