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Berry Craig
20 May, 2022
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Unions weigh in on East Buffalo tragedy

New York Amsterdam News

By Stephon Johnson

May 19, 2022

“The entire labor movement is appalled by the killing of 10 people and wounding of three by a man with racist beliefs who targeted Black people,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer/Executive Vice President Fred Redmond in a joint statement. “While there’s no way to make sense of yet another racially motivated, hate-inspired attack on innocent people because of the color of their skin, it’s clear these types of mass shootings are perpetrated by those radicalized online, and we must take action. Our deepest condolences are with the family, friends, UFCW members and an entire community who are once again dealing with unfathomable pain due to one person’s racist beliefs.”

TRANSPORTATION 

Unions oppose proposal to raise pilot retirement age

Travel Weekly

By Robert Silk

May 19, 2022

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and the Allied Pilots Association (APA) issued statements Thursday opposing a change to the mandatory retirement age. ALPA is the largest U.S pilots union and counts United among its pilot groups. The APA represents American Airlines pilots. "This discussion is yet another attempt to distract the conversation from the real issue, which is the failure of airlines to deliver on a key goal of the multibillion-dollar relief plan Congress provided them during the pandemic, which was to effectively manage air-service operations as travel resumes," ALPA president Joe DePete said. "ALPA strongly opposes this proposed legislation as there is no reason to change the retirement age today, and doing so would only increase costs for airlines as well as introduce unnecessary risks to passengers and crew alike."

LABOR AND ECONOMY

Workers' leverage is here to stay

Axios

By Emily Peck

May 19, 2022

American workers have the upper hand over their employers right now — and there are tentative signs it could last, even as economic storm clouds gather. There were 661 new union filings in the first quarter of 2022 — these are petitions from groups of workers seeking to hold union elections. That's up from 448 in the same quarter in 2020 before COVID, according to data tracked by Kevin Reuning, a political science professor at Miami University.

JOINING TOGETHER

Schnucks union members approve new three-year deal

Fox2 Now

By Monica Ryan

May 19, 2022

Schnucks employees approved a new union contract Wednesday night. Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 agreed on a new three-year deal. It features significant pay increases for all employees and new premium pay for workers in leadership roles.

Whitney Museum workers protest outside the institution’s fundraising gala over union contract negotiations

The Art Newspaper

By Anni Irish

May 19, 2022

Attendees of the Whitney Museum of Art’s gala on Tuesday night (17 May) were met with a bit of a surprise. Approximately 100 people rallied outside the museum during its annual gala—the largest annual fundraiser for the museum. The crowd consisted of members of the Whitney Museum Union, which is part of the local United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2110. Union members began gathering outside the museum around 6:30pm in anticipation of the 7pm gala armed with flyers, posters, buttons, signs and bull horns.

Unionised workers at MOCA Los Angeles ratify first contract with museum

The Art Newspaper

By Anni Irish

May 19, 2022

The union representing staff at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles announced on 15 May that it had successfully ratified its first contract with the museum’s administration. The museum and MOCA Union had been in negotiations for over two years. The news comes three years after forming their union with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 36. The MOCA bargaining unit has around 100 members across various departments including education, visitor services and curatorial.

AFT NM And IAM&AW File For Healthcare Union At Sandoval Regional Medical Center

Los Alamos Daily Post

By Chris Clark

May 19, 2022

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFT NM) President Whitney Holland, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Lodge #794 (IAM&AW) President Ashley Long, and emergency room registered nurse Jennifer Heckwine issued the following statements to mark the filing of a majority of union recognition cards with the New Mexico Public Employee Labor Relations Board (NMPELRB): Holland said, “Today is a historic day for our two unions as we work together to support frontline healthcare workers at Sandoval Regional Medical Center as they file cards for recognition as a public employee union under the New Mexico Public Employees Bargaining Act. In a first for our unions in New Mexico, we are collaborating to ensure the nearly 500 healthcare workers have a legal voice to advocate and negotiate for improvements in care for their patients and their profession. We are extremely proud of their courage and hard work in getting to this day.” Heckwine said, “I am proud to be organizing together with my fellow nurses and healthcare staff to form United Health Professionals of New Mexico, the first of its kind joint union under AFT NM and IAM&AW in New Mexico.