Today's AFL-CIO press clips

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Heaven Hill strike made today's clips.

TRANSPORTATION 

NJ Transit settles labor contracts with more than half its rail unions

NJ.com

By Larry Higgs

October 12, 2021

NJ Transit has settled contracts with roughly 60% of the rail unions representing employees who keep the trains rolling, after approving new labor agreements with six railroad unions Tuesday. Unions included in the settlement are the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation SMART-TD Local 60, representing conductors and assistant conductors, the National Conference of Fireman and Oilers, representing laborers, power plant employees, motor equipment operators and rail equipment helpers, the Transportation Communication Union, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen, representing rail car maintainers, and the International Association of Machinists.

LABOR AND ECONOMY

A record number of workers are quitting their jobs, empowered by new leverage

The Washington Post

By Eli Rosenberg

October 12, 2021

The number of people quitting their jobs has surged to record highs, pushed by a combination of factors that include Americans sensing ample opportunity and better pay elsewhere.

JOINING  TOGETHER

Union says Catholic Health can end strike with right deal

WKBW

By Eileen Buckley

October 12, 2021

The CWA says there is still no deal for striking Mercy Hospital workers in Buffalo. Workers walked off the job October 1 in their strike against Catholic Health. Early Tuesday evening CWA Area Director Debora Hayes held an update after another full day of bargaining. Hayes appeared outside the Gateway Building in Hamburg where both sides have been meeting for negotiations throughout the strike.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Relocates Another Show Citing Strathmore Labor Dispute

CBS Baltimore

By CBS Baltimore Staff

October 12, 2021

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is relocating yet another show due to a labor dispute between management at the Music Center at Strathmore and the union representing employees in the ticket office. The orchestra announced Tuesday it is moving the Oct. 23 performance of Marin Conducts Rachmaninoff to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and offering ticket-holders comparable seats and either free parking or a shuttle from Montgomery County. On Sept. 15, the BSO said it was moving two concerts from the North Bethesda venue while management continued negotiations with I.A.T.S.E. Local 868, the union representing ticket office workers. The next week, the orchestra announced the cancellation of two October concerts at the venue and relocation of another. The union has said Strathmore is using the pandemic to eliminate full-time jobs in the ticket office and reduce hours for part-time employees.

IATSE Says AMPTP “Repeatedly Refuses To Do What It Will Take To Achieve A Fair Deal”

Deadline

By David Robb

October 12, 2021

IATSE leaders are becoming increasingly frustrated by the slow pace of the ongoing negotiations with the AMPTP for a new film and TV contract. “Despite our best efforts at the table, the pace of negotiations does not reflect the urgency of the situation,” Cathy Repola, national executive director of the Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, said in a message to her members on Tuesday. “In the wake of the overwhelming strike authorization vote, the employers repeatedly refuse to do what it will take to achieve a fair deal. Either they don’t recognize what has changed in our industry and among our members or they don’t care. Or both.”

'Tremendous' union support for Heaven Hill strikers

Forward Kentucky

By Berry Craig

October 12, 2021

A month-long strike at one of the country’s biggest distilleries merits more national media attention than it has received, says Bill Londrigan, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president. Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23D have been walking picket lines at the historic Heaven Hill distillery in Bardstown since Sept. 11. “So far, it hasn’t gotten the publicity other large strikes have—like the one at Mondelez-Nabisco last month and the current strike at Kellogg,” Londrigan said. “Just because Bardstown is a little off the beaten path doesn’t mean the strike doesn’t deserve front-and-center attention.