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Palms, Culinary Union reach agreement on new contract

Las Vegas Review-Journal

By David Wilson

May 23, 2023

Union leaders reached an agreement early Friday with The Palms for a new three-year contract. The agreement affects about 900 employees and on Tuesday 95 percent of Palms workers voted to ratify the new contract, according to a statement from Culinary Local 226. “We celebrate this historic agreement with Palms, which protects workers with the best health care in Nevada, strong job security, and fair wage increases,” Ted Pappageorge, secretary-treasurer for Culinary Local 226, said in the statement. “The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority and Palms Casino Resort have done the right thing by respecting their employees and recalling workers back to work with their seniority intact.”


The Times Reaches a Contract Deal With Its Newsroom Union

The New York Times

By Katie Robertson

May 23, 2023

The New York Times reached a deal on Tuesday for a new contract with the union representing the majority of its newsroom employees, ending more than two years of contentious negotiations that included a 24-hour strike. The agreement, if ratified, will give union members immediate salary increases of up to 12.5 percent to cover the last two years and 2023, and will raise the required minimum salary to $65,000, up from about $37,500. The previous contract expired in March 2021, and union members have not received contractual raises since 2020. The union negotiating the deal, which is part of the NewsGuild of New York, represents nearly 1,500 employees in the newsroom, advertising and other areas of the company. More than 1,800 people work in The Times’s newsroom.


School bus driver strike ends in NW Georgia as union members ratify new contract


By Associated Press

May 23, 2023

Unionized bus drivers on Friday voted to accept a new contract with the private company that runs school buses for the Dalton school district after a five-day strike.  Members of Local 1212 of the Amalgamated Transit Union say they won higher wages, paid vacation days, a retention bonus, a new grievance procedure and improvements to seniority in a new three-year contract with Cincinnati-based First Student.


“Your Fight Is Our Fight”: John Leguizamo, Busy Philipps, Tony Kushner and Unions Show Solidarity With WGA

The Hollywood Reporter

By Abbey White and Caitlin Huston

May 23, 2023

John Leguizamo, Busy Philipps, Tony Kushner, Neil Gaiman, Al Franken and Wanda Sykes were among those who took to the stage during WGA East’s Rally at 30 Rockefeller Center on Tuesday, appearing alongside union leaders from SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Actor’s Equity and more pledging that “all of labor stands behind the writers.” Cynthia Nixon, Ilana Glazer, Warren Leight and labor leaders Rebecca Damon from SAG-AFTRA, Kate Shindle of Actors Equity and Matt Loeb of IATSE were also among those who spoke, with Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon making crowd appearances. 


Moon Rabbit restaurant closing as employees try to unionize against low wages and tips


By 7News Staff

May 23, 2023

Moon Rabbit, a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant by Chef Kevin Tien, closed its doors Monday amid union negotiations, according to UNITE HERE Local 25, a union formed by employees at Moon Rabbit and The Wharf InterContinental Hotel. UNITE HERE Local 25 released a statement Monday on Twitter calling for a boycott of non-union hotels operated by InterContinental Group (IHG), which operates on The Wharf, Moon Rabbit, Willard Continental, the Kimpton Hotel George, and Hotel Indigo Alexandria. This comes as UNITE HERE Local 25 said employees tried to unionize in complaints against low wages, tips, and working conditions.



Rapid City Fire to hold Fill the Boot drive to support Muscular Dystrophy Association

Rapid City Journal

By Journal Staff

May 23, 2023

The Rapid City Fire Department will be out on the streets Wednesday asking the community to fill their boots with cash to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For almost 70 years, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has collected critical funds in the community, one dollar at a time, as part of the Fill the Boot program. The Rapid City Fire Department Local 1040 will be continuing this long-standing tradition as crews kick off Fill the Boot to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.