Thursday, August 28, 2008

labor news roundup

With the factfinders report about to come back, news coverage of the Port Authority contract negotiations might heat up a bit. I thought it would be interesting to look at what is going on in the world of labor management relations elsewhere:

  • The United Steelworkers of America recently agreed on a new contract that will be the model across the industry. The details are not fully disclosed, but both sides seem to agree that it provides "very significant wage, substantial bonus and pension increases and improves benefit programs for active employees and retirees." Pension increases? The ATU needs to hire those USW negotiators.
  • Looking at public sector unions, in New York City Mayor Bloomberg has achieved what the NYT considers an historic level of labor management amity by concluding a contract with police unions without resorting to arbitration that has multi-year 4% annual pay increases and some unspecified increases in benefits.
  • or looking more specifically at transit. Down in Miami there is a funny story about what their local transit union is doing in response to a cut of 16 little used bus routes there. 16 routes? How many routes were cut here in Allegheny County.
  • Pay raises in Minneapolis averted a potential transit strike during the upcoming Republican convention.

  • Not all is well however near Akron where 55 drivers are set to strike.


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