A local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is alleging a violation of employee rights at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center following the hospital's decision late last month to eliminate approximately 300 jobs. The positions will be cut through layoffs, transfers and an elimination of unfilled vacancies.
Southern California grocery workers have voted to ratify a new employment contract, which had been negotiated over the last eight months. Included in the contract are 62,000 employees of Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons and related grocery businesses. The workers included in the contract are baggers, checkers and meat cutters as well as other grocery workers.
Southern California grocery workers are still in negotiations with grocery chains Albertsons, Vons and Ralphs. The unions and the employers have been in contract negotiations for the last seven months. In August, grocery employees voted to strike if necessary, but have continued to try to work out a deal around the bargaining table for now.
Thousands of union grocery workers throughout Southern California are threatening to walk off the job indefinitely until a new and more favorable health care proposal is put on the table by three major grocery store chains.
After months of deliberation, and a National Football League shutdown, a 10-year labor agreement was approved by NFL representatives and its players on Monday.
A bitter fight between public sector employees represented by unions in Wisconsin and the state's new Republican governor, Scott Walker, has been causing huge protests in the state over the past two weeks, protests that have spread across the nation. Walker and legislative Democrats are in a standoff over Walker's proposed budget bill, which also strips public sector unions of most of their collective bargaining rights.
The governor of Wisconsin has introduced a budget bill for the state that also strips public sector unions of most of their collective bargaining rights. Republican Governor Scott Walker says that the budget bill is necessary to fix the state's deficit, but others accuse the governor of using the bill as a smokescreen for union busting.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is in a dispute with cable programming giant Comcast over the unionization of writers who work on Comcast TV networks. According to the Los Angeles Times, the WGA has been trying to organize underrepresented writers who work for new media, basic cable and reality TV. Right now, they are trying to unionize some couple of dozen who work on Comcast-aired cable shows, but are meeting resistance from the company.