Some 22,000 Los Angeles workers win pact with city that prevents layoffs—and more bargaining news from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 1,200 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.
Multiple, City of Los Angeles: The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a pact with the Los Angeles Coalition of City Unions, a group made up of AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions and representing 22,000 city workers. The agreement avoids layoffs and furloughs and will save the city more than $77 million by offering an early retirement plan, reducing the number of hours worked and postponing pay raises until after 2011. A deal with the Los Angeles Police Protective League/IUPA also was approved Friday and will save the city $63 million.
IAFF, City of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Fire Fighters (IAFF) voted to ratify a five-year contract that protects workers’ pensions and helps the city deal with the budget shortfall.
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AFSCME, City of Detroit: AFSCME Council 25 filed a lawsuit against Detroit Mayor David Bing on Tuesday for unilaterally terminating a contract with city workers. AFSCME is seeking expedited arbitration and an order that would prevent any city official from terminating a collective bargaining agreement until the arbitrator has issued a decision on the merits.
AFSCME, Dane County: In Wisconsin, five AFSCME county unions reached a tentative contract that would promise no layoffs for 1,500 workers in exchange for a 3 percent pay cut.
IUE-CWA, Behr Thermal Products: In Ohio, 800 IUE-CWA Local 775 workers overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal from Behr Thermal Products. Behr, which makes automotive heating and air conditioning units, is threatening to close the plant.
USW, Carquest: Carquest warehouse workers in Michigan, represented by the United Steelworkers (USW) and locked out by management since Sept. 25, rallied with other unions before they returned to the bargaining table Oct. 28.
UNITE HERE, Multiple Hotels: In San Francisco, 9,000 UNITE HERE Local 2 members authorized a strike by their local. Negotiations with more than 60 hotels have continued past the Aug. 14 contract expiration.
ALPA, Hawaiian Airlines: Pilots for Hawaiian Airlines last week requested that the National Mediation Board (NMB) end its mediation efforts. The members of the Air Line Pilots (ALPA) believe negotiations are at an impasse and hope the NMB will issue a Proffer of Arbitration, which opens up the possibility of a strike should either party decline binding arbitration.
UNITE HERE, Multiple Hotels: UNITE HERE members at five Chicago-area hotels on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. Contracts covering the 1,200 workers expired Aug. 31, and the hotels have continued to ask for cuts to workers’ benefits while hotel profits climb.
SAG, Video Game Companies: Screen Actors (SAG) members on Wednesday rejected the offer by video game companies, approved by SAG’s national board just a few days prior. The deal would cover actors who provide voices for video games. Some SAG members were particularly disappointed with the provisions covering “multiple voices” and are encouraging AFTRA members, who are to vote on the deal by Nov. 12, also to reject the offer.
TWU, SEPTA: A strike by Philadelphia transit workers was avoided during the World Series, as talks continue between Transport Workers (TWU) Local 234 and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Willie Brown, TWU local president, said the two sides have agreed to not increase health care payments by workers and are close to striking a deal on wages.
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