Labor contracts http://kplu.org en Professor: Boeing Wants 'Amazing Concessions' from Machinists http://kplu.org/post/professor-boeing-wants-amazing-concessions-machinists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The brinkmanship at play between Boeing and its 30,000 machinists over an eight-year contract proposal is a dramatic new chapter in the broader labor movement, says Leon </span>Grunberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a professor of sociology at the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Puget Sound.</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 10948 at http://kplu.org Professor: Boeing Wants 'Amazing Concessions' from Machinists Traditional Grocery Chains Wage a Two-Front Battle http://kplu.org/post/traditional-grocery-chains-wage-two-front-battle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All you have to do is turn on your TV lately to see evidence of the grocery wars.&nbsp;</span></p><p>One recent Walmart ad states: &quot;With Fred Meyer fuel points, you could save $1.30 at the pump. At Walmart, you could have saved a total of $17.92.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Wow, that&#39;s awesome!&quot; the woman shopper in the commercial exclaims.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:31:19 +0000 Ashley Gross 10494 at http://kplu.org Traditional Grocery Chains Wage a Two-Front Battle Is Seattle Heading for a Grocery Store Strike? http://kplu.org/post/seattle-heading-grocery-store-strike <p>About 30,000 grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region will be voting next week on whether to authorize a strike. That’s after the bargaining team decided to recommend a strike vote, saying they made no progress in bargaining earlier this week.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:35:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 10075 at http://kplu.org Is Seattle Heading for a Grocery Store Strike? Teamsters Say Darigold Walked Out of Negotiations http://kplu.org/post/teamsters-say-darigold-walked-out-negotiations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle’s big dairy cooperative, </span>Darigold<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is once again facing worker unrest. The Teamsters have filed an unfair labor practice charge, saying the company walked out of negotiations with a mediator.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:34:33 +0000 Ashley Gross 10059 at http://kplu.org Teamsters Say Darigold Walked Out of Negotiations Darigold, Workers in Mediation as Contract Negotiations Heat Up http://kplu.org/post/darigold-workers-mediation-contract-negotiations-heat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state’s biggest private company</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is heading to mediation today with workers in Seattle, Issaquah and </span>Tukwila<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The negotiations between&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Darigold and its workers have</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> gotten tense, and some staged an </span><a href="http://www.teamsters117.org/darigold_picket" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">informational picket</a>&nbsp;last week.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 9910 at http://kplu.org Tentative labor deal averts Western Wash. refinery strikes http://kplu.org/post/tentative-labor-deal-averts-western-wash-refinery-strikes The United Steelworkers union has reached a tentative deal with oil companies to avert a possible strike at dozens of refineries, including three important ones in the Northwest.<p>Negotiations over a new labor contract for refinery workers concluded mere hours before a late night deadline. The United Steelworkers and Shell Oil announced a tentative three-year deal that's intended to set the pattern for local agreements at unionized refineries nationwide.<p>That includes the big ConocoPhillips refinery near Ferndale, Washington, Tesoro in Anacortes and US Oil in Tacoma. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:43:06 +0000 Tom Banse 4001 at http://kplu.org Tentative labor deal averts Western Wash. refinery strikes Oil refineries in Western Washington face possible strike http://kplu.org/post/oil-refineries-western-washington-face-possible-strike <p>Bargaining is going down to the wire on new labor contracts at three of the five big oil refineries in the Northwest. Union members have been told to prepare to strike as early as Wednesday.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:43:07 +0000 Tom Banse 3993 at http://kplu.org