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1,000 Farmworkers attend preview of Cesar Chavez film

Los Angeles, Mar 25 (EFE).- More than 1,000 farmworkers who benefit from the legacy of Cesar Chavez will attend Tuesday in California's Central Valley a special preview of the film about the late civil rights activist and labor leader's life. The movie "Cesar Chavez" will screen at what is now the National Historic Landmark of Forty Acres, outside Delano, where the United Farm Workers co-founder fasted for almost a month as part of his peaceful fight for field hands' rights.

American Air flight attendants pact on union representation

(Reuters) - Flight attendants at US Airways, which merged with AMR Corp late last year to form American Airlines Group <AAL.O>, on Friday approved an agreement to change their union at the merged company. The US Airways flight attendants are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union, while their counterparts at American are represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (AFPA). As a result of the vote, the AFPA will represent the 24,000 flight attendants at the combined airline.

Republic Air says reaches tentative pact with pilots union

(Reuters) - Republic Airways Holdings Inc <RJET.O> said on Friday that it reached a tentative accord for a four-year labor contract with the Teamsters union, which represents more than 2,200 pilots at its Republic, Chautauqua and Shuttle America regional airline subsidiaries. The agreement, which is subject to approval by union members, comes after nearly seven years of talks and includes pay raises, improved work rules and a signing bonus, Republic said in a statement. A vote by the union membership is expected in March, it said.

Arbitrator: Longshoremen must pay $3.8 million for invalid Port of Baltimore strike in 2013

BALTIMORE - An arbitrator has ordered a longshoremen's local union to pay $3.8 million in damages for a three-day strike at the Port of Baltimore that he said violated a no-strike provision in their contract. The president of the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore, which represents port employers, confirmed Wednesday that the arbitrator issued the ruling last week. But Michael Angelos declined further comment, citing the sensitivity of ongoing negotiations with the union.

United, going around union, offers 688 flight attendants jobs at Continental after furlough

United Airlines said it has found a way to keep 688 flight attendants who are set to be furloughed on April 1. The airline said Wednesday that it will offer them jobs in its Continental unit. The two airlines merged in 2010 and both fly under the United name, but they still have separate flight crews. The company has said it has too many flight attendants on the United side and not enough on the Continental side. It said the furloughed flight attendants will still have the right to be recalled back to the United side if there are future openings.

YRC Worldwide workers reject contract extension; shares fall

(Reuters) - Workers at trucking company YRC Worldwide Inc <YRCW.O> represented by the Teamsters union rejected a contract extension that the company proposed, putting a plan to restructure its debt in jeopardy. The company's shares were down 17 percent in extended trading after closing down 16 percent at $15.67 on the Nasdaq on early speculation that the union might reject the company's proposal.

Amid slight data, Michigan's right-to-work law fight rages on

By Nick Carey LANSING, Michigan (Reuters) - When Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state in December 2012, conservatives hailed it as a sign the Rust Belt state was "open for business," union workers decried the law as "union busting" and labor leaders vowed to use it to quash Republican Governor Rick Snyder's reelection bid in 2014. A year later, the impact of the law remains up for debate.

University of California hospital workers launch daylong strike

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - University of California hospital workers walked off the job on Wednesday for a 24-hour strike after 18 months of unsuccessful contract talks, forcing the cancellation of elective surgeries and the delay of cancer treatments, university officials said. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, with over 21,000 members, launched the strike at nine University of California campuses and all of the system's medical centers shortly after midnight.

BART union overwhelmingly ratifies contract that ended strike; no word yet on 2nd union's vote

OAKLAND, Calif. - Members of a Bay Area Rapid Transit labour union that went out on strike twice in recent months overwhelmingly ratified a contract agreement that officials said will increase pay and lead to improved safety conditions. The Service Employees International Union Local 1021 announced late Friday night that members approved a four-year contract with BART that covers workers responsible for the repair, maintenance and cleaning of the BART system.

Despite White House pressure, AFL-CIO steps up criticism of Obama's health care law

WASHINGTON - The AFL-CIO on Wednesday approved a resolution critical of parts of President Barack Obama's health care law in spite of efforts by White House officials to discourage the labour federation from making its concerns so prominent.
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