Just got word from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office that U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Martone today upheld the state's "secret ballot" law. The voter-approved law was intended to block potential national legislation pushed by labor unions that would have allowed unionization in com ... More >>
The Phoenix City Council has yet again postponed making a decision on whether to give Veolia Transportation, a company that operates city buses, a pass on fines assessed for poor performance. Vice Mayor Michael Johnson made a motion to withdraw the item, and the council agreed 8 to 1. Councilman Ji ... More >>
Four custodial workers at Sky Harbor Phoenix International Airport are getting their jobs back, plus back pay, in a settlement between their employer, GCA Services, and the feds. Isabell Marquez, Yadu Rijal, Hamid Amiri and Geoffery Kachiolwa were fired from their jobs because of their supp ... More >>
The First Amendment apparently doesn't extend to Twitter-town -- if you work for the Arizona Daily Star, anyway.A federal labor board recently found that the Star was well within its rights when it fired a public safety reporter for a series of morbid "tweets" he posted on his Twitter account l ... More >>
A new Arizona law that limits the ability of labor unions to harass employers with picketing and defamation has drawn a federal complaint by two local unions. The United Food and Commerical Workers Local 99 and the Local Union No. 469 of the United Association of Journeymen and A ... More >>
The Obama Administration is gearing up to sue Arizona again. In a letter to Arizona and three other states, the National Labor Relations Board's lawyer announced plans to sue over state laws that guarantee the right to a secret ballot election in unionization efforts. Wh ... More >>
www.teamsterslocal104.comVeolia Transportation and the Teamsters Local 104 have finally agreed on contract terms for the more than 60 workers who fuel, clean and maintain the tires on Phoenix city buses.The transit company and union leaders had been at odds since Veolia snagged its latest 5-year ... More >>
Veolia Transportation continues to negotiate with two labor unions representing employees who drive and maintain Phoenix city buses. Company execs already have inked a contract with the mechanics' union.Negotiations have been ongoing since union contracts expired June 30.During that ... More >>
focusmidwest.comA labor dispute that promoted Veolia Transportation officials to lock out about 60 union bus workers has led union reps to file charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board.According to a letter from Cornele Overstreet, Regional Director of the NLRB in Phoen ... More >>
A show of good faith?That's what Veolia is calling the company's latest offer -- this one to allow members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters back to work after 2:59 a.m.on October 15.Coincidentally, October 15 is the deadline set by the National Labor Relations Board for Veolia Transp ... More >>
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The latest issue of the League of American Orchestras' trade magazine Symphony features a cover story on Michael Christie, the 34-year-old conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. As is the case with most trade magazine stories, the article is flattering in the extreme. So mu ... More >>
This raucous raven demands: Is Westcor taking a cue from the Jim Crow South, or is io's closing really about a lame-o lease dispute?
St. Joseph's management is accused of illegal union-busting tactics
When Fred Tryon retired, Arizona Public Service Company gave him a gold watch. Then the multibillion-dollar utility claimed he hadn't retired, but quit, and took away his pension and his benefits. Then Fred Tryon died of a heart attack. Now, his wife o
A MASSIVE FEDERAL INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS EVIDENCE OF UNION CORRUPTION AT THE YELLOW PAGES. WHILE COMPANY MANAGENT DOES NOTHING, EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS PAY THE PRICE.