labor unions

McDonald’s, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers

new York CNN — California voters will decide next year on a referendum that could overturn a landmark new state law setting worker conditions and minimum wages up to $22 an hour for fast-food employees in the nation’s largest state. Chipotle, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, In-N-Out Burger and KFC-owner Yum! Brands each donated $1 million to …

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Union Pacific: Major railroad posts record earnings, spends more on share repurchases than on its employees

new York CNN — Union Pacific, one of the major freight railroads that successfully fought off union demands for paid sick days for workers during contentious labor negotiations in 2022, reported another year of record earnings Tuesday. The company, along with CSX, Norfolk Southern and Burlington Northern Sante Fe, narrowly avoided a strike by its …

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Southwest pilots, others to get bonus pay for working during meltdown

new York CNN — Southwest Airlines has agreed to pay its pilots an estimated $45 million in bonus “gratitude pay” for working through the company’s service meltdown during the holiday travel period at the end of last year. The airline said it will also compensate other employee groups who worked through the period, although it …

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Here are the companies that have laid off employees this year

new York CNN — Just this week, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Microsoft (MSFT) and Vox Media announced layoffs that will affect more than 22,000 workers. Their moves follow on the heels of job cuts earlier this month at Amazon, Goldman Sachs and Salesforce. More companies are expected to do the same as firms that aggressively …

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Union ranks had a very good 2022. It’s not for the reason you think

new York CNN — Unions just had one of the best years in terms of growing membership so far this century. But the high-profile organizing wins at Starbucks, Amazon and Apple stores are only a small part of that success. A boom in hiring by a number of already unionized employers drove an increase of …

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Southwest pilots union cities Christmas meltdown in call for a strike vote

CNN — The union representing Southwest Airlines pilots is taking early steps toward a possible strike, citing the airline’s Christmas travel meltdown among the concerns. “Three years in the negotiating room, very little progress, a Christmas meltdown that has just defined what all of our problems are have led us to this decision,” Casey Murray, …

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