600 Hilton Chicago Employees on Three-Day Strike—and More Bargaining News

by Belinda Boyce, Oct 18, 2010 Some 600 Hilton Chicago hotel employees are waging a three-day strike, and more news from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 1,300 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work. WORK STOPPAGES UNITEHERE!, Hilton Chicago: Members of UNITEHERE! Local 1 launched a three-day strike Saturday at Hilton Chicago, joining their brothers and sisters striking at Hilton hotels in San Francisco and Honolulu. More than 8,000 hotel workers in Chicago have been working without a contract since August 2009.   NEGOTIATIONS IAM, Hawker Beechcraft: Machinists (IAM) members in Wichita, Kan., rejected a seven-year contract offer from Hawker Beechcraft that would have cut wages by 10 percent while increasing health care contributions. Workers felt pressured to approve the deal, with Hawker threatening to move out of state; however, many who voted “No” say they expect it’s just a matter of time before the company leaves Kansas anyway. Multiple, Disney World: Disney World workers in Orlando, Fla., voted to reject a 42-month contract. The 20,000 workers are represented by six unions, which comprise the Services Trades Council. AFT, Baltimore City Public School System: Teachers in Baltimore, Md., rejected a contract that included a new teacher evaluation system. Leaders of the Baltimore Teachers Union (AFT) plan to address members’ concerns over terms of the deal and to hold another ratification vote Oct. 28. SETTLEMENTS IBEW, Essex County: In New Jersey, members of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1158 ratified a three-year contract with Essex County. The agreement covers 1,100 mainly administrative workers...

In its 10th Year, DC Labor FilmFest Opens Friday

by Mike Hall, Oct 13, 2010 The 10th annual DC Labor FilmFest kicks off Friday night at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring Md., with the French black comedy Lousie-Michel featuring workers at suddenly shuttered toy factory who decide to seek the ultimate revenge. The FilmFest runs through Oct. 19 and includes the Washington, D.C., area premier of Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn in the story of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame. Plame’s undercover CIA role was revealed in a Robert Novak column (thanks to a leak from the White House) after her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joe Wilson, published an op-ed piece critical of the Bush administration’s weapons of mass destruction intelligence in Iraq. Click here to purchase tickets—union members get a discount when they show their union card at the box office—and here for detailed look at the line-up. Chris Garlock, founder and director of the FilmFest presented by the DC Metro Labor Council, says the rest of the line up includes: OFFICE SPACE—A perennial and outrageously funny DC Labor FilmFest favorite. The FilmFest once again will feature a raffle of OFFICE SPACE paraphernalia, including Milton’s precious red Swingline stapler. THE INFORMANT! (Whistleblower Series)–This darkly comic film from Steven Soderbergh stars Matt Damon as real-life whistleblower Mark Whitacre, who exposed the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the mid-1990s, which led to the first successful prosecution of an international cartel by the U.S. Department of Justice in more than 40 years. FAST FOOD NATION: Indie filmmaker Richard Linklater takes a dramatic approach to examining the fast food industry’s health risks and environmental and social consequences....

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