Disneyland character and parade performers in California vote to join labor union

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Disneyland performers who help bring Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and other beloved characters to life at the Southern California resort chose to unionize following a three-day vote culminating on Saturday. The Actors’ Equity Association labor union said in a statement Saturday that cast members for the parades and characters departments at Disney’s theme … Read more

700 hotel union workers launch 48-hour strike at Virgin Hotels casino near Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS — About 700 workers walked off the job at a hotel-casino near the Las Vegas Strip at dawn Friday, in what union organizers said would be a 48-hour strike after spending months trying to reach a deal for new five-year contract with Virgin Hotels. The Culinary Union, the largest labor union in Nevada, … Read more

California Disney characters are unionizing decades after Florida peers. Hollywood plays a role

ORLANDO, Fla. — During three years of working as a parade performer at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California, Zach Elefante always has had a second or third job to help him earn a living. Unlike the experiences of his peers at Disney’s parks in Orlando, Florida, where there is a much smaller talent pool, … Read more

Starbucks resumes bargaining with Workers United union

Starbucks and the union that represents its baristas will resume contract negotiations on Wednesday, ending an extended stalemate. The two sides’ return to the bargaining table follows their February announcement that they found a “constructive path forward” during mediation discussions related to litigation over the union’s use of Starbucks’ branding. It marked a major pivot for … Read more

VW workers to vote on joining UAW union in Tennessee

A Volkswagen automobile assembly plant is seen on March 20, 2024 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Elijah Nouvelage | Getty Images DETROIT — Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will vote this week on whether to organize with the United Auto Workers in a key test of the union’s sway. A victory would give the UAW its first … Read more

Workers sue to overturn law that exempts Atlantic City casinos from indoor smoking ban

TRENTON, N.J. — Frustrated at having unsuccessfully agitated for over three years to get lawmakers to ban smoking in Atlantic City casinos, workers on Friday tried a new tactic. They filed a lawsuit to try to overturn a law that leaves casino workers as the only ones not covered by the protections of a clean … Read more

Hundreds of Kenyan doctors protest in the streets as national strike enters second week

NAIROBI, Kenya — Hundreds of Kenyan doctors protested in the streets Friday demanding better pay and working conditions in an ongoing nationwide strike that has entered its second week. The doctors carried placards and chanted against the Kenyan government, saying it had failed to implement a raft of promises, including a collective bargaining agreement signed … Read more

Kenyan doctors strike nationwide. Patients left unattended or turned away at public hospitals

NAIROBI, Kenya — Doctors at Kenya’s public hospitals began a nationwide strike Thursday, accusing the government of failing to implement a raft of promises from a collective bargaining agreement signed in 2017 after a 100-day strike that saw people dying from lack of care. The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union said they went … Read more

Strikes at East Coast, Gulf ports are rising as a supply chain risk

The potential for a strike by the largest union of maritime workers in North America, the International Longshoremen’s Association, is beginning to rise on the list of concerns among logistics decision-makers and advisors in a year already fraught with a multitude of trade uncertainties. Red Sea diversions and Panama Canal drought restrictions are already influencing … Read more

Labor unions end proxy fight at Starbucks after bargaining progress

Steph Kronos, a pro-union activist, tries to talk to Starbucks customers while joining Starbucks workers, former employees and supporters in holding signs in support of a strike, outside of a Starbucks store in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 16, 2023. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images A group of labor unions said on Tuesday that … Read more