NY – Workers at VITAL climbing gym in Manhattan are seeking union recognition with Workers United. Workers have been organizing for over a year with EWOC support, and went public with their campaign last month. If successful, they will become the second unionized climbing gym in the country.
KY- Workers at Pizza Lupo in Louisville won voluntary recognition of their recently formed union this week marking an historic boom of successful unionizing efforts in the region. A letter was sent to Lupo’s owners on Saturday, to which management agreed to the request on Monday recognizing the union without an election. Workers at Pizza Lupo have successfully created the first independent unionized restaurants in Louisville.
USA – Last week, a second major rail union rejected a contract agreement with the freight railroad industry. Paid sick days remain the major point of contention in the negotiations between the railroads and unions. The current contract offers railroad workers a 24% wage increase over five years as well as annual bonuses, however railroad unions have been pushing for up to 15 paid sick days for workers who currently have none. The fight for paid sick days came after Aaron Hiles, a locomotive engineer, died from a heart attack after delaying a doctor’s visit attempting to avoid company penalties.
USA – Facing an overwhelming understaffing and record overtime hours, Delta pilots have voted to authorize a strike this week. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents nearly 15,000 pilots, reported that, with a 96% participation rate, 99% of pilots voted in favor of authorizing the strike. Pilots wishing to strike must undergo a unique and complex process. First, Delta pilots cannot walk off the job until the National Mediation Board grants them permission. If either side declines additional mediation efforts both parties must adhere to a 30-day “cooling off” period, then, after 30 days, pilots can begin their strike.