Posts Tagged ‘union’

Global Port Tracker: Import cargo volume could set all-time high this month

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to see a final surge and set a new monthly record in October as the holiday season approaches, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Increasing congestion at the nation’s […] [...]

Cochran looking to pull more Coast voters in runoff

PASCAGOULA — Hundreds of workers arrive at sunrise at the Ingalls shipyard on the Gulf Coast, and there to greet them are a dozen campaign volunteers with fliers and signs that say, “Save our Jobs.” In the middle is a small, white-haired man shaking the hand of anyone willing to take his own. “I’m Thad […] [...]

Cochran reaches out to unions, blacks for runoff votes

WASHINGTON — Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to survive an intense tea party challenge in Mississippi by reaching out to union members and black voters — two groups that traditionally support Democrats. But he risks a backlash from conservatives ready to support his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Even as Cochran is running […] [...]

Nissan ramping up employment at Canton plant to 6,000-plus

CANTON — A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker’s buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi. The hiring will push the combined number of Nissan and contract employees at its Canton plant to more than 6,000 for the first time. The total currently […] [...]

Lockheed Martin workers go on strike at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — As many as 116 Lockheed Martin employees at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis are on strike. Machinists union spokesman Frank Larkin said members of Lodge 2249 voted down a contract offer from Lockheed Martin that would have ended worker pensions. “It’s a single issue that drove the strike vote,” Larkin […] [...]

Cochran: State Department should stay out of Nissan labor issues

CANTON — The U.S. Department of State would do well to focus on pressing international matters rather than trying to help establish a labor union at the Nissan manufacturing plant in Canton, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says. The United Auto Workers (UAW), with the IndustriALL Global Union, has asked the State Department to help […] [...]

Nissan settles with pro-union employee

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton. The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard “Chip” Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson. The UAW is […] [...]

Senate gives final approval of anti-union legislation

JACKSON — Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as limit governments’ abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The Senate gave final passage yesterday to the three bills, on mostly party-line votes. Senate Bill 2473 would make it […] [...]

AT&T workers ratify new four-year labor contract

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — AT&T employees represented by the Communications Workers of America have voted to ratify a four-year contract with AT&T Mobility. The contract covers more than 11,500 AT&T Mobility employees in CWA District 3 – the Southeast Region, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and St. Croix, […] [...]

Union-restricting legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving ahead with a package of bills to restrict some labor union organizing and picketing practices. The House passed a package of five bills yesterday, four of which will return to the Senate for more work because they were amended by the House. The other, Senate Bill 2689, would stop […] [...]

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