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Jul 23, 2014 — The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.
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Jul 17, 2014 — Unions representing Long Island Rail Road workers had threatened to go out on strike Sunday, potentially stranding hundreds of thousands of commuters. But a deal was reached Thursday.
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Jul 10, 2014 — Some drivers are on strike at the ports of LA and Long Beach, and shipping companies are in negotiations with dockworkers over a new contract. Analysts say a full-blown strike would hurt the economy.
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Jun 30, 2014 — In a 5-4 ruling, the court recognized a category of "partial public employees" who cannot be required to contribute union bargaining fees.
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May 20, 2014 — The move comes two months after a National Labor Relations Board ruling that athletes at Northwestern University are school employees and therefore are entitled to form a union.
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Apr 21, 2014 — The NCAA council approved new rules allowing student-athletes unlimited snacks and meals after a star athlete complained about his hunger. But student advocates say they're still waiting to unionize.
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Apr 5, 2014 — Cosmetics retailer Sephora had hoped to keep its top Paris store open until midnight. Instead, the shop must observe the traditional closing time of 9 p.m.
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Feb 14, 2014 — The issue of union representation at a plant that produces Passat sedans has drawn comments from a senator and President Obama. The UAW sees the plant as a chance to gain needed momentum in building up its membership.
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Jan 24, 2014 — Also: Chang-rae Lee on his reading habits; how Jennifer Weiner helps the New York literary world stay relevant.
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Jan 16, 2014 — Employees at an Amazon.com facility in Delaware have decided against forming a labor union. The company is openly opposed to unions and has successfully fought previous efforts to unionize here, but the attempts had never before gotten as far as an employee vote.
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