Judge Holds Healthbridge In ContemptThe Milford Mirror reports that last week, a U.S. District Court judge found management officials at Healthbridge in contempt of court.  The judge further ordered the company to pay back wages and benefits to over 600 nurses and support staff working for five separate Connecticut nursing homes.  The judge’s contempt finding follows on the heels of a ruling issued in late 2012 ordering Healthbridge to reinstate the nurses’ previous wage and benefit plan after the company imposed unilateral changes upon the bargaining unit.  A spokesperson for the company stated that Healthbridge was considering its options and may appeal the contempt finding. 

Machinists President Says New Offer Better Than PriorsKSDK.com reports that the president of the International Association of Machinists, Tom Buffenbarger, has received the Boeing Company’s new collective bargaining terms.  After reviewing the company’s new proposal, which includes faster pay raises and a signing bonus, Mr. Buffenbarger commented that the offer was a "significant improvement" as compared to the offer the union rejected last month.  As of now, the union is expected to take an up or down vote on the company’s offer after the new year.  We will keep you posted.

AC Transit Reaches Deal With WorkersCBS Sacramento reports that employees working for AC Transit in California have voted to ratify the company’s latest contract proposal, which will for all intents and purposes avert a labor strike.  While management officials will not vote on the proposal until next month, their affirmance is believed to be all but assured.  The deal includes an almost 10% wage increase over the next three years, but also requires employees to make monthly contributions to their health care plan. 

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