Transport Workers Hit With Class ActionMichael Lipkin of Law360 ($$) writes that a former employee of American Airlines has sued the Transport Workers Union of America with a putative class action.  The suit, filed yesterday in Texas federal court, alleges that the union failed to give retiring workers the stock options they were owed under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.  The suit further alleges that the union failed to tell members taking early retirement that they would be ineligible for equity-based payouts.

“Defendants discriminated against the class,” the complaint said. “Not only did the class help create the TWU equity by participating in the projected labor cost savings to New American, they prevented an involuntary [reduction in force].”

A representative for the union had yet to comment as the story went to press.  We will make sure to keep you posted as this suit moves forward.

Boston Nurses Set To StrikeJulie M. Donnelly of the Boston Business Journal writes that nurses working for Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Boston, MA have voted to hold a one-day unfair labor practice strike on February 10.  The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the union representing the nurses, stated that the strike action is coming in response to Baystate’s declaration of an impasse in collective bargaining negotiations. 

The initial decision to authorize a strike was made in October, but the necessary 10-day notice was delivered this week.  The major sticking point between the parties in negotiations involves Baystate’s desire to reform its overtime policies.  We will be watching these negotiations and will update as new information comes to light.

Portland Teachers Strike Vote On The HorizonNicole Dungca of the Oregonian writes that Portland Public School teachers will vote next week on whether to authorize a labor strike.  If the teachers approve such a measure, they will be allowed to walk out a mere 10 days after the votes are tallied.  The move would affect some 48,000 students and their families.  While the school district has pledged to keep schools open in the event of a labor stoppage, parents are still worried.  We will make sure to update you on the results of the vote.

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