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600 Hilton Chicago Employees on Three-Day Strike—and More Bargaining News

by Belinda Boyce, Oct 18, 2010

Some 600 Hilton Chicago hotel employees are waging a three-day strike, and more news from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 1,300 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.

UNITEHERE!, Hilton Chicago: Members of UNITEHERE! Local 1 launched a three-day strike Saturday at Hilton Chicago, joining their brothers and sisters striking at Hilton hotels in San Francisco and Honolulu. More than 8,000 hotel workers in Chicago have been working without a contract since August 2009.


IAM, Hawker Beechcraft: Machinists (IAM) members in Wichita, Kan., rejected a seven-year contract offer from Hawker Beechcraft that would have cut wages by 10 percent while increasing health care contributions. Workers felt pressured to approve the deal, with Hawker threatening to move out of state; however, many who voted “No” say they expect it’s just a matter of time before the company leaves Kansas anyway.

Multiple, Disney World: Disney World workers in Orlando, Fla., voted to reject a 42-month contract. The 20,000 workers are represented by six unions, which comprise the Services Trades Council.

AFT, Baltimore City Public School System: Teachers in Baltimore, Md., rejected a contract that included a new teacher evaluation system. Leaders of the Baltimore Teachers Union (AFT) plan to address members’ concerns over terms of the deal and to hold another ratification vote Oct. 28.

IBEW, Essex County: In New Jersey, members of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1158 ratified a three-year contract with Essex County. The agreement covers 1,100 mainly administrative workers and follows the ratification of a three-year contract by 650 county welfare workers, members of the Communications Workers (CWA) Local 1081. Before these pacts were reached, 26 county unions had been without contracts since December 2007.

Disclaimer: This information is being provided for your information only.  As it is compiled from published news reports, not from individual unions, we cannot vouch for either its completeness or accuracy; readers who desire further information should directly contact the union involved.

In its 10th Year, DC Labor FilmFest Opens Friday

by Mike Hall, Oct 13, 2010

The 10th annual DC Labor FilmFest kicks off Friday night at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring Md., with the French black comedy Lousie-Michel featuring workers at suddenly shuttered toy factory who decide to seek the ultimate revenge.

The FilmFest runs through Oct. 19 and includes the Washington, D.C., area premier of Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn in the story of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame. Plame’s undercover CIA role was revealed in a Robert Novak column (thanks to a leak from the White House) after her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joe Wilson, published an op-ed piece critical of the Bush administration’s weapons of mass destruction intelligence in Iraq.

Click here to purchase tickets—union members get a discount when they show their union card at the box office—and here for detailed look at the line-up.

Chris Garlock, founder and director of the FilmFest presented by the DC Metro Labor Council, says the rest of the line up includes:

  • OFFICE SPACE—A perennial and outrageously funny DC Labor FilmFest favorite. The FilmFest once again will feature a raffle of OFFICE SPACE paraphernalia, including Milton’s precious red Swingline stapler.
  • THE INFORMANT! (Whistleblower Series)–This darkly comic film from Steven Soderbergh stars Matt Damon as real-life whistleblower Mark Whitacre, who exposed the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the mid-1990s, which led to the first successful prosecution of an international cartel by the U.S. Department of Justice in more than 40 years.
  • FAST FOOD NATION: Indie filmmaker Richard Linklater takes a dramatic approach to examining the fast food industry’s health risks and environmental and social consequences.
  • OUTSOURCED: Perhaps the only romantic comedy about outsourcing: Telemarketer Todd (Josh Hamilton) sells cheap novelty products over the phone from Seattle until he and his entire Order Fulfillment department are outsourced to India.
  • GIGANTE: a supermarket security guard in a Montevideo suburb passes the time working the graveyard shift by watching videos, listening to music, doing crossword puzzles and watching Julia, a young cleaning woman, on the security camera monitors.
  • THE MAID: After 23 years working as housemaid in an upper class Santiago household, Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) is as much a part of the Valdez family as the wife, husband and kids she lives with and looks after. But the years of servitude have taken the toll on her; a deeply emotionally satisfying glimpse into the lives of those who are seen but never heard.