@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 6, 2012

"Union authorizes strike at Maysteel; contract talks continue"Journal Sentinel

The union representing 300 employees at Maysteel LLC, in Allenton, says it could go on strike as early as Friday if labor negotiations fail to produce a contract.

Meanwhile, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters wants to take over representation of the Maysteel employees from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers that represents them now.

That’s not been well received by officials at the Machinists union.

"AT&T, CWA in tentative contract for about 9,000 workers"Reuters

AT&T Inc is in a tentative labor contract with the Communications Workers of America covering roughly 9,000 workers in five states, according to the company and the union.

The contract is one of several the company is negotiating with union workers around the country. Other contracts currently being negotiated cover about 40,000 workers in AT&T’s wireline phone business. AT&T has about 256,000 employees in total.

"American and its unions show little progress"Star-Telegram

American Airlines and its unions did not accomplish much at the bargaining table last week, and once again, each side is blaming the other.

The Fort Worth-based airline, whose parent company AMR filed for bankruptcy in November, said union proposals fall short of the cost savings laid out by the company in its restructuring plan. And union negotiators say American is not being sincere in the contract talks.

"‘We will not bend or buckle,’ grocery union says to Safeway, Giant Food"Gazette.Net

With a month left on its four-year contract, the union representing about 17,000 grocery workers in the Washington, D.C., region says it has taken its fight to a federal labor board, claiming its rights are being violated.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, whose members work at the 126 Giant Food and Safeway supermarkets in the region, said it has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. It charges the grocers with posting advertisements for replacement workers; prohibiting workers from handing out business cards stating their position in the union and seeking support in the contract negotiations; and enacting social media regulations.

"Bettman says formal CBA talks haven’t started"Wall Street Journal

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says formal negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association haven’t started.

Bettman said there is contact on a regular basis with the union, and he thinks talks will begin "sooner rather than later, but we’re not there yet."

The NHL’s current CBA is set to expire in September.