The United Auto Workers’ (UAW) annual Labor Department filing shows that UAW membership grew by 3.1 percent in 2014—adding more than 12,000 workers. Total UAW membership rose for the fifth consecutive year and now stands at 403,466 workers. The UAW has added nearly 50,000 members since 2009. But, membership still is down more than one million from its peak level of 1.53 million in 1979.
According to annual reports filed by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) with the Labor Department from 2001 to 2015, total membership in the UFCW decreased slightly in 2014, nudging the union to its lowest headcount in 14 years. The union claimed its loss of 2,352 members was a “small decline [that] can be attributed to economic shifts and regular fluctuations in membership.”
Delta Air Lines Inc., the least unionized major air carrier in the U.S., dodged a union representation election among its 20,000 flight attendants when the International Association of Machinists (IAM) abandoned plans to seek a vote. The union announced on its website that it was ending its election bid on account of too many questionable authorization cards. The union plans to refile for an election in 12 months.
Members of the Labor Program of the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA), which represents about 1,300 nurses in three bargaining units in the state, voted to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as a part of the AFT’s Nurses and Health Professionals Division. The AaNA is a professional association that claims nearly 12,000 members, about 1,300 of whom are represented by the group’s Labor Program.
Cleaners at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelming (1512) in favor of representation by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
UNITE HERE Local 26 was selected to represent more than 100 workers at the Doubletree by Hilton Boston Cambridge hotel. The election ends more than two years of protests for a “fair process to unionize” employees at the Harvard Universityowned property.
IAM withdrew a representation election petition for more than 3,000 workers at Boeing’s production facility in North Charleston, S.C., while also filing an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board), alleging that Boeing unlawfully interfered with employees’ rights to organize, in violation of Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The union claims injunctive relief is warranted due to “the potential for violence and obvious infringement upon Section 7 rights caused by the employer’s conduct.”
An NLRB hearing officer overruled Howard University Hospital’s objections to a representation election in January, where resident physicians and fellows voted 110106 in favor of union representation. If the election results are certified by the Board, the Committee of Interns and Residents/Service Employees International Union Healthcare (CIR/SEIU Healthcare) will serve as the bargaining representative for 263 resident physicians and fellows at the hospital.
The UFCW has slashed more than half of the funding for its “OUR Walmart” campaign. The UFCW’s new president campaigned on the platform that too many resources had been devoted to the effort.
A United Auto Workers Local 42 representative claimed it was time for the Volkswagen Group of America Inc. to give the union card check approval. The union cited a financial report the union filed with the Labor Department, which states that the local has majority membership status at the automaker’s Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant.
Twentyfour ABM Onsite Services West, Inc, fulltime and parttime “bag jammer technicians” and dispatchers working at the Portland International Airport voted to join Machinists District W24. The workers are all employed as contract baggage handlers, assisting with baggage screening for the Portland Airlines Consortium, which is comprised of all the airlines that operate out of the Portland airport.
The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries – Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines – to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S. The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the NLRB to encourage immigrants’ involvement in union activism.