A group of nearly 1,000 welders, electricians, machinists, and vehicle and equipment repair technicians voted 485144 in favor of representation by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The workers are employed by Bowhead Support Group LLC at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa.
Locals for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) and UNITE HERE will try to organize mixed martial artists who work for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Las Vegas. The organizing drive is aimed at the UFC’s parent company Zuffa LLC and is based on allegations that the fighters are underpaid, earning an average of $60,145 per fight for twotothree fights per year. Additionally, female fighters are paid 60.7 percent of the salary earned by male fighters per fight. The UFC has 603 fighters classified as independent contractors and 300 nonfighter employees.
Vice Media approved a cardcheck agreement and recognized Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) as the representative for 75 editorial workers. The parties expect to begin negotiating a contract shortly. WGAE previously organized workers at Salon Media Group and at Gawker Media.
Workers at a Nestle plant in Danville, Va. voted to be represented by the United Steelworkers (USW). The 560 workers will be members of Local 831.
Nearly 250 table game dealers at the LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be represented by the United Auto Workers following a secretballot election. The fulltime and parttime employees voted 7442 for the union.
A group of mechanics, custodians and customer service representatives at a Conway Freight terminal in Clackamas, Ore., voted 95 against representation by the Teamsters.
Contract workers at a Google Express warehouse voted 7743 for representation by the Teamsters. The warehouse and shipping workers are employed by Adecco in the San Francisco Bay area. Google Express provides delivery service for companies like Target, Costco, and Whole Foods. Adecco provides shipping and handling for sameday and overnight service for Google Express.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the median time between the filing of a representation petition and the election has decreased since the NLRB’s Amended Representation Election Rules took effect on April 14, 2015. In uncontested elections, where the employer and union agree to the terms of the vote, the median period elapsed was 23 days. Where the election was contested and the election directed by the NLRB, the median period decreased to 25 days, down from 59 days in 2014. In 2014, the median time from the petition to election for all elections was 38 days.