Three unions have agreed to participate in a dispute resolution process concerning efforts to organize Uber drivers. The International Association of Machinists (IAM), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) will take part in a process led by the AFL-CIO to determine which union is best situated to represent the largest number of drivers. This event was precipitated by IBEW Local 1430’s filing an election petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking to represent a unit of about 600 drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. in New York. IBEW Local 1430’s petition will be suspended pending a resolution of the issues by the AFL-CIO.
Non-tenure track faculty members at the University of Southern California voted 64-9 in favor of union representation by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). However, the same day, a separate proposed unit of faculty at the university voted 127-113 against SEIU representation.
Warehouse workers at B&H Photo Video, a New York City retailer of photographic equipment, voted 46-14 in favor of representation by the United Steelworkers (USW).
Intel Corp. stated it will not get involved in the unionization efforts of 80 contract food service workers who staff the software company’s Santa Clara, Calif., headquarters cafeteria. UNITE HERE Local 19 is seeking to organize the cafeteria workers, who are employed by Guckenheimer Enterprises Inc.
The NLRB certified a 686-129 vote by Tyson Fresh Meats employees in Pasco, Washington to decertify United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 1439. Data released by the NLRB analyzing election results since implementation of the Board’s April 15, 2015 election rule changes through January 14, 2016, showed a significant reduction in the time between filing of an election petition and the NLRB sponsored vote. The median number of days from the filing of the election petition to the election itself was only 24 days, compared to approximately 40 days before the election rule changes. Though union wins have remained practically flat. During the same period, 2,020 petitions were filed, down 3.7 percent from the 2,097 filed the prior year. According to NLRB data, the union win rate in the nine month span was 64 percent, down slightly compared with 65 percent in the prior year.
According to the AFL-CIO’s annual membership report, membership in the 56 AFL-CIO affiliated labor unions fell by more than 66,000 members last year. In 2015, AFL-CIO averaged 9,257,728 members, a net loss of 66,262 members compared with 2014 averages. According to the report, the AFL-CIO affiliates posting the largest membership losses in 2015 were the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) (30,263); the UFCW (19,855); the American Postal Workers Union (16,667); and the Communications Workers of America (10,851).