Adjunct faculty members at St. Louis Community College voted 188–15 in favor of unionizing with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1. The SEIU win adds to a number of successful organizing efforts of faculty at colleges over the last three years.
The Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP) won a union election to represent 1,400 adjunct professors at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn.
More than 200 unrepresented adjunct faculty at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering will vote in a mail election on whether to be represented by a United Auto Workers (UAW) affiliate. The UAW already represents 3,500 adjunct faculty members throughout other parts of NYU. Ballots will be counted December 21.
Volkswagen (VW) petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) to reject the UAW’s bid for a vote to represent a micro unit of 164 maintenance employees—about 10 percent of all hourly workers at the facility—arguing that the maintenance-only unit opposes VW’s one-team approach at VW Chattanooga, Tenn. VW remained neutral during the UAW’s unsuccessful election campaign in 2014 to represent all of the blue-collar workforce. The UAW already “represents” about 45 percent of the plant’s workers under a company engagement policy.
Norwalk Hospital employees voted two-to-one (263-140) in favor of union representation by the Connecticut Health Care Associates (CHCA), the same union that has represented registered nurses at the hospital for more than 30 years. Among the 572 employees now represented by the union are those in 97 different job classifications, including environmental services, patient care technicians, unit secretaries, records office employees, and patient registrars. The representation election follows an August election by the hospital’s engineering department to join the CHCA.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) will now represent 3,700 regional passenger service airline workers at Envoy Air Inc. , though only 37 percent of the Irving, Texas-based carrier’s eligible 3,716 employees cast ballots. Envoy is owned by American Airlines Group.