• The Transport Workers Union of America filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) seeking a representation election among 650 unrepresented flight attendants at Virgin America. According to the union, “[a]n overwhelming majority” of employees of the San Francisco-based airline are seeking union representation. The union vote will occur in mid-December.
  • Maintenance and production workers at two R.J. Reynolds Tobacco facilities in North Carolina voted for the third time in less than seven years against joint representation by the International Association of Machinists and the Bakery, Confectionery Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers. Previous representation elections were held in 2005 and 2006. The latest, NRB-supervised vote came out 686-556 against representation.
  • The AFL-CIO issued an organizing committee charter to the National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA). Through this charter, the NTWA, which includes 15,000 drivers in New York and a smaller number in Philadelphia, became the labor federation’s 57th affiliated labor organization. The charter was the first the AFL-CIO issued for a national organizing committee since the United Farm Workers received one in the 1970s.
  • A bargaining unit of more than 900 beef plant workers at JBS Packerland Inc. in Plainwell, Mich., voted for representation by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). In the NLRB-supervised election, workers at the JBS slaughterhouse and production facility voted 641-160 for representation by UFCW Local 951. They join 28,000 other JBS workers represented by the UFCW.