• Bloomberg BNA’s analysis of data compiled for all National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) elections in 2012 found that the percentage of union-won elections decreased slightly from 66 in 2011, to 63 in 2012. The most successful unions in 2012 were the Security, Police, & Fire Professionals of America, the American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees (“AFSCME”), and the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”), winning 73.9, 70.7, and 70.1 percent of their elections respectively. The most active unions in 2012 were the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (“Teamsters”), SEIU, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (“UFCW”), participating in 312, 147, and 105 elections respectively. SEIU, Teamsters, and AFSCME organized the most workers in 2012 with 11,036, 8,130, and 4,377 workers organized respectively. BNA also found that unions had more success with smaller bargaining units in 2012, reporting that unions won 64.9 percent of elections involving bargaining units of less than 49 workers and 67.1 percent of elections involving 50-99 workers. In 2012, unions were most successful in health care services and finance, insurance, and real estate. Unions were much less successful in decertification elections in 2012, winning only 38.2 percent as compared to 46.2 percent in 2011.
  • In a contentious rerun election, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (“SEIU-UHW”) retained representation of 45,000 California Kaiser Permanente workers after being challenged by the National Union of Healthcare Workers-California Nurses Association (“NUHW-CNA”). The original election, held in 2010 and won by SEIU-UHW, was set aside in August 2011 after the NLRB found that SEIU-UHW had interfered in the election. Each union is reported to have spent in excess of $4 million on the campaign.
  • In Oregon, multiple unions, including Oregon AFL-CIO, Communications Workers of America, Oregon Nurses Association, and the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, are sharing resources to help new unions organize. Due to these efforts, approximately 3,000 workers have set up unions in the past year. The support from other unions has led to 170 workers joining the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 and 300 Head Start employees signing cards to form a union.
  • In a 51 to 22 vote, Flex-N-Gate hourly workers in Arlington, Texas voted to join the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (“UAW”). Last June, the NLRB found that Flex-N-Gate, an automotive parts supplier, had illegally disciplined employees in an attempt to defeat the UAW’s organizing drive.
  • The Teamsters filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (“NMB”) to represent more than 4,000 workers at US Airways who are currently represented by the International Association of Machinists (“IAM”). According to the Teamsters, the petition was supported by more than 2,800 eligible workers, or 60 percent of the work group. The Teamsters also filed a petition to represent more than 11,000 mechanics and related workers at American Airlines, currently represented by the Transport Workers Union (“TWU”). The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (“AMFA”) will not appear on the ballot to represent the American Airlines mechanics after the NMB found that that union did not meet the applicable deadline in presenting additional authorization cards. In addition, IAM and TWU announced that the two unions plan to partner to represent almost 30,000 employees at American Airlines once it merges with US Airways. According to TWU, the new partnership, TWU/IAM Employee Association, will help representatives use their combined efforts to advocate for their members.
  • Employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), the newest financial regulatory agency, voted 378 to 86 to be represented by the National Treasury Employees Union (“NTEU”). NTEU is awaiting certification of the election results by the Federal Labor Relations Authority before formally organizing CFPB employees and beginning the bargaining process. NTEU, which represents more than 150,000 federal employees across 31 agencies, currently represents employees in several other financial regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the National Credit Union Administration.