• Members of Nurses United of the National Capital Area have voted 526-147 to authorize a one-day unfair labor practice strike against the Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. The bargaining unit of 1,600 registered nurses authorized the strike to protest the firing of 18 nurses during large-scale snowstorms that hit the area in February. The union filed a ULP with the NLRB alleging that the hospital unilaterally changed its policy regarding absences in the event of a snowstorm. The hospital claims that the fired nurses refused to work and refused hospital-provided transportation during the storm. Nine of the nurses have been reinstated. Union officials have said that the hospital can avoid the strike by settling the charges. No date has been set for the strike and the union must provide notice 10 days beforehand. The strike authorization comes amidst the parties’ stalled negotiations over the terms of a new contract. The nurses have been working without a contract since June 19, and the parties last bargaining took place on July 28.
  • SEIU’s United Healthcare Workers-West conducted a rally at Oakland’s Piedmont Gardens retirement community to protest the employer’s permanent replacement of dozens of employees previously on strike. Union members held a five-day strike in early August as the union and company have been unable to agree to a new contract since the previous contract expired in April. During the strike, Piedmont hired temporary staff as replacements. Upon the strikers’ return, Piedmont informed 38 members they had been permanently replaced.
  • UNITE HERE Locals 1 and 450 members employed at four Chicago Hilton hotels authorized a strike at the hotels. The strike would affect 1,800 employees and the vote gives the bargaining committee the authority to call a strike if necessary. The employees are part of a broader group of 6,500 UNITE HERE members employed in 30 Chicago-area hotels that have been working without a contract since August 2009. The parties remain far apart on several issues, including housekeeping workload. Hilton has proposed a 20-room quota per eight-hour shift, up from the current 16-room quota.
  • Teamsters members who were on strike for a week against Coca-Cola in Washington state went back to work after the company accepted the union’s unconditional offer to return. The strike began in response to Coca-Cola’s alleged surveillance and intimidation of union employees and refusal to bargain in good faith. Negotiations between Coca-Cola and six IBT locals representing 500 workers at sites throughout Washington will resume in September in an effort to replace a contract that expired in May.