A Bloomberg BNA data analysis of National Labor Relations Board representation elections showed that unions participated in 66 fewer resolved representation elections during the first six months of 2013 than in the same period in 2012; although, they won more of the elections in which they participated. Unions won 65.2 percent of the 643 private sector elections held in the first six months of 2013, compared with 62.6 percent of 709 elections held in the same period last year. The number of workers eligible to vote in board- supervised representation elections increased to 83,358 during the first half of 2013, from 47,230 in the first six months of 2012. The number of workers organized by unions also increased to 65,185 in the first six months of 2013, from 27,483 in the first half of 2012. The number of decertification elections held during the first half of 2013 totaled 93, down from 131 during the first six months of 2012. Unions won 37 decertification elections (39.8 percent), retaining bargaining rights for 3,362 workers for the first half of 2013. In the same period of 2012, unions won 54 decertification elections (41.2 percent), retaining bargaining rights for 4,856 workers.
A study by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC (BSK), an employer-side firm, found that unionization efforts across the greater New York City area jumped sharply in 2012. The study sought to provide insight into organized labor’s private-sector activity within this area, which is comprised of the NLRB's Region 3, and to compare the activity to national statistics. After a small downturn between 2010 and 2011, the region saw a 58 percent jump in union petitions filed, and a 32 percent increase in elections held from 2011 to 2012. New York's jump in petitions for 2012 was far higher than a five percent jump nationwide. However, the study showed that while the number of election petitions jumped, the rate of successful votes to unionize remained about the same over the three-year period. The four unions most involved with petitions were the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT or Teamsters), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), and the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
After a 15-month organizing campaign, dozens of union charges of unfair labor practices, and a change of hotel ownership, the majority of workers' – over 100 housekeepers, engineers, servers, cooks, front desk workers and bartenders – at the Los Angeles Airport Holiday Inn voted through card check to join UNITE HERE local 11. Organizing started after the workers went on a one-day strike in August 2012, protesting their alleged lack of rest and meal breaks, followed by a call from the union to boycott of the hotel.
Home-based child care providers who offer services to families enrolled in a Rhode Island subsidized child care assistance program (CCAP) voted, 390-19, through a secret ballot election for representation by the SEIU District 1199 NE. CCAP provides help with child care costs to families earning up to 180 percent of federal poverty level. The child care legislation, 2013-S0794, allowed those CCAP- enrolled providers to form a union and negotiate with the state in areas such as training, development, recruitment and payment procedures. However, it states that child care providers are not employees of the state and are not eligible for the state employee pension system or health care plans. It also prohibits them from engaging in any strike or other collective cessation of services.
A majority of table game dealers at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and the Margarita Casino within the Flamingo voted it is first representation election, 233-70, for United Auto Workers union representation.
The employees at a Missouri-based ammunition plant operated by Alliance Techsystems Inc. voted, 841-725, for representation by the International Association of Machinists.
The CWA launched the United Transportation Alliance of New Jersey. CWA formed the affiliate membership association to address the working conditions of taxi drivers, who are not a traditional bargaining unit for the union. The CWA seeks to develop taxi industry oversight in the state.
New York University (NYU) and the UAW agreed to have the American Arbitration Association hold a representation election covering 1,200 NYU graduate, teaching, and research assistants. The agreement calls for NYU to remain neutral and respect election results; the UAW to withdraw pending NLRB petitions for election; both sides to negotiate in good faith if a majority votes for UAW representation; a neutral arbitrator to resolve any disputes that arise prior to the election within 48 hours; the union to abstain from bargaining academic matters; NYU to bargain a new contract at the end of the first contract; and a neutral arbitrator to resolve any disputes related to NYU’s obligation to bargain.
Leaders of seven national organizations, including the AFL-CIO and UFCW, vowed to increase their efforts to “support” workers at Wal- Mart Stores Inc. in their ongoing push to persuade the retailer to pay higher wages and improve working conditions. Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), an independent, nonprofit coalition created for the big-box retailer's current and former hourly workers, members claim that they are seeking wages that would provide a minimum of $25,000 a year for full-time work, as well as the ability to express work related concerns without fear of reprisal or retaliation. OUR Walmart members are joined in this effort by Making Change at Walmart, a campaign supported by the UFCW that includes a coalition composed of Wal-Mart employees, union members, as well as other community and advocacy organizations. In recent weeks, Our Walmart held demonstrations in front of Wal-Mart stores in California, Florida, Illinois, and Washington.