• The Communications Workers of America won an election to represent 2,867 fleet and passenger service agents at Piedmont Airlines, after failing at an attempt in 2008. The vote was conducted under the National Mediation Board’s revised rules for representation elections, which make it easier for airline and railroad industry unions to organize workers.
  • Three separate bargaining units totaling 700 workers at Holy Family Hospital in Meuthen, Massachusetts voted for representation by the Service Employees International Union. The respective bargaining units include 395 service employees, 167 technical employees, and 110 clerical employees. The SEIU now represents five of the six hospitals in the Caritas Christi Health Care chain in Massachusetts. Last year Caritas and SEIU negotiated the first master contract that covered employees at Caritas’ then four unionized hospitals. That contract provided for wage increases, a low-cost health plan, and the creation of five labor-management committees.
  • Registered nurses at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Florida voted for representation by the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United. Of 495 eligible nurses, 354 voted in favor of union representation and 30 voted against. NNU, the largest U.S. union and professional organization of registered nurses, has organized more than 6,500 nurses in Texas, Missouri, and Nevada this year.
  • In the latest fight between the National Union of Healthcare Workers and United Healthcare Workers-West, a division of the SEIU, professional employees in two bargaining units at Kaiser Permanente voted to switch representation from UHW to NUHW, while a third unit voted to remain with UHW. The rival unions have been battling for members since SEIU placed UHW under trusteeship in early 2009 and ousted the local’s officers and staff, who formed NUHW in response.
  • Three groups of Delta Airlines workers voted against union representation in separate representation elections. Delta flight attendants rejected representation by the Association of Flight Attendants for the airline’s now-combined workforce with Northwest Airlines, meaning that the AFA will be decertified as the representative of approximately 7,100 former Northwest flight attendants and that the combined workforce of approximately 20,000 flight attendants will be unrepresented. Delta fleet service workers rejected representation by the International Association of Machinists, meaning that IAM will be decertified as the representative of approximately 5,000 ramp service workers of the former Northwest Airlines. As a result of the vote, over 13,000 baggage handlers, customer service employees, reservation agents, and office and clerical workers will be union free. Finally, Delta stock clerks and supply attendants also voted against representation by IAM, meaning that IAM will be decertified as the bargaining agent for approximately 250 former Northwest stock clerks and that the airlines’ combined workforce of 673 stock clerks will be unrepresented. All three elections were held under the National Mediation Board’s revised rules for elections.
  • College dining services employees at Loyola University Chicago and St. Peters College in Jersey City, N.J., opted for representation by UNITE HERE in a card check election. A majority of the approximately 200 Aramark Corporation employees at Loyola presented cards indicating they wanted UNITE HERE, and the company promptly recognized the union. At St. Peters, a majority of the 35 eligible employees of Sodexo Inc. voted in a secret-ballot election for Local 100 to be their representative. Union officials said that at both Jesuit school campuses, students, faculty, clergy, and workers across departments supported workers in the organizing campaign.