• Elizabeth Bunn was named organizing director of the AFL-CIO. Bunn served as the secretary-treasurer of the UAW since 2002, is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, and directs the UAW’s Technical, Office and Professional Department. Bunn will replace Stewart Acuff.
  • The National Labor Relations Board ordered representation elections to proceed among health care workers in California, allowing 6,800 workers at 31 facilities to choose between the United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW) local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). The elections had been delayed for more than a year as the result of unfair labor practice charges brought by SEIU and UHW against NUHW. Former UHW officers formed NUHW in early 2009. Despite the NLRB order, more than 30 other elections remain blocked by unfair labor practice allegations involving these unions.
  • A series of organizing boot camps run by the Teamsters drew large crowds. At one boot camp held in Covina, Calif., more than 600 union members attended. In 2009, 1,200 Teamsters attended 22 organizing boot camps.
  • Both the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) filed petitions with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) seeking an election to be chosen as exclusive union representatives for 40,000 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screeners. Although the FLRA maintains that federal airport screeners do not have collective bargaining rights, NTEU and the AFGE filed the petitions in order to be on the election ballot if the FLRA reverses its decision.
  • The National Mediation Board ("Board") ruled that Frontier Airlines is a separate carrier from other subsidiaries of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., and as a result, a union representation election may be held for Frontier’s 900 unrepresented flight attendants. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) had petitioned the Board to allow the election at Frontier, while the Teamsters opposed the election. Frontier Airlines was acquired by Republic Airways Holdings in 2009; Teamsters currently represent flight attendants at Republic Airlines while the AFA represents employees at two Republic Airways Holdings subsidiaries. A date has not yet been set for the Frontier election.