• The Communications Workers of America, the UNI Global Union federation, and the German-based ver.di union filed a complaint with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Germany, alleging that Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile USA’s parent company) violated OECD guidelines by campaigning to undermine U.S. employees’ efforts to join a union. In their complaint, the unions urged OECD to investigate the issues and ensure that Deutsche Telekom AG allows all of its workers, globally, to participate in union activities.
  • Employees at Ikea’s Swedwood furniture manufacturing plant in Danville, VA voted 221-69 in favor of representation by the International Association of Machinists (IAM). The employees had been working with IAM to form a union since 2009 — only several months after IKEA opened the plant, its first in the United States.
  • Unions are using telephone town hall meetings to communicate with members over many issues, including collective bargaining negotiations, political elections, and legislative issues. Unions have also been using these virtual meetings for outreach, organizing, soliciting volunteers, or for union officials to poll members’ attitudes. This new technology allows thousands of members to participate at one time.
  • 240 employees of six H&M stores in the New York City area voted in favor of representation by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, Local 888 (affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers), through a card check procedure. These employees join 1,200 H&M employees in Manhattan who voted to unionize in 2007.
  • A new report released July 25, 2011, finds Asian American and Pacific Islander workers now make up one of the fastest-growing groups in the unionized workforce. The report, Diversity and Change: Asian American and Pacific Islander Workers 2011, conducted by the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, found the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workforce is 20 times larger today than it was in 1960, making up 5.3% of the total U.S. workforce. In 2010, 1:20 U.S. union members were AAPI, up from 1:40 20 years ago. Although AAPI workers are one of the fastest growing shares in the unionized workforce, the percentage of AAPI workers in a union has been falling for decades, as has the unionization rates for all U.S. workers.
  • A certification application by the United Food & Commercial Workers Canada to represent employees of Wal-Mart Canada Corp.’s store in Windsor, Ontario, as well as unfair labor practice complaints filed by each side related to the certification process, was rejected by the Ontario Labor Relations Board on July 21, 2011. The application was denied on the grounds that the six-year delay since the organizing drive eliminated any labor relation purpose to continue the litigation.
  • The National Mediation Board (NMB) extended the certification of the IAM as the bargaining agent for workers at pre-merger United Airlines to the comparable class of 1,035 stock clerks at United Continental Holdings Inc. In doing so, NMB rejected the Company’s request to hold an election, stating that no other union had presented authorization cards, as required, to contest IAM’s application. For NMB to hold an election, another union would have needed to submit cards showing support from at least 35% of the combined workforce.