• On June 2, 2011, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) filed an application with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for a representation election among 2,200 JetBlue Airways pilots. In 2009, the airline’s pilots rejected representation by an independent union, the JetBlue Pilots Association. In the 2009 election, only 33 percent of pilots voted, almost all of whom were in favor of union representation, while the 67 percent of pilots who did not vote were counted as “no” votes. Under the NMB’s new voting rule adopted in 2010, election outcomes are now determined by a majority of the votes cast, as apposed to an absolute majority of all eligible voters.
  • UNI Global Union (UNI), a Geneva-based group representing about 900 labor unions worldwide, called for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to enter into discussion about a global agreement in which Wal-Mart would recognize unions in the local communities where the company is seeking to expand.
  • The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) organizers are working to sign up Wal-Mart employees to the “Organization United for Respect at Walmart”, or OUR Walmart. OUR Walmart is not a “union” because it has not taken the steps to get formal recognition and is not pursuing a union contract. But, those who sign up must pay $5 a month. UFCW officials have made known that they want OUR Walmart to pave the way to union recognition. Wal-Mart officials are calling the new movement a “stalking horse” for unionization and an attempt to gain new media attention to an anti-Wal-Mart corporate campaign that has failed.
  • The UFCW lost a unionization vote at a Target store in Valley Stream, New York. Of the store’s 250 employees, 137 voted against joining the union while 85 voted for it. The Valley Stream store would have been the first of Target’s 1,750 stores to be unionized.
  • The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) won a runoff election against The Union for Federal Employees (NTEU) to represent more than 43,000 federal airport screeners employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
  • Concluding a five-week long election process conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), flight attendants at United Continental Holdings Inc., elected the Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America (AFA) over the International Association of Machinists (IAM) as their representative collective bargaining unit. The addition of the Continental employees will bring the total number of employees represented by AFA to nearly 60,000 at more than 20 airlines, securing its position as the world’s largest flight attendant union.
  • The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) announced that it had reached a voluntary card check agreement with UPS Freight. A UPS Freight spokesman said that this new agreement does not have a neutrality agreement and, as a result, the union only will be able to approach employees at a given location after notifying the company.