• Following a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit declining to block an organizing vote, American Airlines’ passenger service employees—reservations, customer service, and premium service employees—voted 2,902 to 3,052 against representation by the Communications Workers of America (CWA). American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011 and subsequently terminated some 2,000 passenger service employees. The CWA asserts that it will continue its organizing efforts, identifying the potential merger of American Airlines and US Airways as an organizing opportunity.
  • Under a cooperation agreement between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and CVS Caremark, pharmacy workers at 500 of the retailer’s California stores will vote on union representation. The UFCW has represented workers at 100 California locations since 2006, when CVS purchased Sav-On Pharmacies. Elections monitored by neutral observers will be held at 10 stores per month over the next five years. Employees voting for union representation will be covered by a current collective bargaining agreement running from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017. CVS stores covered by the cooperation agreement are in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco metropolitan areas.
  • Figures reported by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that 368,000 fewer workers were union-represented in 2012 than in 2011, with the total number of workers represented dropping from 16.3 million to 15.9 million. The number of union-represented women fell 247,000, accounting for 67 percent of the decline. The dip in representation included a 200,000 worker decrease in public-sector representation and a 100,000 worker decrease in the private sector. Within the private sector, the construction industry and the health care and social assistance industries saw the largest decreases, each having 54,000 fewer union members in 2012 than in 2011. The Bureau also released statistics showing that the median income for union members was $201 more per week than for non-union members.