• More than 300 University of Massachusetts postdoctoral researchers signed cards authorizing the United Auto Workers to serve as their union representative. The UAW submitted the cards to the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations and is awaiting certification. Once certified, the UMass employees will be the first union-represented postdoctoral researchers in Massachusetts.
  • Continental Airlines’ fleet service workers, including baggage handlers, ramp workers, and cargo agents, voted in favor of representation by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Over the past thirteen years, the IBT and other unions have failed a total of five times to organize Continental’s fleet service workers. As part of its most recent organizing effort, the IBT held numerous rallies over the past few months in Continental’s hub cities.
  • The American Federation of Government Employees filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority to become the exclusive union representative for more than 40,000 transportation security officers. The AFGE filed a similar petition in 2003, which was denied by the FLRA when the FLRA board determined in a 2-1 decision that TSA workers are only entitled to collectively bargain at the discretion of the head of TSA. The FLRA board member who wrote the dissenting opinion, Carol Waller Pope, is now the FLRA chair. The AFGE believes that this change in FLRA leadership increases their chances of obtaining collective bargaining rights over TSA employees.