• Gallup poll results reveal that for the first time since the 1930s, the majority of Americans disapprove of unions and believe they harm the U.S. economy. Last year, 59% of Americans approved of unions, as compared to 48% in 2009. Most Americans, however, (66%) believe workers benefit from unions, while just 28% believe membership is detrimental to workers. Gallup noted that the survey was conducted in August in the midst of the continuing economic recession and aftermath of major federal interventions on behalf of automakers GM and Chrysler.
  • Teamsters Canada, an affiliate of the International Teamsters, has launched an effort to organize Federal Express’ Canadian employees. The Teamsters represent 14,000 Canadian courier industry workers, including some Canadian UPS employees, but have yet to organize FedEx employees in either the U.S. or Canada.
  • Illinois locals of the SEIU and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are working to organize approximately 3,000 caregivers who provide home-based support services for developmentally disabled individuals and are compensated through a state-sponsored program. The proposed unit would consist of both parents and guardians performing personal care for disabled family members as well as professional caregivers. Several disability advocacy groups have questioned whether union involvement would complicate the state-run program and reduce its effectiveness. The organizing drive began after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed an executive order permitting collective bargaining by individual providers of home-based support services.
  • The NLRB dismissed a petition to decertify the UAW as the representative of 483 dealers at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ because of the one year post-election recognition period which has not yet passed. Although dealers at the casino approved UAW representation in March 2007, Trump Plaza has neither recognized the union nor bargained and has appealed a Board order finding against Trump on an unfair labor practice complaint. Dealers at three other Atlantic City casinos voted for UAW representation in 2007, though the parties have not settled a first contract.
  • Employees at Boeing’s Charleston, SC manufacturing facility voted to decertify District 751 of the IAM as their representative in an NLRB sponsored election. IAM was certified as the representative of approximately 260 plant workers in 2007.
  • The NLRB dismissed objections to a 2008 decertification election in a unit of 310 registered nurses at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, CA, where a majority voted to oust the California Nurses Association.
  • The California workforce is increasing at a faster rate than the U.S. as a whole and now has about 17% of the nation’s union members according to a UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Unionization has increased in California from 16.1% for July 2006 through June 2007 to 18.3% for the same period of 2008-2009. The nation’s unionized workforce, however, only increased from 12.1% in 2007 to 12.4% in 2008. The study attributed the increase to older workers over age 55 joining unions in greater numbers.