• Nearly 500 employees at a Taunton, Mass. hospital voted to join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 1199. Some union officials have described this as the largest organizing vote in Massachusetts during all of 2012. The workers who participated in the vote included respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, licensed practical nurses, nurse assistants, housekeepers, environmental services workers, and dietary workers.
  • The National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC)-Texas and the SEIU won elections to represent workers at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, Texas. After the unions won their elections, nurses brought unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) claiming that the hospital entered into “secret deals” with the unions which gave organizers preferential access to the hospital. Among the nearly 500 registered nurses employed at Providence Memorial, 201 voted in favor of NNOC and 115 voted for against it; while 225 nurses voted in favor of SEIU, and 85 voted no.
  • Car wash cashiers and workers at Webster Car Wash in Bronx, N.Y., voted for representation by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) in late October. Webster Car Wash is the second car wash in New York City to unionize, but is part of a larger effort by the RWDSU to organize car wash workers across the tri-state area. According to RWDSU, 75 percent of New York car wash workers are not paid overtime, and are often forced to work for wages that are too low and often illegal.
  • Almost 3,000 emergency medical services employees of American Medical Response, a private ambulance company, 1,900 of whom are located in “a dozen counties in California” and the remaining employed throughout New England, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and support staff, recently voted to change representation from the National Emergency Medical Services Association to the United EMS Workers, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Workers Local 4911.
  • The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) disaffiliated from the American Nurses Association (ANA) after more than a year of dissention between the two organizations. The initial dispute between the two organizations arose when the NYSNA appointed Julie Pinkham to run the NYSNA, because Pinkham is a former member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, a rival union to the ANA. In its official press release, the NYSNA said that it is disassociating from the ANA because NYSNA has become stronger and more democratic, while ANA “has been moving in the opposite direction.”
  • The National Mediation Board ruled that AirTran and Southwest Airlines operate as a single transportation system for purposes of representation of their aircraft mechanics and related workers. The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association sought the ruling in an effort to expand certification of the union from approximately 2,000 Southwest mechanics, to include nearly 500 AirTran employees as well.