• The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers instituted a requirement on construction locals around the country to implement “recovery programs” that include the creation of two new job classifications: construction wiremen and construction electricians. The classification system establishes seven tiers and serves to expand opportunities for contractors and the union. The “CW/CE” classifications demand fewer professional skills and training requirements than other job classifications, such as the journeymen classification. The programs originated in a pilot program in 2005, which permitted contractors to hire CWs and CEs at lower rates than journeymen. This effort aims to change the path of the industry in order to increase market share, get more work out of union members, grow the union and raise standards throughout the industry. The new program is controversial among some communities and labor organizations, both of which have historically resisted industry efforts to create “helper” or “junior” classifications because of their potential to undermine the development of certified journeymen.
  • Sandy Pope has announced that she will challenge James P. Hoffa, the incumbent president, during the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' 2011 national election. Pope joined Teamsters in 1978 as a warehouse selector and steelhauler and has risen in the ranks to serve as the Local 805 president in Long Island, New York since 2004. She is the first woman to run for president of the 1.4 million member union. Fred Gegare, union chairman of the Central States Pension Fund, an international vice president, the head of IBT’s dairy division, the head of the food processing division, and president of Joint Council 39 has also declared his candidacy for president.
  • Lee Moak won the Air Line Pilots Association election in a four-way race. Moak joined ALPA in 1988 and flies for Delta as a B-767 captain. He was chairman of the Delta MEC for five years, during which time he worked with Delta management during the attempted hostile takeover of Delta by U.S. Airways, and the merger of Delta with Northwest Airlines. He will begin his term as president of the nation’s largest pilot union on January 1, 2011.
  • The NLRB named Arthur Amchan the deputy chief administrative law judge in the Division of Judges. Amchan served as an NLRB judge for 14 years, and previously served as associate chief administrative law judge in the division’s Washington, D.C. office.
  • Members of three local unions in California have voted to unify into a single statewide office called the Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West (SEIU USWW). SEIU has planned since 2006 to unite locals 1877, 24/7, and 2006 in order to garner greater strength for the union. The new unit will include more than 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport workers, racetrack, allied and entertainment, residential workers, university workers, and other service workers. The members also voted to approve the new constitution for USWW, one of the fastest growing and most diverse SEIU locals.
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