According to Bloomberg BNA, the number of resolved representation elections held between May and August 2015 increased compared to the same period in 2014, following the implementation of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB or Board) newly adopted election procedures. The Board’s new rules have reduced the amount of time between the union filing a petition for representation and the NLRB-sanctioned election from a median of 38 days to a median of 24 days. Under the new rules, 31 more resolved elections occurred during the four-month period. Additionally, unions won an increased share of the resolved elections under the new rules—72 percent, up from 69 percent during the same period in 2014.
Huffington Post editorial staffers asked management to voluntarily recognize Writers Guild of America-East as their collective bargaining representative based on the outcome of a card check. More than 200 employees (out of about 350 eligible employees) at The Huffington Post and HuffPost Live signed union authorization cards. Management has indicated its support of the editorial staff’s request, but is negotiating to exclude some staffers from the union.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA), which represents 700,000 media, airlines, and healthcare workers, is working to organize more than 8,000 ski patrollers at resorts in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. CWA Local 7781 currently represents about 225 ski patrollers in Colorado and Utah.
Non-tenure track professors at the University of Chicago voted 96 to 22 to elect Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 as their bargaining representative. The university’s 169 adjunct professors join those from numerous other universities who have chosen SEIU representation since the launch of the union’s “Faculty Forward” campaign to unionize university faculty.
Workers at the non-gaming Trump International Hotel Las Vegas voted 238-209 in favor of representation by the Culinary Workers Union (CWU) Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, affiliates of UNITE HERE. The CWU and the Bartenders Union collectively represent 57,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno.
The Seattle City Council voted to amend the Seattle Municipal Code to allow drivers for ride-hailing companies in the city, including Uber and Lyft, to have the option to unionize. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, voicing his concerns about the unknown costs associated with administering the law, nonetheless decided to allow the bill to become law without his signature. Seattle is the first city to allow ride-hailing driver unionization.
In an election administered by the National Mediation Board, pilots for FlexJet LLC and Flight Options LLC, both subsidiaries of OneSky Flight Inc., voted 51 percent in favor to 49 percent against International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) representation. The fractional carrier companies’ 670 pilots will join Teamsters Local 1108 in Ohio.
The NLRB certified the results of a representation election held among Volkswagen of America Inc. maintenance workers at the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. The workers voted 108-44 in favor of representation. Volkswagen is appealing the regional director’s decision to order the vote, as the company maintains that any bargaining unit should include both maintenance and production workers, not just maintenance workers.
Adjunct faculty at New York University’s (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering elected Adjuncts Come Together-UAW Local 7902 as their representative. The 240 adjuncts join about 3,500 other NYU adjunct faculty who are already represented by the local.