The United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters has unanimously elected Martin McManus, Patrick Kellett, and Michael Pleasant to serve as President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Assistant General President, respectively.

A Rasmussen poll released in August showed that nearly just 20 percent of voters think union leaders do a good job representing their members, while 60 percent feel that labor leaders are out of touch with their members.

With a view toward a possible future merger, AFSCME and the SEIU have agreed to create “unity partnerships” for joint planning, organizing, bargaining, and political activities. The unions have nearly four million members combined. The move builds on a three-way alliance created for the 2012 election between AFSCME, SEIU, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Twenty-five thousand employees represented by the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics, and Allied Workers International Union will become part of the United Steelworkers following a planned merger of the two unions.

NLRB Member Kent Hirozawa term expired August 27, leaving the Board with just four members. It is expected that President Obama will leave any new NLRB appointments to the next President.