• UNITE HERE launched a mobile app to guide travelers to hotels in the U.S. and Canada where employees are represented by the union. The app also lists hotels where UNITE HERE members are on strike or engaged in a labor dispute, in which case the app directs users to hotels with an organized workforce clear of any labor dispute.
  • UNITE HERE’s General Executive Board elected D. Taylor to succeed John Wilhelm as union president. Taylor currently serves as a UNITE HERE general vice president and has led the union’s largest affiliate, Las Vegas-based Culinary Workers Local 226 with a membership of 60,000, since 2002. Wilhelm is retiring after 43 years with the union. Taylor will serve as president until 2014, when UNITE HERE holds its constitutional convention and Taylor must be officially elected by union delegates.
  • In its annual report, the NMB stated that it resolved more bargaining disputes in FY2012 (46) than any year since FY2007, even though 98 cases remained open at the close of the year. The NMB attributed the increased case load to merger and bankruptcy situations involving several large airlines, as well as an impasse in bargaining between freight railroad companies and 13 unions that nearly led to a nationwide strike. In contrast, the NMB saw fewer representation elections (40) in FY2012 than previous years, but was given the added responsibility of implementing amendments to the Railway Labor Act that would reduce the minimum interest showing from 50% to 35% of workers. Final regulations on the amendment are still pending.