Editorial staffers at Salon Media, Inc. announced plans to select the Writers Guild East (WGAE) as their collective bargaining representative. All 26 writers and editors also urged Salon to voluntary recognize WGAE as their representative. The announcement comes just weeks after editorial staffers at Gawker Media LLC voted 80-27 for representation by the WGAE.
In a near-unanimous decision, Airway Cleaners LLC workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport chose Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ as their union representative. The election was ordered by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) director after the Board previously ruled that the Railway Labor Act does not cover Airway workers. The United Workers of America (UWA) Local 660, which also vied to be the workers’ representative, is still mulling an appeal of the Board’s election order.
Eighty-eight port truck drivers at Eco Flow Transportation LLC unanimously voted in favor of representation by International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) Local 848. Unlike others in the industry, the California-based company classifies its drivers as employees, rather than independent contractors
About 350 health care workers at Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minn. voted, by a 60-40 percent margin, in favor of union representation by SEIU-Healthcare Minnesota.
Barnard College and Barnard Contingent Faculty-UAW Local 2110 (BCF-UAW) entered into a neutrality and representation election agreement under which Barnard will refrain from advising its 200-plus contingent faculty members on how they should vote. The election is scheduled to take place September 14 to October 1.
The International Association of Machinists (IAM) opened an organizing office in Mobile, Ala., with the intent of unionizing workers at a new Airbus production plant. Production at the plant will begin later this summer and it is expected that the plant will employ about 1,000 workers by 2018.
After an 11-year battle, Point Part University in Pittsburgh has chosen to recognize its full-time faculty’s right to union representation. The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh Local 38061, an affiliate of the Communication Workers of America (CWA), won a 2004 representation election. The parties are expected to begin negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement.
More than 1,100 registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center will be represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA). CNA defeated the rival United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC) in a 696-305 vote.
The Teamsters filed a petition requesting an election to represent warehouse and shipping employees of Adecco, a third-party contractor for Google Express Service. The Teamsters seek to organize the 140 workers with the intent of gaining wage increases and “improving working conditions” and “treatment on the job.”