The National Mediation Board (NMB) certified the Association of Professional Flight Attendants as the bargaining representative for 24,000 American Airlines employees, including those at merger-partner US Airways who were previously represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. Also, the Allied Pilots Association became the representative bargaining agent for the nearly 15,000 pilots at the merged American Airlines. The NMB designated the Association after it found that American Airlines and US Airways had sufficiently merged to form a single transportation system for representation purposes.
After losing a union representation election in February 2014 at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn. assembly plant, the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) Local 42 announced the formation of a members-only local. The Union claims more than 700 Chattanooga Volkswagen employees have voluntarily joined the members-only local, which is seeking to have Volkswagen recognize it as the official representative of the employees. Once that occurs, UAW Local 42 will seek exclusive representation of all related employees.
The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTWGM) is beginning to reorganize Hostess plants, re-opened under Hostess Brands, LLC, following the company’s filing for bankruptcy and liquidating operations in 2012. The BCTWGM has received enough votes to earn representation at Hostess plants in Columbus, Ga., Shilling Park, Ill., and Indianapolis, Ind. In July 2013, Hostess Brands, LLC restarted production of their signature baked goods at four production facilities with a workforce of 1,500 employees.
The International Association of Machinists (IAM) is attempting to reorganize the labor force at Boeing Company’s airplane manufacturing campus in North Charleston, S.C., five years after employees voted to decertify the IAM. IAM is also trying to gather support for unionization at an Airbus plant currently under construction in Mobile, Ala. (to start production in 2015).
Adjunct professors at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., elected the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), by a vote of 175-61, as their union representative. This is the first organizing victory for part-time faculty for SEIU Local 200 United.