• The number of representation elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) increased substantially from 2009 to 2010. According to NLRB data, the Board conducted 1,666 elections in 2010, up from 1,321 elections in 2009. Unions won 1,126 of those elections in 2010, an increase from 908 wins the previous year, but the 2010 union win rate of 67.6 percent is down slightly from 68.7 percent win rate in 2009.
  • The United Auto Workers announced an initiative to gain worker support at foreign-owned automotive plants in the South. The “Global Organizing Institute” is charged with expanding union membership at multinational auto and auto component products manufacturers with operations in the United States.
  • Two rival unions, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Healthcare Workers-West, split the vote to represent 1,000 employees at four California hospitals owned by Sutter Health. NUHW won the right to represent 650 workers at three hospitals, and SEIU retained the right to represent 350 workers at the fourth hospital.
  • Beverage workers at the Native American-owned Foxwoods Resort and Casino in eastern Connecticut voted 133-90 for representation by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371. The representation vote is the third among beverage workers at the casino resort, located on a Native American reservation of the Mashantucket Pequot Nation.
  • The Office of Management and Budget employees plan to take the first step towards unionization by filing a petition for an election under the Federal Labor Relations Act. It appears that the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 600,000 federal and D.C. government workers, is leading this effort.
  • Employees at Back Bay Hotel in Boston voted to continue representation by UNITE HERE Local 26. The vote comes five years after the NLRB overturned the results of an earlier vote in which the employees voted to decertify the union.
  • A group calling itself Apple Retail Workers Union announced plans to unionize Apple Store employees. Currently, Apple has no unionized employees.