An NLRB regional director (RD) approved a “micro-unit” of 28 production workers at Cristal USA Inc.’s manufacturing plant in Ohio. The RD rejected Cristal’s attempt to include an additional 115 maintenance, production, and warehouse workers in the voting unit, concluding that the employer failed to meet its burden of showing the proposed additional employees shared an “overwhelming community of interest” with the production workers. The RD found that the two groups did not perform each other’s work frequently enough for there to be significant interchange between the two units; worked under separate day-to-day supervisors who imposed plant-specific policies; primarily worked in separate buildings, except for a group maintenance employees; and, finally, that the physical facility made it such that the two groups rarely communicated. Cristal USA Inc. v. United Chemical Workers Union Council of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union.

In contrast, another NLRB Regional Director denied Teamsters Joint Council 42’s request to represent a micro-unit of truck drivers, which included drivers who operate company-owned vehicles, and excluded those who use their own vehicles. The RD rejected the union’s petition reasoning that both sets of drivers shared an “overwhelming community of interest.” Golden State Overnight Delivery Service Inc. v. Teamsters Joint Council 42.

A bargaining unit of nearly 600 baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, cart drivers, wheelchair agents, and escorts for unaccompanied minors employed by Air Serv (a subsidiary of ABM Industries) at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, voted for representation by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Seventy digital journalists at Fusion Media Group, including reporters and editors, voted by more than 90 percent in favor of representation by the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE). Fusion is the most recent digital newsroom to see its employees organize with WGAE.

Duke University graduate research and teaching assistants filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) seeking to be represented by the SEIU. At a minimum, the bargaining unit would include 1,000 graduate assistants. The union expects a vote to be held sometime in December.

Adjunct instructors at Augsburg College, a private liberal arts college in Minneapolis, voted 73-63 to unionize. However, 22 ballots are currently being challenged on the grounds of voter eligibility. If the election results hold, SEIU Local 284 will represent more than 200 part-time instructors at Augsburg, but not tenured faculty. Nationwide, more than 13,000 college and university instructors have selected union representation as part of a three-year organizing effort by the SEIU.

Approximately 160 nurses at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. voted to decertify the National Nurses United union as their bargaining representative. The union has represented the bargaining unit since 2012, and still represents approximately 660 nurses at St. Louis University Hospital.