• On June 6 and 7, maintenance and production employees of PCC Structurals Inc., a Portland, Oregon-based metal casting firm, voted against representation by the International Association of Machinists (“IAM”), District Lodge W24. Employees rejected representation by a vote of 1,258 to 932. An IAM representative said that the union is not going to object to the results. Union supporters were motivated by two principal concerns: escalating mandatory overtime and shifting new employees from a defined benefit plan to a 401(k) plan. The company stated that it was “gratified” with the election results and would continue to work with employees to fill customer needs.
  • Two of the nation’s largest health care unions—Service Employees International Union-United (“SEIU”) Healthcare Workers West and National Union of Healthcare Workers-California Nurses Association (“NUHW-CNA”)—are continuing their fight against one another to represent employees at Kaiser Permanent in Northern California. In June, optical unit employees at Kaiser Permanente rejected representation by the SEIU, voting instead to continue their representation by the NUHW-CNA. In 2010, that same employee group voted to shift representation from the SEIU to the NUHW-CNA. In contrast, in April 2013, some 45,000 Kaiser employees in other units chose to retain the SEIU as their representative, declining to switch to the NUHW-CNA.
  • Since February 2013, the IAM has been actively seeking to organize some 3,000 workers at Jeld-Wen, an Oregon-based manufacturer of doors, wood products, and millwork. Union supporters claim the company uses too many temporary workers, plays favorites with promotions, fails to maintain a safe workplace, and requires overtime with inadequate notice.