The first half of 2015 saw an increase in the number of private sector union elections as compared to the same period in 2014. The total number of elections increased 20 percent, from 694 private sector elections in the first half of 2014 to 827 in 2015. Unions won 69.6 percent of the elections in 2015, compared to 69 percent in 2014. Meanwhile, the number of decertification elections dropped from 91 in the first half of 2014 to 86 in 2015.  

  A unit of 117 employees who maintain specialized machinery at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. voted for representation with the United Auto Workers (UAW). The employees work for the Netherlands-based manufacturer’s Southern Indiana plant. The election marked the second representation election in two months. The first election, which achieved similar results, was set aside after the manufacturer filed objections.    

The UAW won an election to represent maintenance and production employees at Commercial Vehicle Group, a truck seat manufacturer in Piedmont, Ala.    

220 nurses, cooks, medical records clerks, janitors, and other workers at Chapman Global Medical Center in Orange, Calif., voted by a 3-1 margin to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-United Healthcare Workers West.    

A coalition comprised of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and 20 other organizations has relaunched the Organization United for Respect at Walmart. The coalition includes the Sierra Club, the National Employment Law Project, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the Partnership for Working Families. The group has obtained 70,000 signatures on a petition that outlines the group’s aims, which include increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 for all store employees, consistent hours, an end to “unfair” performance coaching, and a plea for Walmart to address climate change, racial justice, and women’s rights.    

Graduate students at Cornell University have affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers in their continuing organizing efforts. Cornell Graduate Students United seeks to organize 2,500 research and teaching assistants at Cornell.    

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has set up a web site to collect electronic signatures on authorization cards as part of IAM’s effort to unionize Boeing’s South Carolina plant. The move follows a recent NLRB guidance memorandum approving authorization cards signed electronically.    

A three-year effort by the California Nurses Association to organize 850 registered nurses at Sutter Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, California, ended when the union withdrew its election petition. The union must wait six months to petition for another election.    

Ninety employees employed by Browning-Ferris Industries of California and staffing agency Leadpoint, the putative joint employers at issue in the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris decision (see our client briefing), voted in favor of representation by the Teamsters Local 350. The ballots had been impounded since April 2014.    

The NewsGuild- Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Writers Guild of America East plan to hire additional organizing personnel using $500,000 it received from the CWA.