Cornell University and Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU), an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) affiliate, reached an agreement setting forth the conditions and procedures for a potential representation election. Under the agreement, CGSU, seeking to represent some 2,300 graduate research and teaching assistants, may hold an election if the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) reverses precedent and determines that research and teaching assistants are able to unionize. Any such election would be overseen by the American Arbitration Association. In addition, the agreement calls for the creation of a joint union-management committee “to answer inquiries from members of the Cornell community and address issues as they arise.”    

More than 300 licensed practical nurses and medical technicians at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington voted by a margin of 211-77 to be represented by AFT affiliate, Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 filed a petition with the NLRB to conduct a representation election at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Local 73 seeks to represent approximately 500 non-tenure-track faculty members. The petition is part of SEIU’s nationwide campaign, Faculty Forward, to unionize workers at higher education institutions. Thus far in 2016, SEIU has won elections to represent non-tenure-track faculty at Saint Louis University, Wells College, Loyola University Chicago, Notre Dame de Namur University (tenured and contingent), Ithaca College (full-time), University of Southern California, St. Charles Community College, Duke University, Boston University (full-time), Holy Names University, and Saint Martin’s University.

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has set its sights on the banking industry, pushing for industry reform and aiming to get banks to acquiesce to union representation of their employees.


By a 531-458 margin, service and technical workers at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in California voted in favor of representation by the SEIU.    

The United Auto Workers (UAW) filed a petition for a representation election among production workers at Creative Foam Corp., an automotive parts plant in Dayton, Ohio. The UAW seeks to organize about 100 workers with the intent of gaining wage increases and changing company policies, such as the hiring of permanent workers.    

The United Steelworkers (USW) withdrew its petition to hold a representation election at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, stating that a number of adjunct faculty requested additional time to consider the issues. The USW has recently organized adjuncts at neighboring Point Park University, Duquesne University, and Robert Morris University, and is currently attempting to organize nearly 7,500 faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh.    

A group of nearly 500 workers at Poway Unified School District in San Diego voted nearly unanimously to decertify SEIU Local 221 as their exclusive bargaining representative and instead joined independent union Poway School Employees Association.    

Editorial staffers at Foreign Policy magazine, a Washington-based political and economic news outlet, voted by a 16-1 margin to select the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild, Local 320305 of the NewsGuild-CWA as their collective bargaining representative.