• Unions, including the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), are attempting to organize about 9,000 ethnic grocery store or mercado workers from immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay area. The workers are predominately recent immigrants from Latin America and Asia who “don’t get minimum wage and mandatory meal and rest breaks” according to an UFCW organizer.
  • Fleet service workers at United Continental Holdings Inc. voted for representation by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) over the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). While 97% of workers voted for union representation, the split between IAM and IBT was 51.4% to 48.5%.
  • Production and maintenance workers at EBI LLC, a furniture manufacturing plant, in Virginia voted against United Steelworkers representation.
  • For the second time since 2009, JetBlue Airways pilots rejected representation by the Air Line Pilots Association.
  • A group of 1,200 insurance agents from Allstate Insurance Inc. voted to affiliate with the Office and Professional Employees International Union. The affiliation provides the agents with all the benefits of union membership except collective bargaining agreements. The stated goal of the affiliation was to ensure agents are treated as independent contractors rather than employees to avoid subjection to: unachievable quotas, the fear of reduced compensation, or contract termination.
  • Staff employees at the Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, California voted 163-159 for representation by the National Union of Healthcare Workers rather than incumbent union United Healthcare Workers-West. There were, however, three challenged votes causing the NLRB to have to investigate the challenges. Depending on the outcome of the NLRB’s eligibility determination of the challenged votes, the Board could order a runoff election.
  • The NLRB ordered a re-run of an election among 43,000 Kaiser Permanente workers at 230 separate facilities in California following an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) finding that the union interfered with unit employees’ free and uncoerced choice in the election by widely disseminating warnings that Kaiser was likely to withhold wage increases and other benefits. In the fall of 2010, the employees had voted to remain with incumbent union SEIU-United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU-UHW). The SEIU-UHW and Kaiser agreed to set aside the election and proceed to a second election.
  • A number of unions, including the United Steelworkers, are working to organize Los Angeles area car washes. The United Steelworkers has successfully organized three car washes in Los Angeles through voluntary card-check agreements.