• The National Treasury Employee Union (NTEU) re-elected Colleen M. Kelley to her fourth four-year term as president by an 86% majority. Kelley begun her career as a revenue agent with the IRS. She was first elected NTEU national president in 1999.
  • The AFL-CIO is working to issue a charter to the Taxi Workers Alliance. The Alliance, representing 15,000 taxi drivers in New York, will be the first non-collective bargaining agent to become a member of the AFL-CIO.
  • United Transportation Union delegates re-elected President Malcolm “Mike” Futhey to his second four-year term. Futhey was also elected in a parallel election as president of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers union.
  • United Steelworkers held their constitutional convention on August 17. First, United Steelworkers delegates voted to retain the current dues structures. Some members had suggested reducing the dues because of hard economic times, but most delegates preferred to keep the dues structure in tact to remain a “fighting union.” The delegates also vowed to play a key role in the 2012 elections by replacing the “anti-union majorities” and by re-electing President Obama. The delegates also called for increased job creation which could be partly accomplished by rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. Finally, the union signed a strategic alliance to work together with UNITE HERE in Canada where they plan on coordinating efforts on campaigns, legislative issues, member education, and collective bargaining.