More than 500 workers in United Airline’s Denver catering kitchen and their counterparts in four other cities are joining a labor union after federal officials on Tuesday tallied the results of a months-long unionization vote. Roughly 2,700 United employees working in industrial kitchens in Denver, Houston, Cleveland, Honolulu and Newark, N.J. will become part of the Unite Here union, according to a news release from the organization issued Tuesday afternoon. Officials with the National Mediation Board said that 1,740 votes were cast during the five-week election period that started Sept. 18. Of those, 1,253 — or 72 percent — were in favor of unionizing. The board will post an official vote certification Wednesday. Unite Here officials are calling it the biggest union victory in Denver in over a decade. An estimated 550 local workers will join the ranks of the labor group that represents workers in industries including transportation, hotels, gambling and … [Read more...] about United Airlines catering workers in Denver, four other cities, vote to unionize
Boeing Co. is warning employees that union organizers are "working in the shadows" to recruit workers at the 787 Dreamliner campus in North Charleston, but the International Association of Machinists says the claim is not true.“The IAM is not currently circulating union authorization cards at Boeing’s North Charleston plant, and we are disappointed that Boeing’s anti-union campaign is claiming otherwise," said Mike Evans, the union's lead local organizer.Boeing South Carolina is claiming on its website and in a Facebook post that the union is trying to get more workers to sign authorization cards in the wake of the IAM's recent success in organizing flight-line workers at the site. Authorization cards are used by a union to show there's enough interest in organized labor for the National Labor Relations Board to schedule an election."That probably means more unannounced home visits and calls from union salespeople," Boeing states on its website. "Keep your voice. … [Read more...] about Union, Boeing at odds over whether North Charleston workers are being targeted
As teachers in West Virginia noisily celebrated a 5 percent raise that ended their nine-day walkout, momentum was building elsewhere for similar protests over pay and benefits for the nation's public school teachers. Teachers in Oklahoma and Arizona are contemplating walkouts of their own amid growing frustration over meager pay. Teachers in Pittsburgh reached a tentative agreement after threatening a strike, and hundreds of educators held demonstrations this week in Jersey City, New Jersey. The unions' victory in the West Virginia strike has given a boost to organizers who say the national spotlight on teacher pay is long overdue.Becky Pringle, vice president of the National Educators Association, says teacher unrest has grown as strong health care and retirement benefits have begun to erode. … [Read more...] about Teacher unions see momentum build with West Virginia strike
By E.J. Dionne Jr. | PUBLISHED: March 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm | UPDATED: March 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm WASHINGTON — Many conservatives believe in the untrammeled rights of employers. Consequently, they despise unions. They also can’t stand it that organized labor usually backs Democrats and they especially detest public employee unions which, by their very nature, advocate for government. For decades, these same conservatives criticized the politicization of the courts, accusing liberals of “inventing rights,” “making new law” and indulging in “judicial activism.” And one more thing: Conservatives of late have charged that liberals refuse to acknowledge the importance of allowing revered and useful social institutions to thrive and maintain their organizational integrity. So, for example, the right insists that religiously linked organizations opposed to contraception must under no circumstances be required to cover birth control in their … [Read more...] about Dionne: Is the Supreme Court being used to cripple labor unions?
SEIU-UHW filed 10 propositions for November but history suggests most will never reach voters. One of California's most powerful heath care unions wants the public to press hospitals and insurers over high costs, filing 10 state and local propositions for November’s elections — a tactic critics deride as an inappropriate attempt to gain negotiating leverage via the ballot box. Following victories to raise the minimum wage in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington, the Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West got state approval to collect signatures for two California propositions: one to prevent health insurers with high reserves from raising premiums, and another that would tax millionaires to help fund safety-net hospitals and clinics. Story Continued Below The union was already seeking signatures for a third statewide measure, to set minimum staffing levels at hundreds of dialysis centers. In addition, it has filed seven local … [Read more...] about California union leverages ballot initiatives for health care on its own terms