- AFSCME – Wisconsin Bank Employees Join Forces with AFSCME – Please copy and paste following link for the full story: http://www.afscme.org/publications/16842.cfm
AFT – Nurses Declare Their Independence, Choose Union by James Parks, Nov 14, 2007 – Late last week, the 370 nurses at Centerpoint voted for an even break on the job by choosing to join AFT Healthcare… For the full story, please visit: http://blog.aflcio.org/2007/11/14/nurses-declare-their-independence-choose-union/
- AFT – In the largest successful organizing drive in New York City in half a century, 28,000 child care providers will join the city’s teachers’ union as the result of an overwhelmingly pro-union vote, state officials said yesterday. Full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/24/nyregion/24childcare.html?ex=1193889600&en=33788cd1c53b4119&ei=5070&emc=eta1
- AFGE – VA NURSES, DOCS UNIONIZE By ANITA WEIER, The Capital Times (Madison, WI) – Registered nurses and full-time doctors and dentists at the Veterans Hospital in Madison have voted to unionize. The Aug. 22 vote to join the American Federation of Government Employees was 102 to 47, with 149 of the 265 employees involved voting. The AFGE represents 600,000 federal and District of Columbia government workers nationwide and overseas, including more than 156,000 professional and non-professional VA employees in 130 VA medical centers, 57 regional offices and other VA workplaces. “This was one of the last VA facilities in the country where registered nurses had not been unionized,” said Michael Victorian, a spokesman for the union in Washington, D.C. Non-professional employees at the local hospital have been unionized for decades. Scott Krueger, a spokesman for the William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital in Madison, verified that the local hospital was one of the last two or three nationally where this sector of employees was not unionized. “They have voted on it here the last couple of years, and this time it was approved,” Krueger said. Victorian said the vote made it clear that the professional employees at the hospital no longer wanted to be “at will” workers. “We are proud to welcome these employees into the local union,” said Ian Smith, president of AFGE Local 1732, which represents workers at the VA facility. “These employees have made a clear choice for union representation. Together we will work hard to ensure quality workplace conditions and veterans care.” AFGE has successfully lobbied nationally against VA outsourcing, excessive mandatory overtime, and chronic budget and staffing cuts, according to Victorian. VA facilities are chronically underfunded and understaffed, and there have been problems implementing nurse and physician pay legislation, he contended. firstname.lastname@example.org
AFSCME – Indianapolis School Transportation Workers Choose AFSCME by James Parks, Aug 22, 2007 – They carry our most precious cargo – our children – to and from school each day. Now in Indianapolis, the workers who drive school buses have the opportunity to be treated with the respect, pay and dignity they deserve. Some 93 percent of the nearly 400 workers at First Student transportation in Indianapolis voted yesterday for representation by AFSCME. For the full story please visit: http://blog.aflcio.org/2007/08/22/indianapolis-school-transportation-workers-choose-afscme/
USW – Technical workers at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California have voted to join the USW, despite Vote No Union campaigns conducted by the company. The results from a separate service unit election, however, remain up in the air. The non-professional unit voted 177-165 against joining the USW, with 5 votes contested. Because of the contested votes, a clear majority is not yet certain, and there may be a runoff election. Workers there seemed most concerned with low pay, reduced hours, rampant favoritism and understaffing.
- IATSE – Daily Variety July 9, 2007 Monday NEWS; Pg. 18, Mouse pyro techs unionize, DAVE McNARY – The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has unionized the employees of the pyrotechnics department at Disneyland. IATSE announced that it had won the majority of votes in an election to represent the 30 employees in the unit. It noted that Disney has accepted the result. The union said negotiations on a contract will probably begin later this month. The unit’s comprised of individuals who perform the fireworks and other special effects work (such as “The Fantasmic Show”) for Disneyland. They will join IATSE Local 44.
AFTRA – “Oprah & Friends” XM Radio Show Goes Union by James Parks, Jul 5, 2007 If you listen to the Oprah & Friends XM Satellite Radio program this week, you’ll hear Maya Angelou discuss country music with some of her favorite artists or learn from Bob Greene how to get your kids to eat healthy… For the full article please visit: http://blog.aflcio.org/2007/07/05/oprah-friends-xm-radio-show-goes-union/
- AFT – 2,000 Rutgers Staff Join AFT by James Parks – Some 2,000 administrative, professional and supervisory staff at Rutgers University – including administrative assistants, program directors, chefs and accountants – are union members, thanks to the strong connection between political strength and building the union movement. For the full story, please visit: http://blog.aflcio.org/2007/06/06/2000-rutgers-staff-join-aft/
- TNG-CWA – Card Check Swells IAPE Ranks by 219 – For the full story, please visit http://www.newsguild.org/gr/index.php?ID=3885
- UNA – Kaiser Permanente Employees Join United Nurses Associations of California for a Voice in Patient Care, March 13, 2007 – Nearly 800 Kaiser Permanente nurses, who work at some 200 locations throughout Southern California, have just gained a powerful voice on the job with AFSCME affiliate United Nurses Associations of California (UNAC)/UHCP/NUHHCE. The employees, including certified nurse midwives, case managers, discharge planners and nurse educators, joined 10,000 other Kaiser Permanente nurses who have become UNAC members since the 1970s. A process called Majority Sign-up, also known as Card Check, allowed the nurses to gain recognition of their union once a majority had signed cards indicating they wanted one. It was the same system employed during Kaiser organizing drives since 1997, and comes on the heels of passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would level the playing field between private-sector workers and their employers during efforts to build a union. Kaiser management agreed to remain neutral during the nurses campaign to organize. Scott Bryant, RN, a discharge planner at Kaiser Permanente South Bay, says that proved important to their success: If we were in a hostile setting, he explains, it would have been very stressful. I am overjoyed, says Frank Schubert, RN, who works in centralized outpatient utilization management. The union will help us have a voice to be more effective patient advocates. Now that 800 more nurses at Kaiser Permanente have joined UNAC/UHCP, the voices of health care professionals are even stronger and we can have an even bigger role in helping Kaiser Permanente be the best place to get care and to work, adds Kathy J. Sackman, RN, UNAC/UHCP president and an International vice president.
IAFF – In New York City, the Fire Fighters (IAFF) union has reached a tentative deal that would raise pay for starting firefighters by $10,000 and provide increases of more than 8 percent over two years.
AFSCME, AFT, IATSE – Adjunct Professors, Broadcast Techs and More Join AFL-CIO Unions by Mike Hall, March 9, 2007 – Under majority sign-up, a key point of the House-passed Employee Free Choice Act after workers sign cards saying they want to join a union and their signatures are verified, the employer agrees to recognize their choice. (Click here, here and here to read recent news about the AFL-CIOs mobilization to win the Employee Free Choice Act.) For the full story to go: http://blog.aflcio.org/2007/03/09/adjunct-professors-broadcast-techs-and-more-join-afl-cio-unions/
- OPEIU – The OPEIU is protesting a proposed Washington Gas rate hike because the company is planning to outsource 200 of its members’ jobs.
WGAE – The Federal Communications Commission says it will examine CBS newsroom consolidation plans that would eliminate Writers Guild of America jobs.