NLRB Decision:  Another day, another new Board decision in a 10(k) jurisdictional dispute.  In Laborers International Union of North America, Local 1184 (Highlight Electric, Inc.), 355 NLRB No. 29 (Apr. 29, 2010), Chairwoman Liebman, and Members Schaumber and Pearce, issued a Determination awarding LIUNA work claimed by an IBEW local in Riverside, California.  This is the fourth decision issued by the new Board, all by this particular three-member panel.

NLRB Election Report: Last week, the Board also posted a link to its Six Month Election Report for October 2009 to March 2010 with Cases Closed March 2010.  During the covered time period, labor unions won 63.1% of all representation elections — 454 of 719 elections held.

First Contract Hearing:  On Friday, April 30, the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing at Berkeley City College Auditorium entitled "Understanding Problems in First Contract Negotiations: Post-Doctoral Scholar Bargaining at the University of California."   The House Education & Labor website described the hearing as follows:

The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee will hold a field hearing in Berkeley, Calif. exploring the challenges in first contract labor negotiations by examining the difficulty of reaching a first contract agreement in negotiations between the University of California and its post-doctoral scholars’ union.

In November 2008, after three years of organizing, the California Public Employment Relations Board certified the post-doctorial scholars union at the University of California. Despite this, the University of California system and the post-doctoral scholars, represented by the UAW, have been unable to reach a first contract.

Because the hearing was held offsite, there was no webcast or video.  The prepared testimony of each witness is available online, and we look forward to reviewing and posting the transcript if and when it becomes available.  [CORRECTION: Thanks to House Ed & Labor Specialist Mike Kruger for picking up our typo.  The hearing was held by the House Education & Labor Committee — "HELP" is, of course, the similar Senate committee.]