Board Files Complaint Against Grain Handler And Union: Mateusz Perkowski of the Capital Press writes that last week, the National Labor Relations Board filed unfair labor practice charges against both a grain handler and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The ULPs arise out of a contract dispute between United Grain, located in Vancouver, WA, and the union representing the company’s employees in collective bargaining.
The charges allege that the company locked out union workers without providing the union with a fair warning and an opportunity to avoid being locked out. The Board alleges that the union, in turn, have thrown rocks at security guards and made further threats of both physical and sexual assault against management officials. We will keep you up to date as the investigation unfolds.
Former Board Chair Believes Sen. Corker Went Too Far: Paul C. Barton of Gannett News Services writes that the debate over the propriety of Senator Bob Corker’s (R-TN) comments during the VW/UAW union election last month continues to rage. Former NLRB Chair William B. Gould IV recently weighed in on the matter, stating that he believes that the UAW has a strong case to have the election set aside. In particular, Gould stated that Corker’s comments concerning the production of a new SUV at VW’s Chattanooga, TN plant had the effect of interfering with a "free and fair election."
The Board is currently investigating the matter and is expected to announce whether it will overturn the election in the coming weeks. As we reported last week, several VW employees have been allowed to intervene in the case, and a separate group of employees has sued VW and the UAW over the propriety of a neutrality agreement entered into between the company and the union.
Parkview Comm. Hosp. Nurses Form Labor Union: Jack Katzanek of the Press-Enterprise writes that last week, over 500 nurses at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Riverside, CA voted to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for the purpose of collective representation. The election results were announced at the end of last week, with 251 employees voting in favor, while 190 employees opposed the union. The next step is for the newly-elected union to meet with management in order to negotiate a collective-bargaining agreement for the nurses.