UAW Rages Over NLRB Intervention Decision: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the United Auto Workers issued a strong statement railing against the National Labor Relations Board regional director’s decision to allow several anti-union employees to intervene in the union’s bid to nix last month’s election loss. Calling the ruling an "outrage," the union vowed to appeal the ruling to the full Board.
“It is an outrage that the Atlanta region of the National Labor Relations Board, deviating from the board’s own practice, is allowing groups with shadowy funding that are masquerading as legitimate worker representatives to participate in the process to determine whether the UAW election at Volkswagen was tainted by state and federal politicians’ threats of retaliation against workers if they exercised their right to choose UAW representation,” the UAW said.
The reader may recall that last month, the UAW lost a high-profile representation election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant by about 80 votes. The following week, the union filed an appeal over the results with the Board, alleging that outside interference had tainted the election.
Stay tuned to @LRToday for further developments.
Board Files Injunction Action Against Southern Bakeries: Ken McLemore of the Hope Star writes that a National Labor Relations Board regional director has filed a 10(j) injunction against Southern Bakeries, LLC. The goal of the injunction is to force the company to maintain the status quo while an Administrative Law Judge hears complaints filed against the company regarding certain unfair labor practices. In pertinent part, employees of Southern Bakeries have alleged that the company is attempting to force a decertification petition on its workers. We will keep you posted as to the results of the injunction request.
SEPTA And Workers Union Negotiations Butt Up Against Deadline: Paul Nussbaum of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that SEPTA’s largest labor contract is set to expire tomorrow night. Fortunately for commuters, however, a subsequent labor strike by Philadelphia’s bus drivers and subway operators seems unlikely. The contract between SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union covers over 4,500 employees, which amounts to about half of SEPTA’s workforce. The train workers have been without a new contract since 2010. We will keep you posted as negotiations continue.