Sodexo Employees Join UFCW At TCU: Daniel Salazar of TCU360.com reports that last night, employees working for Sodexo at Texas Christian University voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) for the purpose of collective bargaining. The petition for election was filed on February 10 and the final vote count was 89 for, 63 against. The next steps for both parties is to begin preparations for collective bargaining negotiations.
The Hill: Overturn VW Election: John W. Logan of The Hill argues that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) should overturn last month’s union election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant. Logan contends that outside interference from national politicos created a "general atmosphere of fear or reprisal rendering a free election impossible."
In particular, Logan points out that U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) issued a statement during the election indicating that VW would not bring its new SUV production line to Chattanooga if the union won the election. Interestingly, Logan fails to point out that VW disavowed such a conversation. A hearing on the issue is set for April 21.
UC Strike Threat Averted: Kathy Robertson of the Sacramento Business Journal writes that a threatened strike action by up to 13,000 patient care technical workers at University of California medical centers has been averted. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers reached an agreement with UC management officials last Sunday, with a contract ratification vote set for later this week. The current deal on the table is set to last for four years and includes a ratification bonus. We will keep you posted as to the results of the vote.