Union Office Workers Form Labor Union: Mark Davis of the Kansas City Star reports that office employees working for a Teamsters local in Kansas City, KS have voted to form a labor union. The three employees, all support staff, did not affiliate with the Teamsters, the union they have worked for for over a decade. Instead, the employees are now unionized under the purview of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The employees now have a fully-negotiated and enforceable collective bargaining agreement after a short negotiation session.
Maryville Nurses Ponder Strike Action: Jonathan Bullington of the Chicago Tribune writes that nurses working for Maryville Academy’s Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines, IL have voted to authorize a strike. The nurses, represented by the Illinois Nurses Association, are purportedly on the cusp of striking due to certain labor practices at the hospital. Unless the action is called off, the nurses will picket the hospital the week of March 10. Of note, the nurses have been in contract negotiations with the hospital for almost a year. We will keep you posted as this story continues to develop.
Second Group Joins UAW/VW Election Fight: Bernie Woodall of Reuters reports that Southern Momentum, an anti-UAW group currently being run by a Chattanooga attorney, has filed a motion to intervene in the UAW’s attempt to overturn last month’s election results. Southern Momentum joins the National Right to Work Foundation, who is also seeking to nix the UAW’s objections. The National Labor Relations Board is currently reviewing the UAW’s objections. We will be watching this story closely and will update the blog as news comes out.