Unions are High on the Marijuana Industry

As legalized marijuana sweeps the country, unions are desperately trying to organize everyone from the grower to the seller. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union which has 1.3 million members across multiple fields from grocery store workers to meatpackers are on the forefront of the movement. UFCW already claims tens of thousands of…
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NLRB Tightens “Concerted Activity” Standard

A skycap for Alstate Maintenance at New York’s JFK airport complained about the tips he previously received from the French soccer team. The majority of skycaps’ compensation comes from tipping. The skycap complained in front of his co-workers to his supervisor, “we did a similar job a year prior and we did not receive a tip…
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Fate of Lordstown Ohio GE Plant Hinges on Union Talks

General Motors Company’s Chief Executive Mary Barra said in meetings with Ohio lawmakers that the future of the Lordstown, Ohio factor, slated for closure, can turn on the outcome of labor talks. Four factories in the U.S. and one in Canada could be shuttered by the end of 2019 if the automaker and its unions do not come up with…
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7th Prison Sentence Awarded in Connection to UAW / Fiat Chrysler Debacle

A former United Auto Workers administrative aide was sentenced to prison for her part in an embezzlement scheme where millions of dollars were diverted from a training center to union and automotive executives. This is a story we’ve covered multiple times on this blog, e.g. here and here. The UAW-Fiat Chrysler National Training Center was used…
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Grinnell College Students End Union Bid

Students at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa are asking the National Labor Relations Board to end their petition to expand a union of dining workers to the entire student workforce. The union would have been the country’s first campus-wide student union at a private college. The students filed their withdrawal on December 13 “in recognition of…
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Union Drive Seeks to Organize Tesla Solar-Panel Factory

Unions targeting Tesla have migrated from California to New York. The campaign to organize about 300 production and maintenance employees at the Western New York facility is a partnership between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the United Steel Workers. the USW organizer said “They want a fair wage that’s reflective of the state investment that…
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