Lyft’s Bike Share Workers Unionize

Employees who service San Francisco’s Ford GoBike system voted to join a growing list of unionized bike-share workers when 60% of the workers chose to affiliate with the Transportation Workers Union. Workers at bike-sharing programs in seven other cities have already voted to unionize with the Transportation Workers Union. Ford GoBike is operated by a…
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“Employed” Does Not Mean Temporarily Assigned

The American Municipal Power, Inc. bargaining unit consisted of all full-time and regular part-time operators employed at the new Kentucky plant. At issue was whether that definition improperly included operators temporarily assigned to the plant from other facilities. AMP sought to limit the definition to only employees primarily assigned to the plant. The Board refused…
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BuzzFeed Journalists Unionize

After layoffs in January, remaining BuzzFeed U.S. journalists agreed to unionize. The workers joined NewsGuild, which is part of the Communication Workers of America. The January layoffs eliminated 15% of BuzzFeed’s headcount and gutted several parts of the newsroom. The cutbacks at BuzzFeed were not unique. They were part of a wave of layoffs at…
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Most of Video Game Industry Open to Unionization

A recent industry survey suggests that crunch time (100-hour weeks leading up to game releases) and similar issues are why nearly half the employees in the game development industry are looking to become represented by a union. The Game Developers Conference (“GDC”) surveyed almost 4,000 game industry professionals. Several survey questions addressed the time and…
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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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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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