By Daniel Fisher December 12, 2014
A pair of controversial rulings by the National Labor Relations Board have employers crying foul as the Democrat-controlled agency has made it dramatically easier for unions to organize employees — using their employers’ own e-mail systems — before companies have a chance to react.
The NLRB today released its long-awaited rules on “quickie elections,” shortening the time between when a union files a petition and when employees vote to less than 30 days. Combined with yesterday’s ruling ordering companies to make their internal e-mail systems available to employees for union organizing efforts and an earlier ruling allowing for smaller bargaining units, the rulings will make it harder and more expensive for companies to resist union organizing drives.
“When you combine ease of communications with the very small bargaining units and you combine all that with a 20-day election cycle, they have given organized labor its biggest Christmas gift since the National Labor Relations Act in 1935,” said Michael Lotito, a shareholder with Littler Mendelson in San Francisco who represents employers in labor matters.
By Transport Topics - 12/5/2014
Conway Freight said workers at its terminal in Harlingen, Texas, have rejected Teamsters representation in the latest result of the union’s organizing drive.
Results weren’t disclosed by Conway, the thirdlargest lessthantruckload carrier. The company now has prevailed in four of six elections at the company. The union withdrew a petition at another facility.
The results came in the same week when the Teamsters effort to organize FedEx Freight also were slowed. At the largest LTL carrier, the union lost an election and canceled another, which the company said was a signal the Teamsters would lose.
“Our employees continue to demonstrate that when they are able to consider all the facts, and have the opportunity to make an informed choice in a free and fair election, they vote to remain unionfree,” Greg Lehmkuhl, Conway Freight president, said in a statement. “We continue to believe that our company can best meet the needs of our employees by maintaining an open and direct relationship with them, without the interference of a third party.”
Conway has won two elections in California and one in New Hampshire, as well as the most recent vote. Union organizers won contested elections at one terminal each in California and Texas.