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Machinists union to file for new organizing vote at Boeing’s South Carolina plant (Read More…)

By Dominic Gates - Seattle Times aerospace reporter
January 20, 2017

The Machinists union announced Friday that it will file for a new vote to organize production workers at Boeing’s manufacturing complex in North Charleston, S.C., according to a person familiar with the plans.

Detailed arrangements for the vote among roughly 3,000 eligible workers must be agreed on by the union and company through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a process that typically takes three to five weeks.

The union filing will trigger a fresh wave of impassioned propaganda from both the International Association of Machinists (IAM) and Boeing as each tries to sway the workforce during the run-up to the vote.

The union had indicated in November that a vote would come soon and that it expects this time to be successful after a failed attempt to organize in 2015.

Uber sues Seattle to block union rules for drivers (Read More…)

As rules set to take effect Tuesday, drivers also protest union ordinance at Municipal Tower
By DANIEL DEMAY, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Uber Wednesday morning filed a suit seeking to stop implementation of rules that would allow Uber, Lyft and other for-hire drivers to organize as a union.

The motion is only the latest in efforts by Uber—and Lyft—to block the ordinance since the Seattle City Council passed it in late 2015.
Though a number of issues were raised by the ride-hailing companies and some drivers during the rule-making process, Uber’s motion asked that a court throw out the rules entirely and force the city to start over with a “lawful rule-making process.”

“The process the City of Seattle used to create rules concerning the collective bargaining process for independent contractors who drive with transportation network companies (app-based ride-hailing), taxicab and for-hire transportation companies and the rules the city published were arbitrary and capricious,” the motion began.

Uber and Lyft drivers protest outside of the Seattle Municipal Tower, Tuesday, as the city’s law allowing drivers to decide if they want to bargain collectively goes into effect today. Related Stories Uber has been openly critical of the process the city’s Finance and Administrative Services Department used to create the rules needed to put the ordinance into action, but in particular with the survey the city performed to find out how much most drivers worked.

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