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Con-way Freight workers in Buffalo reject Teamsters (Read More…)

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Apr 23, 2015

Freight drivers and dockworkers in Buffalo, New York, voted not to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the sixth outright defeat for the union in its attempt to organize workers at the second-largest stand-alone U.S. less-than-truckload carrier.

The Teamsters have won National Labor Relations Board elections at three Con-way Freight terminals. The first victory came in Laredo, Texas last September, and was followed by victories in Vernon, California, last September, and Miami Lakes, Florida in December.

In addition to Buffalo, the union has lost representation votes in Santa Fe Springs, San Fernando Valley and Bakersfield, California; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Harlingen, Texas. Election petitions were withdrawn in Irvine, California and Orlando, Florida.

Union postpones election at Boeing South Carolina plant (Read More…)

April 17, 2015

The union trying to organize Boeing Co’s South Carolina plant withdrew its petition for an April 22 election, citing “a toxic environment and gross violations of workers’ lawful organizing rights.”

The decision, which delays the date for an election by at least six months, was made after organizers for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers conducted home visits with more than 1,700 Boeing workers, the union said in a statement on Friday.

The IAM said it withdrew its petition for the vote after two organizers “were threatened at gunpoint” during home visits that began last week. Other organizers reported “hostile and near-violent confrontations,” it said.

About 125 IAM representatives from around the country were conducting the home visits, the union said, adding that it had filed unfair labor practice charges in relation to the organizing drive.

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