From Our Friends At UCOMM Blog: A Bevy Of Union Organizing Wins In The States Of Texas, Tennessee & Virginia - Oil Workers, Journalists, Electrical Workers & Lawyers Are Some Of The Nation’s ‘Newest’ Union Members
Every week, more and more Workers begin the process of joining a Union and giving themselves a voice at work.
Across the country, these successful organizing efforts are continuing even with an Anti-Union National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Coronavirus Pandemic slowing down the Union Elections.
In Chattanooga Tennessee, Workers at Legal Aid of East Tennessee filed for a Union Election to join the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW), a part of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2320. There were 33 people eligible to vote and 18 voted to join the Union. The new Bargaining Unit will include all regular Professional, Para-Professional, Office, and Clerical Employees - including Staff Attorneys and non-exempt Employees like Para-Legals, Development Specialists, Accounting Assistants, Human Resource Specialists, Legal Secretaries, and Receptionists. All work at the Legal Aid offices in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Johnson City, and Morristown, Tennessee - as well as those who work at the Family Justice Centers in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Johnson City and Blountville, Tennessee.
Employees at two newspapers have also recently organized. In Dallas, Employees of The Dallas Morning News filed for an election in August and voted to join the News Guild-Communications Workers of America (CWA) on October 16th. In all, 128 people were able to vote with 84 voting yes, 28 voting no and 14 people choosing not to vote. Meanwhile in Seattle, Workers at The Seattle Times also voted in September to join the News Guild, this time the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, CWA Local 37082, by a vote of 10-0. At The Seattle Times, the new Bargaining Unit will include Digital Newsroom Employees, while the Dallas Bargaining Unit will include more traditional Newspaper Workers like Editors, Writers and Visual Journalists.
In Baytown, Texas - Workers at ExxonMobil have organized with the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 12-2001. The vote concluded with 298 Workers voting yes and 143 voting no. The new Bargaining Unit will represent 624 Production and Maintenance Employees at the Baytown Refinery Facility. While the vote to approve the Union was held in October, the Workers filed to join the USW in May.
And on October 22nd, Workers employed at the Appalachian Power Company in Clintwood, Virginia, voted to join International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 934. There were 10 eligible voters and nine voted for Unionization. One person voted no. Another election at Appalachian Power, this time in Grundy Virginia, saw all six Workers vote to join Local 934. Both Units include Line Servicers and Line Mechanics, while the Clintwood Unit also includes MRP Servicers, MRO Utility Workers and Store Attendants.
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