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300+ Workers at NASA’s Washington Headquarters Vote to Form a Union

Professional support specialists employed at NASA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to form a union. The vote was 97% in favor of partnering with the NASA Headquarters Professional Association, Local 9 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE); 320 NASA workers were eligible to vote in the election. The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) conducted the vote.

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Virgin America Flight Attendants Vote to Join TWU

TWU's Virgin America organizing team stands in front of the projected election results at the headquarters of the National Mediation Board in Washington, D.C. TWU photo.

Presenting TWU's newest members...Virgin America Inflight Team Members (ITMs)!

On Wednesday, in a decisive 430 to 307 vote, the 900 flight attendants at Virgin America chose Transport Workers Union (TWU) membership and a brighter future for themselves and their families. In doing so, they made history at the airline. Until today, Virgin held the distinction of being the largest U.S. air carrier to have an entire workforce completely without union protections on the job. Said TWU President Harry Lombardo:

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What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means

May 2013 Fast Food Strike in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Cathy Sherwin.

In case you missed it, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin made a pretty significant announcement about McDonald's and its role as an employer to workers in franchise locations all over the country. 

Historically McDonald's has claimed it has no authority over wages or complaints of workers' rights violations at its franchise locations because that is up to the individual owners, but the NLRB general counsel determined McDonald's could be liable as a joint employer in these kinds of situations. 

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What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

Union Summer interns were pretty busy this summer at sites all over the United States. Check out some highlights in the photo slideshow (after the jump). 

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Golden Gate Bridge Workers Trying to Bridge the Gap, but Management Balking

IFPTE photo

The 450 workers in the 13 unions that comprise the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition have authorized a strike if a new agreement cannot be reached. The ferry deckhands and captains; bus servicers and mechanics; bridge ironworkers and inspectors; and construction tradesmen and women have been working without a contract since July 1.

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Kaptur Finds New 'Harvest of Shame' on N.C. Tobacco Farms

FLOC photo

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) recently got a firsthand look at deplorable working and living conditions that thousands of tobacco farm workers in North Carolina endure. She was part of a delegation that included two members of Britain’s Parliament, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) President Baldemar Velasquez, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and several AFL-CIO Union Summer interns who are taking part in FLOC's "Respect, Recognition, Raise" campaign and fight for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, respect in the workplace and union recognition. Kaptur wrote about her findings in a column for The Nation

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Maryland Taxi Drivers Join National Taxi Workers Alliance

Photo by Chris Garlock

The newly formed Montgomery County Professional Drivers Union (MCPDU) will affiliate with the National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA). The group signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday to affiliate by Aug. 10. NTWA President Bhairavi Desai said:

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Judge Orders Kellogg to End Lockout, Reinstate Workers

BCTGM photo

A federal judge granted an injunction Wednesday ordering the Kellogg Company to end its lockout of 226 workers—members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G—at its Memphis cereal plant and reinstate them to their jobs within five days. The lockout began Oct. 22.

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Unions Hope to Avert Off-Stage Tragedy at N.Y.’s Metropolitan Opera

IATSE photo

An epic tragedy is unfolding at the Metropolitan Opera, but the drama isn’t onstage. Six local unions of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) represent backstage employees at the Metropolitan Opera and they, along with the other Met Opera unions, are getting blamed for the Met’s growing financial crisis.

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Survey: Incoming College Football Players Support Unionization

Photo courtesy West Point on Flickr

In an ESPN survey of the top incoming college football recruits for the 2015 season, well over half of the respondents (60%) favored the right of college athletes to form unions to address their concerns as student-athletes. More than 85% said athletes should receive stipends from the schools they play for. ESPN sent the survey to the top 300 recruits for 2015 and more than 150 responded.

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