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Tag Archives: Union Membership

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Public Sector Unions

Posted in Union Membership
In a close decision earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to unions representing government employees. The case, Harris v. Quinn, dealt with an effort in Illinois to permit unions to organize a group of individuals who provide services to those who are unable to live in their own homes without assistance. Under the… Continue Reading

Union Membership Declines (Again)

Posted in Union Membership
Given the level of union representation petitions at the NLRB, it was in fact no surprise when the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its report last month revealing further declines in union membership.  The BLS reported that the overall union representation rate fell from 11.8% to 11.3%.  Looking at just private sector employment, the rate is even… Continue Reading

Acting General Counsel Releases Report on FY 2012 Operations

Posted in NLRB, Union Membership
Last week, the NLRB’s Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon released his annual Summary of Operations (pdf). The memorandum summarizes the activities of the General Counsel’s office, which is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice charges and the handling of representation cases.  Representation cases are requests from a union, employee, or employer… Continue Reading

Highlights From Acting General Counsel’s Annual Operations Summary

Posted in NLRB, Union Membership
Last week, AGC Lafe Solomon issued his annual summary of operations (pdf) for FY 2011. The summary reviews the various functions of the Acting General Counsel’s office, which include conducting secret ballot union elections and investigating and prosecuting unfair labor practice charges against employers and unions. Of the information reported, perhaps the most interesting given the NLRB’s… Continue Reading

Union Membership Takes Another Blow

Posted in Union Membership
The most recent numbers are in, and they are not pretty for organized labor in the United States.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its annual survey of union membership.  The survey revealed not only a decline in the number of union members, but yet another decline in the percentage of the work… Continue Reading

NYU Graduate Assistants Seek Recognition

Posted in EFCA, NLRB, Union Membership, Union Organizing
Recently, graduate students at New York University who serve as teaching assistants filed a petition with the NLRB seeking a union representation election. Click here for the New York Times story. The Graduate Student Organizing Committee, part of the United Auto Workers Local 2110, submitted union authorization cards reportedly signed by more than half of… Continue Reading

Union Membership Declines

Posted in Union Membership, Union Organizing
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of its annual survey of union membership last Friday. According to the BLS, 12.3% of all wage and salary workers in the United States were members of a union, compared to 12.4% a year earlier. The number of wage and salary workers who were in a union… Continue Reading