Chicago cabbies group wants to join union

By John Byrne, Chicago Tribune

A group of Chicago cabbies announced another move today in their fight to get City Hall to raise taxi fares and take other steps to improve their bottom line, saying they will try to join a national union to strengthen their bargaining position.

UPMC employees, beware of card check

By Mark Mix, Tribune-Review

The ongoing effort to unionize the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has taken a turn to the theatrical after the SEIU announced that two union supporters would hold a seven-day hunger strike. This publicity stunt is designed to grab headlines, but such stories will likely obscure the real motive behind the SEIU’s campaign.

UAW withdraws appeal, puts Haslam on hot seat

The Tennessean

In a move that feels remarkably like the children’s “don’t get stuck holding the potato game,” the United Auto Workers’ made a last second decision to withdraw its appeal of the February vote it lost to represent workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

BIG LABOR’S PRIVILEGED POSITION

By Lawson Bader, Human Events

Today, an important hearing gets underway in Washington, D.C. that started with a billboard. Well, not quite. But that phrasing makes for better copy. Hearings at the National Labor Relations Board may not be the most exciting topic. But this one could overturn an election and have wider repercussions across the nation. Sometimes, boring is better.

The secret ballot: Protect it

triblive.com

A new report on the United Auto Workers’ attempt to organize Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., makes clear the need to better protect workers’ right to secret-ballot unionization elections.