In California, the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) have found an untapped source of new union members in marijuana workers. The UFCW has been organizing, and accepting union dues, from workers in marijuana dispensaries since 2010.
The lesson here for employers is: when a union comes knocking, you can fight back, but be careful how you use your employees to do so. As part of its effort to unionize a Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the United Food and Commercial Workers distributed pro-union flyers to grocery customers in front of the [...]
Nationally, union membership has been rapidly declining since its peak in the early 1980s. Last year, organized labor was unsuccessful in convincing Congress to pass legislation doing away with secret ballot elections and making unionization of workplaces easier. Since that time, unions have shifted their focus to convincing a pro-labor National Labor Relations Board for [...]
With the recent inauguration of a newly elected U.S. House of Representatives and a shift in the composition of the U.S. Senate, many people expected that a more employer-friendly environment would immediately fall into place. But the reality is that federal agencies are gearing up for even more aggressive regulatory enforcement. Armed with increased budgets [...]