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USW: Refinery Explosion Highlights Strike's Safety Concerns
An explosion and fire at a refinery in southern California underscores the United Steelworkers' (USW) recent demands for improved safety to protect workers and communities, the union asserted.

Western Ports' Tentative Agreement to Boost Economy
Agricultural commodities, car parts and many other goods transported by ship and by truck should start moving more quickly as slowdowns at West Coast ports finally may be approaching an end.

Ambush Election Rule Criticized Before Senate
The Senate is mobilizing against the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) ambush election rule.

Steelworkers Strike at Oil Refineries, Slow Down at Ports
United Steelworkers are striking in several states, while negotiations remain tense between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association at western ports.

Bill Would Add Sixth Member to NLRB
A proposal to add a sixth member to the National Labor Relations Board could lead to gridlock at the agency, especially in controversial decisions. 


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Union Membership Percentage Drops, but Actual Count Holds Steady
For 2014, the union membership rate fell 0.2 percent from 2013, to 11.3 percent. But from 2013 to 2014, the number of union members held steady at 14.6 million.

'Quickie' Union Election Rule Shrinks Campaign Period
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) changed union election procedures in ways that may make the union election campaign period as short as 14 to 20 days. 

NLRB: Organizing Communication on E-Mail Now Permitted
In a dramatic reversal of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) 2007 decision that employees have no statutory right to use their employers' e-mail systems for union organizing purposes, the board held that employees' use of e-mail for organizing purposes on nonworking time must presumptively be permitted.

Successor Bar Doctrine Applied to Require Collectiive Bargaining
An employer that acquired a unionized company and thought it could quit bargaining with the union that had lost majority support instead was required to keep bargaining with the union for six months under the successor bar doctrine.

Myths Abound About Right-to-Work States
Contrary to popular misconceptions, union organizing is not less prevalent in the 24 right-to-work states.
Canada's Experience with Expedited Union Certification
The National Labor Relations Board has proposed a number of changes to the rules governing the conduct of certification votes, some of which have been borrowed from Canadian law.

Report: UFOs Make Their Mark in Organized Labor
New models of employee representation are emerging to reshape organized labor.


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