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NLRB Rules That Harvard Prevented a Free and Fair Union Election

6 hours 49 min ago

Decision denies Harvard’s appeal to national board, clearing the path for a new fair election

Cambridge, MA – This morning, the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., denied Harvard’s challenge to the NLRB Regional Director’s decision, which ordered a new, fair election after it was confirmed  that Harvard had left over 500 people off the list of eligible voters for the union election that was held last November. A copy of the order is attached.

“This is another great victory for graduate workers in the UAW and a shot in the arm to this growing movement,” said UAW Region 9A Director Julie Kushner. Earlier this year, the regional board ruled that: “The employer’s failure to provide a complete voter list interfered with the employees’ exercise of a free and reasoned choice.”

Harvard appealed that decision, and today that appeal has been denied. Graduate workers with the Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU-UAW) have spent months organizing and educating the Harvard community about the disastrous effects the university’s appeal would have had on labor rights nationwide, including a petition, Op-eds, and a variety of actions. They cheered today’s decision:

“It’s great to have confirmed what we knew all along: that Harvard’s administration did not provide a complete or accurate list of eligible voters for our election,” said Jocelyn Fuentes, a PhD student worker in Earth and Planetary Sciences. “As academic workers, we have a legal right to bargain together to improve our working conditions. Providing incomplete voter lists and appealing labor law precedent is antithetical to the principles of democracy, and today Harvard administrators saw that it won’t work. Now we can refocus on rallying, organizing, and talking to our colleagues about why a union is so necessary at Harvard.”

Background:

On July 7, the Regional Director of the NLRB ruled that the Harvard University administration violated the Excelsior Rule, a cornerstone of democratic workplace protections since 1966 that requires employers to provide complete and accurate lists of all workers to unions petitioning for elections.

To avoid a fair election, Harvard administration appealed to the federal NLRB to weaken requirements for complete and accurate lists. As the Regional Director wrote, “In essence, the Employer seeks to change established Board law.” 

This rule, which has been upheld by the NLRB for decades, ensures that all voters have access to information from both the employer and the union so that they can make an informed vote. Harvard’s appeal could have undermined these democratic protections not just at Harvard, but across the entire country.

For more background, visit us online at www.HarvardGradUnion.org.

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Local 598 Honors Ruben Burks

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:33

This weekend, Local 598 renamed their union hall to honor Ruben Burks and his decades of service to the UAW.

Burks joined Local 598 in 1955 when he worked at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint. He worked his way up through the union, eventually becoming director of Region 1C in 1989. He went on to serve as UAW Secretary-Treasurer from 1998 until 2002 and was the first African American to hold the position.

In addition to his contributions to the UAW, Burks served the Flint community as a leader in several community organizations.

To learn more about Ruben Burks and his service, click here >>>

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Sign the petition: Release Jailed Korean Trade Unionists #freehan

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:10

Since December 2015, Han Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has been incarcerated and KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo has been under house arrest.  The charges against both unionists relate to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by the government of former South Korean President Park Gyun-hye.  For nearly two years, Han has been denied the right to sit down at the dinner table with his family.  He is permitted only five visits per month.  For Secretary Lee, her movements have been restricted to the KCTU headquarters.  Several other South Korean trade union leaders remain incarcerated as well.

Find out what has transpired since 2015 and sign the petition:

SIGN PETITION

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Nissan Workers, UAW Official, Human Rights Expert to Testify Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 06:58

Hearing will address the attack on human rights in the U.S. automotive industry,

and will focus on the case of Nissan in Mississippi

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a body of the Organization of American States, is set to hear testimony about the effective denial of the right to collective bargaining for U.S. workers, in the auto industry and throughout the economy. The hearing will focus on the anti-union campaign conducted by Nissan in Mississippi. Nissan workers will testify about their personal experiences during the anti-union campaign.

Experts will testify that U.S. corporations and right-wing politicians have waged a war on collective bargaining and union representation, denying U.S. workers their internationally-recognized human rights.

Mary Joyce Carlson, international labor rights attorney, will testify about social conditions in the U.S. South – including racial inequality and a history of suppressing human rights – that provide the context for anti-union campaigns, and that allow corporations and governments to continue to suppress human rights in the American South.

People who will testify:

  • Kristyne Peter, director, International Affairs, UAW
  • Morris Mock, Nissan worker, Canton, Mississippi
  • Travis Parks, Nissan worker, Canton, Mississippi
  • Mary Joyce Carlson, international labor rights attorney, former deputy general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Video testimony from Danny Glover  https://youtu.be/0LvCPUmK9Lw

 

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, according to its website, is “A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.”

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New FCA Mopar Parts Distribution Center Opens

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:07
Today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) opened a parts distribution center in Romulus, Michigan. The plant will produce over 45 million parts per year, and will provide parts to smaller regional distributors across the country.   The distribution center will bring over 100 jobs and a $10.4 million investment to metro-Detroit. The facility features state of the art manufacturing technology and is LEED certified.   This is the second new parts distribution center FCA has built in the United States this year. The other facility, located in Virginia, opened in April. FCA has created 170 jobs and invested $22.6 million in American parts distribution this year.   For more information, click here >>>

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