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Organizing Victories to be Thankful For

As Thanksgiving approaches, we celebrate organizing victories in California, New York, and Washington

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by Kate Hogan on
Nov 22, 2017

We have plenty of things to be thankful for this year. As we sit down for a Thanksgiving meal with our family, friends, and loved ones, we remember all of the good that has happened this year. Some of this good comes in the form of organizing victories in California, New York, and Washington.

The Sports Operators at DIRECTV Enterprises in Los Angeles, California saw a victory this week. Out of the 21 people that voted, 15 of them said union yes! This voting unit included all full-time and regular part-time Sports Operators employed in their Los Angeles location. These operators are Associates, Specialists, Senior Specialists, and Video Operators in the Sports Operations Department of the company.  They will be joining the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) Local 51. NABET is the Broadcasting and Cable Television Workers Sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

Another victory in California was seen in Valencia. All full time, seasonal and regular part-time Stage Technicians and Lead Stage Technicians employed by Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor voted to organize in early November. Every single one of the 27 employees in the unit voted to join the union. They will join the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District Lodge 947.

The Bronx, New York also saw an organizing victory. Faculty members at Fordham University recently voted to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 200 United. There  are a total of 484 people who voted in this unit and 456 of them voted yes! This voting unit included all full and part-time non-tenure track faculty who teach at Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus, Lincoln Center Campus, and Westchester Campus. These faculty members are lecturers, clinical professors, assistant clinical professors, associate clinical professors, instructors, postdoctoral fellows, and coordinators.

The Frontier Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center in Longview, Washington also won their recent organizing drive.  Frontier provides short and long-term rehabilitation for seniors that are in-between hospital visits and home care. They had three different voting units totaling 17 ballots. The voting units included all full, regular part-time, and on-call per diem Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses employed at its Longview facility. Out of the 17 counted ballots, 16 of them were for joining the union. These employees will be joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 775.

Congratulations to all of the new union members. Remember to give thanks for all that the union does for you and your family while sitting around Thanksgiving dinner this year.  

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