Unions Call for Electronic Union Representation Elections
The unions want NLRB funding to bring the process into the 21st Century
CWA, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT, IAMAW, IBT, IFPTE, IUOE, NEA, SEIU, TWU, UAW, and USW sent a letter on Wednesday to House and Senate leadership strongly urging them to include funding for the National Labor Relations Board to develop a system and procedures for conducting union representation elections electronically. In late April, 168 members of Congress led by Reps. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) called for the same goal, showing broad bipartisan support in Congress.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for updated procedures as employers use the crisis as an excuse to delay representation elections. Read more about how journalists seeking to join the NewsGuild-CWA have been facing stall tactics from the media company Gannett during the pandemic here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/