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Workplace Issues Today

Daily News for Friday, July 25, 2014

Selected by the Catherwood Library Reference Staff each Monday through Friday, excluding University holidays, WIT is a free alert service, providing abstracts and links to workplace-related news stories covered in the major media. Subscribe to WIT »

Established in 1999, this service also includes a searchable archive.

NLRB rules Macy's cosmetic workers can organize

Cosmetics workers at the Saugus, MA Macy's store will be able to vote to form a single union according to a new decision by the National Labor Relations Board. The ruling allows 41 employees at the store to vote on whether to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). Business leaders are concerned the decision will cause so-called "micro unions" to spread and disrupt relations between workers and employers. Representatives for Macy's stated they are disappointed in the decision, preferring that a unionization effort include all employees at the store.

See “U.S. labor agency approves 'micro-unit' in Macy's bargaining case,” by Amanda Becker, Reuters, Reuters, Jul 25 2014 (SBG)

Opera season threatened as lockout looms

The opening of the new season of the New York Metropolitan Opera is in jeopardy, as unionized workers have been warned of being locked out if a new labor agreement cannot be agreed on by next week. The current contract for workers at the Met, which includes the orchestra, stagehands, and the chorus, expires July 31st, and there seems to be no optimism among the various unions that a new agreement will be reached in time. The Met is attempting to cut labor costs after box office receipts have sagged in recent years, causing the Opera to draw from its endowment. The new season is scheduled to open September 22.

See “Met Opera Prepares to Lock Out Workers,” by Michael Cooper, The New York Times, Jul 25 2014 (SBG)