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Labor Beat in Connecticut

  • April 15, 2000

Union organizing efforts in Connecticut fell off slightly in 1999 compared with 1998. The Hartford Regional Office (Region 34) of the National Labor Relations Board held 66 Connecticut elections in 1999, down from 70 in 1998. However, Connecticut unions made up for this slight decline in elections with an increase in their success rate. In 1999, unions scored 43 wins in 66 elections, a success rate of 65%, up from 47% in 1998.

Winning 11 of 13 elections in 1999, the New England Healthcare Employees Union District 1199 was the most active and successful union. District 1199 continues to concentrate on selecting the right targets for its organizing efforts. Management soundly defeated District 1199 only once in 1999 at The Jewish Home for the Elderly where District 1199 only garnered 14 votes of the more than 325 ballots cast.

The next most active union was UFCW Local 371, Connecticut's former meatcutters' union. Local 371 participated in six elections in 1999 and won four.

Connecticut's Teamsters' locals lost the most elections in 1999 and were significantly less active than in 1998. In 1999, five Teamsters' locals won only three of 11 elections. In 1998, the Teamsters held 22 elections and won eight.

In 1999, union organizers targeted Connecticut's automobile dealers and waste haulers. Since November 1998, unions have won six out of seven elections involving Connecticut dealerships. In 1999, a New York Laborers' local organized four Western Connecticut recyclers and haulers without a single vote being cast against union representation.

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