Management Update
Volume 4, Issue 11
November 2015
 
Machinists Union Utilizing Electronic Signatures to Force Union Elections
According to a union spokesman, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) is recharging their organizing campaign six months after withdrawing a request for the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a representation election at the Boeing Co. airplane manufacturing plant in South Carolina. The IAM is using electronic signatures to help gather authorization card signatures needed to petition the NLRB again to conduct a representation election at Boeing's manufacturing plant in North Charleston. The use of electronic signatures is a new tool being used to petition the NLRB for Union elections. As of September 1, 2015, a controversial Opinion by NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin asserted that a "showing of interest" required to force a Union election could be obtained with electronic signatures rather than cards that are signed in person. This rule makes organizing easier and leaves employers with concerns of hacking and technical glitches that could compromise the validity of authorizations via email. Previous rules required unions to submit authorization cards or other signed documents, including signature lists or petitions, to document the union had sufficient support for an NLRB election. Boeing submitted a written statement to Bloomberg BNA on October 26, 2015 questioning the impact of electronic signature technology and reinforced the company's stance against unions at its South Carolina plant. 
 
NBA Cheerleaders Claim Wage Theft
Lauren Herington, a former dancer for the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, filed a lawsuit against the NBA team in federal court in Wisconsin alleging she was not paid in accordance with wage and hour laws. Herington claims she was paid well below the minimum wage in the 2013-2014 season. While this is the first suit against an NBA team, similar suits have been filed recently against NFL teams. Herington alleges that she received a $65 flat fee for games, $30 for practices and $50 for special appearances, and that this translated to an average hourly wage of $5. Since filing, another plaintiff has joined the suit, and Herington's attorneys state that they have five others considering joining the suit. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said "[t]eam dancers are an important part of the NBA game experience and are valued members of the NBA family. ... We work with our teams to ensure that they comply with all applicable wage and working condition laws." 
 
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