Change to Win trumps AFL-CIO for union award

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is the winner of Union Free America's 2nd Annual 'Most Decertified Union Award.' This honor is awarded to the labor union that lost the most decertification elections during the preceding 12 months.

The judging was based on an analysis of the reports of election results on the National Labor Relations Board's web site for the period August 2006 through July 2007. During that time the NLRB conducted 353 decertification elections. Employees seeking to rid themselves of a union won 236 or 67 percent of them.

The Teamsters union won the 'Most Decertified Union Award' by being decertified 61 times during that period. The Teamsters were involved in a total of 86 decertification elections of which they lost 71 percent.

The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union was in a distant second place with a loss of 19 of 25 elections.

Honorable mention in the 2007 competition was awarded to the Sheetmetal Workers International Association, which even though it only participated in 7 decertification elections, lost 100 percent of them.

The Teamsters outstanding performance helped the Change to Win unions edge past the AFL-CIO affiliates in the competition. Despite the fact that the AFL-CIO is a considerably larger federation, Change to Win unions participated in a total of 164 decertification elections and lost 110 of them compared to just 148 elections with 102 losses for the AFL-CIO.

Colorful certificates commemorating these achievements have been sent to the Teamsters, Steel Workers and Sheetmetal Workers unions.

"Labor union officials will contend that they don't compete for the 'Most Decertified Union Award' but actions speak louder than words," said David Denholm, the founder of Union Free America.

Union Free America was founded in 2002 to provide advice and encouragement to workers fighting to stay, or become, Union Free. The 'Most Decertified Union Award' was established in 2006 in response to the growing number of requests from workers for information about how they could rid themselves of unwanted union representation.


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