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Board hearing continues on NMG’s attempt to organize OPEIU staff

Employer lawyers on Friday continued their effort to block a union election for field staff at the Office and Professional Employees International Union during a hearing in Miami before the National Labor Relations Board.

The field staff workers, who work for the OPEIU union, are themselves seeking to bargain collectively. Many employees who work for labor organizations are organized. The OPEIU staffers negotiate and enforce contracts for thousands of workers across the country, choosing the News Media Guild to bargain their terms of employment with OPEIU.

But in a motion filed Friday, OPEIU sought to dismiss the Guild’s petition for a federally supervised election, alleging NMG is unfit to be the union representative on conflict of interest grounds.

OPEIU lawyers contend that because some clerical workers employed by the Communications Workers of America are represented by OPEIU, allowing NMG to organize the OPEIU field staff would lead to “divided loyalties” and other conflicts of interest. Continue reading