Michael Connell email@example.com
SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL Union Local 1877 has been DECERTIFIED as collective bargaining agent
for the vast majority of San Francisco janitors. A new, independent union, United Service Workers
for Democracy Local 87, will now be the CERTIFIED representative of the unit.
The decertification vote was held yesterday under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB), an independent Federal agency which certifies or decertifies representatives based upon secret
ballot votes taken among units of employees.
San Francisco janitors working for the largest contractors in the city were eligible to vote based
upon petitions they presented to the NLRB requesting an election. The final tally was:
1,698 eligible voters|
(including part-time and
18 void ballots
121 challenged ballots
573 votes for SEIU Local 1877
947 votes for USWD Local 87.
There is no need to count challenged ballots since the margin of victory far exceeded the number
of challenges. The defeated union can file objections to the election based upon misconduct,
interference by management, etc. However, the large margin of victory is a serious obstacle for
SEIU Local 1877 to overcome.
Certfication means that the contractors must bargain in good faith with the new union. It does
not mean that in the end there must be a contract, or that any contract agreed upon must be
identical to what was negotiated by SEIU.
This is a major defeat for SEIU. The problems which led to the decertification are significant,
and the consequences will be enormous; but they are far too complex to describe in an e-mail.
Some San Francisco janitors will continue to be represented by SEIU Local 1877. That is because
certain units of janitors did not petition the NLRB for a vote, or the petitions did not have
enough signatures to meet NLRB requirements (generally, 30% of the unit). For example, the
employees of Township Building Services will continue to be members of SEIU Local 1877, and
the contract between Local 1877 and Township will remain in force and effect.