November 29, 2020

Volume X, Number 334

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Union Wins Representation Vote in Atlanta Area

In a reminder to Georgia employers not to take the state’s typically low unionization rates for granted, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a union has won the right to represent workers at an Atlanta-area logistics and distribution center. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union won the representation election 49-46 at a Nestlé facility in McDonough, Georgia.

While the overall unionization rate in the private sector in Georgia is very low (around 3 percent), Bloomberg BNA recently reported that unions prevailed in nearly 72 percent of representation elections nationally in 2016, the highest union win rate in recent history. The union win rate in the Southeast region was only slightly less, at nearly 70 percent. The increase in union election win percentage may be linked to the NLRB instituting “quickie” election rules in 2015, which greatly reduced the amount of time an employer has to educate employees after an election petition is filed.

© 2020 BARNES & THORNBURG LLPNational Law Review, Volume VII, Number 108
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John Koenig, Barnes Thornburg Law Firm, Atlanta and Indianapolis, Labor and Employment Law Attorney
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John T.L. Koenig is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He maintains a national, full-service practice representing management exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law.

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Mr. Koenig represents companies in the grievance and arbitration process, collective bargaining, strike preparation, union organizing and election matters, and in unfair labor practice and representational cases before the NLRB. He frequently trains supervisors on effective and...

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