The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has filed new charges in its dispute with Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea. the National Labor Relations Board has found merit to the charges. Employees were locked out during Christmas after participating in a one-day strike over contract negotiations. Mayo management has been actively interfering with and discouraging members from discussing negotiations and holding meetings. It has blocked members from posting notices on bulletin boards and disciplined a strike leader for talking about the lockout in a break room.
Graduate student unionization efforts at private colleges have become more urgent following the election of President Donald Trump.
Even though in 2016 the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) ruled that students may unionize, many fear that they will eventually lose that very right due to Trump’s appointment of two Republicans to the NLRB. The NLRB has a history of flip-flopping on the issue over the past two decades.