Unionization attempts at Uber, initiated last week by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), have hit a snag. The ALF-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, has successfully asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to delay election proceedings, on behalf of one of its member unions, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). IAM is arguing that IBEW’s attempt to represent 600 Uber drivers at New York City’s LaGuardia airport runs afoul of the ALF-CIO’s jurisdiction rules, as well as hampering labor’s long-term goals for increasing pay and working standards at Uber. The NLRB will delay election proceedings for 40 days while the ALF-CIO mediates the dispute between the IBEW and IAM; if it remains unresolved, it will go to an independent arbitrator.
See Cole Stangler, International Business Times, February 11, 2016