Date(s) - 11/15/22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Boat House

What’s Going on with Unionization in America?

In-person Meeting

Unionization has increased in America over the last year; how has this impacted us?  Topics to be covered will include: increased interest and ongoing unionization in places such as Starbucks, Amazon, John Deer, Kellogg Co., Apple, Google; the causes behind the increase in unionization; the NLRB’s responses; along with existing unions’ support of such matters; and the end results on corporations’ and employees’ collective bargaining.

As has been well publicized in the general media, workers at several employers have recently voted to unionize, and each such activity on the part of employees appears to stir up increased interest of employees at subsequent employers.  For instance, the union win at Amazon comes on the heels of a series of successful union elections at various Starbucks stores in Buffalo and other places in New York.  In fact, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just issued a press release stating that during the period of October 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022, union representation petitions filed with the NLRB have increased 57% when compared to the first half of fiscal year 2021. As reported in the press release, President Biden’s proposed fiscal year 2023 budget requests a 16% increase in funding for the NLRB.  This increase in union activity comes on the heels of a two-year pandemic, and in a time for transformation in the labor markets and what has been called ”the Great Resignation.” The issues spurring this increase are complex and the answers not easily found. However, employers who fail to see “what’s going on” may be faced with their own “picket lines and picket signs.” Mike Duco will discuss the causes and effects behind the ongoing increase in such unionization.


Michael P. Duco – Michael Duco has a total of 37 years of experience in the Labor Relations Field, and is currently the  General Counsel at the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, OCSEA, Local 11, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. Prior to February of this year, Mr. Duco was the OCSEA Field Service Director for approximately 3.5 years.

Before his work with OCSEA, Mr. Duco worked for the State of Ohio for approximately 32 years.  He was appointed by the governor as the Deputy Director for the Department of Administrative Services, Office of Collective Bargaining (OCB), after serving briefly as the interim Deputy Director.  Mr. Duco joined OCB in 1985, and he held a variety of positions within the office including Manager of Labor Relations and Dispute Resolutions and Legal Counsel.  He has participated in several rounds of contract negotiations with the State of Ohio, has been the primary spokesperson in several tables, and has served on both sides of the table in negotiations and arbitrations.  Prior to his work with OCB, Mr. Duco worked as an auditor for the United Parcel Service.

Mr. Duco was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November of 1992 and holds a B.S.B.A in Labor and Human Resources from the Ohio State University and a J.D. from Capital University Law School.


Meeta Bass, COLERA President, and Arbitrator/Mediator

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