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Monthly Archives: May 2011

NLRB Rules Rat Display at Secondary Employer Premises is Lawful

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The National Labor Relations Board has declared lawful the union practice of displaying large inflatable rat balloons at a secondary employer’s premises to protest the labor practices of a separate non-union contractor.  Upon remand from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in Sheet Metal Workers Local 15 (Brandon Regional Medical Center), 356 … Continue Reading

WaPo Opinion: “Labor’s Hail Mary Pass”

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, Senate, Unions, White House
In today’s Washington Post, columnist Harold Meyerson chronicles frustration with the state of the labor movement in America and the resulting shift in the organizing strategy of the AFL-CIO and the SEIU.  In "Labor’s Hail Mary Pass," he asserts this shift "reflects a belief that the American labor movement may be on the verge of extinction and must radically … Continue Reading

NLRB Social Media Complaints Coming Daily? Another “Facebook Firing” Case Out of Chicago

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
Two days after issuance of the complaint in Hispanics United of Buffalo, Case No. 3-CA-27872, the National Labor Relations Board issued another complaint against a company for a termination arising out of employee use of social media.  In Karl Knauz Motors, Inc., Case No. 13-CA-46452, the Board alleges that a car dealer unlawfully fired a salesperson for … Continue Reading

Media Round-Up: NLRB Complaint Against Boeing

Posted in Media Round-Up
“Boeing case may prompt change: Firms might have to tell unions of moving plans” – Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) "Former Clinton-NLRB Chairman Opposes Obama-NLRB Attack on Boeing" — RedState "Republican NLRB Threats Part of Bigger War on Workers" — AFL-CIO Now blog "A tug-of-war over middle class jobs" – CNN Money "Right-To-Work Dems Won’t Back Jobs, Boeing Over Unions, … Continue Reading

Rep. Issa (R-CA) Seeks Information From National Mediation Board Regarding “Radical” Rule Change

Posted in House of Representatives, Representation Elections, RLA
On May 11, 2010, the National Mediation Board announced that it was changing a decades-old rule regarding the way votes are counted in union representation elections under the Railway Labor Act (RLA).  By letter dated May 17, 2011, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter … Continue Reading

NLRB Issues Another Complaint Against An Employer For Facebook-Related Terminations

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
The National Labor Relations Board has issued another complaint arising out of employee discipline for use of social media. The Board published a press release this evening announcing that a complaint was issued May 9, 2011 by the Regional Director in Buffalo, New York against Hispanics United of Buffalo, a nonprofit organization.  The complaint alleges that the employer unlawfully discharged five employees … Continue Reading

NLRB Division of Advice Recommends Dismissal of Twitter Termination Charge in Arizona

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
On April 21, 2011,the Division of Advice issued an Advice Memorandum recommending dismissal of a charge alleging that a newspaper reporter was unlawfully terminated for Twitter posts – some of which involved his employer. In Lee Enterprises, Inc., Case No.28-CA-23267, the employer, the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, had no written social media policy. During 2010, … Continue Reading

Senator Alexander (R-TN) and 33 Republican Co-Sponsors Introduce Bill to Clarify Interplay Between NLRA and State Right to Work Laws

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Administration, Senate, State/Local Issues
Yesterday, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) took to the floor of the Senate to introduce the "Jobs Protection Act" (S. 964).  The bill, co-sponsored by Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and thirty-one other Republican Senators, would by Sen. Alexander’s description: clarify that the NLRB would not be able to order an employer to relocate … Continue Reading

NLRB Issues Complaint Against Union for Unilaterally Printing Weingarten Statement on CBA

Posted in NLRB Misc., Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Law360 (subscription) reports today on a Complaint issued by the NLRB against the California Nurses Association for unilaterally printing a statement regarding employee "Weingarten Rights" on the inside cover of its CBA with various healthcare institutions.  The Complaint alleges that this conduct violates the employees’ rights to refrain from union activity, as well as the … Continue Reading

Media Round-Up: NLRB Complaint Against Boeing

Posted in Media Round-Up
NLRB’s "Fact Check" (posted 5/6/2011) "Bring It On! Boeing and NLRB Top Lawyers Spar Over Boeing Plant" — Corporate Counsel "Boeing Complaint: Hatch Challenges Appointment, Authority of NLRB’s General Counsel" — NAM’s  Shopfloor.org "Boeing Plant: Job Killing in S.C." — Savannah Morning News "Pawlenty speaks out on NLRB ‘preposterous’ anti-jobs move by NLRB at presidential debate" — Marathon Pundit "Right … Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Sues Arizona Over Secret Ballot Amendment

Posted in EFCA, Federal Court Litigation, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues
The National Labor Relations Board this afternoon filed suit against the State of Arizona in the federal District Court for the District of Arizona.  Consistent with its previous announcement of its intent to do so, the Board is seeking a Declaratory Judgment proclaiming Arizona Constitution Article 2 § 37 pre-empted by the National Labor Relations Act.  Article … Continue Reading

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) to Introduce National Right to Work Protection Legislation

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, RLA, Senate
During floor debate on the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act (S. 483), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced that he, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-TN) would be introducing a bill entitled the "National Right to Work Protection Act."  Sen. Alexander introduced the proposal thus: I rise today to talk about a piece of legislation which will be … Continue Reading