New Rules Expected from NLRB: Sam Hananel of The Huffington Post writes that a new rule from the Labor Department will require companies to reveal relationships with union consulting companies even if the companies have no contact with workers (see our post regarding this proposed rule/interpretation). The National Labor Relations Board is also expected to start work on a rule requiring businesses to turn over workers' phone numbers, emails and shift times to union organizers.
Labor Seeks More Pro-Union Agenda: The Washington Post carries an Associated Press article stating that labor leaders are looking for a more liberal, pro-union agenda from the White House after helping President Obama win battleground states.
Topping labor’s wish list — for now — is a push to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and discouraging Obama from agreeing to any deal with Republicans over the looming “fiscal cliff” that cuts into Social Security and Medicare.
But unions are also pressing for new measures that might help boost their sagging membership rolls. New investment in infrastructure would bring construction jobs for trade unions. Immigration reform — and a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Latino immigrants — would create a vast new pool of potential union members. And new regulations could remove some obstacles to union organizing.
Gloomy Outlook in NHL Lockout: Adrian Dater of The Denver Post writes that the outlook looks dire for an agreement between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association. The parties met briefly on Sunday, but talks broke off in less than an hour. There is concern that if the two sides do not agree to a deal this season, fans might not seek hockey again for two seasons.