Election's Impact on HR: Mark McGraw of Human Resource Executive Online takes a look at the presidential hopefuls' positions on employment-related issues and what a win by either candidate could mean for employers in the next four years.
If Obama wins re-election, Spring says, "the [National Labor Relations Board] will continue to be very active in attempting to use the National Labor Relations Act to regulate non-union employers, and make it easier for employees to unionize."
A Romney win could signal more significant change on the labor front, says Spring.
"He's not friendly to unions, and believes they make it difficult for American businesses to compete globally. I expect that he would likely overhaul the NLRB and get more pro-business NLRB members, as well as attempt to amend the NLRA to make the playing field even more challenging for unions."
UFCW Members On Strike at 128 Raley's Stores: Susan R. Hobbs of Bloomberg BNA ($) reports that members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 5 and 8 began a strike after Raley's imposed its "last, best, and final" contract proposals.
The parties have been engaged in difficult negotiations to renew a labor contract that has been extended numerous times since its Oct. 8, 2011, expiration. They have been unable to reach agreement on employer proposals for concessions to eliminate Sunday, night, and holiday premium pay, eliminate retiree health care, underfund the active employees health care plan, and freeze wages.
The strike affects about 7,000 workers.
California Employment Lawyers Urge Ninth Circuit to Follow NLRB's Class Waiver Ban: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360.com ($) writes that the California Employment Lawyers Association filed an amicus brief asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to apply the National Labor Relations Board's holding that arbitration agreements containing class action waivers violate workers' rights.