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Labor Relations Today Releases ‘Labor Law 2014: A Year in Review’

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Amici Briefs, Bush Board Reversal, Corporate Campaigns, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Legislation, Micro Units, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Presidential Appointments, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
MLA labor attorneys are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2014: A Year In Review. This marks the fourth straight year that we have produced this annual review of developments in traditional labor law and labor-management relations. 2014 ushered in a National Labor Relations Board with more prospective stability than in recent years as the seats… Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Releases ‘Labor Law 2013: A Year in Review’

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, Corporate Campaigns, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Filibuster, Government Contracting, House of Representatives, Legislation, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Presidential Appointments, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
MLA labor attorneys are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2013: A Year In Review.  This marks the third straight year that we have produced this annual review of developments in traditional labor law and labor-management relations.  2013 began with unprecedented uncertainty, as several federal courts repudiated the authority of the National Labor Relations Board… Continue Reading

Senate HELP Committee Seeks to Change Federal Contracting Rules to Disqualify Employers with Labor Law Violations

Posted in Corporate Campaigns, Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, Legislative Strategy, Senate
On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, unveiled a Committee report, taking direct regulatory aim at the nation’s federal government contractors. The Senator proclaimed that "[s]ome of the nation’s largest federal contractors fail to pay their workers the wages they have earned or provide… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Legality of Neutrality Agreements

Posted in Card Check, Corporate Campaigns, Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, Representation Elections, SCOTUS
Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in UNITE HERE Local 355 v. Mulhall involving the issue of whether the Labor-Management Relation Act’s prohibition on employers from providing a union with any "thing of value" extends to the promises an employer makes in a neutrality agreement. Last year the Eleventh Circuit held that "organizing assistance… Continue Reading

Not a Trick or Treat: Employees are Recording and Publicizing Management’s Union Campaign Communications

Posted in Corporate Campaigns, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
In a public relations nightmare for a Georgia employer, Gawker.com published yesterday an article analyzing a 21-minute audio recording (and the recording itself) consisting primarily of a meeting between management and employees to discuss an upcoming union election and what the employees could expect in the next month leading up to the election. This was… Continue Reading

Supreme Court to Decide Legality of Neutrality Agreements, Dynamics of Union Organizing Hang in the Balance

Posted in Card Check, Corporate Campaigns, Federal Court Litigation, Negotiations, NLRA, Representation Elections, SCOTUS
The Supreme Court agreed earlier this week to consider whether the Labor-Management Relations Act’s prohibition on employers from providing a union with any "thing of value" extends to the promises an employer makes in a neutrality agreement. Section 302 of the Labor-Management Relations Act, the federal labor anti-bribery statute, makes it unlawful for an employer… Continue Reading

SEIU’s Anna Burger Suggests Reconciliation, NLRB Rule-Making to Push EFCA

Posted in Card Check, Corporate Campaigns, EFCA, Expedited Elections, House of Representatives, Legislative Strategy, Senate
Following Andy Stern’s surprising announcement that he would step down as President of SEIU, his protege, Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and California-based labor leader, Mary Kay Henry seek to succeed him.  This weekend, in a memorandum to the union’s International Executive Board, Ms. Burger laid out her vision for the priorities she would have the union pursue.  Listed within the first: Use… Continue Reading

Newsweek Piece: Reading the Handwriting on the Wall?

Posted in Corporate Campaigns, EFCA, Expedited Elections
The current issue of Newsweek magazine contains a strongly titled opinion piece, "Unions: We’re Better Off Without Them."  The author, Kevin Kelly, C.E.O. of Emerald Packaging in Union City, California. recounts his experiences with two "exhausting, deeply distracting" union representation campaigns.  He lays out in sensible, composed terms why many small business owners might prefer to operate… Continue Reading

Columnist Tells Starbucks to “Smell the Coffee and Fight Back”

Posted in Corporate Campaigns, EFCA, Special Interests
At Town Hall, Carl Horowitz examines the ongoing corporate campaign by Labor and its allies against Starbucks. Horowitz generally notes the irony in the Far Left-Labor alliance continually hammering the coffee giant, which has always "sought to be a hybrid of profit-seeking and social responsibility."  Among other elements of this campaign, Horowitz notes recent developments following Starbucks’ announcement just months ago,… Continue Reading

Union Corporate Campaigns Remain Route To Card-Check Organizing

Posted in Card Check, Corporate Campaigns, EFCA
In a post a few weeks ago, we speculated that as EFCA’s prospects dwindled, employers might expect to see a recognizable uptick in union corporate campaign activity.  Now that card-check is possibly dropping out of the compromise bill being crafted in the Senate, employers must be prepared to face increased organizing by corporate campaigns.  After all, securing… Continue Reading

SEIU Ramps Up Campaign Against Bank of America and CEO

Posted in Card Check, Corporate Campaigns, EFCA
Boston Business Journal reports that the SEIU and Change To Win’s Pension Funds will spend the next two weeks increasing their attacks against Bank of America and its CEO, Ken Lewis.  The campaign will include media events, demonstrations and a shareholder proxy movement to oust Lewis.  The Journal notes that "some are beginning to question the motives" of… Continue Reading