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HELP Committee Holds Hearing On Board Agenda

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) conducted a hearing concerning the National Labor Relations Board’s current agenda.  MLA’s own Seth Borden testified at the hearing that the Board could issue rulings in the next several months that would both contradict long-standing precedent and undermine the purposes of the National Labor Relations Act.  Specifically, Borden … Continue Reading

Congress Hears Testimony On Student/Athlete Unions

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, a Congressional Committee chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN) heard testimony regarding the myriad of unintended consequences that could result from allowing student/athletes to form labor unions.  Current Baylor president Ken Starr was particularly adamant that allowing student/athletes to unionize would accidentally expose the students to a host of regulations and laws, such as wage/hour laws and workers’ … Continue Reading

College Athletes Union Congressional Hearing Today

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions
Later today, the House Education and Workforce Committee is set to hold a hearing regarding unionization in college sports.  The hearing, of course, comes in the wake of the Northwestern University football team’s union election vote, which took place last month.  The reader may recall that even though the vote was allowed to take place, the … Continue Reading

House To Hold Hearing On Student/Athlete Unionization

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Next week, the Republican-controlled House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing to investigate the consequences of “Unionizing Student Athletes.”  The hearing was called in response to last week’s union election at Northwestern University.  While the votes in that election will be impounded until the full National Labor Relations Board decides whether … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 8, 2014

Posted in House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board Declines GOP Request To Extend Election Comment Period: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that the National Labor Relations Board has declined a request from John Kline (R-MN), the chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, to extend the open comment period for the Board’s "quickie election" rule.  Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, in a short … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 1, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unions
Michigan Judge Allows Portions Of Right To Work Suit To Go Forward: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, a federal judge sitting in Michigan issued a mixed ruling in a suit brought by several labor unions challenging Michigan’s "right to work" law.  U.S. District Judge Stephen J. Murphy III dismissed two of plaintiffs’ theories, but … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 10, 2014

Posted in House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Dems Delve Into Fast-Food Allegations: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that late last week, two Democratic Congressmen stated that they had sent letters to McDonald’s Corp., Burger King, and other fast-food restaurants.  The letters asked for information concerning the companies’ labor practices, particularly allegations of illegal pay practices.  Authored by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Rep Joe Courtney … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 14, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Unions
Labor Committee Dem To Retire: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that Representative George Miller, a Democrat from California, announced yesterday that he will be retiring from public service and will not be seeking re-election in the fall.  Miller, a congressman for forty years, is currently the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee.  Some of … 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

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: November 18, 2013

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, Senate, Unions
Bill To Guarantee Secret Union Ballots Introduced In Both Houses: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) reports that last Thursday, Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill that would make major reforms to federal labor law.  Significantly, the bill would guarantee the use of secret ballots in union elections.  The bill would also … Continue Reading

Federal Shutdown Ended, National Labor Relations Board to Resume Full Operations Today

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Administration, Senate, White House
Last night, the President signed legislation which, among other things, ends the sixteen-day shutdown of the federal government. As outlined in its September 27, 2013 Contingency Plan, the National Labor Relations Board set out to recall furloughed Board workers to their positions.  As of this time, information is lacking on the Board’s website and Twitter feed, … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: July 12, 2013

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislative Strategy, Media Round-Up, NLRB Misc., Unions
House Dems Blast Senate GOP Over Board Nominees: NBC News reports that Democratic House Members Linda Sanchez (CA) and Joe Courtney (CT) participated in a teleconference yesterday and strongly urged Senate Republicans not to filibuster President Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The House members took particular issue with what the believed to be Senate "game-playing" at the expense of … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: June 14, 2013

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, Unions
House GOP Looking to Revise NLRA: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced two measures that would effectively amend the National Labor Relations Act. The proposed pieces of legislation, referred to as HR 2346 and HR 2347, would protect workers’ rights to a secret ballot and would also nix a … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: June 3, 2013

Posted in Department of Labor, House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, Persuader Rules, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Workforce Committee Not a Fan of DOL’s Persuader Rule: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) reports that last Thursday, the House Education and Workforce Committee sent a letter to the US Department of Labor providing that the DOL’s proposed "Persuader Rule" should be withdrawn as it could negatively impact the attorney-client relationship. The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) generally requires that employers report any efforts to directly … Continue Reading

President Obama Seeks to Expand NLRB Budget, While House Committee Moves to Halt Board Action

Posted in House of Representatives
Yesterday, President Obama announced his proposed budget which included increased funding for the National Labor Relations Board’s FY 2014 operations. At the same time, the House of Representatives pushed forward with legislation intended to rein in the Board in the wake of the DC Circuit’s Noel Canning decision. In his FY 2014 budget, President Obama … Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Releases ‘Labor Law 2012: A Year in Review’

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Presidential Appointments, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
It was going to be hard to top 2011 in terms of unique and dynamic labor law developments. But 2012 may just have lived up to the task. Seeking to ensure that the Board would have a quorum to operate during the year, on January 4, 2012, President Obama attempted the "recess" appointment of three … Continue Reading

White House, Congressional Republicans and AFL-CIO React to Noel Canning Decision

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, Presidential Appointments, Senate, Unions
Comment and reaction abound following yesterday’s ruling in Noel Canning, invalidating the President’s efforts to appoint three members to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012. The President’s press secretary Jay Carney criticized the ruling, echoed the NLRB’s Chairman’s vow to press on with the business of the Board, and sought to isolate the … Continue Reading

Next Week, U.S. Senate Will Debate Resolution to Block National Labor Relations Board’s “Quickie” Election Rule

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate
Earlier this week, one new National Labor Relations Board rule was put on indefinite hold.  Now Senate Republicans are taking aim at another Board initiative set to go into effect on April 30, 2012 — the rule designed to expedite union representation elections.  Earlier today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, … Continue Reading

Forty-Four Senators Introduce Resolution to Halt National Labor Relations Board Implementation of “Quickie” Election Rule

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
Forty-four senators including Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced a Resolution of Disapproval (S.J. Res 36) challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s new rules expediting union representation elections. Passage of the Resolution, submitted under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), would allow Congress to … Continue Reading

President Obama Re-Nominates Three Members Previously “Recess” Appointed to NLRB

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
Yesterday, President Obama  sent to the Senate the nominations of the three National Labor Relations Board Members which he previously appointed to the Board during a pro forma session of Congress last month.  The nominations read: Sharon Block, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five … Continue Reading

House Education and the Workforce Committee Holds Hearing Questioning NLRB “Recess” Appointments

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Rule-Making, Presidential Appointments, Representation Elections, SCOTUS
The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on President Obama’s January 4, 2012 "recess" appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The hearing is the second of three scheduled on this issue — as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing last week, and the Judiciary Committee will hold … Continue Reading

Three Congressional Hearings on Tap For President’s “Recess” Appointments to NLRB

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, White House
If you have not been following the response to President Obama’s January 4, 2012 appointment of three Members to the National Labor Relations Board (along with Richard Cordray’s appointment as CFPB Director), you’ll have plenty of opportunity soon.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will hold a hearing on Wednesday morning entitled, "Uncharted Territory: What … Continue Reading

Congress Announces Deal on FAA Re-Authorization, NMB Election Rule Stands With One Adjustment

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, Representation Elections, RLA, Senate
National Journal reports that House and Senate leaders have announced an agreement on the long-awaited reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The deal includes Republicans backing down on their effort to reverse the May 2010 rule issued by the National Mediation Board (NMB) which changed the 75 year-old method for counting votes in union representation elections under the … Continue Reading

NLRB Announces Final Rule to Expedite Elections; Senator Announces Effort to Block Rule Via Congressional Resolution

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Administration, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate
The National Labor Relations Board announced today that it has adopted a final rule amending its election case procedures to shorten the time between the filing of a petition and the conduct of an election. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, December 22, and is due to take effect on April 30, … Continue Reading