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West Virginia Inches Closer to Enacting Right-To-Work Law

Posted in Legislation, State/Local Issues
On Thursday, February 4, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 54-46 to pass the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act,” a measure that would allow employees to opt-out of paying union dues. The Senate, which previously passed the bill 17-16 along party lines, must approve the bill again as it was amended by the House. Governor… Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Issues ‘Labor Law 2015: Year in Review’

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Bush Board Reversal, Card Check, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Joint Employer, Legislation, Micro Units, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
McGuireWoods labor attorneys and the editors of Labor Relations Today are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2015: A Year In Review. For most of 2015, the National Labor Relations Board consisted of five members and the general counsel — all Senate-confirmed. This Board and the White House continued aggressive efforts to overhaul traditional labor law administratively,… Continue Reading

House Bill Aims To Reverse NLRB’s Expanded “Joint Employer” Definition

Posted in House of Representatives, Joint Employer, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB
On October 28, 2015, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce met to mark up the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act (H.R. 3459)—a bill designed to curtail the National Labor Relations Board’s recent expansion of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). As previously discussed, the NLRB’s Browning Ferris Industries decision dramatically… Continue Reading

More About Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Card Check Proposal

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Legislation, NLRA, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
On Tuesday, presidential candidate and current Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that he, and ten Senate co-sponsors, would introduce the Workplace Democracy Act (S. 2142). The bill — a verbatim reiteration of two provisions of the Employee Free Choice Act in the 110th & 111th Congresses — would: certify a union as the exclusive bargaining… Continue Reading

Senator Sanders (I/D-VT) Re-Introduces Employee Free Choice Act

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, House of Representatives, Interest Arbitration, Legislation, NLRA, Remedies, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
At a press conference on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced that he and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) would introduce the “Workplace Democracy Act” (S. 2142, H.R. 3690). This bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act to facilitate union organizing by requiring certification based on “card check” —… Continue Reading

More About the Protecting American Jobs Act (S. 2084)

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Rule-Making, Senate
As noted yesterday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced a bill to curtail the authority of the National Labor Relations Board.  The Protecting American Jobs Act (S. 2084) — co-sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) — is analogous to a House bill (H.R. 1893) introduced earlier in 2015, now with seventy… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Posted in Legislation, NLRB, NLRB Administration, Quick Hits, Representation Elections
Senate Bill To Curb NLRB: Following Dems introduction last week of the “WAGE Act” to radically expand NLRB powers to facilitate union organizing, on Monday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a counter-measure to cut drastically the Board’s role and authority. The text of the Protecting American Jobs Act (S. 2084) is not yet available online, but… Continue Reading

Senator Alexander Accuses NLRB, OSHA of Coordinated Effort to Change the Law

Posted in Joint Employer, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Senate
On September 23, 2015, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) stepped up his attacks on the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”), accusing the Board of engaging in a coordinated effort with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) to change corporate liability laws.  During a hearing, Senator Alexander referred to news reports claiming that OSHA officials… Continue Reading

More About the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act (S. 2402)

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Legislation, Legislative Strategy, NLRA, Remedies, Unions
Here is the text of the bill. Here is our red-lined version of the NLRA incorporating the revisions proposed by the bill. Here is the AFL-CIO blog post urging its passage. Here is Richard Trumka’s blog piece in The Hill today. Here is a Fact Sheet provided by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA). Collected media coverage:… Continue Reading

Democrats Introduce Bill To Increase Dramatically NLRA Penalties Against Employers

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, EFCA, Legislation, NLRA, Remedies, Representation Elections, Unions
On Thursday, September 17, 2015, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-WA) introduced the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act (S. 2042).  The bill, promoting collective-bargaining and labor unions by drastically enhancing penalties against employers under the National Labor Relations Act, is being proposed primarily as an election season litmus test, with… Continue Reading

The Road Ahead: Top 10 Labor Issues to Watch in the Back Half of 2015

Posted in Amici Briefs, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Legislation, Micro Units, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues
road ahead1.  Will the Courts Uphold the New Expedited Election Rules? The National Labor Relation Board’s new expedited election rules took effect on April 14, 2015, but not before two lawsuits could be filed seeking to invalidate them in January 2015. The first lawsuit was filed by business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in… Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to Exclude Indian Government Employers From NLRA

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, State/Local Issues
A subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 on H.R. 511, “The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015.”  The bill, which has a counterpart, S. 248, in the Senate, would amend the National Labor Relations Act to expressly exclude tribal employers from the Act’s definition… Continue Reading

Senators Grill Board Members On Requested Budget Increase

Posted in Legislation, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate
Yesterday, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing to discuss the National Labor Relations Board’s 2016 budget proposal.  The proposal, coming in a year where the Board has released several decisions that have angered Republicans, seeks a $3.8mm increase in funds in… Continue Reading

Wisc. Seeks To Quash Right-To-Work Challenge

Posted in Legislation, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Last Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Justice  [sub. req.] filed a motion to quash a challenge brought by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO to the state’s controversial right-to-work law.  Known as Act 1 and signed into law on March 9 of this year, the state’s right-to-work law would bar mandatory dues contributions from union members. In… Continue Reading

President Vetoes GOP Attempt To Nix Quickie Election Rules

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
In an unsurprising move, earlier today President Obama vetoed a measure put forward by House and Senate Republicans under the auspices of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would have invalidated the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” procedures.  The rules, set to take effect in about two weeks, could shrink the period from the… Continue Reading

House Passes Measure Disapproving of Quickie Election Procedures

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate’s lead and passed a measure under the auspices of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that expresses disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” procedures.  Among other radical changes made by the Board, the “quickie election” procedures would allow a labor union to hold… Continue Reading

Wisc. Becomes Right To Work State

Posted in Legislation, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Yesterday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made Wisconsin America’s 25th right to work state.  Gov. Walker has clashed with big labor repeatedly throughout his term.  As the reader may recall, Gov. Walker effectively destroyed collective bargaining for public-sector employees a little less than four years ago. The right to work legislation, which moved through Wisconsin’s Republican-dominated… Continue Reading

House Debating Quickie Election Rules After Senate Disapproval Measure Passed

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
As we predicted ($$), the Senate yesterday passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproving of the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules.  The quickie election rules, which the Board passed in December, would allow a labor union to hold an election in as little as 11 days after the Board receives an… Continue Reading

Senate Takes Aim At Quickie Election Rule

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, the United States Senate voted 53-45 in favor of proceeding to formal debate on Senate Joint Resolution 8.  S.J. Res. 8 is a joint resolution with the U.S. House of Representatives designed to express both the House and Senate’s disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules.  The quickie election rules are… Continue Reading

Union Reps Testify Against Proposed Wisc. Right-to-Work Legislation

Posted in Legislation, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Yesterday, a cabal of union officials testified before the Wisconsin Assembly Labor Committee regarding their opposition to the legislature’s proposed Right to Work bill.  The bill, which has already passed the state Senate and would likely be signed into law by Governor Scott Walker, would ban a union from requiring nonunion members to pay union… Continue Reading

GOP Senators Introduce NLRB Reform Act

Posted in Legislation, NLRB, Quick Hits, Senate
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, proposed new legislation designed to rein in what they believe to be a very “activist” National Labor Relations Board.  Dubbed the NLRB Reform Act, the legislation is also intended to reduce the… Continue Reading

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

The Fight For Fifteen Comes Home For The Holidays

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Unions
Fast food restaurants across the country will face serious service disruptions today as employees are expected to walk off the job to protest for higher wages.  The protesting workers are involved in what has become known as the Fight for Fifteen movement, which is primarily seeking a $15 per hour minimum wage for employees working… Continue Reading