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Rival Unions Vie For Position At VW

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Two separate labor unions are aggressively seeking to organize employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant. Both the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the American Council of Employees (ACE) have been pushing VW employees to sign union authorization cards in order to satisfy the requirements of VW’s Community Organization Engagement (COE) initiative, which grants labor group… Continue Reading

Nurses Allege U of Chicago Violating NLRA

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, National Nurses United (NNU) filed a plethora of charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the University of Chicago.  In its complaint, NNU accused the university of bargaining in bad faith, unlawfully surveilling nurses, and engaging in direct dealing with employees. The charges stem from the parties’ fractious bargaining relationship.  The parties… Continue Reading

Labor Strike Coming to PA Hospital

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m., licensed practical nurses and technicians are set to walk off the job and hit the pickets in protest against ACMH Hospital’s alleged unfair labor practices.  The strike is being organized by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) and is expected to draw over 100 union members.… Continue Reading

Seattle U Appeals Board’s Adjuncts Ruling

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this week, Seattle University appealed a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling, which held that impounded ballots cast in a recent election by the university’s adjunct faculty should be counted.  In its appeal, the university is arguing that the votes cast in last summer’s election should not be counted because the university should not… Continue Reading

Steelworkers Strike Ends

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Reports are coming in that the longest oil-refinery strike in a generation is coming to an end after the United Steelworkers and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company representing refinery operators, reached a tentative labor deal.  Terms of the agreement in principal were not immediately available, but union representatives stated that it includes annual wage… Continue Reading

NYU Grad Students On Verge Of Labor Strike

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that graduate students employed by New York University could walk off the job and hit the pickets as early as tomorrow morning if the grad students and the university cannot come to a consensus regarding a collective bargaining agreement.  As the reader may recall, NYU agreed to recognize a graduate student… Continue Reading

MLS, Players Union Resume Contract Talks

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, officials representing Major League Soccer (MLS) met with MLS Players Union representatives at the office of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to hammer out the final details of a collective bargaining agreement. Time is certainly of the essence, as the new MLS season is scheduled to start… Continue Reading

FairPoint Strike Ends

Posted in Negotiations, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
As of this morning, employees working for FairPoint Communications in the New England area will return to work after striking for the past four months.  The workers began striking on October 17, 2014 when negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement with their employer began to stall out.  However, a new contract has finally been… Continue Reading

FairPoint Workers Strike To End

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Early reports indicate that FairPoint Communications has reached an agreement with the two unions representing the company’s unionized workforce to end a more than four-month labor strike.  The company’s 1,700 workers, represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America, will now vote on whether to ratify the newly-formed deal.… Continue Reading

Labor Sec. Jumps Into Cal. Ports Dispute

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez flew to California in order to seek a solution to a protracted labor dispute taking place at Southern California ports.  As we discussed here on the blog last week, port operators locked out its unionized employees over the weekend in response to what the operators believed to be… Continue Reading

So. Cal. Port Workers Locked Out

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
According to multiple reports, companies that run Southern California ports have chosen to partially lock out their unionized workforce in response to a purported labor slowdown.  The unions representing the port workers have been in a protracted labor dispute with port management officials regarding a new contract.  Unfortunately for U.S. consumers and businesses, the labor… Continue Reading

Nissan Declines State Dept. Mediation Offer

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. ($$) is refusing an offer from the U.S. State Department to mediate a dispute with the United Auto Workers (UAW).  The UAW has been working to organize employees working at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi plant.    The UAW has accused Nissan of violating international labor guidelines by seeking to convince its employees not… Continue Reading

Doctors At UC Go On Strike

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
For the first time in 25 years, licensed medical doctors in the United States have gone on strike.  Doctors working at student health centers across 10 different University of California campuses walked off the job and hit the pickets yesterday, purportedly because they are upset that UC administrators have refused to provide the doctors’ union… Continue Reading

Accusations Of Slowdowns At Port Of Los Angeles

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Uncategorized, Unions
Yesterday, employers at the Port of Los Angeles accused their unionized dockworker employees of instituting a labor slowdown.  This latest incident between the parties has brought major national scrutiny to the long-running labor dispute because container ships have been forced to sit idle while they wait for crews to unload their cargo. While the Pacific… Continue Reading

LA Port Truckers Join Teamsters

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Truck drivers working for Shippers Transport Express at the Port of Los Angeles have jointed the Teamsters Union.  Unlike the NLRB’s typical process, which requires employees to vote on whether to join a union, Shippers Transport Express voluntarily recognized the Teamsters after the union was able to show that it had garnered the support of… Continue Reading

Kaiser Permanente Employees On Strike In CA

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, approximately 100 Kaiser Permanente employees working in Anaheim, CA walked off the job and went on strike in order to protest low staffing ratios in the company’s medical centers.  The employees, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, are expected to be joined throughout the week by other Kaiser Permanente employees throughout California.  In total, almost… 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

FairPoint Mediator Issues Gag Order

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Negotiations between FairPoint and the two unions representing more than 1,700 employees have been placed under a gag order by a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation service.  With the talks between the employer on one side and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) on the other now… Continue Reading

NFLPA Wary Of New Player Conduct Policy

Posted in Negotiations, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
NBCSports is reporting that the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), the labor union that represents current NFL football players in collective bargaining with the league, may seek to challenge certain portions of the NFL’s new personal conduct policy.  Per the publication’s source, the NFLPA has identified three major issues of concern: The union believes… Continue Reading

PA Nurses File ULP Charges Against Hospital

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, the United Steelworkers Union filed unfair labor practice charges against Gracedale nursing home in Northampton County, PA.  In pertinent part, the state-level charges allege that Gracedale intends to replace the nurses’ health care plan at the beginning of the new year. The Steelworkers represent approximately fifty nurses and social workers at the… Continue Reading

Oregon Teaching Fellows to Strike Today

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, administrators at the University of Oregon announced that its graduate teaching fellows will go on strike as of this morning.  The announcement comes after the parties failed to reach an agreement during its most recent round of negotiations. As some readers may have realized, the strike action comes right at the beginning of the… Continue Reading

Mediator Enters FairPoint Fray

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
On November 18, a Federal Mediator will sit down with representatives of FairPoint Communications and two labor unions to attempt to bring an end to a three-week labor strike.  The meeting, which will take place in Boston, will be attended by negotiators for the company, as well as higher-ups at the International Brotherhood of Electrical… Continue Reading