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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 [&hellip… 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. [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

Oregon Teaching Fellows to Strike Today

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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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

Basketball Players Union Brings In New GC

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
The New York Times is reporting that the NBA Players Association has hired a new General Counsel.  As the reader may recall, the NBAPA has had a big year already.  The union fired its last chief after an investigation revealed certain improprieties.  Now sporting a new president, the union has hired Gary Kohlman as its [&hellip… Continue Reading

FairPoint Workers Hit The Pickets

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Union members working for FairPoint Communications across New England hit the pickets this morning after the company refused to come back to the bargaining table.  The employees, represented in negotiations by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communication Workers of America (CWA), offered “significant concessions” in their most recent offer, but to [&hellip… Continue Reading

IL Teachers’ Strike Enters Second Week

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Teachers in Waukegan, Illinois will hit the pickets for the ninth school day in a row.  Negotiations between the school board and teachers’ union officials took place yesterday, but broke down with no signs of a deal nearing. A spokesperson for the teachers’ union slammed the school board, claiming that no board members have attended [&hellip… Continue Reading

Teamsters Call For Bus Strike In SF

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
San Franciscans take heed: the Teamsters Union has announced a one-day strike effective October 17.  The Teamsters represent bus dispatchers, supervisors, and maintenance crews working for Golden Gate Transportation in the Bay Area.  The parties are currently in contract negotiations, but those talks are stalling.  Bus drivers represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union will most likely [&hellip… Continue Reading

Bravo Media Hit With ULP Charges

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees filed unfair labor practice charges against Bravo Media with the National Labor Relations Board.  In pertinent part, the charge alleges that Bravo threatened to fire the editorial crew of the hit television show “Shahs of Sunset” because crew members have been on strike since September 10.  The [&hellip… Continue Reading

St. Rose Adjuncts Unionize

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, adjunct faculty members employed by the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York elected to unionize under the banner of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  According to a press release, almost three quarters of the more than 200 faculty members voted “Yes,” with the remainder either voting “No” or abstaining entirely.  For its [&hellip… Continue Reading

UNITE HERE Rallies At Alaska Hotel

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, members of UNITE HERE Local 878 staged a rally in front of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska demanding that management officials renegotiate their current labor agreement.  Approximately 150 protesters chanted while walking around the hotel during business hours. Trouble began in 2008, when management and union officials began, but did not finish, [&hellip… Continue Reading

Highland Teachers On Strike

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Last night, teachers in Madison County, Illinois voted to walk off the job and go on strike.  The strike will begin on Thursday and will be a major disruption for students and parents.  Not only are classes cancelled indefinitely, but all school-related activities are off the books as well.    The school district is currently offering teachers a one-year [&hellip… Continue Reading

MI Teachers Union Can’t Enforce Member ‘Opt-Out Window’

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
A decision issued by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) nixed the Michigan Education Association’s (the Union) rule that members can only opt out of the Union during the month of August.  Administrative Law Judge Julia Stern reasoned that the Union violated Michigan state law by preventing teachers and staff who wanted to leave the Union’s ranks from [&hellip… Continue Reading