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Board Dismisses Six ULP Charges Against Am. Apparel

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a statement announcing that it was dropping six unfair labor practice complaints filed against American Apparel, Inc.  The complaints were purportedly dismissed due to a “lack of cooperation” from the filers. The attorney for the filing employees, Keith Fink, stated that the charges would be re-filed within the next… Continue Reading

Sherwin Lockout Legal

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board dismissed charges alleging that Sherwin Alumina’s lockout of 450 employees violated the National Labor Relations Act.  The charges, filed by the United Steel Workers last October, complained that the company unlawfully locked out employees working at its Corpus Christi, TX facility in bad faith.… Continue Reading

Board Fights Back Against Quickie Election Challenge

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections
The National Labor Relations Board filed a notice of supplemental authority with the D.C. Circuit in defense of the Board’s controversial “quickie election” rules, arguing that the court’s recent decision in Nam v. Perez should govern the instant matter: “The [NAM v. Perez] decision … addresses and rejects arguments substantially identical to those raised by… Continue Reading

Board Issues Complaint Against NJ Nursing Home Chain

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Misc., Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against Alaris Health, a New Jersey-based nursing home chain.  The complaint, which accuses Alaris of a litany of unfair labor practices, stems from actions the company allegedly took against its employees during a labor strike. Per the complaint, Alaris’ employees went on strike in September 2014 in protest… Continue Reading

Board Nixes Honda Dress Policy

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that a Honda car dealership violated the National Labor Relations Act by promulgating unlawful work rules.  Specifically, the dealership maintained an overly broad dress code and unlawfully prohibited employees from wearing pins. In a split decision, member Kent Hirozawa and Chairman Mark Pearce determined that the employer… Continue Reading

Con-Way Says No To Teamsters

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this week, employees working at Con-Way Freight in Buffalo, New York voted not to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).  The Teamsters’ loss at Con-Way represents its sixth organizing defeat at the company.  The union has also withdrawn two other petitions prior to a vote being held. The president of Con-Way issued a… Continue Reading

Board Judge Orders NYU To Bargain With Union

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge ruled that New York University violated the National Labor Relations Act by refusing to bargain with a labor union.  The matter arose in late 2013, when NYU began changing the job duties of approximately 30 library employees.  The employees had been working only one… Continue Reading

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

UFCW To Seek Injunction Against Walmart

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The New York Times is reporting that the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) will seek an injunction today against Walmart, which would require the big-box giant to rehire over 2,000 workers affected by five separate store closures.  Walmart closed the five stores last week temporarily as a result of plumbing issues. The retailer has… 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

Board Issues Complaint Against Pitt. Casino

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, PA.  In pertinent part, the complaint alleges that several casino managers violated the National Labor Relations Act by interrogating groups of employees regarding whether they were union supporters.  The complaint, based on charges filed against the casino by Unite Here!, further… Continue Reading

Harvard Grad Students Exploring Unionizing

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Earlier today, the Harvard Crimson reported that graduate students attending Harvard University are exploring whether to form a labor union.  The Harvard union movement is clearly in its early stages, but spokespersons disclosed that students across all three divisions of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences have expressed interest in the effort. Another union… 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

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

Chamber Fires Another Round At Quickie Election Rules

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other trade groups filed a Motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules should be invalidated. The rules, which were published at the end of last year in the Federal Register, would allow a… Continue Reading

Teamsters Target Bay Area Shuttle Bus Drivers

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) have been waging a campaign to organize shuttle bus drivers working at Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation’s headquarters in San Francisco, CA.  In a sign that the organizing campaign is escalation, the Teamsters filed unfair labor practice charges against Bauer’s with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that company officials have… Continue Reading

Chairman Pearce Testifies Before House

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits
Yesterday, National Labor Relations Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce was called to testify at a House of Representatives budget hearing.  Chairman Pearce’s testimony covered a wide range of topics, beginning with the Board’s backlog of cases resulting from the Supreme Court’s invalidation of President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments to the Board. Chairman Pearce noted that… Continue Reading

NLRB Set To Hold Hearing re Columbia Grad Student Union

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
On March 31, the National Labor Relations Board’s New York regional office will conduct a hearing to determine whether graduate students working as research and teaching assistants at Columbia University in New York City should be allowed to conduct a union election.  As we’ve discussed on this blog previously, graduate students currently do not have… 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

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

House Takes Up Ambush Election Disapproval Measure

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The U.S. House of Representatives is currently debating a resolution brought under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would express its disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” procedures.  The quickie election rules, set to go into effect next month, could allow a labor union to hold an election in as little… Continue Reading

Longshoremen Hit With $60K Fine

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ordered the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to pay almost $60,000 to the National Labor Relations Board because the union engaged in unlawful activity at the Port of Portland.  Per a ruling from Judge Simon rendered in 2012, the union organized a work slowdown while in the midst of a… Continue Reading

NLRB General Counsel Takes Aggressive Stance to Address Immigration Issues

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices
454172307On the heels of the President’s executive action on immigration, Richard Griffin, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel, issued GC Memorandum 15-03 on February 27, 2015 providing updated procedures to address issues that might arise in the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases involving employees’ immigration status. The NLRB’s new procedures are… Continue Reading