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Ithaca Adjunct Faculty Begin Organizing Effort

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The Ithaca Journal reports that adjunct faculty members working at Ithaca College in upstate New York are planning to file a petition for election with the National Labor Relations Board by the end of the current semester.  With the assistance of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), several adjunct faculty members leading the organizing campaign … Continue Reading

NFIB and ABC Join Fight Against NLRB’s ‘Quickie Election’ Rule by Filing Suit in Texas

Posted in Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections
On Tuesday, January 13, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Texas, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Texas and the Central Texas Chapter of ABC filed a joint lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) challenging the NLRB’s recently issued election rule … 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

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

Board Dings Macy’s For Refusal To Bargain

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
This past Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Macy’s Inc. is obligated to bargain with Local 1445 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which now represents a unit of cosmetics workers at Macy’s store in Saugus, MA.  The reader may recall that @LRToday covered the initial Macy’s decision at length back … Continue Reading

Nestle Attacks Specialty Healthcare Decision

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Earlier this week, representatives for Nestle Dreyer’s Icre Cream Co. argued ($$) that the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial Specialty Healthcare decision was an abuse of the Board’s discretion.  The reader may recall that Specialty Healthcare, which has been upheld by the Sixth Circuit, requires an employer challenging the appropriateness of a bargaining unit to show that … Continue Reading

Wash. U. Adjunct Faculty Join SEIU

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Per multiple news reports, adjunct faculty members employed by Washington University in St. Louis, MO have voted to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The votes were counted by a National Labor Relations Board official this past Monday.  Of the 404 eligible voters, 138 faculty members voted to join the union, while 111 voted … Continue Reading

Group Led by US Chamber Files Suit Challenging NLRB’s New ‘Quickie Election’ Rule

Posted in Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections
On January 5, the United States Chamber of Commerce filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s “recently issued ‘ambush’ election rule.” The Chamber is joined in the lawsuit by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), National Retail Federation … Continue Reading

Board ALJ Reinstates Worker Who Complained Of Pot Smoke

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Administration, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge ($$) Mary Cracraft ruled that Circus Circus Casinos Inc. violated the National Labor Relations Act by terminating an employee who complained about exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke.  The employee, a journeyman carpenter working on guest rooms at the hotel, apparently complained during a group meeting about … Continue Reading

Board Dismisses Complaint Against FairPoint

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The National Labor Relations Board announced that it has dismissed charges filed by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers against FairPoint Communications.  The unions had accused FairPoint of engaging in bad-faith bargaining.  But the dispute may not be over, as both unions stated this morning that they plan to … Continue Reading

Board Dismisses Charges Against Honeywell

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
In an update to a story we posted back in November, National Labor Relations Board Regional Director Daniel L. Hubbell has dismissed a complaint filed by the United Steelworkers against Honeywell International, Inc.  The USW had alleged that Honeywell violated the National Labor Relations Act by threatening to replace locked out employees.  The Steelworkers further … Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Issues Complaints in 13 Cases Against Multiple Franchises and McDonald’s as Joint Employers

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Unfair Labor Practices
In a post this morning, we noted that the Board has still not issued its decision in the Browning-Ferris case, wherein it is considering whether to preserve or discard its decades-old standard for determining “joint employment” standard.  Undeterred by the fact that the current state of the law does not support his case, the Board’s … Continue Reading

(Im)Patiently Waiting on Browning-Ferris

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
While several major National Labor Relations Board decisions came out over the last ten days, labor watchers are still waiting on the Browning-Ferris ruling with baited breath. As we have discussed previously, the Browning-Ferris decision could fundamentally alter how the Board determines whether a given entity is a “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations … Continue Reading

Member Schiffer’s Term Expires Today

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits
As Politico notes, National Labor Relations Board member Nancy Schiffer’s term expires today.  She will be replaced by incoming member Lauren McFerran, who was confirmed in a Senate vote on December 8 of this year. The reader may recall that member Schiffer’s term began in late summer of 2013 after Senate Democrats prevailed in the so-called “nuclear option” … Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Issues Final Rule Expediting Union Representation Elections

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Expedited Elections, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections, Unions
On the heels of yesterday’s Purple Communications, Inc. decision, the National Labor Relations Board today has taken more significant measures to facilitate union organizing.  The Board today has announced issuance of its final rule overhauling representation election procedures to expedite union representation elections. The Board rule contains many of the same controversial measures published in … Continue Reading

NLRB Grants Employees New Right To Use Employer Email Systems For Organizing Activities

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
As we previewed here earlier today, the National Labor Relations Board has issued the remainder of the Purple Communications decision. The ruling, found at 361 NLRB No. 126 (Dec. 11, 2014), in effect creates a new substantive right of employees to use an employer’s computer networks and email systems to engage in union organizing. Respondent … Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Creates Right of Employees to Use Employer E-Mail Networks for Union Organizing

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions
With midterm elections and Senate confirmation of a fifth Board Member behind us, the National Labor Relations Board returned to the portion of the pending Purple Communications case on which it chose to pass just weeks ago.  In a Decision and Order published today, Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (Dec. 11, 2014), the … Continue Reading

Board ALJ Hits Walmart With ULPs

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board released Administrative Law Judge Geoffrey Carter’s decision finding that Walmart managers in California committed several unfair labor practices.  In pertinent part, ALJ Carter ruled that Walmart’s managers had illegally disciplined employees for engaging in a one-day strike.  The managers also violated the National Labor Relations Act by making threats to shut … Continue Reading

UAW Moving Up At VW Plant

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Earlier this week, the United Auto Workers (UAW) reached the “highest level” of recognition among workers at Volkswagen’s (VW) Chattanooga, TN plant.  Under VW’s new labor policy, which we previously reported on here, once a given labor union garners a certain percentage of employee signatures, it is entitled to meet bi-weekly with VW officials on campus. Monday, VW announced that at least … Continue Reading

Senate Confirms McFerran’s Nomination

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Senate
Yesterday, the United States Senate voted 54-40 to confirm President Obama’s nomination of Lauren McGarity McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board.  McFerran’s nomination to the Board came before the full Senate after the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved her appointment along party lines. Labor watchers were not surprised that McFerran’s nomination met … Continue Reading

Board Judge Rules Cablevision Committed ULPs

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
In a lengthy decision issued last week, National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Steven Fish ruled that Cablevision violated the National Labor Relations Act.  In pertinent part, the ALJ held that Cablevision committed unfair labor practices by refusing to pay back pay to reinstated workers who had been improperly terminated and also by offering bonuses to … 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