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Board Grants NW Request For Review In Election Row

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this afternoon, the National Labor Relations Board announced that it had granted Northwestern University’s Request for Review.  The University sought review of last month’s decision from a Board Regional Director holding that football players at the University were employees and could hold a union election.  Per the Board’s announcement, tomorrow’s election will still take place.  However, … Continue Reading

NW Accused Of Interfering In Union Process

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Misc., Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Football players at Northwestern University are set to vote tomorrow on whether to join the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA).  However, reports have surfaced this week that a group of former NW football players believe that the University has “interfered with” the unionization process.  A new group, styled as the “Game Changers, Collegiate Alumni Athletes … Continue Reading

Sen. Alexander Rails Against ‘Biased’ NLRB

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions
Katie Rufener of WREG-TV reports that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has taken aim at both the United Auto Workers and the National Labor Relations Board in the wake of the UAW’s withdrawal of its appeal of the results of the February Volkswagen election.  In his comments, Sen. Alexander first called the appeal “a political side … Continue Reading

UAW Bows Out, Withdraws VW Election Challenge

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
This morning, the United Auto Workers announced that they will be withdrawing their objections to this past February’s union election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant.  Bob King, president of the UAW, cited TN Governor Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) refusal to participate in the National Labor Relations Board’s investigation into the election. … Continue Reading

Northwestern Issues Further Statement Criticizing RD’s Ruling

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Uncategorized, Unions
Northwestern University has released a statement emphasizing that the Regional Director ignored key evidence in ruling that football players at the University were employees subject to the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). As the reader is aware, the RD’s ruling effectively held that the football players could hold a union election, which … Continue Reading

Sen. Corker To Snub Board Subpoena

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
On the heels of yesterday’s announcement from TN Governor Bill Haslam’s office that the governor will ignore a subpoena from the National Labor Relations Board, the office of U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has followed suit, stating that Sen. Corker will not be attending the NLRB hearing.  “Everyone understands that after a clear defeat, the … Continue Reading

What Northwestern Is Telling Other Universities

Posted in NLRA, Quick Hits, Representation Elections
Melanie Trottman of the Wall Street Journal has a post on the WSJ’s Washington Wire blog highlighting five things Northwestern is telling other football schools about unions: Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro has been fielding questions from colleagues from around the country in recent weeks. They want to know more about the National Labor Relations Board’s decision that … Continue Reading

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unions
CT Rep Proposes College Athlete Union Law: Cassandra Day of the Middletown Press reports that last week, Connecticut State Representative Matthew Lesser (D-Middletown) stated that he is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation allowing athletes at the University of Connecticut to form a labor union.  Mr. Lesser’s comments come on the heels of UConn … Continue Reading

Navigating the Overlap Between President Obama’s “Equal Pay” Orders for Federal Contractors and the NLRA

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Legislation, NLRA, Senate, White House
On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Labor (“DOL”) to propose new regulations and rules to prohibit Federal contractors from discriminating against employees for inquiring, discussing or disclosing their compensation, or the compensation of other employees.  The new order, entitled “Non-Retaliation For Disclosure of Compensation Information,” amends Executive Order … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 10, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Senate, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Northwestern Files Appeal Of Election Decision: Kat Greene of Law360 ($$) reports that yesterday, in a move that surprised no one, Northwestern University appealed last month’s decision from the National Labor Relations Board’s regional director allowing the University’s football players to hold a union election.  The appeal argues that the full Board should review the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 9, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Valero Nixes Social Media Rules To Placate Board: Alex Lawson of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board issued an announcement stating that Valero Energy Corp. had rescinded a company policy that allegedly impeded its employees’ ability to discuss their employment online.  While exact terms of the settlement were not available, the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 8, 2014

Posted in House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board Declines GOP Request To Extend Election Comment Period: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that the National Labor Relations Board has declined a request from John Kline (R-MN), the chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, to extend the open comment period for the Board’s "quickie election" rule.  Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, in a short … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 7, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unions
Northwestern Coach Talks Union: R. Cory Smith at BleacherReport.com writes that Northwestern University football coach Pat Fitzgerald has spoken publicly about whether football players at Northwestern should form a labor union.  The players are set to vote on April 25 after a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined the players were employees pursuant to the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 4, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Remedies, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
NW Football Election Set For April 25: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360($$) reports that Northwestern University football players will vote on April 25 of this year on whether to be represented by a union.  The election date was confirmed yesterday by National Labor Relations Board regional director Peter Sung Ohr.  Importantly, the results may stay secret for some … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 3, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Remedies, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
NW Football Hits The Hill: Tom Raum and Kimberly Heffling of the Associated Press report that yesterday, the Northwestern football players seeking to unionize took to Capitol Hill in an attempt to persuade lawmakers that they should be allowed bargain collectively.  While the collective bargaining rights of college athletes is not currently an issue before Congress, the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 2, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unions
TN Offered Money To VW For SUV Line: Mike Pare and Andy Sher of the Times Free Press report that last August, Tennessee economic development officials offered Volkswagen a $300 million financial package to bring a new line of SUVs to VW’s Chattanooga, TN plant.  Dubbed Project Trinity, the incentive plan’s goal was to secure the SUV line for the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 1, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unions
Michigan Judge Allows Portions Of Right To Work Suit To Go Forward: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, a federal judge sitting in Michigan issued a mixed ruling in a suit brought by several labor unions challenging Michigan’s "right to work" law.  U.S. District Judge Stephen J. Murphy III dismissed two of plaintiffs’ theories, but … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 31, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board ALJ Throws Out Another Class Waiver: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that last week, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge ruled that an arbitration agreement between Domino’s Pizza and its employees violated federal labor law because it contained a class action waiver.  While the agreement allows workers to opt out within 30 days, ALJ Mindy … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 28, 2014

Posted in Legislation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unions
Legislation Targets Ambush Election Rule: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate introduced legislation designed to counter the National Labor Relations Board’s proposal to speed up union elections.  Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Congressman John Kline (R-MN) both stated that the bills were necessary to balance the scales because "this … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 27, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, Persuader Rules, Representation Elections, Unions
Sec. Perez Considering Opposition To Persuader Rule: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez testified at a hearing that he was "listening to stakeholders’ concerns" regarding changes to the so-called "persuader activity rule."  Sec. Perez testified in front of the House Education and Workforce Protection Committee and assured the panel that he … Continue Reading

March Madness? NLRB Regional Director Finds Northwestern’s Football Players are Employees Under the NLRA

Posted in NLRA, Representation Elections, Special Interests, Unions
In a decision that could forever change collegiate sports as we know it, the Regional Director for Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board today found that the football players at Northwestern University are "employees" under the National Labor Relations Act ("the Act"). As a result, the Regional Director directed an election be conducted in … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 24, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Remedies, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Public Opinion Against Paying College Athletes, Poll Finds: Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports that findings in a recent poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post reveal that almost two-thirds of the general public oppose paying college athletes more money than the scholarships they are currently offered.  The numbers will be a boost to the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 21, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues, Unions
Briefs Filed In Northwestern Football Row: Bill Donahue of Law360 ($$) writes that this past week, both the Northwestern Football Players and the University submitted briefs to the National Labor Relations Board regarding whether the players should be allowed to hold a union election under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Act.  The players, represented by … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 20, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Chamber, Other Biz Orgs. Seeking Info On NLRB Election Proposals: Ben James of Law360 ($$) reports that this past Tuesday, several major business associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Industry Leaders Association penned a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning the National Labor Relations Board’s proposal to change its election procedures.  In particular, the FOIA request … Continue Reading