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@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 19, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
United Grain Lockout Turning Nasty: Richard Read of the Oregonian reports that this morning, United Grain released a security video showing a hooded and masked man pouring "foul-smelling liquids," believed to be urine, into manager John Lindgren’s vehicle.  Lindgren filed a police report, alleging that members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, were behind the deed.  This … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 12, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board RD Allows Anti-Union Employees To Intervene In UAW Protest: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that Monday, a National Labor Relations Board regional director decided that workers who oppose unionization at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant could intervene in the United Auto Worker’s (UAW) suit to throw out the election results.  The five intervenors, represented by the National Right to Work … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 11, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
ULPs Filed Against Locked Out MLS Referees: The Associated Press reports that the Professional Referee Organization, the entity responsible for managing Major League Soccer’s officials, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PRSA).  PRSA, the union representing currently locked-out MLS referees, had previously filed unfair labor practice charges against PRO.  PRO maintains that … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 7, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Sen. Corker Urges Board To Keep Election Results Intact: The Chattanoogan reports that Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) made a public appeal on national television yesterday, urging the National Labor Relations Board not to disturb the results of last month’s election at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen Plant.  The reader may recall that the United Auto Workers were voted down in … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 6, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Remedies, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Maine Pot Shop Settles ULPs: Joshua Rhett Miller of Fox News reports that the National Labor Relations Board has approved of a settlement between employees and management officials at the Wellness Connection of Maine, a dispensary that sells medical marijuana to registered patients.  This represents the first time the NLRB has inserted itself into a dispute involving a … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 5, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
MLS May Bring In Replacement Refs: KSTP.com reports that Major League Soccer (MLS) may be forced to start its season with replacement referees.  Last May, the National Labor Relations Board certified the Professional Soccer Referee Association (PSRA) as the official union of MLS referees.  Problematically, the PSRA has not reached a contract with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 3, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Special Interests, State/Local Issues, Unions
Union Office Workers Form Labor Union: Mark Davis of the Kansas City Star reports that office employees working for a Teamsters local in Kansas City, KS have voted to form a labor union.  The three employees, all support staff, did not affiliate with the Teamsters, the union they have worked for for over a decade.  Instead, the employees are … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 28, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues, Unions
Sen. Corker Defends Comments Made During VW Election: Melanie Trottman of the Wall Street Journal writes that yesterday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) issued a statement defending the comments he made during this month’s union election at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN.  Senator Corker further expressed hope that the National Labor Relations Board would not overturn the election … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 27, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Does VW Union Loss Mean Labor Is Losing?: Jeffrey Brown of PBS News hosted a round-table with several key players in the Volkswagen union vote that occurred last week in Chattanooga, TN.  In the discussion, Brown not only asks the individuals about the vote itself, but also about the steps the United Auto Workers have taken to have the election thrown out.   UFCW Looking To … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 25, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Lesley Faculty Form Labor Union: Matt Rochelau of Boston.com writes that part-time and adjunct faculty members working at Lesley University have voted to join Adjunct Action.  The vote was not close, with 359 employees supporting unionization and only 67 opposed.  The results of the vote were posted yesterday after an official count from the National Labor Relations … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 20, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
 MLS Refs File Second ULP Charge: Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports that referees working for Major League Soccer were threatened with retaliation by management officials for engaging in collective bargaining negotiations.  10 MLS referees, all of whom are represented by the Professional Soccer Referees Association, were allegedly approached at the beginning of February by … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 19, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Philly Ironworkers Hit With RICO Suit: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that 10 members of Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401 (the union) have been charged with various crimes relating to their attempts to coerce contractors into hiring union labor.  Those charges range from racketeering to arson.  “While unions have the right to legally advocate on behalf of their members, … Continue Reading

Act Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: NLRB Poised to Rule on Standards for Arbitration Deferrals, Jurisdiction Over Religious Universities, and University Faculty Members’ Status as Employees

Posted in NLRB, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices
On Friday, February 7, and Monday, February 10, the National Labor Relations Board issued two notices calling on interested parties to submit briefs to address three issues arising from two separate cases currently pending before the Board: deferral to arbitration awards, the Board’s jurisdiction over self-identified “religiously affiliated educational institutions”, and the status of university faculty … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 10, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
MI Judge Clears Way For Grad Student Union: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that last week, a federal judge sitting in Michigan found that a Michigan state law forbidding graduate assistants at public universities from forming labor unions violated state law.  In particular, the judge reasoned that the anti-union law violated a clause in the Michigan constitution … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 6, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
HealthBridge Fighting NLRB Stay Motion: Joshua Alston of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, HealthBridge Management, LLC filed a letter with a New Jersey bankruptcy judge to turn down a motion filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would stay the judge’s previous order allowing the company to ignore an expired collective bargaining agreement. “It is no mistake … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 5, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Non-Union Employees File Class Action Against SEIU: Michael Lipkin of Law360 ($$) writes that late last week, a group of non-union California civil servants filed a putative class action against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  In pertinent part, the suit alleges that the SEIU has been illegally deducting money for political activities from employees’ wages unless … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 4, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Pensions, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
TN VW Workers Set To Hold Union Election: David McAfee of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced that employees working at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant will vote next week on whether to join the UAW.  The election will be held at the plant between February 12 and 14th.  Interestingly, VW welcomes the election because it will allow workers … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 3, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
New York City Police Union Sues NYPD: Dan Prochilo of Law360 reports that last week, the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (the union) sued the New York Police Department, alleging that the NYPD’s new performance evaluations were implemented without discussing them with the union.  Accordingly, the union has asked a New York state judge to nix the … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Lets Stand Ruling that NLRB Has “Unreviewable Authority” to Investigate Employers Subject to the Railway Labor Act

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRB, NLRB Misc., RLA, SCOTUS, Unfair Labor Practices
On January 27, 2014, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to employers in the railway and airlines industries as it let stand an Eleventh Circuit decision in Amerijet International, Inc. v. NLRB, 520 Fed. Appx. 795 (11th Cir. 2013). The decision confirmed that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has "the unreviewable authority to initially … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 28, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
AL Mercedes Workers Accuse Employer of Harassment: Dawn Kent Azok of AL.com writes that employees working for Mercedes-Benz in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama staged a news conference yesterday wherein they accused the car maker of harassing and intimidating employees during a United Auto Workers union campaign.  Joined by state Senator Bobby Singleton, the employees stated that they would not … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 27, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Misc., State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Philly Teachers To File ULP Charges: Martha Woodall of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Alliance of Charter School Employees, a labor union that has been trying to organize teachers at Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia for over a year, is expected to file unfair labor practice charges against Aspira, Inc. today.  Aspira, the company … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 24, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Remedies, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Title VII Applies to Labor Unions, Says 7th Circuit: Kat Greene of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court ruling that held that Title VII did not apply to labor unions.  In pertinent part, the Seventh Circuit determined that the district court did not "fully consider" the rationale behind the law when … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 23, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
TX Court Says PAC Fees Legal Union Deductions: Kelly Knaub of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, a court of appeals in Texas held that a union representing Bexar County’s deputy sheriffs did not violate Texas law by moving member dues to a political action committee (PAC).  The county had argued that the funds had to be deducted per … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 21, 2014

Posted in Card Check, Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Del Monte Pushes For Dismissal Of Torture Case: Nathan Hale of Law360 ($$) writes that last Friday, Fresh Del Monte Products argued that the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals should affirm the dismissal of a claim brought by union leaders claiming they were tortured in Guatemala.  In pertinent part, the company contended that the case should … Continue Reading