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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

Champlain College Adjuncts Join SEIU

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
This past Monday, a spokesperson for Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont announced that the school’s adjunct faculty members voted to be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for collective bargaining and representation.  219 faculty members were eligible to vote in the election.  118 were in favor of unionizing, 30 opposed unionization, and the remainder abstained.  The … Continue Reading

Board Orders New Election At OK Foods

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer recommended that a union vote at OK Foods in Heavener, Oklahoma be set aside and the voting be re-run.  The election was held on May 1, 2014 to determine whether maintenance employees at the plant wished to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).  … Continue Reading

Facebook Bus Drivers Join Teamsters

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Late last night, shuttle bus drivers working at Facebook in Silicon Valley, California voted to join the Teamsters union.  The final vote tally was 43 ayes and 28 nays.  Teamsters officials are hopeful that the shuttle bus drivers’ vote will kickstart organizing campaigns at other locations in the area: “I hope going forward this will … Continue Reading

VW Implements New Labor Policy, Potentially Paving Way For UAW

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Uncategorized, Unions
Yesterday, Volkswagen AG (VW) released their long-awaited new labor policy, which comes as welcome news to the United Auto Workers (UAW) and other labor groups. The so-styled Community Organization Engagement policy is noteworthy in that it will provide labor groups with differing levels of access depending on the number of VW workers in their ranks. … Continue Reading

UAW Hoping For VW Recognition

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The long-running saga between the United Auto Workers and Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant continues.  Several news outlets are reporting that VW officials will announce a change in policy that will clear the way for the UAW to be recognized without a vote.  As things stand now, Local 42 of the UAW is a voluntary organization.  But union … Continue Reading

NJ FedEx Workers Join Teamsters

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
On Halloween night, 113 drivers working at FedEx Freight’s Monmouth Junction terminal in New Jersey voted to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  The representation vote was close, with 66 drivers voting yay and 42 voting nay.    As reported by Bloomberg, the Teamsters are on a hot streak.  Only three weeks ago, 47 FedEx … Continue Reading

Capital Bikeshare Employees Look To Unionize

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The Washington Post reports that Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare Program is in the midst of a union organizing campaign.  Organizers have been speaking to employees and have been soliciting authorization card signatures for the past few weeks.  The organizers’ efforts seem to have paid off, at least for now: last Thursday, a representative of the … Continue Reading

Palermo’s Saga Ends With Withdrawal Of Petition

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that employees working for Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee, WI withdrew their election petition in late July of this year.  A union election had been scheduled for August 14, but the employees filed withdrawal paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board several weeks before the election date. The union campaign had … Continue Reading

Board Rubber-Stamps Pair Of Recess-Appointment Decisions

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The fall-out from the Supreme Court’s recent Noel Canning ruling continues.  Last week, the National Labor Relations Board revisited two cases that were brought back to life after the Supreme Court determined that the Board was unlawfully constituted when they were originally decided. Not surprisingly, the Board entered summary judgments against both Enterprise and Huntington … Continue Reading

UAW Targets Mercedes End Around Via Alabama Local

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The Detroit News reports that the United Auto Workers (UAW) will hold a news conference later today to lay out its plan to organize the Mercedes-Benz auto plant in Vance, Alabama.  Similar to the Chattanooga, TN local already set up by the UAW, the Vance local will ask employees working at the Mercedes-Benz plant to voluntarily join … Continue Reading

NLRB Postpones Creation Of Employee Right To Use Employer E-Mail For Union Activity

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections
On April 30, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board invited submission of amicus briefs in the case of Purple Communications, Inc. (Cases 21-CA-095151; 21-RC-091531; and 21-RC-091584), as it considered whether to overrule precedent to create an employee right to use an employer’s electronic mail systems for union activity. The administrative law judge, relying on Register … 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 … Continue Reading

SEIU Looking To Unionize U Of MN Faculty

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
While much of the labor world has been keeping its eyes on the Fight for Fifteen campaign, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Adjunct Action have been working hard to unionize faculty members and employees at U.S. colleges and universities.  Just last week, the SEIU authored a blast email to non-tenured faculty members at the … Continue Reading

Union Cancels Election, Blames Hospital

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this week, the New York State Nurses Association (the Union) withdrew an election petition at St. Mary’s Hospital in New York.  The petitioned-for unit covered about 250 registered nurses.  The vote was originally scheduled for September 25, but the union ended its campaign despite purportedly having majority support among nurses because “tactics employed by … Continue Reading

Regional Director Orders Election at NYC Bike Share, Unit To Include Seasonal Employees And Purported Supervisors

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections
In a Decision and Direction of Election dated August 20, 2014, the Regional Director for Region 2 of the National Labor Relations Board in Manhattan directed an election to determine whether NYC Bike Share LLC employees will be represented by the Transportation Workers Union.  The employer operates Citi Bike in New York City, the nation’s … Continue Reading

LaVerne Adjuncts Pull Election Petition

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, union organizers working with adjunct professors at LaVerne University in California made the unusual move to withdraw their petition for a representation election.  The adjuncts actually held an election, which was supervised by the National Labor Relations Board in February of this year.  However, the votes were initially impounded and have yet … Continue Reading

Northwestern, CAPA Square Off In Reply Briefs

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Both Northwestern University and the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) filed reply briefs with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday to further strengthen their respective positions regarding whether Northwestern’s football players should be able to form a labor union.  The reader may recall that the players filed a representation petition last January.  NLRB regional director Peter … Continue Reading

NBA Players Elect New Union Chief

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) elected Michele Roberts as its new union chief.  The union for NBA players was without an appointed executive since 2013, when former chief Billy Hunter stepped aside after an internal investigation.  Ms. Roberts becomes the first woman ever to head a major sports union. Interestingly, Ms. Roberts has few … Continue Reading

Employer wins in Bergdorf Goodman, but Specialty Healthcare Still Alive and Well

Posted in Micro Units, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections
464858497On July 28, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited decision in Bergdorf Goodman, 361 NLRB No. 11 (2014), unanimously finding inappropriate the petitioned-for unit of “all women’s shoe sales associates” at the employer’s retail store on Fifth Avenue–even under the controversial test articulated in Specialty Healthcare. The outcome is somewhat surprising given the Board’s … Continue Reading

Top 10 NLRB Issues to Monitor the Rest of the Year

Posted in Expedited Elections, Micro Units, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Misc., NLRB Rule-Making, Presidential Appointments, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Unfair Labor Practices
459895879UPDATED: JULY 29, 2014 1.  Aftermath of Noel Canning The Supreme Court determined in late June of this year that President Obama’s purported recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional.  Hundreds, or potentially even thousands, of Board decisions issued by the improperly-constituted Board could be affected by the Court’s ruling.  Administrative actions … Continue Reading

NLRB Finds Micro-Unit at Macy’s Appropriate; Effectively Eliminates Retail Industry’s Presumption of Wall-to-Wall Units

Posted in Micro Units, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unions
The National Labor Relations Board yesterday issued the long-awaited Macy’s, Inc. decision.  The Board majority consisting of Chairman Pearce and Members Hirozawa and Schiffer determined that the petitioned-for unit of cosmetics and fragrance employees at a Macy’s retail store is appropriate, while Member Miscimarra dissented by asserting that not only is the petitioned-for unit inappropriate, … Continue Reading