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UAW Opens Local In Chattanooga, TN

Posted in Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The United Auto Workers are seemingly going back to the future.  Last week, the UAW opened a new local, Local 42, only a few miles from Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant in Tennessee.  The reader may recall that the UAW was defeated in a union election at VW’s Chattanooga plant earlier this year, despite VW’s pledge to … Continue Reading

Northwestern To Board: Football Players Are Not Employees

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Late last week, Northwestern University filed its brief with the National Labor Relations Board, arguing that student-athletes who play football at the university should not be considered employees for purposes of the National Labor Relations Act.  In a decision rendered this past March, a Board regional director determined that football players at Northwestern were employees, and … Continue Reading

Board Pushes OK Foods For Re-Run Election

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the director of the National Labor Relations Board’s region 14 sent a letter to OK Foods stating that the Board will issue a formal complaint against OK Foods if the chicken-processer does not allow a re-run election.  The letter provided that the Board has received 18 separate allegations that management officials committed unfair … Continue Reading

SEIU Pushing Adjunct Unions In MN

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Tom Steward at Watchdog reports that the Service Employees International Union have chosen to cancel a union election at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.  Accordingly, should the SEIU begin another organizing campaign, the union would have to refile an election petition with the National Labor Relations Board. However, the SEIU has had better luck … Continue Reading

MN Charter School Unionizes

Posted in NLRA, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, @LRToday reported on a union vote at St. Paul’s Community School of Excellence in St. Paul, MN.  In an unsurprising development, teachers and faculty at the charter school have voted to join the Education Minnesota labor union.  In a short statement, an Education Minnesota official told reporters that the vote had been … Continue Reading

MN Charter School Teachers To Hold Union Vote

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports that faculty employed by The Community School of Excellence in St. Paul, Minnesota will vote tomorrow on whether to form a labor union.  If the school’s 120 eligible employees elect to join Education Minnesota, the faculty will become only the second unionized charter school in the state.    The chair of … Continue Reading

Board Impounds Seattle Adjunct Ballots

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
In a move that does not come as a surprise to labor watchers, the National Labor Relations Board has impounded ballots cast by adjunct faculty working at Seattle University.  The voting ended June 2, but the controversy over whether the adjunct professors and faculty will likely last much longer.  University officials have appealed the Board’s … Continue Reading

VW Employees Dismiss Neutrality Pact Suit

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Last week, the three anti-union Volkswagen employees who filed suit against the automaker and the United Auto Workers (UAW) in federal court chose to dismiss their case.  The employees filed suit earlier this spring against VW and the UAW, claiming that the parties had entered into an illegal “neutrality pact.”  VW pledged to remain unbiased throughout … Continue Reading

Feds Argue Propriety Of Neutrality Pacts

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board filed a joint statement of interest in the ongoing litigation surrounding the propriety of a “neutrality pact” between the United Auto Workers and Volkswagen this week, arguing that the pact did not violate the Labor Management Relations Act.  In … Continue Reading

UAW Looks To Nix Neutrality Pact Suit

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Last Friday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) filed a motion to dismiss in its current lawsuit against three anti-union Volkswagen plant workers, arguing that the union’s neutrality pact with VW did not violate federal anti-bribery provisions.  The workers alleged in pertinent part that a pre-election neutrality agreement brokered between the UAW and VW amounted to … Continue Reading

Board RD Green Lights Hospital Resident Physicians Election

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this week, a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board held that resident physicians at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY were employees pursuant to Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act.  Accordingly, Regional Director Karen P. Fernbach of Board Region 2 in New York ordered a representation election, wherein … Continue Reading

Northeastern Adjuncts Unionize

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Following a trend that has been gaining steam for the past year or so, adjunct faculty at Northeastern University have elected to form a labor union.  The ballots were counted by a National Labor Relations Board official yesterday.  The Service Employees International Union reports that, of the 961 adjuncts eligible to vote, 326 voted to … Continue Reading

No Hearing Necessary for NLRB to Overrule Objection to Union Flyers Misrepresenting How Employees Intended to Vote

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections
In Durham School Services, 360 NLRB No. 108 (2014), the union won the election by a vote of 112 to 74, but the employer filed several objections, one of which asserted that the union deceived voters by distributing a campaign flyer that contained pictures of eligible voters and statements misrepresenting their intent to vote for … Continue Reading

Board Invites Amicus Briefs In Northwestern Football Case

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board announced that it would be accepting Amicus Briefs discussing the propriety of regional director Peter Sung Ohr’s decision that football players at Northwestern University are in fact employees subject to the Board’s jurisdiction.  In particular, the Board is seeking opinions on the test the Board should use to decide whether scholarshipped football … Continue Reading

Board Rules For Teamsters In Bus Drivers Row

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, Quick Hits, Representation Elections
The good news keeps rolling in for the Teamsters.  Earlier today, it was reported that the National labor Relations Board has ordered the certification of a union election held in February of 2013 in Santa Rosa County, FL.  Accordingly, school bus drivers and monitors in Santa Rosa County, FL will now be represented by Teamsters … Continue Reading

Congress Hears Testimony On Student/Athlete Unions

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, a Congressional Committee chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN) heard testimony regarding the myriad of unintended consequences that could result from allowing student/athletes to form labor unions.  Current Baylor president Ken Starr was particularly adamant that allowing student/athletes to unionize would accidentally expose the students to a host of regulations and laws, such as wage/hour laws and workers’ … Continue Reading

College Athletes Union Congressional Hearing Today

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions
Later today, the House Education and Workforce Committee is set to hold a hearing regarding unionization in college sports.  The hearing, of course, comes in the wake of the Northwestern University football team’s union election vote, which took place last month.  The reader may recall that even though the vote was allowed to take place, the … Continue Reading

NLRB Finds No Harm in Threats Made in Jest

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections
In a 2-1 decision, the National Labor Relations Board overruled the employer’s objection in ManorCare of Kingston PA, LLC, 360 NLRB No. 93 (Apr. 29, 2014), alleging that certain prounion employees made two election-related threats to employees and their property that interfered with the union election. The union won the election by a tally of 34 … Continue Reading

House To Hold Hearing On Student/Athlete Unionization

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Next week, the Republican-controlled House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing to investigate the consequences of “Unionizing Student Athletes.”  The hearing was called in response to last week’s union election at Northwestern University.  While the votes in that election will be impounded until the full National Labor Relations Board decides whether … Continue Reading

UAW Urges TN To Make Good On VW Incentives Promise

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this week, UAW Regional Director Gary Casteel urged Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to finalize a reported $300 million package of financial incentives to Volkswagen in order to secure VW’s continued presence in Chattanooga, TN.  Casteel, who oversees the UAW’s southern region, noted that both the union and Tennessee officials need to move on from the … Continue Reading

UAW Looking To Mediate Organizing Efforts At Nissan

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The United Auto Workers (UAW), most recently in the news for their high-profile election loss at Volkswagen, asked the U.S. State Department to step in and mediate the UAW’s dispute with Nissan.  In a short statement, UAW president Bob King further criticized Nissan, alleging that the carmaker has thwarted employee efforts to unionize at its Canton, MS … Continue Reading

Board Rules Seattle Adjuncts Can Unionize

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board determined that adjunct professors at Seattle University have the right to form a labor union, despite the fact that Seattle U is a Jesuit school.  The University contended that it was exempt from the NLRB’s jurisdiction because it was a religious institution, and thus protected by the First … Continue Reading