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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

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