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Senators Grill Board Members On Requested Budget Increase

Posted in Legislation, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate
Yesterday, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing to discuss the National Labor Relations Board’s 2016 budget proposal.  The proposal, coming in a year where the Board has released several decisions that have angered Republicans, seeks a $3.8mm increase in funds in… Continue Reading

Board Fights Back Against Quickie Election Challenge

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections
The National Labor Relations Board filed a notice of supplemental authority with the D.C. Circuit in defense of the Board’s controversial “quickie election” rules, arguing that the court’s recent decision in Nam v. Perez should govern the instant matter: “The [NAM v. Perez] decision … addresses and rejects arguments substantially identical to those raised by… Continue Reading

Senate Tables Quickie Election Veto

Posted in NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
Yesterday, the United States Senate voted 96-3 to table President Obama’s veto of a Republican attempt to scupper the now-infamous “quickie-election” regulations.  The move to table the override vote effectively amounts to Republicans admitting defeat on the issue. As we wrote back in March, President Obama vetoed a Congressional measure of disapproval, which would have blocked the implementation… Continue Reading

UAW Counts Majority Support At VW Plant

Posted in Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
According to disclosure forms filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, the United Auto Workers (UAW) has gathered union authorization cards from 816 employees working at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant.  The Associated Press is reporting that this amounts to about 55% support, which is a huge milestone considering that the UAW lost an unopposed representation… Continue Reading

Con-Way Says No To Teamsters

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this week, employees working at Con-Way Freight in Buffalo, New York voted not to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).  The Teamsters’ loss at Con-Way represents its sixth organizing defeat at the company.  The union has also withdrawn two other petitions prior to a vote being held. The president of Con-Way issued a… Continue Reading

Rival Unions Vie For Position At VW

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Two separate labor unions are aggressively seeking to organize employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant. Both the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the American Council of Employees (ACE) have been pushing VW employees to sign union authorization cards in order to satisfy the requirements of VW’s Community Organization Engagement (COE) initiative, which grants labor group… Continue Reading

NMB Urges Justice Dept To Investigate IAM Delta Organizing

Posted in Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Last week, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) withdrew a petition to organize flight attendants working for Delta Air Lines after allegations of irregularities surrounding union authorization cards began to surface.  Now, the National Mediation Board, a government agency that governs labor relations issues in the airline industry, is seeking to refer… Continue Reading

President Vetoes GOP Attempt To Nix Quickie Election Rules

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
In an unsurprising move, earlier today President Obama vetoed a measure put forward by House and Senate Republicans under the auspices of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would have invalidated the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” procedures.  The rules, set to take effect in about two weeks, could shrink the period from the… Continue Reading

Chamber Fires Another Round At Quickie Election Rules

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other trade groups filed a Motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules should be invalidated. The rules, which were published at the end of last year in the Federal Register, would allow a… Continue Reading

House Passes Measure Disapproving of Quickie Election Procedures

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate’s lead and passed a measure under the auspices of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that expresses disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” procedures.  Among other radical changes made by the Board, the “quickie election” procedures would allow a labor union to hold… Continue Reading

Seattle U Appeals Board’s Adjuncts Ruling

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this week, Seattle University appealed a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling, which held that impounded ballots cast in a recent election by the university’s adjunct faculty should be counted.  In its appeal, the university is arguing that the votes cast in last summer’s election should not be counted because the university should not… Continue Reading

House Takes Up Ambush Election Disapproval Measure

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The U.S. House of Representatives is currently debating a resolution brought under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would express its disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” procedures.  The quickie election rules, set to go into effect next month, could allow a labor union to hold an election in as little… Continue Reading

NLRB to Begin Training Staff on New Quickie Election Rules

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, White House
The National Labor Relations Board’s new election rules go into effect April 14, and Deputy General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo announced ($) that training on those rules for regional office employees will begin in Washington on March 16. The NLRB’s regional offices will also offer educational meetings to labor law practitioners March 23 through April 13. The… Continue Reading

House Debating Quickie Election Rules After Senate Disapproval Measure Passed

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
As we predicted ($$), the Senate yesterday passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproving of the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules.  The quickie election rules, which the Board passed in December, would allow a labor union to hold an election in as little as 11 days after the Board receives an… Continue Reading

Senate Takes Aim At Quickie Election Rule

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, the United States Senate voted 53-45 in favor of proceeding to formal debate on Senate Joint Resolution 8.  S.J. Res. 8 is a joint resolution with the U.S. House of Representatives designed to express both the House and Senate’s disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules.  The quickie election rules are… Continue Reading

Bentley U Adjuncts Join SEIU

Posted in NLRA, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, the Service Employees International Union announced that adjunct faculty working at Bentley University in Massachusetts have voted to form a labor union.  Per the union’s press release, eligible faculty voted 2-1 in favor of joining the union.  Reportedly about three-quarters of eligible voters cast a vote. In a short statement, the University expressed its regret… Continue Reading

Duquesne Will Get Hearing On Religious Exemption Argument

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued an Order remanding to the regional office the issue of whether Duquesne University comes under the protection of the Board’s religious exemption.  If so, the university is not subject to the Board’s jurisdiction.  As a practical matter, this means that Duquesne’s adjunct faculty could not form a… Continue Reading

Board RD Dismisses Columbia Grad Students Election Petition

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
In an Order dated February 6, 2015, National Labor Relations Board regional director Karen Fernbach administratively dismissed a petition for election filed by graduate students at Columbia University in New York, NY.  Ms. Fernbach explained that she dismissed the petition because: “[I]t seeks an election among graduate students who are not ‘employees’ within the meaning… Continue Reading

Congress Has Quickie Election Rule In Its Sights

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate
On Monday, Senate Republicans exercised a rarely-used power in an attempt to strike down the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial “quickie election” rule.  The rule, which goes into effect in April of this year, is designed to allow labor unions to hold a union election in as little as 11 days after the filing of… Continue Reading

Trade Groups Take Aim At Quickie Election Rule

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections
Late last week ($$), several major U.S. trade associations filed a motion for summary judgment requesting that Judge Amy Berman Jackson invalidate the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” rule.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its allies argued in their brief that the new rule, which seeks to hold union elections as little as 11… Continue Reading

Cornell Grad Students Sign Union Cards

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Last night, more than 50 graduate students attending Cornell in upstate New York signed union authorization cards at the third meeting of Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU).  CGSU was formed by several Cornell graduate students in early 2014 in order to pursue higher wages and better working conditions its members.  The organizing campaign began in earnest… Continue Reading

Boston U. Adjuncts Join SEIU

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Part-time faculty working at Boston University in Boston, MA have chosen to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The votes were counted this past Tuesday.  According to an SEIU spokesperson, almost 800 adjunct professors were eligible to vote.  While an immediate tally was not available, the spokesperson said that the union won the election… Continue Reading

USW Jumps On Adjunct Bandwagon

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Adjunct faculty members working for Robert Morris University have filed a petition for election with the National Labor Relations Board.  According to the United Steelworkers Union (USW), a majority of adjunct faculty members have signed union authorization cards. Faculty members have opted to hold a union election because they believe the USW will be able… Continue Reading