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New Board Nominee Goes Before HELP Committee

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Senate
Yesterday, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) held a hearing concerning Lauren McFerran’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board.  The reader may recall that Ms. McFerran is President Obama’s second choice for this position, with first-choice Sharon Block’s nomination being withdrawn under pressure from Senate Republicans. Member Nancy Schiffer’s term expires on … Continue Reading

Mid-Terms Aftershock: President Obama Pulls Sharon Block’s Nomination, Nominates Senate Lawyer to NLRB

Posted in NLRB, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
In a surprising move yesterday, President Obama withdrew the nomination of Sharon Block to the National Labor Relations Board because of Republican objections. Block previously served on the Board from early 2012 to mid-2013 under a recess appointment, which was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Noel Canning in June of this year. Despite strong Republican opposition … Continue Reading

With the Mid-Term Elections No Longer a Concern, Expect Flurry of Activity by the NLRB Before Schiffer’s Term Expires

Posted in Amici Briefs, Bush Board Reversal, House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Presidential Appointments, Senate
481384017National Labor Relations Board Member Nancy Schiffer’s term expires December 16, 2014. With the mid-term elections out of the way and given the uncertainty of how a Republican-controlled Congress next year could affect the Board majority’s agenda, it is expected that the NLRB will issue decisions addressing significant issues as well as finalize the NLRB’s … Continue Reading

GOP Looks To Rein In NLRB

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Senate, Unions
As we briefly mentioned last week, Senate Republicans will very likely seek to revamp federal labor law should they gain control of the Senate in November.  While the numbers are tight, politicos expect Republicans to take back the Senate from Democratic control.  If this occurs, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will likely reintroduce key measures from … Continue Reading

Senate HELP Committee Approves Block’s Board Nomination

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Presidential Appointments, Quick Hits, Senate
Yesterday, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) approved the nomination of Sharon Block to the National Labor Relations Board.  Ms. Block is a former Board member whose recess appointment caused a great deal of controversy and was eventually found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.  The HELP Committee split primarily on … Continue Reading

GOP Seeks To Reform NLRB

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Senate, White House
Yesterday, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bill to curb what the Senator believes to be the Board’s “partisan” activities.  Co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the bill would add a sixth member to the Board so that the President’s party would never have a Board majority.  Currently styled NLRB Reform Act, the … Continue Reading

New Executive Order Targets Federal Contractors

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, NLRA, Senate
President Obama has issued yet another executive order that will impose additional labor compliance requirements on companies that choose to do business with the federal government.  Entitled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” the new Order requires contractors and subcontractors to disclose their own labor law violations and requires federal agencies to exclude from federal contracting … Continue Reading

Senator Reintroduces Union Financial Transparency Rules

Posted in Department of Labor, Legislation, Quick Hits, Senate, Unions
The Washington Times reports that earlier today, Senatore John Thune (R-SD) introduced a bill that would bring back financial transparency rules for labor unions.  The three sets of rules promulgated by the Department of Labor were proposed during the administration of President George W. Bush.  President Obama did away with the proposed regulations when he … Continue Reading

Sen. Alexander Seeks To Nix Union Access To Company Emails

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Senate, Unions
Yesterday, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) offered to propose amendments to an appropriations bill to preclude the National Labor Relations Board from requiring employers to allow labor unions to use company email systems in organizing efforts.  The amendments he intended to offer would also preclude unions from gaining access to employees’ personal cell phone numbers and email addresses. … 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

Sen. Alexander Rails Against ‘Biased’ NLRB

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions
Katie Rufener of WREG-TV reports that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has taken aim at both the United Auto Workers and the National Labor Relations Board in the wake of the UAW’s withdrawal of its appeal of the results of the February Volkswagen election.  In his comments, Sen. Alexander first called the appeal “a political side … Continue Reading

UAW Bows Out, Withdraws VW Election Challenge

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
This morning, the United Auto Workers announced that they will be withdrawing their objections to this past February’s union election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant.  Bob King, president of the UAW, cited TN Governor Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) refusal to participate in the National Labor Relations Board’s investigation into the election. … Continue Reading

Sen. Corker To Snub Board Subpoena

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
On the heels of yesterday’s announcement from TN Governor Bill Haslam’s office that the governor will ignore a subpoena from the National Labor Relations Board, the office of U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has followed suit, stating that Sen. Corker will not be attending the NLRB hearing.  “Everyone understands that after a clear defeat, the … Continue Reading

TN Gov To Ignore Board Subpoena

Posted in Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate
Mike Pare of the Times Free Press reports that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is not planning on attending the National Labor Relations Board’s hearing in Chattanooga, TN next week, despite being subpoenaed by the United Auto Workers.  More than twenty Tennessee officials have been subpoenaed by the UAW in connection with its attempt to overturn February’s … Continue Reading

Navigating the Overlap Between President Obama’s “Equal Pay” Orders for Federal Contractors and the NLRA

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Legislation, NLRA, Senate, White House
On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Labor (“DOL”) to propose new regulations and rules to prohibit Federal contractors from discriminating against employees for inquiring, discussing or disclosing their compensation, or the compensation of other employees.  The new order, entitled “Non-Retaliation For Disclosure of Compensation Information,” amends Executive Order … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 10, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Senate, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Northwestern Files Appeal Of Election Decision: Kat Greene of Law360 ($$) reports that yesterday, in a move that surprised no one, Northwestern University appealed last month’s decision from the National Labor Relations Board’s regional director allowing the University’s football players to hold a union election.  The appeal argues that the full Board should review the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 25, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB, Remedies, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions
Sodexo Employees Join UFCW At TCU: Daniel Salazar of TCU360.com reports that last night, employees working for Sodexo at Texas Christian University voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) for the purpose of collective bargaining.  The petition for election was filed on February 10 and the final vote count was 89 for, 63 against.  … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 21, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues, Unions
Briefs Filed In Northwestern Football Row: Bill Donahue of Law360 ($$) writes that this past week, both the Northwestern Football Players and the University submitted briefs to the National Labor Relations Board regarding whether the players should be allowed to hold a union election under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Act.  The players, represented by … 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

Labor Relations Today Releases ‘Labor Law 2013: A Year in Review’

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, Corporate Campaigns, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Filibuster, Government Contracting, House of Representatives, Legislation, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Presidential Appointments, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
MLA labor attorneys are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2013: A Year In Review.  This marks the third straight year that we have produced this annual review of developments in traditional labor law and labor-management relations.  2013 began with unprecedented uncertainty, as several federal courts repudiated the authority of the National Labor Relations Board … Continue Reading

Separation of Powers Dominates Noel Canning Arguments Before the Supreme Court

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, SCOTUS, Senate
Separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches took the forefront during this morning’s Supreme Court argument in NLRB v. Noel Canning, which involves the issue of whether President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were valid. In Noel Canning the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that President … Continue Reading

Senate HELP Committee Seeks to Change Federal Contracting Rules to Disqualify Employers with Labor Law Violations

Posted in Corporate Campaigns, Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, Legislative Strategy, Senate
On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, unveiled a Committee report, taking direct regulatory aim at the nation’s federal government contractors. The Senator proclaimed that "[s]ome of the nation’s largest federal contractors fail to pay their workers the wages they have earned or provide … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: November 18, 2013

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, Senate, Unions
Bill To Guarantee Secret Union Ballots Introduced In Both Houses: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) reports that last Thursday, Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill that would make major reforms to federal labor law.  Significantly, the bill would guarantee the use of secret ballots in union elections.  The bill would also … Continue Reading

Senate Confirms Griffin As General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board

Posted in NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate
Earlier today, the United States Senate confirmed Richard Griffin’s nomination to serve as the General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board).  Earlier in the day, sixty-two Senators had voted to bring Griffin’s nomination up for a vote, despite vows by Republican leaders to block Griffin’s nomination from consideration.  The final … Continue Reading