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@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: March 20, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Chamber, Other Biz Orgs. Seeking Info On NLRB Election Proposals: Ben James of Law360 ($$) reports that this past Tuesday, several major business associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Industry Leaders Association penned a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning the National Labor Relations Board’s proposal to change its election procedures.  In particular, the FOIA request … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 13, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Remedies, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
UAW Rages Over NLRB Intervention Decision: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the United Auto Workers issued a strong statement railing against the National Labor Relations Board regional director’s decision to allow several anti-union employees to intervene in the union’s bid to nix last month’s election loss.  Calling the ruling an "outrage," the union vowed to appeal the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 12, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board RD Allows Anti-Union Employees To Intervene In UAW Protest: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that Monday, a National Labor Relations Board regional director decided that workers who oppose unionization at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant could intervene in the United Auto Worker’s (UAW) suit to throw out the election results.  The five intervenors, represented by the National Right to Work … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 11, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
ULPs Filed Against Locked Out MLS Referees: The Associated Press reports that the Professional Referee Organization, the entity responsible for managing Major League Soccer’s officials, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PRSA).  PRSA, the union representing currently locked-out MLS referees, had previously filed unfair labor practice charges against PRO.  PRO maintains that … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 10, 2014

Posted in House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Dems Delve Into Fast-Food Allegations: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that late last week, two Democratic Congressmen stated that they had sent letters to McDonald’s Corp., Burger King, and other fast-food restaurants.  The letters asked for information concerning the companies’ labor practices, particularly allegations of illegal pay practices.  Authored by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Rep Joe Courtney … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 7, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Sen. Corker Urges Board To Keep Election Results Intact: The Chattanoogan reports that Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) made a public appeal on national television yesterday, urging the National Labor Relations Board not to disturb the results of last month’s election at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen Plant.  The reader may recall that the United Auto Workers were voted down in … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 6, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Remedies, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Maine Pot Shop Settles ULPs: Joshua Rhett Miller of Fox News reports that the National Labor Relations Board has approved of a settlement between employees and management officials at the Wellness Connection of Maine, a dispensary that sells medical marijuana to registered patients.  This represents the first time the NLRB has inserted itself into a dispute involving a … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 5, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
MLS May Bring In Replacement Refs: KSTP.com reports that Major League Soccer (MLS) may be forced to start its season with replacement referees.  Last May, the National Labor Relations Board certified the Professional Soccer Referee Association (PSRA) as the official union of MLS referees.  Problematically, the PSRA has not reached a contract with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 4, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
 Sen. Corker Responds To UAW Complaint: The Wall Street Journal carried an editorial written by United States Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), wherein Corker responds to the United Auto Workers union’s (UAW) attempt to have a union election thrown out due to "outside interference."  Senator Corker maintains in his op/ed that he joined together with community leaders … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 3, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Special Interests, State/Local Issues, Unions
Union Office Workers Form Labor Union: Mark Davis of the Kansas City Star reports that office employees working for a Teamsters local in Kansas City, KS have voted to form a labor union.  The three employees, all support staff, did not affiliate with the Teamsters, the union they have worked for for over a decade.  Instead, the employees are … 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

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 27, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Does VW Union Loss Mean Labor Is Losing?: Jeffrey Brown of PBS News hosted a round-table with several key players in the Volkswagen union vote that occurred last week in Chattanooga, TN.  In the discussion, Brown not only asks the individuals about the vote itself, but also about the steps the United Auto Workers have taken to have the election thrown out.   UFCW Looking To … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 25, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Lesley Faculty Form Labor Union: Matt Rochelau of Boston.com writes that part-time and adjunct faculty members working at Lesley University have voted to join Adjunct Action.  The vote was not close, with 359 employees supporting unionization and only 67 opposed.  The results of the vote were posted yesterday after an official count from the National Labor Relations … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 24, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
UAW Objects To TN Election Results: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) reports that lats Friday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board regarding the representation election that took place at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant from February 12-14 of this year.  The crux of UAW’s objections concern Tennessee politicos and other organizations who allegedly coordinated a … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 21, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board ALJ Chides Players On ‘Weak’ Record: Lester Munson of ESPN.com reports that hearings continued yesterday at the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago Regional Office concerning whether football players at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL should be allowed to form a labor union.  On the third day of evidentiary hearings, hearing officer Joyce Hofstra admonished the players that the evidence they … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 20, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
 MLS Refs File Second ULP Charge: Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports that referees working for Major League Soccer were threatened with retaliation by management officials for engaging in collective bargaining negotiations.  10 MLS referees, all of whom are represented by the Professional Soccer Referees Association, were allegedly approached at the beginning of February by … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 19, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Philly Ironworkers Hit With RICO Suit: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that 10 members of Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401 (the union) have been charged with various crimes relating to their attempts to coerce contractors into hiring union labor.  Those charges range from racketeering to arson.  “While unions have the right to legally advocate on behalf of their members, … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 14, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
MI Union Publishes List Of Workers Who Opt Out: TownHall.com reports that Operating Engineers Local 324 has begun publishing a "Freeloaders List" containing the names of workers who choose not to become union members at their workplace.  The list, created in response to dwindling union membership as a result of Michigan’s new "right to work" law, is dangerous because … Continue Reading

@LRToday morning Round-Up: February 12, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
 Game On For Northwestern Players: Tanja Babich of ABC News 7 reports that football players at Northwestern University will have their chance to argue their case in front of a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer this morning.  The hearing, set to take place in Chicago, is the first step in what in all likelihood will … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 11, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Pensions, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Kellogg Lockout Continues: Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times writes that employees at the Kellogg plant in Memphis, TN have been locked out for more than three months.  The more than 225 locked-out employees, represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (the union), are hoping that the National Labor Relations Board steps … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 10, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
MI Judge Clears Way For Grad Student Union: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that last week, a federal judge sitting in Michigan found that a Michigan state law forbidding graduate assistants at public universities from forming labor unions violated state law.  In particular, the judge reasoned that the anti-union law violated a clause in the Michigan constitution … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 6, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
HealthBridge Fighting NLRB Stay Motion: Joshua Alston of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, HealthBridge Management, LLC filed a letter with a New Jersey bankruptcy judge to turn down a motion filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would stay the judge’s previous order allowing the company to ignore an expired collective bargaining agreement. “It is no mistake … Continue Reading

College Athletes to Unionize? More on the Northwestern University Football Players NLRB Petition

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
On January 28, 2014, college students who play football at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board’s (the "NLRB") Chicago Region to form a labor union.  The players’ filing asserts their desire to affiliate with the College Athletes Players Association (the "CAPA"), an entity currently receiving both technical … Continue Reading