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FairPoint, Union Trade Barbs In Press

Posted in Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
The long-running dispute between FairPoint Communications and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) shows no signs of letting up.  Earlier this week, FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu told Vermont Governor Peter Sumlin in a letter that the IBEW has refused to bargain in good faith.  That failure to bargain, Sunu contends, has prolonged a lengthy and … Continue Reading

UAW Moving Up At VW Plant

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Earlier this week, the United Auto Workers (UAW) reached the “highest level” of recognition among workers at Volkswagen’s (VW) Chattanooga, TN plant.  Under VW’s new labor policy, which we previously reported on here, once a given labor union garners a certain percentage of employee signatures, it is entitled to meet bi-weekly with VW officials on campus. Monday, VW announced that at least … Continue Reading

PA Nurses File ULP Charges Against Hospital

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, the United Steelworkers Union filed unfair labor practice charges against Gracedale nursing home in Northampton County, PA.  In pertinent part, the state-level charges allege that Gracedale intends to replace the nurses’ health care plan at the beginning of the new year. The Steelworkers represent approximately fifty nurses and social workers at the … Continue Reading

IN Supreme Court Blesses Right to Work Law

Posted in Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Yesterday, the Indiana Supreme Court rejected the AFL-CIO’s claim that the state’s Right to Work law violated the Indiana Constitution.  The AFL-CIO had argued that the law gives the state too much power over the unions by compelling them to represent workers whether they paid dues or not.  The Court, however, disagreed: “We disagree,” the … Continue Reading

Highland Teachers On Strike

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Last night, teachers in Madison County, Illinois voted to walk off the job and go on strike.  The strike will begin on Thursday and will be a major disruption for students and parents.  Not only are classes cancelled indefinitely, but all school-related activities are off the books as well.    The school district is currently offering teachers a one-year … Continue Reading

Teachers Unions Won’t Endorse Gov. Cuomo

Posted in Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
The New York State United Teachers Union (the union) announced yesterday that it will not be endorsing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign.  This is the second time in the last four years where the union has refused to endorse the Governor. The union, which is composed of approximately 600,000 members, has butted heads with the Governor … Continue Reading

IN Judge Throws Out State’s Right To Work Law

Posted in Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
An Indiana Judge determined that the state’s controversial “right to work” law runs afoul of the Indiana Constitution and cannot stand.  The state’s attorney general, Greg Zoeller, heartily disagreed with the ruling and vowed that the state would seek an immediate stay.  The state’s “right to work” law was issued in 2012 and makes it … Continue Reading

Breaking: LIRR Strike Averted

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Earlier today, it was announced that unions representing employees of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), averting a labor strike that was set to begin on Sunday morning.  The deal was signed early this afternoon and will grant LIRR employees 17% raises over a six and a half … Continue Reading

NLRB Regional Director Dismisses ULP Charge Against Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Posted in Duty to Bargain, NLRA, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices
The Inquirer reports that Dennis P. Walsh, the Regional Director for Region 4 of the National Labor Relations Board, dismissed a charge filed by the Carpenters and Teamsters unions alleging that the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority engaged in bad faith bargaining. In his decision dismissing the charge, Mr. Walsh stated that the unions provided evidence “supporting … Continue Reading

Narrow Supreme Court Decision in Harris v. Quinn Casts Doubt On Future Of Public Sector Union Agency Fees

Posted in SCOTUS, Special Interests, State/Local Issues, Unions
While the Supreme Court’s other last-day-of-the-term decision in the Hobby Lobby case may have dominated the mainstream and social media’s attention yesterday, the high court also handed down a 5-4 decision in Harris v. Quinn, which may signal long-term implications for the American labor movement.  Writing for the Court, Justice Alito summed up the decision … Continue Reading

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Threatens Strike Action

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Yesterday, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis stated that her constituents would likely balk at extending its current contract.  The union’s current contract, signed at the end of a week-long strike in September of 2012, will expire in June of 2015, smack dab in the middle of the Chicago Mayor’s race.  Lewis intimated that she did … 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: 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