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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

@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: April 9, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Valero Nixes Social Media Rules To Placate Board: Alex Lawson of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board issued an announcement stating that Valero Energy Corp. had rescinded a company policy that allegedly impeded its employees’ ability to discuss their employment online.  While exact terms of the settlement were not available, the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 8, 2014

Posted in House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board Declines GOP Request To Extend Election Comment Period: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that the National Labor Relations Board has declined a request from John Kline (R-MN), the chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, to extend the open comment period for the Board’s "quickie election" rule.  Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, in a short … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 4, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Remedies, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
NW Football Election Set For April 25: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360($$) reports that Northwestern University football players will vote on April 25 of this year on whether to be represented by a union.  The election date was confirmed yesterday by National Labor Relations Board regional director Peter Sung Ohr.  Importantly, the results may stay secret for some … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 3, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Remedies, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
NW Football Hits The Hill: Tom Raum and Kimberly Heffling of the Associated Press report that yesterday, the Northwestern football players seeking to unionize took to Capitol Hill in an attempt to persuade lawmakers that they should be allowed bargain collectively.  While the collective bargaining rights of college athletes is not currently an issue before Congress, the … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 31, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board ALJ Throws Out Another Class Waiver: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that last week, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge ruled that an arbitration agreement between Domino’s Pizza and its employees violated federal labor law because it contained a class action waiver.  While the agreement allows workers to opt out within 30 days, ALJ Mindy … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 24, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Remedies, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Public Opinion Against Paying College Athletes, Poll Finds: Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports that findings in a recent poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post reveal that almost two-thirds of the general public oppose paying college athletes more money than the scholarships they are currently offered.  The numbers will be a boost to the … 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 19, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
United Grain Lockout Turning Nasty: Richard Read of the Oregonian reports that this morning, United Grain released a security video showing a hooded and masked man pouring "foul-smelling liquids," believed to be urine, into manager John Lindgren’s vehicle.  Lindgren filed a police report, alleging that members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, were behind the deed.  This … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 17, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board Files Complaint Against Grain Handler And Union: Mateusz Perkowski of the Capital Press writes that last week, the National Labor Relations Board filed unfair labor practice charges against both a grain handler and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).  The ULPs arise out of a contract dispute between United Grain, located in Vancouver, WA, and … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 14, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, NLRB, Remedies, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board Seeks Rehearing On 5th Circuit’s D.R. Horton Ruling: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board asked the 5th Circuit to rehear the appeal of the Board’s now-infamous D.R. Horton decision.  Arguing that the 5th Circuit had misinterpreted Supreme Court precedent, the Board’s position appears to be that the cases the 5th Circuit relied … 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 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: 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 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 13, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
 CAPA, Northwestern Face Off In Chicago: Kevin Trahan of the Detroit Free Press writes that yesterday, a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer heard arguments on whether football players at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois should be allowed to join a labor union.  The players, under the banner of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), are … Continue Reading

Act Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: NLRB Poised to Rule on Standards for Arbitration Deferrals, Jurisdiction Over Religious Universities, and University Faculty Members’ Status as Employees

Posted in NLRB, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices
On Friday, February 7, and Monday, February 10, the National Labor Relations Board issued two notices calling on interested parties to submit briefs to address three issues arising from two separate cases currently pending before the Board: deferral to arbitration awards, the Board’s jurisdiction over self-identified “religiously affiliated educational institutions”, and the status of university faculty … Continue Reading