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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

Teamsters Target Bay Area Shuttle Bus Drivers

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) have been waging a campaign to organize shuttle bus drivers working at Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation’s headquarters in San Francisco, CA.  In a sign that the organizing campaign is escalation, the Teamsters filed unfair labor practice charges against Bauer’s with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that company officials have… Continue Reading

NLRB Set To Hold Hearing re Columbia Grad Student Union

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
On March 31, the National Labor Relations Board’s New York regional office will conduct a hearing to determine whether graduate students working as research and teaching assistants at Columbia University in New York City should be allowed to conduct a union election.  As we’ve discussed on this blog previously, graduate students currently do not have… 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

Longshoremen Hit With $60K Fine

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ordered the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to pay almost $60,000 to the National Labor Relations Board because the union engaged in unlawful activity at the Port of Portland.  Per a ruling from Judge Simon rendered in 2012, the union organized a work slowdown while in the midst of a… Continue Reading

Steelworkers Strike Ends

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Reports are coming in that the longest oil-refinery strike in a generation is coming to an end after the United Steelworkers and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company representing refinery operators, reached a tentative labor deal.  Terms of the agreement in principal were not immediately available, but union representatives stated that it includes annual wage… Continue Reading

Wisc. Becomes Right To Work State

Posted in Legislation, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Yesterday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made Wisconsin America’s 25th right to work state.  Gov. Walker has clashed with big labor repeatedly throughout his term.  As the reader may recall, Gov. Walker effectively destroyed collective bargaining for public-sector employees a little less than four years ago. The right to work legislation, which moved through Wisconsin’s Republican-dominated… Continue Reading

NYU Grad Students On Verge Of Labor Strike

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that graduate students employed by New York University could walk off the job and hit the pickets as early as tomorrow morning if the grad students and the university cannot come to a consensus regarding a collective bargaining agreement.  As the reader may recall, NYU agreed to recognize a graduate student… 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

Union Reps Testify Against Proposed Wisc. Right-to-Work Legislation

Posted in Legislation, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Yesterday, a cabal of union officials testified before the Wisconsin Assembly Labor Committee regarding their opposition to the legislature’s proposed Right to Work bill.  The bill, which has already passed the state Senate and would likely be signed into law by Governor Scott Walker, would ban a union from requiring nonunion members to pay union… Continue Reading

MLS, Players Union Resume Contract Talks

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, officials representing Major League Soccer (MLS) met with MLS Players Union representatives at the office of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to hammer out the final details of a collective bargaining agreement. Time is certainly of the essence, as the new MLS season is scheduled to start… 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

FairPoint Strike Ends

Posted in Negotiations, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
As of this morning, employees working for FairPoint Communications in the New England area will return to work after striking for the past four months.  The workers began striking on October 17, 2014 when negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement with their employer began to stall out.  However, a new contract has finally been… Continue Reading

UAW Organizes March at Mississippi Seat Plant

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
In keeping with its make-or-break “Southern strategy,” the United Auto Workers are in the midst of an organizing campaign at an automobile seat factory in Cleveland, MS.  As the reader may recall, the UAW has been seeking to organize across the Southeastern United States, with the union losing an election in particularly embarrassing fashion at… Continue Reading

Board ALJ Nixes Union’s Objector Policy

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week ($$), National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge Amita Baman Tracy ruled that a United Food and Commercial Workers local violated the National Labor Relations Act by forcing new employees hired by Ralphs Grocery to voice their objections to becoming full union members at the union office, rather than by letter. The case… Continue Reading

FairPoint Workers Strike To End

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Early reports indicate that FairPoint Communications has reached an agreement with the two unions representing the company’s unionized workforce to end a more than four-month labor strike.  The company’s 1,700 workers, represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America, will now vote on whether to ratify the newly-formed deal.… 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

Labor Sec. Jumps Into Cal. Ports Dispute

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez flew to California in order to seek a solution to a protracted labor dispute taking place at Southern California ports.  As we discussed here on the blog last week, port operators locked out its unionized employees over the weekend in response to what the operators believed to be… Continue Reading

So. Cal. Port Workers Locked Out

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
According to multiple reports, companies that run Southern California ports have chosen to partially lock out their unionized workforce in response to a purported labor slowdown.  The unions representing the port workers have been in a protracted labor dispute with port management officials regarding a new contract.  Unfortunately for U.S. consumers and businesses, the labor… Continue Reading