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USW Jumps On Adjunct Bandwagon

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Adjunct faculty members working for Robert Morris University have filed a petition for election with the National Labor Relations Board.  According to the United Steelworkers Union (USW), a majority of adjunct faculty members have signed union authorization cards. Faculty members have opted to hold a union election because they believe the USW will be able … Continue Reading

Doctors At UC Go On Strike

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
For the first time in 25 years, licensed medical doctors in the United States have gone on strike.  Doctors working at student health centers across 10 different University of California campuses walked off the job and hit the pickets yesterday, purportedly because they are upset that UC administrators have refused to provide the doctors’ union … Continue Reading

Ithaca Adjunct Faculty Begin Organizing Effort

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The Ithaca Journal reports that adjunct faculty members working at Ithaca College in upstate New York are planning to file a petition for election with the National Labor Relations Board by the end of the current semester.  With the assistance of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), several adjunct faculty members leading the organizing campaign … Continue Reading

Union Membership Declines In 2014

Posted in Department of Labor, Quick Hits, Unions
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of employees belonging to labor unions in the United States decreased slightly in the past year. Across the United States, total union membership stood at 14.6 million, which was a decrease of about 0.2 percent from last year.  In total, about 11 percent of the workforce … Continue Reading

Democrats Support Quickie Election Rules

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRB, Quick Hits, Senate, Unions
Yesterday, 16 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Mark Gaston Pearce, the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, urging him to “vigorously defend” the Board’s controversial quickie election procedures.  Issued last month, the “quickie election” rules are designed to cut down the time between the filing of an election petition to a vote to … Continue Reading

Teamsters Lose FedEx Election

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, a representative for FedEx Corp issued a statement announcing that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) lost a union election at FedEx Freight’s Charleston, WV facility.  The election was conducted on January 15, but the vote count was delayed while the parties hashed out which workers were actually eligible to vote. In a further … Continue Reading

Gov. Haley To Highlight IAM Organizing In State Of The State Address

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is expected to use her upcoming “State of the State” address to highlight the International Association of Machinists’ (IAM) ongoing campaign to unionize employees working for The Boeing Company in South Carolina.  According to reports, Governor Haley will devote about 500 words to the IAM’s efforts, which includes the following … Continue Reading

Accusations Of Slowdowns At Port Of Los Angeles

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Uncategorized, Unions
Yesterday, employers at the Port of Los Angeles accused their unionized dockworker employees of instituting a labor slowdown.  This latest incident between the parties has brought major national scrutiny to the long-running labor dispute because container ships have been forced to sit idle while they wait for crews to unload their cargo. While the Pacific … Continue Reading

LA Port Truckers Join Teamsters

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Truck drivers working for Shippers Transport Express at the Port of Los Angeles have jointed the Teamsters Union.  Unlike the NLRB’s typical process, which requires employees to vote on whether to join a union, Shippers Transport Express voluntarily recognized the Teamsters after the union was able to show that it had garnered the support of … Continue Reading

Kaiser Permanente Employees On Strike In CA

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, approximately 100 Kaiser Permanente employees working in Anaheim, CA walked off the job and went on strike in order to protest low staffing ratios in the company’s medical centers.  The employees, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, are expected to be joined throughout the week by other Kaiser Permanente employees throughout California.  In total, almost … Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Releases ‘Labor Law 2014: A Year in Review’

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Amici Briefs, Bush Board Reversal, Corporate Campaigns, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Legislation, Micro Units, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, 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 2014: A Year In Review. This marks the fourth straight year that we have produced this annual review of developments in traditional labor law and labor-management relations. 2014 ushered in a National Labor Relations Board with more prospective stability than in recent years as the seats … Continue Reading

FairPoint Mediator Issues Gag Order

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Negotiations between FairPoint and the two unions representing more than 1,700 employees have been placed under a gag order by a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation service.  With the talks between the employer on one side and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) on the other now … Continue Reading

Board Dings Macy’s For Refusal To Bargain

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
This past Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Macy’s Inc. is obligated to bargain with Local 1445 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which now represents a unit of cosmetics workers at Macy’s store in Saugus, MA.  The reader may recall that @LRToday covered the initial Macy’s decision at length back … Continue Reading

Nestle Attacks Specialty Healthcare Decision

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Earlier this week, representatives for Nestle Dreyer’s Icre Cream Co. argued ($$) that the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial Specialty Healthcare decision was an abuse of the Board’s discretion.  The reader may recall that Specialty Healthcare, which has been upheld by the Sixth Circuit, requires an employer challenging the appropriateness of a bargaining unit to show that … Continue Reading

Wash. U. Adjunct Faculty Join SEIU

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Per multiple news reports, adjunct faculty members employed by Washington University in St. Louis, MO have voted to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The votes were counted by a National Labor Relations Board official this past Monday.  Of the 404 eligible voters, 138 faculty members voted to join the union, while 111 voted … Continue Reading

Board ALJ Reinstates Worker Who Complained Of Pot Smoke

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Administration, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge ($$) Mary Cracraft ruled that Circus Circus Casinos Inc. violated the National Labor Relations Act by terminating an employee who complained about exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke.  The employee, a journeyman carpenter working on guest rooms at the hotel, apparently complained during a group meeting about … Continue Reading

Board Dismisses Complaint Against FairPoint

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The National Labor Relations Board announced that it has dismissed charges filed by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers against FairPoint Communications.  The unions had accused FairPoint of engaging in bad-faith bargaining.  But the dispute may not be over, as both unions stated this morning that they plan to … Continue Reading

Board Dismisses Charges Against Honeywell

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
In an update to a story we posted back in November, National Labor Relations Board Regional Director Daniel L. Hubbell has dismissed a complaint filed by the United Steelworkers against Honeywell International, Inc.  The USW had alleged that Honeywell violated the National Labor Relations Act by threatening to replace locked out employees.  The Steelworkers further … Continue Reading

Nurses Strike At DC Hospital

Posted in Quick Hits, Unions
As of this morning, nurses working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. have walked off the job and hit the pickets.  The nurses are reportedly striking over concerns about patient safety.  Hospital officials have assured the public that staffing will not be an issue: MedStar Washington Hospital Center is open, fully staffed and operating … Continue Reading

(Im)Patiently Waiting on Browning-Ferris

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
While several major National Labor Relations Board decisions came out over the last ten days, labor watchers are still waiting on the Browning-Ferris ruling with baited breath. As we have discussed previously, the Browning-Ferris decision could fundamentally alter how the Board determines whether a given entity is a “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations … Continue Reading

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

NFLPA Wary Of New Player Conduct Policy

Posted in Negotiations, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
NBCSports is reporting that the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), the labor union that represents current NFL football players in collective bargaining with the league, may seek to challenge certain portions of the NFL’s new personal conduct policy.  Per the publication’s source, the NFLPA has identified three major issues of concern: The union believes … Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Issues Final Rule Expediting Union Representation Elections

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Expedited Elections, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections, Unions
On the heels of yesterday’s Purple Communications, Inc. decision, the National Labor Relations Board today has taken more significant measures to facilitate union organizing.  The Board today has announced issuance of its final rule overhauling representation election procedures to expedite union representation elections. The Board rule contains many of the same controversial measures published in … Continue Reading