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Board Orders Hotel To Pay Union’s Bargaining And Litigation Costs

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
In a decision issued last Friday, the National Labor Relations Board slammed a Hawaii hotelier for repeatedly violating the National Labor Relations Act over the past decade.   Issued by a full five-member Board, the decision hammered HTH Corp. for unlawfully terminating an employee for engaging in protected activity, as well as for eliminating contributions to … Continue Reading

Capital Bikeshare Employees Look To Unionize

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The Washington Post reports that Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare Program is in the midst of a union organizing campaign.  Organizers have been speaking to employees and have been soliciting authorization card signatures for the past few weeks.  The organizers’ efforts seem to have paid off, at least for now: last Thursday, a representative of the … Continue Reading

Muskegon Family Care Settles ULPs

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, Muskegon Family Care settled several unfair labor practice charges filed by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) after Muskegon terminated four employees earlier this year.  While the terms of the settlement were not made immediately available, a spokesperson for the union stated that the terminated employees would receive undisclosed … Continue Reading

FairPoint Strikers Accused Of Illegal Tactics

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, FairPoint Communications officials located in northern New England accused its striking workers of not playing fair.  The more than 1,700 striking employees, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), have allegedly intimidated contractors and regular FairPoint employees with their threatening behavior.  The strikers … Continue Reading

ALJs Signal That D.R. Horton Is Alive And Well

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, Quick Hits, Uncategorized, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
At the end of last week, two separate National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judges determined that two separate employer-promulgated arbitration agreements were unlawful.  The reader may recall the Board’s now-infamous D.R. Horton ruling, which effectively held that an employer violates the National Labor Relations Act by forcing employees to sign an arbitration agreement that … Continue Reading

Basketball Players Union Brings In New GC

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
The New York Times is reporting that the NBA Players Association has hired a new General Counsel.  As the reader may recall, the NBAPA has had a big year already.  The union fired its last chief after an investigation revealed certain improprieties.  Now sporting a new president, the union has hired Gary Kohlman as its … Continue Reading

FairPoint Workers Hit The Pickets

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Union members working for FairPoint Communications across New England hit the pickets this morning after the company refused to come back to the bargaining table.  The employees, represented in negotiations by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communication Workers of America (CWA), offered “significant concessions” in their most recent offer, but to … Continue Reading

IL Teachers’ Strike Enters Second Week

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Teachers in Waukegan, Illinois will hit the pickets for the ninth school day in a row.  Negotiations between the school board and teachers’ union officials took place yesterday, but broke down with no signs of a deal nearing. A spokesperson for the teachers’ union slammed the school board, claiming that no board members have attended … Continue Reading

Truckers Reinstated Pending Outcome Of Labor Dispute

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ordered Green Fleet Systems to reinstate two Los Angeles Harbor-based truckers who allege they were terminated in the midst of a labor dispute.  The Judge’s Order requires Green Fleet to reinstate the two workers during the pendency of proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.  In the … Continue Reading

CWA Files ULP Charges Against SEIU

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging in pertinent part that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been contracting out union work in the run-up to the November elections.  The CWA represents employees who work for the SEIU’s Local 1021, which is very politically active in … Continue Reading

UAW Hit With ULP Charges

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed unfair labor practice charges against the United Auto Workers union on behalf of a truck driver who alleged that the union has been trying to stop her from exercising her right not to join the union.  In a statement filed by the National Right … Continue Reading

Teamsters Call For Bus Strike In SF

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
San Franciscans take heed: the Teamsters Union has announced a one-day strike effective October 17.  The Teamsters represent bus dispatchers, supervisors, and maintenance crews working for Golden Gate Transportation in the Bay Area.  The parties are currently in contract negotiations, but those talks are stalling.  Bus drivers represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union will most likely … Continue Reading

Palermo’s Saga Ends With Withdrawal Of Petition

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that employees working for Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee, WI withdrew their election petition in late July of this year.  A union election had been scheduled for August 14, but the employees filed withdrawal paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board several weeks before the election date. The union campaign had … Continue Reading

Union Plans To Block Highway As Protest

Posted in Quick Hits, Unions
Multiple news outlets report that Local 54 of Unite-HERE plan to block traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway tonight in protest against demands for contract concessions that are being put in place in order to keep a major casino’s doors open.  Trump Entertainment Resorts has been engaged in a long-running dispute with the union and … Continue Reading

Board Rubber-Stamps Pair Of Recess-Appointment Decisions

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
The fall-out from the Supreme Court’s recent Noel Canning ruling continues.  Last week, the National Labor Relations Board revisited two cases that were brought back to life after the Supreme Court determined that the Board was unlawfully constituted when they were originally decided. Not surprisingly, the Board entered summary judgments against both Enterprise and Huntington … Continue Reading

GOP Looks To Rein In NLRB

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Senate, Unions
As we briefly mentioned last week, Senate Republicans will very likely seek to revamp federal labor law should they gain control of the Senate in November.  While the numbers are tight, politicos expect Republicans to take back the Senate from Democratic control.  If this occurs, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will likely reintroduce key measures from … Continue Reading

UAW Targets Mercedes End Around Via Alabama Local

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The Detroit News reports that the United Auto Workers (UAW) will hold a news conference later today to lay out its plan to organize the Mercedes-Benz auto plant in Vance, Alabama.  Similar to the Chattanooga, TN local already set up by the UAW, the Vance local will ask employees working at the Mercedes-Benz plant to voluntarily join … Continue Reading

UAW Head Trumpets Southern Strategy

Posted in NLRA, Quick Hits, Unions
Dennis Williams, the current President of the United Auto Workers union (UAW), hailed the progress the union has made in organizing two major auto plants in the southeastern United States.  The reader may recall that Mr. Williams’ organization suffered an embarrassing loss in a union election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant earlier this year when … Continue Reading

Bravo Media Hit With ULP Charges

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees filed unfair labor practice charges against Bravo Media with the National Labor Relations Board.  In pertinent part, the charge alleges that Bravo threatened to fire the editorial crew of the hit television show “Shahs of Sunset” because crew members have been on strike since September 10.  The … Continue Reading

RD Seeks Contempt Finding Against ILWU

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, National Labor Relations Board regional director Ronald Hooks filed a motion in federal court asking the judge to find the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in contempt for continuing an unlawful work slowdown at the Port of Portland.  The motion contends that the union has repeatedly ignored a 2012 court order directing the ILWU to end … Continue Reading

Ironworkers Plead Guilty To Arson, Other Charges

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Quick Hits, Unions
This past Tuesday, two members of the Philadelphia Ironworkers Union pled guilty to using unlawful and violent methods in attempting to force businesses to hire union labor.  James Walsh copped to five arson-related charges, including two counts of maliciously damaging property by means of fire.  Walsh also pled guilty to RICO conspiracy charges.  Greg Sullivan pled … Continue Reading

St. Rose Adjuncts Unionize

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, adjunct faculty members employed by the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York elected to unionize under the banner of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  According to a press release, almost three quarters of the more than 200 faculty members voted “Yes,” with the remainder either voting “No” or abstaining entirely.  For its … Continue Reading

SEIU Looking To Unionize U Of MN Faculty

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
While much of the labor world has been keeping its eyes on the Fight for Fifteen campaign, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Adjunct Action have been working hard to unionize faculty members and employees at U.S. colleges and universities.  Just last week, the SEIU authored a blast email to non-tenured faculty members at the … Continue Reading