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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

Cornell Grad Students Sign Union Cards

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Last night, more than 50 graduate students attending Cornell in upstate New York signed union authorization cards at the third meeting of Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU).  CGSU was formed by several Cornell graduate students in early 2014 in order to pursue higher wages and better working conditions its members.  The organizing campaign began in earnest… Continue Reading

Board Files Complaint Against Au Bon Pain

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against Au Bon Pain Corp.  The complaint, consolidated from two cases brought by Unite Here!, accuses the company of unlawfully discouraging employees working at the Philadelphia Airport from engaging in protected organizing activities. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the CEO of Au Bon Pain met with employees… Continue Reading

Boston U. Adjuncts Join SEIU

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Part-time faculty working at Boston University in Boston, MA have chosen to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The votes were counted this past Tuesday.  According to an SEIU spokesperson, almost 800 adjunct professors were eligible to vote.  While an immediate tally was not available, the spokesperson said that the union won the election… Continue Reading

Nissan Declines State Dept. Mediation Offer

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. ($$) is refusing an offer from the U.S. State Department to mediate a dispute with the United Auto Workers (UAW).  The UAW has been working to organize employees working at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi plant.    The UAW has accused Nissan of violating international labor guidelines by seeking to convince its employees not… Continue Reading

Board Amicus Brief Backs Union Against Trump

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Late last week ($$), the National Labor Relations Board filed a 58-page amicus brief with the Third Circuit, arguing that Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. must not be allowed to blow up a collective bargaining agreement due to its impending bankruptcy.  Specifically, the Board’s Brief contended that the Delaware bankruptcy court should not have granted Trump Entertainment’s… Continue Reading

Board Files Complaint Against Pittsburgh Hospital

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board’s Pittsburgh, PA office authorized a complaint against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  The complaint alleges that UPMC has violated the National Labor Relations Act by unlawfully interrogating employees with regards to their union activities.  The complaint further alleges that UPMC unlawfully placed restrictions on where employees… Continue Reading

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