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(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

NLRB Grants Employees New Right To Use Employer Email Systems For Organizing Activities

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
As we previewed here earlier today, the National Labor Relations Board has issued the remainder of the Purple Communications decision. The ruling, found at 361 NLRB No. 126 (Dec. 11, 2014), in effect creates a new substantive right of employees to use an employer’s computer networks and email systems to engage in union organizing. Respondent … Continue Reading

Board ALJ Hits Walmart With ULPs

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board released Administrative Law Judge Geoffrey Carter’s decision finding that Walmart managers in California committed several unfair labor practices.  In pertinent part, ALJ Carter ruled that Walmart’s managers had illegally disciplined employees for engaging in a one-day strike.  The managers also violated the National Labor Relations Act by making threats to shut … Continue Reading

UAW Moving Up At VW Plant

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Earlier this week, the United Auto Workers (UAW) reached the “highest level” of recognition among workers at Volkswagen’s (VW) Chattanooga, TN plant.  Under VW’s new labor policy, which we previously reported on here, once a given labor union garners a certain percentage of employee signatures, it is entitled to meet bi-weekly with VW officials on campus. Monday, VW announced that at least … Continue Reading

Board Judge Rules Cablevision Committed ULPs

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
In a lengthy decision issued last week, National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Steven Fish ruled that Cablevision violated the National Labor Relations Act.  In pertinent part, the ALJ held that Cablevision committed unfair labor practices by refusing to pay back pay to reinstated workers who had been improperly terminated and also by offering bonuses to … Continue Reading

PA Nurses File ULP Charges Against Hospital

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, the United Steelworkers Union filed unfair labor practice charges against Gracedale nursing home in Northampton County, PA.  In pertinent part, the state-level charges allege that Gracedale intends to replace the nurses’ health care plan at the beginning of the new year. The Steelworkers represent approximately fifty nurses and social workers at the … Continue Reading

The Fight For Fifteen Comes Home For The Holidays

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Unions
Fast food restaurants across the country will face serious service disruptions today as employees are expected to walk off the job to protest for higher wages.  The protesting workers are involved in what has become known as the Fight for Fifteen movement, which is primarily seeking a $15 per hour minimum wage for employees working … Continue Reading

PA Hospital Hit With Consolidated NLRB Complaint

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Crozer Keystone Health System hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The complaint alleges in pertinent part that the hospital violated the National Labor Relations Act by attempting to compel employees to withdraw support from a union that was in the midst of contract negotiations with … Continue Reading

Oregon Teaching Fellows to Strike Today

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, administrators at the University of Oregon announced that its graduate teaching fellows will go on strike as of this morning.  The announcement comes after the parties failed to reach an agreement during its most recent round of negotiations. As some readers may have realized, the strike action comes right at the beginning of the … Continue Reading

Board ALJ Hits Phillips 66 For Media Gag Policy

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Lisa D. Thompson ruled that Phillips 66 violated the National Labor Relations Act by maintaining “an unlawful work rule that prohibits employees from speaking to the news media.” The case arose in September 2011 when the United Steelworkers (USW) sought to organize five health and safety … Continue Reading

Champlain College Adjuncts Join SEIU

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
This past Monday, a spokesperson for Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont announced that the school’s adjunct faculty members voted to be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for collective bargaining and representation.  219 faculty members were eligible to vote in the election.  118 were in favor of unionizing, 30 opposed unionization, and the remainder abstained.  The … Continue Reading

Board Orders New Election At OK Foods

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer recommended that a union vote at OK Foods in Heavener, Oklahoma be set aside and the voting be re-run.  The election was held on May 1, 2014 to determine whether maintenance employees at the plant wished to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).  … Continue Reading

Facebook Bus Drivers Join Teamsters

Posted in NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Late last night, shuttle bus drivers working at Facebook in Silicon Valley, California voted to join the Teamsters union.  The final vote tally was 43 ayes and 28 nays.  Teamsters officials are hopeful that the shuttle bus drivers’ vote will kickstart organizing campaigns at other locations in the area: “I hope going forward this will … Continue Reading

ALJ Decision Approves Board Ratification Process And Requires Hospital To Continue Pay Raises After CBA Expires

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
In a decision issued this past Monday, National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Susan A. Flynn ruled that Wilkes-Barre General Hospital violated the National Labor Relations Act by failing to pay length-of-service based raises to nurses working at its facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The case, styled Wilkes-Barre Hospital Company, LLC, arose after the Hospital’s … Continue Reading

Board ALJ Orders UPMC To Reinstate Workers

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
In a voluminous ruling issued last week, a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge ruled that University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) violated the National Labor Relations Act by terminating four employees for engaging in protected and concerted activity.  The employees must be returned to work within two weeks of the ruling. The ALJ … Continue Reading

Walmart Strikes Arrive In Time For The Holidays

Posted in Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, police arrested 23 Walmart employees outside of Los Angeles who were protesting their employer’s pay practices.  While not directly affiliated with the “Fight for Fifteen,” the employees in question were demanding that the big box giant pay them at least $15 per hour. The striking employees first entered the LA-area Walmart store and engaged in … Continue Reading

VW Implements New Labor Policy, Potentially Paving Way For UAW

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Representation Elections, Uncategorized, Unions
Yesterday, Volkswagen AG (VW) released their long-awaited new labor policy, which comes as welcome news to the United Auto Workers (UAW) and other labor groups. The so-styled Community Organization Engagement policy is noteworthy in that it will provide labor groups with differing levels of access depending on the number of VW workers in their ranks. … Continue Reading

UAW Hoping For VW Recognition

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The long-running saga between the United Auto Workers and Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant continues.  Several news outlets are reporting that VW officials will announce a change in policy that will clear the way for the UAW to be recognized without a vote.  As things stand now, Local 42 of the UAW is a voluntary organization.  But union … Continue Reading

Knicks Owner Hit With ULP Charges

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued charges against James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks.  Dolan, who is also the CEO of Cablevision, allegedly threatened to withhold pay increases from Cablevision employees if they refused to hold a decertification vote.  The Board’s complaint further accuses Cablevision of holding an illegal poll … Continue Reading

IN Supreme Court Blesses Right to Work Law

Posted in Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Yesterday, the Indiana Supreme Court rejected the AFL-CIO’s claim that the state’s Right to Work law violated the Indiana Constitution.  The AFL-CIO had argued that the law gives the state too much power over the unions by compelling them to represent workers whether they paid dues or not.  The Court, however, disagreed: “We disagree,” the … Continue Reading