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Decertification Fight At Cablevision Turns Nasty

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) accused Cablevision management officials of attempting to intimidate its employees into voting to decertify the CWA as the employee’s exclusive bargaining agent.  In a statement, CWA alleged that Cablevision has engaged in a pattern of mass-firings and bad-faith bargaining, among other things, in order to break employee … Continue Reading

Union Cancels Election, Blames Hospital

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this week, the New York State Nurses Association (the Union) withdrew an election petition at St. Mary’s Hospital in New York.  The petitioned-for unit covered about 250 registered nurses.  The vote was originally scheduled for September 25, but the union ended its campaign despite purportedly having majority support among nurses because “tactics employed by … Continue Reading

UNITE HERE Rallies At Alaska Hotel

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, members of UNITE HERE Local 878 staged a rally in front of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska demanding that management officials renegotiate their current labor agreement.  Approximately 150 protesters chanted while walking around the hotel during business hours. Trouble began in 2008, when management and union officials began, but did not finish, … Continue Reading

Highland Teachers On Strike

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Last night, teachers in Madison County, Illinois voted to walk off the job and go on strike.  The strike will begin on Thursday and will be a major disruption for students and parents.  Not only are classes cancelled indefinitely, but all school-related activities are off the books as well.    The school district is currently offering teachers a one-year … Continue Reading

Daimler Staying Neutral During UAW Drive

Posted in Quick Hits, Unions
Last week, Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche stated during a press conference that the German car manufacturer will be staying neutral with regards to the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) campaign to organize its Alabama plant.  While Zetsche clearly stated that the company will remain on the sidelines, he did note that the Alabama plant employees … Continue Reading

MI Teachers Union Can’t Enforce Member ‘Opt-Out Window’

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
A decision issued by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) nixed the Michigan Education Association’s (the Union) rule that members can only opt out of the Union during the month of August.  Administrative Law Judge Julia Stern reasoned that the Union violated Michigan state law by preventing teachers and staff who wanted to leave the Union’s ranks from … Continue Reading

Board Orders Hospital To Pay Union’s Bargaining Costs

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Employers take heed: the Board has signaled that refusing to bargain comes with costs. In Hospital of Barstow, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 34 (Aug. 29, 2014), the National Labor Relations Board found that Barstow Community Hospital violated Sections 8(a)(1) and 8(a)(5) of the National Labor Relations Act by refusing to submit proposals or counterproposals during … Continue Reading

Fast-Food Strike Follows From Joint-Employer Rumblings

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Special Interests, Unions
The Fight for Fifteen is back. Union organizers running the campaign designed to secure $15 per hour wages for fast-food workers announced on Labor Day that fast-food employees will walk off the job this Thursday in approximately 150 cities across the country. The organizers expect that major fast-food hotspots Burger King, McDonalds, and Wendy’s will … Continue Reading

FairPoint Communications Declares Impasse In Bargaining

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
FairPoint Communications has announced that it has declared impasse in its negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) after contract negotiations between the parties failed to produce an agreement.  Accordingly, FairPoint will now begin unilaterally implementing the terms of its most recent contract offer to the union.  FairPoint will begin moving its current … Continue Reading

U of Illinois Nurses Authorize Strike Action

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Late Tuesday night, over 1,000 registered nurses working for the University of Illinois overwhelmingly voted to authorize a labor strike.  While the nurses voted 93 percent in favor of the authorization, a second vote is still necessary to officially walk off the job.  A spokesperson for the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) stated that the second … Continue Reading

Employers Face High Hurdle To Show Employee Communications Concerning Labor Disputes Unprotected

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board upheld an Administrative Law Judge’s decision that a Jimmy John’s franchisor violated the National Labor Relations Act for disciplining and discharging several employees who were engaged in protected and concerted activity. In MikLin Enterprises, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 27 (Aug. 21, 2014), the Board determined that Respondent MikLin … Continue Reading

Prime Smacks SEIU With RICO Complaint

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. (Prime) filed a Complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and others conspired to force Prime to allow its employees to form a labor union.  The Complaint alleges in pertinent part that the SEIU has violated the Racketeering Influenced … Continue Reading

UFCW Contract Talks With Food 4 Less Struggling

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Last week, it was reported that talks between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Food 4 Less officials were not bearing fruit, increasing the likelihood that Food 4 Less’ 6,500 union workers would go on strike.  The parties’ most recent collective bargaining agreement expired in early June.  While there are no indications from … Continue Reading

Board Orders Reinstatement and Backpay of Employee Due To ‘Zero Tolerance’ Inconsistency

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
This past Monday, the National Labor Relations Board reversed an Administrative Law Judge’s decision and held that Nichols Aluminum, LLC had unlawfully discharged an employee in violation of the National Labor Relations Act because he engaged in concerted and protected activity.  In Nichols Aluminum, LLC, 361 NLRB No. 22 (August 18, 2014), Nichols’ longtime employee … Continue Reading

Teachers Unions Won’t Endorse Gov. Cuomo

Posted in Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
The New York State United Teachers Union (the union) announced yesterday that it will not be endorsing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign.  This is the second time in the last four years where the union has refused to endorse the Governor. The union, which is composed of approximately 600,000 members, has butted heads with the Governor … Continue Reading

Co. Sues Board For Exceeding Authority

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Sanderson Farms Inc. filed a complaint in federal district court in Mississippi against the National Labor Relations Board on Monday, alleging that the Board exceeded its authority by continuing to pursue unfair labor practice charges against Sanderson even though the charging party withdrew them.  Local 693 of the Laborers International Union of North America AFL-CIO … Continue Reading

New Vista, NLRB Square Off In 3d Circuit

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
New Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation LC filed an Answer to a National Labor Relations Board brief last week in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the court should decline the Board’s invitation to revisit a previous ruling denying the NLRB’s bargaining order.  The current dispute before the court stems from a July 2013 rehearing request from … Continue Reading

LaVerne Adjuncts Pull Election Petition

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, union organizers working with adjunct professors at LaVerne University in California made the unusual move to withdraw their petition for a representation election.  The adjuncts actually held an election, which was supervised by the National Labor Relations Board in February of this year.  However, the votes were initially impounded and have yet … Continue Reading

Union Files ULP Charge Against Guitar Center

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Earlier this week, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Guitar Center.  The complaint alleges that Guitar Center has bargained in bad faith and has also sought to punish its employees for organizing. The RWDSU began organizing efforts at a host of Guitar Center … Continue Reading

Met Strike On Pause

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Last week, we noted that unionized employees working at the Metropolitan Opera (the Met) in New York City were set to strike for the first time since the 1980s.  However, it looks like the strike has been set aside for the moment.  Negotiations between the 12 labor unions and Met management will take a break … Continue Reading

Board Orders Make Whole Remedy After Employee’s Weingarten Rights Violated

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board upheld and Administrative Law Judge’s determination that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act by terminating an employee who refused to take a drug test before being allowed to speak to a union representative.  In Ralph’s Grocery, 361 NLRB No. 9 (July 31, 2014), an employee of … Continue Reading

Northwestern, CAPA Square Off In Reply Briefs

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Both Northwestern University and the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) filed reply briefs with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday to further strengthen their respective positions regarding whether Northwestern’s football players should be able to form a labor union.  The reader may recall that the players filed a representation petition last January.  NLRB regional director Peter … Continue Reading

Met Threatens To Lock Out Workers

Posted in Interest Arbitration, Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
When one lockout ends, another begins?  That’s the message coming from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, anyway.  Officials representing the Metropolitan Opera (the Met) have announced that they are ready and willing to lock out unionized employees as early as tomorrow unless the parties can agree to a new collective bargaining agreement by … Continue Reading