ALJ Refuses To Axe "Register-Guard" Decision: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that last week, a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge found a company policy barring "disruption during working hours" unlawful. However, the ALJ refused to nix a separate company policy that effectively bars the use of company equipment, including computers, for non-business purposes. In doing so, the ALJ acknowledged that he would not be overturning the Board’s "Register-Guard" decision.
“If the general counsel’s arguments in favor of overruling Register-Guard have merits, those merits are for the board to consider, not me. I am bound to follow board precedent that has not been reversed by the Supreme Court,” Judge Bogas wrote.
While the ALJ failed to overturn "Register-Guard," he did find that a company policy barring any "workplace disruption" was unlawful because it "encroached on workers’ rights" under the National Labor Relations Act. We will keep you posted as to whether the decision is appealed to the Board.
Racino Workers Settle With Management: Irving DeJohn of the New York Daily News writes that employees of Resorts World Casino New York City will receive big salary increases after the Racino’s management came to an agreement with the Hotel Trades Council, which represented the employees in negotiations. The agreement, decided by an arbitrator after more than a year of negotiations, is considered a coup for employees as some of them will have their salaries almost doubled. A company spokesperson issued a short statement promising that the Racino would abide by the arbitrator’s ruling.
UC Workers To Vote On Strike Authorization: Holly Quan of CBS San Francisco reports that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has been negotiating with the University of California for over a year with regards to a new contract for more than 22,000 UC workers. The workers have become fed up by the slow pace of negotiations, and as such will be voting over the next three days on whether to authorize a strike. Results of the vote are expected to be announced this coming Friday and we will make sure to keep you posted.