NLRB To Be Hit By FurloughsMelanie Trottman of the Washington Wire reports that the Federal Government shutdown will hit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) hard, with all but 11 of its more than 1,500 employees forced to go on furlough.  The Board will stop handling cases for the time being, which will impact investigations, elections, and the issuing of decisions by the NLRB’s board. 

“Each matter brought before the Board (or turned away due to the absence of staff) has the potential for serious labor relations strife,” the agency said in its self-created plan approved by the Office of Management and Budget.

It remains to be seen how long the shutdown will last, but there is yet to be little sign of movement from either House Republicans or Senate Democrats to reach a viable compromise, so the Board may be on ice for awhile.  After all, the last Government shutdown lasted approximately three weeks.  We will keep you posted.

Teamsters Authorize Strike at WegmansThe Rochester Business Journal reports that employees working for Wegmans Food Markets have rejected the company’s "last, best, and final contract offer" and has also authorized a strike action.  The employees, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, have also asked for the assistance of a federal mediator to resolved their dispute.  We will keep you informed as this action moves toward a resolution.

Bellingham Faculty Strike EndsInside Higher Ed reports that the Bellingham Technical College teachers strike has ended because the teachers have struck a three-year contract deal with the administration.  The week long strike action delayed the start of the semester, but also resulted in a three-percent raise for faculty members, as well as longevity bonuses. 

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