Board Argues Jurisdictional Authority In 10th CircuitNatalie Rodriguez of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board filed a brief with the Tenth Circuit, arguing that the court should compel the Chickasaw Nation to submit to the Board’s jurisdiction.  The brief further provides that the court should direct the Chickasaw Nation to tell its employees that the employees are protected by the National Labor Relations Act.  While the Chickasaw Nation has argued that they are immune from the Board’s jurisdiction, the Board takes a different position.

“Because the casino operates as a typical business, competing with similar nontribal casinos and employing and serving mostly non-Indians, it has a significant effect on interstate commerce and federal labor policies. Conversely, jurisdiction will not unduly interfere with tribal autonomy because it will not entail application of the [National Labor Relations Act] beyond the commercial operations of the casino to the Nation’s purely intramural concerns,” the NLRB argued in its brief.

Neither party was immediately available for comment after the Brief was filed.  We will keep you posted as to any further developments in this matter.

Sodexo Employees To Hold Union ElectionDaniel Salazar of TCU360.com writes that employees of Sodexo working on Texas Christian University’s campus are expected to hold a union election next week to determine whether employees of the food service contractor will join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).  The election petition was filed at the National Labor Relations Board’s Fort Worth Regional Office on February 10.  The impetus for the union campaign was primarily tenuous work hours and cuts in benefits.  We will post the election results when they come in.

War Of Words Between SEPTA And UnionPaul Nussbaum of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the labor contract between SEPTA and almost 5,000 bus drivers, subway operators, and maintenance workers represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) expired last Friday night.  While no further talks are scheduled between the parties, a TWU spokesperson has stated that the union will hold off on a labor strike at least until April.  However, there is anything but peace between the two sides.

In a letter to SEPTA management, TWU local president Willie Brown lambasted SEPTA’s proposal, writing that it was "no good for [union] members."  With the parties fighting over pension contributions and insurance costs and no further talks scheduled, SEPTA riders are wary.  We can only hope that a repeat of this summer’s BART strike is not on the cards.

Please follow our blog, Labor Relations Today, our Twitter feed (@LRToday), and our Flipboard magazine for additional developments and analysis.