Chamber, Other Biz Orgs. Seeking Info On NLRB Election Proposals: Ben James of Law360 ($$) reports that this past Tuesday, several major business associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Industry Leaders Association penned a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning the National Labor Relations Board’s proposal to change its election procedures. In particular, the FOIA request seeks any information that the NLRB is relying on in formulating the new "streamlined election rules."
The letter asks for broad swaths of information from some fifteen different categories. Of note, the FOIA asks for any studies, reports, or other data that would support the Board’s theory that speeding up the time between the filing of an election petition and the actual vote would better serve the objectives of the National Labor Relations Act.
PA State Rep Introduces No Strike Bill: Tony Romeo of CBS-Philly writes that Montgomery County Representative Kate Harper (R) has introduced legislation in the Pennsylvania State House that would effectively prohibit SEPTA workers from going on strike. The legislation comes in the midst of a major labor dispute between SEPTA and management officials over a new collective bargaining agreement. With several major contract deadlines having passed, the measure is an attempt to avoid the type of scenario that played out with San Francisco’s BART strike last summer, which paralyzed hundreds of thousands of workers who rely on public transport for days on end.
Maryville Nurses Set For More Contract Talks: Christopher Placek of the Chicago Daily Herald writes that nurses employed by Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines, IL are set to resume negotiations with management officials tomorrow over a new collective bargaining agreement. The discussions will be facilitated by a federal mediator and are believed to be the 28th formal session since February of 2013. The most recent talks will be tense, to say the least, as they come on the heels of a five-day unfair labor practice strike that took place last week.