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First Court Decision Casts Doubt on DOL Persuader Rule, But Declines to Enjoin

Posted in Department of Labor, Federal Court Litigation, Special Interests
The first decision in the three pending lawsuits against the DOL’s overhaul to the LMRDA’s “Persuader” reporting requirements came down yesterday.  The District Court for the District of Minnesota’s decision in Labnet Inc. d/b/a Worklaw Network et al v. U.S. Department of Labor et al.,  Case No. 16-cv-00844 (D. Minn., June 22, 2016), holds that:… Continue Reading

Professors Petition NLRB to Grant Unions Right to Hold Captive Audience Meetings During Organizing Campaigns

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Special Interests
On January 15, 2016, more than 100 professors from about 70 universities filed a rulemaking petition with the National Labor Relations Board requesting that the Board adopt a rule providing that where an employer holds “captive audience meetings” to express opposition to unionization, the union has a right upon request to equivalent access to address employees.… 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

SEIU Funds Fight For Fifteen Gathering

Posted in Quick Hits, Special Interests, Unions
The Boston Globe reports that last week, over 1,000 fast food workers from across the country gathered in a Chicago suburb to discuss ways to raise their wages.  The movement, colloquially dubbed the “Fight for Fifteen,” has been gaining steam since its inception in November of 2012.  Last week’s convention is believed to be the… Continue Reading

Narrow Supreme Court Decision in Harris v. Quinn Casts Doubt On Future Of Public Sector Union Agency Fees

Posted in SCOTUS, Special Interests, State/Local Issues, Unions
While the Supreme Court’s other last-day-of-the-term decision in the Hobby Lobby case may have dominated the mainstream and social media’s attention yesterday, the high court also handed down a 5-4 decision in Harris v. Quinn, which may signal long-term implications for the American labor movement.  Writing for the Court, Justice Alito summed up the decision… Continue Reading

Fight For Fifteen Plans Huge Strike Action

Posted in Quick Hits, Special Interests, Unions
Earlier today, Fast Food Forward announced that fast food employees on six continents will walk off the job on May 15 to protest for higher pay and greater job protections.   Thousands of the USA’s fast food workers are expected to participate in the strikes, which will likely take place in Philadelphia, Sacramento, Miami, Orlando, New… Continue Reading

March Madness? NLRB Regional Director Finds Northwestern’s Football Players are Employees Under the NLRA

Posted in NLRA, Representation Elections, Special Interests, Unions
In a decision that could forever change collegiate sports as we know it, the Regional Director for Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board today found that the football players at Northwestern University are "employees" under the National Labor Relations Act ("the Act"). As a result, the Regional Director directed an election be conducted in… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 3, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Special Interests, State/Local Issues, Unions
Union Office Workers Form Labor Union: Mark Davis of the Kansas City Star reports that office employees working for a Teamsters local in Kansas City, KS have voted to form a labor union.  The three employees, all support staff, did not affiliate with the Teamsters, the union they have worked for for over a decade.  Instead, the employees are… Continue Reading

Reports: Andy Stern to Resign From SEIU

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, EFCA, Special Interests
Politico‘s Ben Smith tonight reports that Andy Sterm, President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the most powerful labor leaders and political figures in America, is resigning: The President of an SEIU local based in Seattle, Diane Sosne, broke the news to her staffers at 11:35 this morning, local time. "Last night I… Continue Reading

Jacobson in Roll Call: Is EFCA Self-Assured Destruction for Dems?

Posted in EFCA, Special Interests
In yesterday’s Roll Call (subscription), communications consultant Bret Jacobson wrote about how the resumption of the push for EFCA may play out in the current political landscape — and in advance of 2010 mid-term elections:   For its part, Big Labor is signaling a demand for action on EFCA. Steve Rosenthal, a top strategist for organized… Continue Reading

Senator Specter to AFL-CIO: We’ll Pass Bill For Quick Elections, Union Access, Baseball Arbitration and Triple Penalties Against Employers in 2009

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Filibuster, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy, Remedies, Senate, Special Interests
During the past few days a virtual parade of high-ranking Democrats have addressed the AFL-CIO constitutional convention to pledge support for organized labor and the Employee Free Choice Act.  President Obama, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have all spoken to the assembled union… Continue Reading

Secretary of Labor Solis to AFL-CIO: “We will fight for the Employee Free Choice Act”

Posted in EFCA, Special Interests
At the WSJ Washington Wire blog, Melanie Trotman reports that Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis today told the AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention that she would be getting more active in the effort to pass EFCA: Hilda Solis made a shift that’s certain to please unions. The labor secretary abandon her passive support of the union-organizing bill now sitting in… Continue Reading

Harkin: “We Had 60 Votes on EFCA in July”

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, EFCA, Filibuster, Legislative Strategy, Special Interests
At The Hill yesterday, Kevin Bogardus reported that Senator Tom Harkin told a union lobbying group that but for the late Senator Kennedy’s illness, the Senate had 60 votes on a "compromise" draft of EFCA back in July: “As of July, I can tell you this openly and I know the press is all here… Continue Reading

NY Times: Sweeney, Trumka and Bonior on Card Check and EFCA

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Special Interests
In today’s New York Times, labor reporter Steven Greenhouse has a piece compiling comment from various recent interviews with prominent American labor leaders on the status of the Employee Free Choice Act.  From a talk with AFL-CIO President John Sweeney: In an interview, John J. Sweeney, the federation’s president, said he would accept a fast election campaign… Continue Reading

AFL-CIO Leader: White House Will Not Push EFCA Until After Healthcare

Posted in EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Special Interests, White House
The Hill‘s Blog Briefing Room reports that AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, and expected future federation President, Richard Trumka has told a liberal blog’s webchat audience that President Obama and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will not advance EFCA until after healthcare reform is done in Congress: "The President/and Emanuel have both said they dont intend to bring Employee Free Choice Act… Continue Reading

EFCA Round-Up: Monday, June 22, 2009

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Senate, Special Interests
At, NAM criticizes the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka for accusing the Association of acting through "front groups": Labor calling business coalitions “front groups” is meant to imply shadowy, dishonest organizations created to hide one’s alliances. It cannot conceivably be applied to the Coalition for Democratic Workplace, the group the National Association of Manufacturers is active in.… Continue Reading

Columnist Tells Starbucks to “Smell the Coffee and Fight Back”

Posted in Corporate Campaigns, EFCA, Special Interests
At Town Hall, Carl Horowitz examines the ongoing corporate campaign by Labor and its allies against Starbucks. Horowitz generally notes the irony in the Far Left-Labor alliance continually hammering the coffee giant, which has always "sought to be a hybrid of profit-seeking and social responsibility."  Among other elements of this campaign, Horowitz notes recent developments following Starbucks’ announcement just months ago,… Continue Reading

Why The Delay In President Obama’s NLRB Nominations?

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, EFCA, Special Interests, White House
Over a month ago, on Friday, April 24, 2009, President Obama announced his intention to nominate SEIU counsel Craig Becker and union attorney Mark Pearce as Members of the National Labor Relations Board.  But since then, the White House has declined to formally nominate either.  Why the delay?  Some insight this week via Kiplinger:  Since… Continue Reading

President Obama Remarks on Need for Compromise on EFCA

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Special Interests, White House
Earlier today, USA Today reported that President Obama spoke at a New Mexico town hall meeting about the Employee Free Choice Act.  USA Today‘s coverage suggested that the President expressed reservations regarding the card-check provisions.  Now that others are reporting his comments more fully, it seems that the President, in fact, reiterated his support for the main… Continue Reading

Union Lobbying Group Launches Specter Ad

Posted in EFCA, Senate, Special Interests
Earlier this week, the Washington Post‘s editorial page criticized the business community for a perceived intransigence on EFCA and the Senate effort underway to craft a "compromise" proposal.  Now it seems there are special interests on the other side of the debate equally dug in on their position. Union lobbying organization American Rights At Work has launched an… Continue Reading

VP Biden and Former VP Cheney Each Talk EFCA On Tuesday

Posted in EFCA, Special Interests, White House
On Tuesday, the current Vice President and his predecessor each discussed the Employee Free Choice Act to their respective audiences.  According to Sam Stein’s report in the Huffington Post, former VP Dick Cheney answered questions on Neil Cavuto’s show about the pending legislation.  After declaring that he was an IBEW member for six years as a young man,… Continue Reading

EFCA Round-Up: Thursday, April 23, 2009

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, EFCA, Special Interests
Roll Call today notes that organizations on both sides of the EFCA debate spent the recent congressional recess blanketing lawmakers’ districts with rallies, press ops, advertisements and phone calls.  Among those speaking out: A coalition of minority business leaders — including the Asian American Hotel Owners Association; the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators… Continue Reading

SEIU, Change to Win Ready to Move Past Card-Check?

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Special Interests, White House
Perhaps getting a better read on political reality than many of their colleagues in the labor movement, SEIU President Andy Stern and Change To Win Chair Anna Burger told the WaPo‘s editorial board that labor may need to look for reform opportunities which do not include card-check recognition. A few of the potential elements mentioned… Continue Reading

Might EFCA be a Topic of Senate HELP Committee’s April 21 “Green Skills” Hearing?

Posted in EFCA, Special Interests
The Senate HELP Committee has scheduled a hearing for next Tuesday, April 21, 2009, entitled "Empowering Workers to Rebuild America’s Economy and Longer-Term Competitiveness: Green Skills Training for Workers."  No announcements yet regarding substantive detail or witness appearances.   Observers will note that the name of the hearing includes language resembling that of past hearings to discuss EFCA, but with the added "Green" angle.  Regular readers of this… Continue Reading

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