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The Road Ahead: Top 10 Labor Issues to Watch in the Back Half of 2015

Posted in Amici Briefs, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Legislation, Micro Units, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues
1.  Will the Courts Uphold the New Expedited Election Rules? The National Labor Relation Board’s new expedited election rules took effect on April 14, 2015, but not before two lawsuits could be filed seeking to invalidate them in January 2015. The first lawsuit was filed by business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in… Continue Reading

NLRB Rescinds ‘Quickie Election’ Rules, But New Election Rules Could be Issued Later This Year

Posted in Expedited Elections, NLRB Administration, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections
On Wednesday the National Labor Relations Board formally rescinded its "quickie election" rule "consistent with the district court’s decision in Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. v. NLRB setting aside that rule." The  Board rule, published in the Federal Register on Thursday, December 22, 2011, amended its election case procedures to shorten the time between the… Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Releases ‘Labor Law 2013: A Year in Review’

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, Corporate Campaigns, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Filibuster, Government Contracting, House of Representatives, Legislation, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Presidential Appointments, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
MLA labor attorneys are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2013: A Year In Review.  This marks the third straight year that we have produced this annual review of developments in traditional labor law and labor-management relations.  2013 began with unprecedented uncertainty, as several federal courts repudiated the authority of the National Labor Relations Board… Continue Reading

What to Expect From the Incoming National Labor Relations Board

Posted in Department of Labor, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Filibuster, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Presidential Appointments, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Unions, White House
Following last week’s deal to avoid the so-called "Nuclear Option," the Senate HELP Committee will hold hearings tomorrow on the newest nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. Assuming the nominees are approved by the committee in a Wednesday morning vote, a full complement of Board Members is likely to be confirmed by the full Senate as early… Continue Reading

Senator Lincoln (D-AR) Declines to Debate Challenger Until He States Position on EFCA

Posted in EFCA, Expedited Elections, Remedies
The run-off primary election between Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D-AR) is one of the primary elections most closely tracked by EFCA watchers.  Senator Lincoln prominently announced she would not be supporting cloture on the bill back in March 2009, soon after Sen. Arlen Specter (then R-PA) made a similar announcement.  These declarations were… Continue Reading

SEIU’s Anna Burger Suggests Reconciliation, NLRB Rule-Making to Push EFCA

Posted in Card Check, Corporate Campaigns, EFCA, Expedited Elections, House of Representatives, Legislative Strategy, Senate
Following Andy Stern’s surprising announcement that he would step down as President of SEIU, his protege, Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and California-based labor leader, Mary Kay Henry seek to succeed him.  This weekend, in a memorandum to the union’s International Executive Board, Ms. Burger laid out her vision for the priorities she would have the union pursue.  Listed within the first: Use… Continue Reading

Meyerson in WaPo: EFCA is Dead

Posted in EFCA, Expedited Elections, Filibuster, Legislative Strategy, NLRB, Senate, White House
The morning after the cloture vote failed on the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board, harsh observations regarding EFCA’s prospects from Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson: "Under Obama, labor should have made more progress".  Calling the Obama administration’s first year an "unmitigated disaster" for labor, Meyerson writes: For the unions, the Senate’s inability to pass… Continue Reading

EFCA Debate Likely to Resume in 2010

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy, Remedies, Senate
Back in August, AFL-CIO President (then Treasurer-Secretary) Richard Trumka told a webchat audience that efforts to pass the Employee Free Choice Act would probably not advance any further until after Congress was through with healthcare reform.  As the debate over the healthcare legislation soldiers on, Tuesday’s Politico noted "For labor, there’s always next year": To be sure, health care reform has… Continue Reading

The Hill: Dem Senators Back Off Specter’s Announcement of EFCA Deal

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Filibuster, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy, Remedies, Senate
Kevin Bogardus of The Hill remains one of the most active reporters on the status of the Employee Free Choice Act.  His piece this morning compiles the commentary of numerous Democrat lawmakers seeking to mitigate Senator Arlen Specter’s (D-PA) assurances to the AFL-CIO that an alternative EFCA bill had been finalized and would pass in 2009. … 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

Citizen to Senator Specter: “That’s High Pressure Salesmanship”

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy
While Healthcare Reform seems to be dominating both the news cycle and the public consciousness recently, there are apparently still at least a few citizens concerned about EFCA.  At a town hall meeting earlier today, Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) was met by a man who passionately expressed frustrations about EFCA.  (See video below.)  The Senator’s… Continue Reading

Former NLRB Chairman Gould Calls For Increased Penalties, Quicker Elections and Limited Arbitration, While Criticizing Current Version of EFCA

Posted in EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, NLRB, Remedies
On July 22, 2009, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) entered an extension of remarks into the Congressional Record in support of the Employee Free Choice Act.  Rep. Lofgren submitted a July 20, 2009 speech by former NLRB Chairman William B. Gould IV to the 58th Annual Conference of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies. Chairman Gould… Continue Reading

More on Card Check “Lite” from Commentary, kausfiles and ShopFloor

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration
More following Friday’s New York Times report that Senate Dems are considering dropping card-check from EFCA, but retaining the troubling mandatory interest arbitration provision.  At Commentary, Jennifer Rubin continues her coverage of EFCA developments, expressing skepticism that any such "compromise" would fly:  If there is such a deal, those Red state Democrats will be back on… Continue Reading

NYT Report on the Demise of Card Check: Accurate Report or Leaked Trial Balloon?

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Legislative Strategy
Was a New York Times report yesterday about the demise of card check — Section 2 of the Employee Free Choice Act — entirely accurate, premature or something different altogether? At the TAPPED blog, Tim Fernholz of progressive journal The American Prospect asks: As an inside-baseball side note, I’m interested in why Steve Greenhouse, the Times labor reporter,… Continue Reading

EFCA “Compromise”: Quick Elections and More…

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Senate
Today’s New York Times reports that moderate Democrats have agreed to a "compromise" on the Employee Free Choice Act that they believe would garner the sixty votes needed to overcome a filibuster. The compromise would reportedly remove the card-check requirement from the bill and replace it with a requirement that elections be conducted within five… Continue Reading

Newsweek Piece: Reading the Handwriting on the Wall?

Posted in Corporate Campaigns, EFCA, Expedited Elections
The current issue of Newsweek magazine contains a strongly titled opinion piece, "Unions: We’re Better Off Without Them."  The author, Kevin Kelly, C.E.O. of Emerald Packaging in Union City, California. recounts his experiences with two "exhausting, deeply distracting" union representation campaigns.  He lays out in sensible, composed terms why many small business owners might prefer to operate… Continue Reading

WSJ: Senator Specter Floats Alternative Proposals

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, Senate
The Wall Street Journal reports that Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) is testing the waters by suggesting two possible alternative components to the Employee Free Choice Act: Under a potential compromise on the contentious subject of secret-ballot elections, workers could mail in ballots during union elections instead of the bill’s current provision in which workers would… Continue Reading

Former NLRB Member Kirsanow on “Compromise” Effort

Posted in EFCA, Expedited Elections, NLRB
At the National Review Online, former Board Member Peter Kirsanow joins the chorus of voices taking issue with today’s Washington Post editorial.  In "EFCA Compromise Nonsense," Kirsanow asserts: First, the idea that the EFCA amendments presently being floated constitute a "compromise" is a peculiar usage of the term. As the editorial itself notes, EFCA opponents remain monolithically opposed to… Continue Reading

WSJ: Sen. Harkin Shopping EFCA Compromise; 21-Day Elections, More Mediation

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, Senate
The Wall Street Journal reports that Senators are busy working on a compromise version of EFCA that would drop the bill’s card-check provision in favor of an expedited secret ballot election process.  The report indicates: Compromise talks are being led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa), the bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate. Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for Mr.… Continue Reading

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