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NLRB Member Hayes: Board Plans to Ignore its Rules to Push Through “Quickie Elections”

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Administration, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections
When we reported yesterday that the National Labor Relations Board announced it had scheduled a November 30th vote regarding “a small number” of the changes to its election procedures that the Board proposed back in June, we speculated that current Board dynamics might prevent the Board from adopting a wide range of the controversial measures… Continue Reading

House Committee Seeks to Stop NLRB from Implementing New Election Rules

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Rule-Making
In response to the National Labor Relations Board’s proposed changes to the rules governing representation elections, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voted to send Committee Chairman John Kline’s (R-MN) "Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act" (H.R. 3094) bill to the floor earlier this week. The bill would guarantee that no representation election is held… Continue Reading

Graham NLRB Amendment to Appropriations Bill Fails 15-15 Committee Vote

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Administration, Senate
On September 15, 2011, the House of Representatives passed The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587) which would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer a business. The Democratic majority in the Senate caused many to reasonably ask whether the House action mattered, as the bill… Continue Reading

House of Representatives Passes Bill to Limit NLRB’s Remedial Authority

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices
The House of Representatives today passed The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587) which would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer a business. The bill, introduced by Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), on July 19, 2011 passed the House by a vote of 238-186. The… Continue Reading

FAA Furlough Likely to Continue for Weeks; Parties in Congress Differ on Impact of NMB Union Election Rule

Posted in House of Representatives, Representation Elections, RLA, Senate
Congress has adjourned for up to five weeks without passing a bill to extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, resulting in "unprecedented" furloughs due to a partial shutdown of agency operations.  Approximately 4,000 FAA employees are out of work following the July 22 failure of Congress to pass at least a temporary extension of funding… Continue Reading

House Committee Passes Bill to Limit NLRB Remedial Authority

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Remedies
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed a bill yesterday that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer a business. The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587), introduced by Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), is aimed, in part, at stopping the NLRB from proceeding with its complaint against the Boeing… Continue Reading

District Court Enjoins NLRB from Proceeding with ULP Hearing Against Indian Tribe

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Misc.
On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma issued a preliminary injunction in The Chickasaw Nation v. National Labor Relations Board, Case No. CIV-11-506-W, enjoining the National Labor Relations Board from proceeding with an unfair labor practice hearing against the Chickasaw Nation, a federally-recognized Indian Tribe. Relying on "a deep body… Continue Reading

NLRB Public Hearings on “Quickie” Elections to Proceed on July 18-19

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate
When the National Labor Relations Board announced its proposed rulemaking to shorten the time between the filing of representation petitions and the resulting elections, it announced that it would hold public hearings on July 18th (and possibly 19th).  It allowed interested parties a few days to request participation.  A number of public officials and employer… Continue Reading

Rep. Noem (R-SD) Introduces Bill to Clarify Lack of NLRB Jurisdiction Over Sovereign Indian Tribes

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA
On Thursday, Rep. Kristi Noem, (R-SD), introduced legislation to clarify that the National Labor Relations Board does not have jurisdiction over tribally owned businesses on reservation land as a matter tribal sovereignty. The bill, "To clarify the rights of Indians and Indian tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act," (H.R. 2335) was… Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Hearing Looks at President Obama’s Executive Order Regarding PLA’s for Government Construction Contracts

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, House of Representatives, Legislation, Project Labor Agreements, White House
Last Friday, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held a hearing entitled "H.R. 735 And Project Labor Agreements: Restoring Competition & Neutrality To Gov’t Construction Projects".  The bill number identified in the hearing title, introduced earlier this year by  Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK), is the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R.… Continue Reading

House HELP Subcommittee Hearing Studies Union Corporate Campaigns and the NLRB

Posted in House of Representatives, Representation Elections, Unions
On May 26, 2011, the House Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a hearing entitled "Corporate Campaigns and the NLRB: The Impact of Union Pressure on Job Creation."  Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) opened the hearing, defining "a corporate campaign" as a "union effort to disrupt an employer’s routine business" in order to put pressure on the… Continue Reading

WaPo Opinion: “Labor’s Hail Mary Pass”

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, Senate, Unions, White House
In today’s Washington Post, columnist Harold Meyerson chronicles frustration with the state of the labor movement in America and the resulting shift in the organizing strategy of the AFL-CIO and the SEIU.  In "Labor’s Hail Mary Pass," he asserts this shift "reflects a belief that the American labor movement may be on the verge of extinction and must radically… Continue Reading

Rep. Issa (R-CA) Seeks Information From National Mediation Board Regarding “Radical” Rule Change

Posted in House of Representatives, Representation Elections, RLA
On May 11, 2010, the National Mediation Board announced that it was changing a decades-old rule regarding the way votes are counted in union representation elections under the Railway Labor Act (RLA).  By letter dated May 17, 2011, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter… Continue Reading

NYT: National Labor Relations Board to Sue Arizona, South Dakota Over Anti-Card-Check Amendments

Posted in EFCA, Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues
Steven Greenhouse writes in the New York Times that the National Labor Relations Board plans to proceed with lawsuits against two of the four states it threatened earlier this year over state constitutional amendments to ban union recognition by card-check.  On January 14, 2011, Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon advised the Attorneys General of Arizona,… Continue Reading

NAM Explores Political Future of NLRB Composition

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
At its Shopfloor blog, the National Association of Manufacturers today revisits the status of the various nominations and appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.  President Obama nominated Member Craig Becker — a former professor and attorney for SEIU and the AFL-CIO — to the Board back in July of 2009.  In February 2010, the Senate… Continue Reading

No Joke: NLRB Chairman Giving “Active Consideration” to Rulemaking For Quicker Elections

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections
This past April Fool’s Day, labor relations consultant Phil Wilson raised eyebrows and heart rates with his gag e-mail announcing that the National Labor Relations Board had adopted implemented a new 5-day timetable for union representation elections.  Our post the next day: So, while LRI’s April Fool’s e-mail alert was a well-designed prank on employers and the management bar, none of us… Continue Reading

NLRB Officials Appear Before House Appropriations Subcommittee, Defend Request For Increased Funding

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration
While the broader Congress continued to wrestle with extending continued funding for the federal government in FY 2011, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday held a Budget Hearing regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s budget.   Board Chairman Wilma Liebman and Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon were the witnesses who appeared before the… Continue Reading

Appropriations to Hold Budget Hearing on National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration
National Labor Relations Board Chairman Wilma Liebman and Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon head to Capitol Hill this week to appear before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations.  On Wednesday, April 6, 2011, the Subcommittee for Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies will hold a Budget Hearing, with Chairman Liebman and… Continue Reading

NLRB Provides Representation Case Data, Allows Submission of Supplemental Briefs in Specialty Healthcare

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate
In a case questioned as evidence of the National Labor Relations Board’s desire to implement significant change in the way it determines appropriate units for bargaining, the NLRB last week extended the time for submission of supplemental briefs by interested parties. In February 2009, the Board granted the Employer’s Request for Review in Specialty Healthcare… Continue Reading

House Oversight Committee Holds Hearing on Project Labor Agreements

Posted in Executive Orders, House of Representatives, Project Labor Agreements, White House
On Wednesday morning, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held a hearing entitled "Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: The Cost of Doing Business in the Construction Industry".  A main focus of the hearing was President Obama’s Executive Order 13502.  That EO, one of four issued during the President’s first month in office in 2009, allows federal… Continue Reading

Secret Ballot Protection Act Introduced in House

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, Legislation, Representation Elections, Senate
Chairman of the House HELP Sub-Committee, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) has introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972).  Back on January 27, 2011, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the Senate version of the bill (S. 217).  Rep. Roe’s bill tracks Senator DeMint’s bill, and the language of the bill as introduced in previous sessions of Congress.… Continue Reading

House Committee Seeks Information From NLRB Regarding Google Ads

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, Unions
Last week,NAM’s Shopfloor blog and others questioned why the National Labor Relations Board was promoting unionization via ads on Google. Late on Friday, the NLRB issued a statement clarifying that it had not paid for the ads and that it was discontinuing their use.  On the heels of last week’s letter seeking information from the NLRB about its… Continue Reading

House Committee on Education & The Workforce Requests Information From NLRB Regarding Budget Claims

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration
On Friday, February 18, National Labor Relations Board Chairman Wilma B. Liebman and Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon issued a statement responding to proposed cuts to the agency’s budget under consideration in H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act  (page 303, lines 17-19).  The statement indicated that the only way to deal with the budgetary reduction… Continue Reading

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