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@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 6, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Remedies, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Maine Pot Shop Settles ULPs: Joshua Rhett Miller of Fox News reports that the National Labor Relations Board has approved of a settlement between employees and management officials at the Wellness Connection of Maine, a dispensary that sells medical marijuana to registered patients.  This represents the first time the NLRB has inserted itself into a dispute involving a… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 5, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
MLS May Bring In Replacement Refs: KSTP.com reports that Major League Soccer (MLS) may be forced to start its season with replacement referees.  Last May, the National Labor Relations Board certified the Professional Soccer Referee Association (PSRA) as the official union of MLS referees.  Problematically, the PSRA has not reached a contract with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), the… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: March 4, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
 Sen. Corker Responds To UAW Complaint: The Wall Street Journal carried an editorial written by United States Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), wherein Corker responds to the United Auto Workers union’s (UAW) attempt to have a union election thrown out due to "outside interference."  Senator Corker maintains in his op/ed that he joined together with community leaders… 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

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 28, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues, Unions
Sen. Corker Defends Comments Made During VW Election: Melanie Trottman of the Wall Street Journal writes that yesterday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) issued a statement defending the comments he made during this month’s union election at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN.  Senator Corker further expressed hope that the National Labor Relations Board would not overturn the election… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 27, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Does VW Union Loss Mean Labor Is Losing?: Jeffrey Brown of PBS News hosted a round-table with several key players in the Volkswagen union vote that occurred last week in Chattanooga, TN.  In the discussion, Brown not only asks the individuals about the vote itself, but also about the steps the United Auto Workers have taken to have the election thrown out.   UFCW Looking To… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 25, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Lesley Faculty Form Labor Union: Matt Rochelau of Boston.com writes that part-time and adjunct faculty members working at Lesley University have voted to join Adjunct Action.  The vote was not close, with 359 employees supporting unionization and only 67 opposed.  The results of the vote were posted yesterday after an official count from the National Labor Relations… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 24, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
UAW Objects To TN Election Results: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) reports that lats Friday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board regarding the representation election that took place at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant from February 12-14 of this year.  The crux of UAW’s objections concern Tennessee politicos and other organizations who allegedly coordinated a… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 21, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board ALJ Chides Players On ‘Weak’ Record: Lester Munson of ESPN.com reports that hearings continued yesterday at the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago Regional Office concerning whether football players at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL should be allowed to form a labor union.  On the third day of evidentiary hearings, hearing officer Joyce Hofstra admonished the players that the evidence they… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 20, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
 MLS Refs File Second ULP Charge: Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports that referees working for Major League Soccer were threatened with retaliation by management officials for engaging in collective bargaining negotiations.  10 MLS referees, all of whom are represented by the Professional Soccer Referees Association, were allegedly approached at the beginning of February by… Continue Reading

State of the Union: Southern Style

Posted in Card Check, NLRA, Representation Elections, Unions
Last week the United Auto Workers suffered a highly publicized defeat at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with employees voting against union representation by a vote of 712 to 626. The union election was significant and closely watched for many reasons, but chiefly because it was the UAW’s first opportunity to create an European-style… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 19, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Philly Ironworkers Hit With RICO Suit: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that 10 members of Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401 (the union) have been charged with various crimes relating to their attempts to coerce contractors into hiring union labor.  Those charges range from racketeering to arson.  “While unions have the right to legally advocate on behalf of their members,… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 14, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
MI Union Publishes List Of Workers Who Opt Out: TownHall.com reports that Operating Engineers Local 324 has begun publishing a "Freeloaders List" containing the names of workers who choose not to become union members at their workplace.  The list, created in response to dwindling union membership as a result of Michigan’s new "right to work" law, is dangerous because… Continue Reading

@LRToday morning Round-Up: February 13, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
 CAPA, Northwestern Face Off In Chicago: Kevin Trahan of the Detroit Free Press writes that yesterday, a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer heard arguments on whether football players at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois should be allowed to join a labor union.  The players, under the banner of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), are… Continue Reading

@LRToday morning Round-Up: February 12, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
 Game On For Northwestern Players: Tanja Babich of ABC News 7 reports that football players at Northwestern University will have their chance to argue their case in front of a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer this morning.  The hearing, set to take place in Chicago, is the first step in what in all likelihood will… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 11, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Pensions, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Kellogg Lockout Continues: Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times writes that employees at the Kellogg plant in Memphis, TN have been locked out for more than three months.  The more than 225 locked-out employees, represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (the union), are hoping that the National Labor Relations Board steps… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 10, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
MI Judge Clears Way For Grad Student Union: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that last week, a federal judge sitting in Michigan found that a Michigan state law forbidding graduate assistants at public universities from forming labor unions violated state law.  In particular, the judge reasoned that the anti-union law violated a clause in the Michigan constitution… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 6, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
HealthBridge Fighting NLRB Stay Motion: Joshua Alston of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, HealthBridge Management, LLC filed a letter with a New Jersey bankruptcy judge to turn down a motion filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would stay the judge’s previous order allowing the company to ignore an expired collective bargaining agreement. “It is no mistake… Continue Reading

Deja Vu All Over Again: National Labor Relations Board Announces Proposed Rule-Making to Expedite Union Representation Elections

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Unions
No shock to anyone, the National Labor Relations Board today announced that tomorrow it will publish anew a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to drastically shorten the timeframe for the conduct of union representation elections.  According to the Board, the proposed amendments are identical to the changes first proposed in June of 2011.  Indeed, the NPRM appearing… Continue Reading

College Athletes to Unionize? More on the Northwestern University Football Players NLRB Petition

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
On January 28, 2014, college students who play football at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board’s (the "NLRB") Chicago Region to form a labor union.  The players’ filing asserts their desire to affiliate with the College Athletes Players Association (the "CAPA"), an entity currently receiving both technical… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 5, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Non-Union Employees File Class Action Against SEIU: Michael Lipkin of Law360 ($$) writes that late last week, a group of non-union California civil servants filed a putative class action against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  In pertinent part, the suit alleges that the SEIU has been illegally deducting money for political activities from employees’ wages unless… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 4, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Pensions, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
TN VW Workers Set To Hold Union Election: David McAfee of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced that employees working at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant will vote next week on whether to join the UAW.  The election will be held at the plant between February 12 and 14th.  Interestingly, VW welcomes the election because it will allow workers… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 3, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
New York City Police Union Sues NYPD: Dan Prochilo of Law360 reports that last week, the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (the union) sued the New York Police Department, alleging that the NYPD’s new performance evaluations were implemented without discussing them with the union.  Accordingly, the union has asked a New York state judge to nix the… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 31, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, Pensions, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Transport Workers Hit With Class Action: Michael Lipkin of Law360 ($$) writes that a former employee of American Airlines has sued the Transport Workers Union of America with a putative class action.  The suit, filed yesterday in Texas federal court, alleges that the union failed to give retiring workers the stock options they were owed under… Continue Reading

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