Another Micro-Union

NLRB Region 10 Director John Doyle ordered a union election for a sub-group of employees at the Boeing Company, despite a December decision by the full National Labor Relations Board that narrowed the circumstances under which micro-units could be created. This case involves approximately 180 flight readiness technicians and inspectors seeking to organize as a…

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Return of the Micro-Union

They were thought to be a thing of the past once the NLRB overturned its own 2011 Specialty Hardware decision back in December, but now micro-unions seem to be back in play. A decision by an NLRB regional office allowed a subgroup of about 100 welders within an aircraft engine manufacturing company was allowed to…

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NLRB Announces Regulatory Joint Employer Fix

Having vacated the decision by which the NLRB was re-establishing the historic definition of joint employer, the NLRB announced on Wednesday, that the agency was considering changing the definition by a regulatory rulemaking, rather than waiting for another case to raise the issue. That announcement prompted a bit of a twitter war between new Chairman…

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Throwing in the Towel?

Just a week or so ago, a Portland Oregon Burgerville became the first fast food restaurant to be unionized when its employees voted 18-4 in an NLRB sanctioned election to unionize and become members of the Portland chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Immediately thereafter, employees of another of the Vancouver, Washington-based…

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New Jersey Does Pay Equity & Sick Leave

In the past two weeks, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed two bills into law that his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, had held at bay for years. The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act cleared the legislature earlier in April and Murphy, who had campaigned on the issue, made good on his promise to…

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Pushing Paid Sick Leave

In the other Portland – that would be Portland, Maine – city councilors are considering adopting an ordinance that would mandate paid sick leave benefits for workers at the expense of all employers. Under the current draft of the law, all employees – full-time, part-time and seasonal – would have the right to earn up…

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35-Day Wait for Union Elections?

The Obama-era NLRB adopted the so-called “Ambush Election rule” back in December 2014 with the significantly shortened timeframe taking effect on April 14, 2015. The effect of the rule change was significant and among other changes, served to reduce the time frame from the filing of a union representation petition to the holding of the…

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NLRB Funding Fracas

There’s more NLRB intrigue when we talk about funding the agency received in the Omnibus Spending bill signed in late March to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year. The White House Office of Management and Budget is trying to claw back some of that funding (a $192 million increase over…

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Employment Law Enforcement Office

Believe me when I tell you, nothing good will come out of a proposal in the Chicago Board of Alderman to create a new Office of Labor Standards that would be charged with enforcing minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in the Windy City. Alderman Ameya Pawar is the lead sponsor among 35 others…

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