Trump Labor Nominee Scalia Hearing Held

President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Labor as Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia was before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions yesterday for his confirmation hearing. Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has been a partner at the management side law firm of Gibson,…

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Florida Wage Petition Closer to Ballot

With minimum wage increases staying in the forefront in a number of jurisdictions across the country, the state of Florida is likewise moving closer to putting the question of raising the state minimum wage on the November 2020 ballot. Florida for a Fair Wage, the primary PAC behind the measure, has thus far submitted just…

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Trump Nominates Scalia for Labor

President Trump formally submitted the nomination of Eugene Scalia as Secretary of Labor to the United States Senate for confirmation this week. Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has extensive experience as a management side attorney and frequently challenged labor regulations that he saw as too labor-friendly. A labor lawyer…

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NLRB Asks When Labor Law Protection Stops

In late breaking news yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board has asked for public input on the question of if or when an offensive and/or profane outbursts by an employee become so egregious that the employee loses the protection of the National Labor Relations Act. By a familiar vote of 3-1, the Board invited amicus…

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SEIU Targets Service Plaza QSRs

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their Fight for $15 effort now appear to be targeting roadside service plazas for their latest unionization efforts, and the strategy will be a tough one to defeat. Clearly, the roadside service areas are government-owned, making protests and rallies at the sights more politically potent. On Wednesday, the…

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DOL Submits Fluctuating Workweek Rule

The US Department of Labor (DOL) last week submitted a proposal to the White House Office of management and Budget (OMB) that would alter how employers must calculate overtime for certain employees. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime-eligible employees must be paid time and a half for any hours over 40 in a workweek.…

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NLRB Revamps Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week published a proposed rulemaking that will revamp the agency rules regarding union representation elections. The first proposed rulemaking in an expected series of changes will reshape the current “blocking charge” which allows unions to stop decertification votes by alleging election interference. Under the NLRB proposal, decertification votes…

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Miscellaneous

A few weeks ago, we advised you that an employee of the Bernie Sanders Campaign had filed an unfair labor practice against the Democratic Socialist Senator from Vermont’s presidential campaign. Well, his supporters must have union issues front and center as another Bernie Sanders employee filed another unfair labor practice – but this one was…

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Democrat Campaigns Unionizing

Or had I been so inclined, I could have headlined this story “Another one bites the dust”. Believe it or not, we now have 5 democratic presidential campaigns where the staff belongs to a union. The campaign staff of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, recently polling in the middle of the democratic presidential pack, has…

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Beating the Union at Its Own Game

The Portland Oregon-based burger chain, Little Big Burger deserves much credit for getting ahead of and defeating a unionizing effort by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in 12 of the company’s 20 stores. The company first drew the union wrath a number of weeks ago after it terminated (for valid cause) an employee…

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