Pins are in at In-N-Out Burger

Appeals Court protects employees’ right to wear buttons advocating higher wages While employers may require employees to wear a uniform at work, under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) employees have the right to wear union buttons and insignia while working. Those conflicting rights have created fights over what a company may require and what…

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Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Many of the nation’s union leaders are regularly admonishing businessmen and women to be more considerate of and generous to their employees. Regardless of how it may impact the viability of the business, unions argue that employees deserve more pay, more lenient work rules and greater benefits from their employer – that is, unless they…

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Good News, Bad News

Workers at a Long Island, New York location of the retail giant Target rejected unionizing a couple of weeks ago by an overwhelming vote of 118 – 39! The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union has tried on a number of occasions to unionize Target workers, but has failed in each instance. New York…

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McDonald’s VS. SEIU

Speaking of the joint employer rule and NLRB, the heavyweight battle between the Golden Arches and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the money and force behind the Fight for $15 and other worker advocacy initiatives, is just getting bigger and broader. McDonalds Corporation last week retained management-side law firm giants Littler Mendelson and Morgan Lewis…

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Two Prong Push for Joint Employer Fix

Congress is pushing for a final resolution to the joint employer issue on both the regulatory and legislative fronts. First off this week, both Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and his House counterpart, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) sent letters asking all House and Senate members to…

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Janus Decision Hitting Public Employee Unions Hard

Public employee unions around the country must now comply with SCOTUS’ Janus decision, prohibiting the collection of “fair share” fees from employees that choose not to belong to the union. In direct response, some of the larger public unions in the nation are losing big money causing the unions to rethink their priorities. A couple…

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After Janus, Union Withdraws Right to Work Challenge

The recent decision by SCOTUS in the Janus case, where the court ruled that public employees could not be forced to pay fair share fees to public employee unions is already having an impact on private sector unions. In Idaho last week, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) asked the US Court of Appeals…

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As I Say, Not As I Do

Union supporter and candidate in the democratic primary for Congress from the 27th District in Florida, David Richardson hopes to replace retiring republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and has pointed to his strong support for unionization as one tenet of his campaign. In fact, Richardson promises that if elected, he will “oppose efforts that are anti-union…

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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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