Kentucky Judge Tosses Right to Work Suit

The on-again, off-again right-to-work law in the state of Kentucky is back in play after a state court judge tossed out the latest challenge brought by the state AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union. The law prohibits the collection of mandatory fees from non-union members under the guise of the unions representing the interests of members and…

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Senate Confirms 3 To DOL

While DOL considers comments submitted about a potential change in the tip pooling rule, the department welcomed three new executive level employees to their shop as the full Senate gave formal confirmation to three Trump appointees to the DOL.  Last week, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kate S. O’Scannlain, from Maryland, to be Solicitor…

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A Bang, Not A Whimper

The term of National Labor Relations Board Chairman Philip Miscimarra ended at midnight last Saturday in a blaze of glory as the new NLRB republican majority overturned several egregious Obama-era decisions, the last of which was the 2011 Specialty Healthcare ruling. Under Specialty Healthcare, workers under certain circumstances were allowed to form bargaining units representing…

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Secretary Announces Apprenticeship Task Force

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has announced the members of the new Apprenticeship Task Force and franchisees should be proud of their participation in Coalition of Franchisee Associations among others. The CFA was instrumental in guiding task force appointments that would best represent the interests of small business man and woman.  With CFA input, we…

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SCOTUS to Hear Right to Work, Again

Speaking of the US Supreme Court, SCOTUS has announced that it will take up the case of Janus v AFSCME, dealing with right to work laws, and hear arguments in the case this term (likely next calendar year). At issue is whether or not public-sector workers can be forced to join the representing union or…

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Court Strikes Down Overtime Rule

A federal court in Texas yesterday struck down the Obama-era overtime rule adopted by the Department of Labor. The rule, which more than doubled the overtime threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 was originally slated to take effect last December, but was enjoined by the court just a few days earlier. In yesterday’s decision, the court…

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Maine Unions Accept Right To Work

Members of two of Maine’s larger public employee unions have voted to ratify contracts effectively implementing right to work provisions in the state for the first time. The Maine State Employees Association (MSEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME) accepted two year contracts that specifically eliminates the current requirement that…

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Court OKs NLRB Standard

The D.C. Court of Appeals upheld Friday the National Labor Relations Board’s Specialty Healthcare ruling, which made it easier for unions to form smaller collective bargaining units. The 2011 decision by the NLRB opened the union organizing flood gates in many ways and gave birth to the notion of micro-unions. The new standard established by…

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Dismantle The NLRB?

The Circuit Court may have upheld the NLRB’s ruling in Specialty Healthcare, but the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) didn’t let that get in the way of their report calling for the agency to be dismantled. Under the noble goal of shrinking government, the CEI released a report earlier this week calling for the functions of…

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And Another Decision Overturned

It would seem that getting the full complement of NLRB Members in place and ridding it of Obama overreach may lighten the workload for the federal court system quite a bit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit earlier this week overturned another NLRB decision that came out of Portland, Oregon. The management…

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