General Counsel Still Calls Shots

NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin continues to rule his roost and work toward expanding the reach of organized labor – at least, until his term expires in November. In a Bloomberg story last week, his ability to continue to confound republican efforts to reign in the agency was highlighted. In his capacity as General Counsel,…

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Right to Work Suit

Labor unions in Kentucky have filed suit formally challenging the legality of Kentucky’s new right-to-work law.  In January, the Bluegrass State became the 27th state in the union to adopt right to work when the governor signed the bill into law. (There are now 28 right to work states in the country after Missouri law…

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Tide Turning Fast At NLRB

Especially over the past several years, a majority of decisions made by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were very much labor friendly, as the Obama NLRB dramatically expanded the reach of union organizers and the restrictions on non-union business.  One particular area of expansion results directly from the Board’s Columbia decision (rendered last August),…

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Right To Work Still in Play

An unlikely result is still in play in the state of Maine, as the legislature there continues to entertain a proposal to make Maine the 29th state in the union with a right-to-work law on its books. Longshot or not, right to work legislation was the subject of a raucous public hearing before the Labor,…

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DOL Asks For Delay on Persuader Rule

With new Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta just getting sworn in, his Department of Labor has asked a Minnesota federal court for a further delay in its response deadline on a legal challenge to the Obama-era persuader rule. The rule, redefined under the previous administration, expanded the categories of “persuaders” – those hired to defeat…

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House Backs Comp Time Option

As you now know, the US House yesterday afternoon passed the American Health Care Act of 2017 that repeals and replaces Obamacare, but the major media outlets will provide you with all the details on that issue. Perhaps equally important to you, it also passed the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (HB1180) by a…

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And Not A Moment Too Soon

At long last, there is a new Secretary of Labor and a full Cabinet for President Trump as Alex Acosta was finally confirmed to the post by the US Senate a full 98 days into the Trump administration. Acosta, who was nominated by President Trump after his first choice, Andy Puzder, withdrew from consideration after…

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Acting Chairman No More

The National Labor Relations Board, which has been a source for many pro-union, anti-business rulings over the past several years, still has only three of its five slots filled. The positions are filled by the President with confirmation by the US Senate and this week, Acting Chairman Philip Miscimarra had the “acting” qualifier dropped from…

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No Acosta Vote Before Recess

Congress recessed last week without taking a vote on the nomination of Trump Labor Secretary-nominee Alex Acosta, so we are still without a Secretary of Labor. The latest projections are that a confirmation vote on the Acosta nomination will not happen before the last week of April. In the interim, the Department of Labor has…

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Missouri Right To Work Still In Limbo

Missouri may have officially become the 28th state in the union with a right to work law back in February when Governor Eric Greitens signed the right to work bill into law, but the issue is still very much in flux. Labor officials are pursuing their effort to collect enough signatures to put a ballot…

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