NLRB Guts Award Against Union

Seemingly without regard for the appearance of, and in further evidence of, unapologetic bias in favor of organized labor, the Atlanta Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week indicated its intent to reduce a previously agreed to settlement figure of over $13 million against the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).…

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It’s Baaaaack!!!

Although it should come as a surprise to nobody involved in the franchise business model, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is resurrecting the Obama-era joint employer standard that caused much angst within the industry. The agency has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday of this week, that…

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NLRB Allows Pro-Union Attire

In yet another reversal of a Trump-era policy, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled this week that Tesla was guilty of an unfair labor practice when it prohibited employees from wearing clothing at work that bears the UAW union logo. The company policy at issue is a dress code that required employees to wear…

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Starbucks-Union Battles Escalate

The ongoing unionizing battles within the Starbucks system continues to escalate on both fronts as the Workers United union has filed more complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In addition, the company has advised employees in two more stores – one in Seattle and the other in Kansas City, both of which have…

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Federal Court Orders Workers Rehired

Late yesterday, the NLRB announced that it had prevailed in federal district court and won an injunction against Starbucks ordering the company to rehire a number of workers it had terminated and further to cease all unlawful activities. The case involved a successful union election held at a Starbucks in Memphis where the company disciplined…

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NLRB Accused of Misconduct

Speaking of organized labor, the latest news on unionizing efforts within local Starbucks’ stores has the company accusing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Starbucks Workers United union of misconduct on the basis of allegations made by a whistleblower in the agency. Starbucks has formally claimed that agency officials interfered with elections by…

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Joint Employer Next Up, Again?

Earlier this month, the US Circuit Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) should revisit the ruling the board rendered two years ago regarding joint-employer status. A three-judge panel of the court determined that “the ruling for Browning-Ferris Industries Inc in 2020 failed to explain why it had…

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Court Upholds Vulgar Graffiti Ruling

In another DC court ruling, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for DC last week upheld a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) whereby the agency found a manufacturer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by firing a worker who made a vulgar protest against the employer by writing the words “whore…

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NLRB Dismisses Starbucks Complaint

In a surprise to absolutely nobody on the union front, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week rejected the unfair labor practice complaint that Starbucks had filed against the Starbuck Workers United union. The complaint, one of only two that the company has filed against the union, stems from an unsuccessful effort to unionize…

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NLRB Signs Up Another Partner

Viewing employers as a potential (or maybe even, likely) enemy, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is continuing to sign Memoranda of Understanding MOU with different federal agencies.  The latest agreement was signed this week by NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo and Jonathan Kanter, assistant attorney general and head of the antitrust division of the…

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