Coffee Chain Agrees to Union

Speaking of unionizing efforts, it was disappointing, to say the least, to read that the small Cambridge-based coffee chain, Darwins had voluntarily agreed to recognize its employees as unionized without going through a formal NLRB election process. Instead, the 4-unit chain will collectively bargain with Darwins United, which has established itself as an affiliate of…

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Biden Fills NLRB Vacancy

Earlier this week, President Biden nominated labor attorney Gwynne Wilcox to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), tapping the union-side practitioner to fill the long-vacant fifth seat on the panel. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Wilcox would become the first black woman to sit on the NLRB in its 85-year…

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And, Then There’s the PRO Act

If that weren’t enough union saber-rattling, organized labor has been pulling out all the stops to create additional momentum for the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). Toward that end, AFL-CIO affiliates along with their allies are planning as many as 200 rallies up and down the East Coast next…

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PRO Act Out of COVID Relief, But . . .

Looking closer at the final COVID relief legislation, efforts by progressive democrats to incorporate the provisions of the Protecting the Right To Organize Act (PRO Act) in the American Rescue Plan Act were ultimately unsuccessful however, the legislation is not dead by any stretch. To the contrary, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that…

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Union Lawyer Nominated for NLRB Post

Staying on the broad subject of organized labor and its outsized influence in the current administration, President Biden last week officially nominated Jennifer Abruzzo for the post of National Labor Relations Board General Counsel. Abruzzo, who had previously served in a number of different capacities at the NLRB including acting General Counsel during the Obama…

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This Time Biden Fires Acting NLRB Counsel

Last week, our lead story in Small Regular No Sugar! was the firing of National Labor Relations General Counsel Peter Robb. In his place, deputy general counsel, Alice Stock, ascended to the position of Acting General Counsel until a replacement was to be named. Her tenure was quite short however, as Biden turned around and…

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Labor’s Friend in the White House

Back during the 2020 Presidential Campaign, then candidate Joe Biden made it clear where he would come down on labor issues, pledging to the AFL-CIO at a Labor Day event that he will be “the strongest labor president you ever had” when he is in the White House. Well, he’s only been there two days,…

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On The Horizon with a Federal Trifecta

Well, it seems the unlikely has happened and Georgia voters turned the formerly-red state solid blue this week and with it, flipped the US Senate to democratic control. With the White House, US House of Representatives and now the US Senate all being in democratic control, what can we expect to see coming out of…

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Miscellaneous

According to a recent poll by the Gallup Group, public approval for labor unions and organized labor activities is on the upswing. Historically, support of organized labor has been dropping from its peak of 75 percent approval reached back in 1957 to a low of 48 percent recorded just over a decade ago in 2009.…

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Tale of Two Union Endorsements

As we get closer to the November election, we’ll see more endorsements coming on a regular basis, but over the past week plus, two unions with very different views of the critical issues facing the nation today, each endorsed a candidate for President this week. Service Employees International Union (SEIU), architect organization behind the Fight…

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