NLRB Tightens Union Elections Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week proposed yet another change to the legal parameters governing union elections, continuing to refine that process. The major change published in the Federal Register this week would eliminate the requirement that employers provide available personal email addresses and telephone numbers of all eligible voters during a union…

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NLRB Finalizes Union Election Changes

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week finalized changes to union representation election rules that will prevent unions from blocking decertification elections indefinitely as they have been able to do for the past 8 or so years. Under the Obama administration, the NLRB allowed unions to file unfair labor practice charges to create doubt…

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Federal Comment Periods Extended Again

Two federal agencies this week again extended the public comment period on pending regulations. The comment period on the proposed DOL amended tip-pooling rule, which was scheduled to end this past Monday was extended by the Wage and Hour Division due to an outage on the federal website, www.Regulations.gov. After the outage was resolved, the…

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Throwing in the Towel?

Just a week or so ago, a Portland Oregon Burgerville became the first fast food restaurant to be unionized when its employees voted 18-4 in an NLRB sanctioned election to unionize and become members of the Portland chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Immediately thereafter, employees of another of the Vancouver, Washington-based…

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35-Day Wait for Union Elections?

The Obama-era NLRB adopted the so-called “Ambush Election rule” back in December 2014 with the significantly shortened timeframe taking effect on April 14, 2015. The effect of the rule change was significant and among other changes, served to reduce the time frame from the filing of a union representation petition to the holding of the…

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Congress Undoing Other NLRB Rules

The Trump administration may be targeting and undoing a number of the more egregious Obama-era rules relating the workplace, but that doesn’t mean Congress isn’t going to take a shot at some as well. Just yesterday, the House Education and Workforce Committee marked up a couple of labor-related bills that will undo different Obama administration…

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Change and Court Overturn NLRB

Nothing could be more indicative that ‘change is in the air’, than the decision this week by the Department of Justice to change sides in the legal wrangle over Murphy Oil v NLRB, a 6 year old case on the validity of employment contracts that require a waiver of employee class action rights. Under the…

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House Hearing Targets NLRB Rules

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing Wednesday on three specific bills that target Obama-era guidelines promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Ostensibly, the legislation seeks to rescind the ambush election rules along with others that unfairly improve the chances for labor unions…

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Maine Senate Kills Union Ratification Bill

Speaking of Maine and the state senate, the Maine senate voted 20-13 last week to kill a bill that would have required a union ratification vote every two years in union workplaces. The bill, LD 1553, would have mandated that union workers ratify their collective bargaining representation by secret ballot every other year. In addition,…

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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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