Starbucks Closes Union-Active Stores

Starbucks has temporarily closed two of the five stores in the Buffalo market where baristas have been agitating to unionize the company workforce. As we told you in past issues, workers in (originally three) now five stores in the upstate New York city have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to authorize and schedule…

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Starbucks Prepares for Union Effort

As we advised you a shortly before Labor Day, Starbucks is looking down the barrel of the unionizing shotgun in upstate New York as baristas in three Buffalo stores have petitioned the NLRB for a union representation election. In response, Starbucks this week attempted to significantly expand the playing field by responding to the NLRB…

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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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US House Preps PRO Act for Vote

The US House is making good on another promise next week with the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) being brought to the House floor for final passage. The PRO Act (H.R. 2474), which would strengthen collective bargaining rights for workers in private companies, was passed on a straight party-line vote by the…

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NLRB Extends Comment Period

Speaking of new regulatory rules, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has extended the public comment period on its pending new rule on union elections. In a press release dated October 4, the agency announced that it will now accept public comment on the rule overhauling union representation election procedures for an additional 60 days…

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NLRB Revamps Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week published a proposed rulemaking that will revamp the agency rules regarding union representation elections. The first proposed rulemaking in an expected series of changes will reshape the current “blocking charge” which allows unions to stop decertification votes by alleging election interference. Under the NLRB proposal, decertification votes…

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Beating the Union at Its Own Game

The Portland Oregon-based burger chain, Little Big Burger deserves much credit for getting ahead of and defeating a unionizing effort by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in 12 of the company’s 20 stores. The company first drew the union wrath a number of weeks ago after it terminated (for valid cause) an employee…

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Another Micro-Union

NLRB Region 10 Director John Doyle ordered a union election for a sub-group of employees at the Boeing Company, despite a December decision by the full National Labor Relations Board that narrowed the circumstances under which micro-units could be created. This case involves approximately 180 flight readiness technicians and inspectors seeking to organize as a…

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Sanders Targets Right to Work Laws

US Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seized upon the aforementioned California court decision in Dynamex (above) and filed legislation this week in Congress that would adopt the three-factor “ABC” classification on the national level. Perhaps more importantly however, the bill the Senator is calling the Workplace Democracy Act would nullify state right-to-work…

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