US House Approves PRO Act

As we anticipated – and reported to you last week – the US House of Representatives last night approved the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) on a vote of 224-194 and sent it to the Senate. The PRO Act (H.R. 2474) would strengthen collective bargaining rights for workers in private companies, and…

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NLRB Captures Largest Settlement Ever

The National Law Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month announced that it had won the largest settlement in history for unfair labor practices – $76 million – and the culprit was none other than CNN! The case began back in 2003 after CNN terminated a contract with a union company (Team Video Services) and replaced…

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Union Targeting Fast Food Industry

Despite the major defeat it recently suffered over the joint employer battle detailed above, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its allies on the presidential campaign trail will not just tuck their tales and go away. To the contrary, having enjoyed much success across the nation with their Fight for $15 campaigns, SEIU is…

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Democrat Campaigns Unionizing

Or had I been so inclined, I could have headlined this story “Another one bites the dust”. Believe it or not, we now have 5 democratic presidential campaigns where the staff belongs to a union. The campaign staff of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, recently polling in the middle of the democratic presidential pack, has…

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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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Beware! Fast Food Unions Have Arrived

Advocates, who have been pushing for years now to try and unionize fast food workers, have finally succeeded, although it may be on a small scale for the time being. Workers at a Portland Burgerville restaurant voted to unionize this past Monday in an election sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The final…

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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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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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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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