April 25 date set for Northwestern football union vote

April 03, 2014 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has scheduled an April 25 union representation vote for Northwestern University football players.

Spokespersons in both the Chicago and Washington, D.C., NLRB offices confirmed that the April 25 date has been set but didn’t have more information such as which players will be eligible to vote and when results will be known.

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Comment period nears end for NLRB ‘quickie election’ rule

March 28, 2014 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by Lauren E.M. Russell

April 7 marks the end of the comment period for proposed rules from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would shorten the time needed to hold union representation elections.

This latest effort is the second time the NLRB has broached the subject of what foes call “quickie elections.” The first set of rules was proposed in June 2011 but was struck down by a federal court on technical grounds because of the way the rules were adopted.

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NLRB regional director orders union election for Northwestern football players

March 27, 2014 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that football players at Northwestern University are entitled to a union election because they’re essentially employees of the private university located in Evanston, Illinois.

Peter Sung Ohr, Region 13 director of the NLRB, issued an order on March 26 that a union representation election be conducted. He said Northwestern’s scholarship football players are entitled to vote on union representation because they’re “employees” under Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

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NLRB sets public meeting on proposed changes to union election rules

February 26, 2014 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has set two days of meetings in April to hear opinions on proposed changes to rules governing union representation elections.

The NLRB will meet for April 10-11 at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., to allow members of the public to present their views on what probusiness interests have labeled “quickie” election rules. Additional days of meetings may be scheduled for April 8 and/or 9, according to an announcement from the Board.

Those interested in speaking during the meeting must submit a request to the NLRB no later than March 10. If there are more requests to speak than there are available time slots, the available time will be allocated based on the content of the requests so that a variety of viewpoints will be represented, the Board says.

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Volkswagen’s Chattanooga workers reject UAW representation

by Bart Sisk, David Jaqua, and Valeria Gomez

The votes are in, and the wait is over. In what can only be characterized as a major setback for organized labor, Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees have voted to reject union representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW).  

Eighty-nine percent of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees participated in the election, which was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and took place on February 12-14. With 53 percent of workers voting against UAW representation, the union lost the election by a vote of 712-626. Through a press release issued by Volkswagen, Frank Fischer, CEO and chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga, announced, “Our employees have not made a decision that they are against a works council. Throughout this process, we found great enthusiasm for the idea of an American-style works council both inside and outside our plant. Our goal continues to be to determine the best method for establishing a works council in accordance with the requirements of U.S. labor law to meet VW America’s production needs and serve our employees’ interests.”

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More low-wage worker strikes are set for August 29

August 27, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 2 COMMENTS

Fast-food and other low-wage workers who have staged strikes in a handful of cities around the country in recent months are planning to take their efforts nationwide on August 29.

Strikers and their supporters are calling for $15 an hour as well as more protections for workers interested in unionizing. The latest wave of strikes occurred during the week of July 29 in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Flint, Michigan.

The strikes coincide with an effort, championed by President Barack Obama, to raise the minimum wage. In February, Obama asked Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour in stages by the end of 2015 and to index it to inflation thereafter.

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Senate vote puts NLRB at full strength

July 31, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Senate’s July 30 vote to confirm nominees for all five seats of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) means the Board will have a full slate of confirmed members for the first time in more than a decade.

Republicans Harry I. Johnson III and Philip A. Miscimarra and Democrats Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer were confirmed for first-time membership on the Board. The Senate also voted to confirm current Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce for a second term. His first term expires on August 27.

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Senate ready to take up NLRB nominations

July 25, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

by Tammy Binford

The full Senate is expected to vote on all five nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) within the next few days, a move that could give the NLRB its full membership confirmed by the Senate for the first time in more than a decade.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on the nominations of Democrats Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer on July 23, and on July 24, it voted 13-9 to send their nominations to the full Senate.

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Senate to consider Obama’s NLRB nominations

May 24, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Senate is expected to consider President Barack Obama’s five nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after its Memorial Day recess. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted on May 22 to approve the nominees, moving the confirmation process to the full Senate.

The nominees up for Senate confirmation are Republicans Harry I. Johnson, III, and Philip A. Miscimarra and Democrats Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and current NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, whose term will end August 27 unless confirmed again by the Senate. Block and Griffin have had seats on the Board since January 2012, when Obama made recess appointments to fill vacant seats.

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Another NLRB recess appointment ruled invalid

May 20, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

Nearly four months after an appeals court ruled that recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made in 2012 were invalid, another appellate court has ruled a previous recess appointment unconstitutional.

The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled May 16 in NLRB v. New Vista Nursing & Rehab. that President Barack Obama’s 2010 recess appointment of Craig Becker to the NLRB was invalid. Becker, a Democrat, served on the Board from April 5, 2010, through January 3, 2012.

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