Fast-food worker strikes, ‘alt-labor’ movement spreading

May 16, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

A wave of strikes by fast-food and other low-wage workers continues to spread in major cities around the country as employees take action to increase their pay and gain other workplace rights and benefits. Strikes have taken place in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and Milwaukee as the movement appears to be gaining strength.

The workers are not unionized and work in jobs traditionally not targeted by labor unions because the fast-food industry often relies on teen workers holding part-time and seasonal jobs. Since the recession, however, more adults with families have turned to jobs in the fast-food industry.

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Business groups applaud ruling against NLRB poster

May 08, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

Probusiness groups are cheering a new ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that represents another blow to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The appeals court, which issued another ruling against the NLRB in January, ruled on May 7 that the Board exceeded its authority in its effort to require employers to post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

The NLRB issued the rule in 2011, but it was never implemented because of court challenges. Had it gone into effect, all employers under NLRB jurisdiction—including nonunion employers—would have been required to post an 11-by-17-inch poster explaining that employees have the right to act together to improve wages and working conditions; to form, join, and assist a union; to bargain collectively with their employer; and to refrain from any of those activities.

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Obama urges swift confirmation of new NLRB nominees

April 09, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), crippled by a January court ruling against two recess appointees, has the potential to get back to full strength if the Senate confirms nominations President Barack Obama made April 9. Previous attempts to fill the NLRB have failed over congressional opposition to Board actions and Obama’s nominees.

On April 9, Obama nominated Republicans Harry I. Johnson, III, and Philip A. Miscimarra along with Democrat Mark Gaston Pearce. Pearce is the current NLRB chair. His term is set to expire August 27. Johnson and Miscimarra are both management-side employment attorneys.

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NLRB wants Supreme Court review of recess appointments decision

March 14, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced on March 12 it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that says the appointment of two Board members is invalid.

In consultation with the Justice Department, the NLRB said it intends to file a petition by the April 25 deadline for Supreme Court review.

On January 25, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in Noel Canning v. NLRB that President Barack Obama acted unconstitutionally when he made three recess appointments to the Board on January 4, 2012.

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Don’t forget Form LM-10 reporting deadline

by Kevin J. Skelly

Every year, employers must publicly report specific transactions or arrangements relating to unionization or the threat of unionization. The report must be made within 90 days after the end of the employer’s fiscal year. For employers whose fiscal years coincide with the calendar year, the reporting deadline will be at the end of March.

The report is made on Form LM-10, which is issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Nongovernmental employers must file the form annually to disclose financial dealings with union officials and representatives.

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Court ruling puts NLRB future in jeopardy

January 25, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

A court ruling has put the brakes on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and possibly invalidated decisions the Board has made for the last year.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on January 25 that President Barack Obama acted unconstitutionally when he made three recess appointments to the NLRB on January 4, 2012.

The court’s ruling is seen as good news for employers because it seems to thwart what many in the business community see as the NLRB trying to rewrite labor law to benefit unions.

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NLRB ruling ends proemployer automatic exemption

December 31, 2012 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

A recent ruling from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) means employers are no longer automatically exempted when unions ask them to turn over witness statements related to employee discipline.

Now, the employer’s confidentiality interest must be balanced with the union’s need for information. The American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens case overruled the Board’s 1978 decision in Anheuser-Busch, Inc., which established a categorical exemption for witness statements in such cases.

In the Piedmont case, the NLRB’s acting general counsel and the charging party argued that the bright-line rule established in 1978 was “inappropriate.” The Board agreed, finding it should instead apply a balancing test articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Detroit Edison Co. v. NLRB, which was decided in 1979.

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Right to work and how it will work in Michigan

by Gary Fealk

On December 11, Michigan passed Senate Bill 116, commonly known as the right-to-work law. In accordance with the Michigan Constitution (Article IV, Section 27), the law will go into effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session.

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Michigan now a right-to-work state

December 11, 2012 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

Long a union stronghold, Michigan has become the latest state to pass right-to-work legislation. The fight, though, likely will rage on.

State legislators on December 11 approved legislation that prohibits workplaces from requiring all employees to pay all union dues. The legislation was pushed by the Republican majority in the state legislature. On Tuesday afternoon, it was being reported that the bills could be delayed for a brief time on procedural grounds (a motion to reconsider) by Democrats. Republican Governor Rick Snyder, nevertheless, was expected to sign the bills as early as Wednesday. He indicated he would sign the measure even though he had earlier said right-to-work legislation was too divisive and therefore wasn’t on his agenda.

The vote in the legislature isn’t the first blow organized labor has suffered recently in Michigan. Voters in the November election soundly turned down an initiative that would have put the right to collective bargaining in the state’s constitution.

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Chicago teachers end strike

by Brian J. Kurtz

On what should have been the second Wednesday of the school year, Chicago teachers ended their strike against the city and returned to work. The bitter dispute brought national attention to Chicago and to the issue of education reform. The last teachers strike in Chicago took place 25 years ago. Apparently, a lot of acrimony can build up over a quarter century. So was it worth it? Who won? These questions are far more simple than their answers.

The final version of the three-year contract is reportedly still being drafted, so all the details are not yet public. As we wrote last week, the two biggest issues were the city’s proposed teacher evaluation system and whether laid-off teachers would have automatic recall to vacancies at other schools. Information published by the parties themselves and reports in the media suggest — not surprisingly — that neither side got everything it wanted in the negotiations.

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