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Missouri Law Prohibits Costly Public Project Labor Agreements

On May 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed legislation generally barring public entities from requiring job-specific union contracts called “project labor agreements” on public construction projects.   The legislation, effective August 28, 2017, prohibits public entities from requiring contractors to enter into project labor agreements and from discriminating against, encouraging, or giving preferential treatment to … Continue Reading

Federal Court Washes Away New York City’s Pro-Union Ordinance

A New York City ordinance requiring car wash companies to post a higher surety bond if they do not sign a union bargaining agreement covering their employees is invalid because it unlawfully favors unionization, and therefore runs afoul of the National Labor Relations Act, a federal district court judge has ruled on May 26, 2017. … Continue Reading

In Fastest Elections, Union Victory Rate Soars

Unions fare better in the quickest elections under the National Labor Relations Board’s April 2015 “quickie” election rules, according to a Bloomberg BNA report. Unions have continued to win elections about 67 percent of the time overall since the implementation of the rules, according to the report. However, two years after the rules went into … Continue Reading

Unions Winning More Elections, But Organizing Fewer New Workers

Unions won 72% of all representation elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in 2016, and 74% when the election involved a small unit of 49 workers or less, according to a Bloomberg BNA report based on NLRB data. These percentages are a four-year high for unions. At the same time, fewer workers were … Continue Reading

NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard Receives Chilly Reception During Court of Appeals Hearing

The National Labor Relations Board’s new, expanded “joint employer” standard faced sharp criticism during oral argument at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In Browning-Ferris, the Board created a broad new standard for determining whether two entities are joint employers. The case involved Browning Ferris Industries of California, Inc. … Continue Reading

NLRB Joint Employer Case Will Be Heard by Federal Appeals Court on March 9

Oral argument on Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc.’s appeal seeking to overturn the National Labor Relations Board’s  landmark joint employer decision, Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015), has been scheduled for March 9, 2017, by the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Browning-Ferris decision … Continue Reading

Trump Reaches Out to Labor Unions

President Donald J. Trump met on January 23 with several union leaders and employees in the construction and sheet metal industries, according to Politico. Unions represented at the meeting include the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, North America’s Building Trades Unions, Laborers’ International Union of North America, United Association (which represents plumbers, fitters, welders, and service … Continue Reading

Fuzzy Math May Be Basis For Labor Secretary’s Claim That Union Workers Earn More, Analysis Asserts

“Join the union, and you’ll make more money!” It’s a common refrain for unions trying to sell employees on the virtues of union representation. And now, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has joined the chorus, authoring a blog post entitled, “Stronger Together: Your Voice in the Workplace Matters,” in which he claims that workers represented by … Continue Reading

Americans Divided On Decline in Union Membership, According to Opinion Poll

A new poll finds that Americans have mixed views on unions and the impact the decline in union membership has had on workers. On April 27, 2015, the Pew Research Center, described as “a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world,” released results of … Continue Reading

NLRB Begins New “Educational” Campaign in Run-Up to Quickie Election Rule

In a series of tweets, the National Labor Relations Board is using social media in an attempt to increase  concerted and union activity under the NLRA. Starting on February 4, 2015, the NLRB began tweeting exhortations to non-union employees  to utilize the Agency’s services and notifications to all employees about the broad jurisdictional reach of the NLRA:  Who … Continue Reading

Fast Food Strikes Grab Headlines, But Can They Reach Supersize?

The latest congeries of quickie strikes at fast food restaurants — one day (or one shift) affairs in most cases — were staged to maximize publicity for the nascent fast food organizing movement.  Lots of press, some strong optics, and eleven p.m. news sound bites, but the organizers ended up with only a kid’s-meal sized … Continue Reading

NLRB’s Division of Advice Concludes Union Members’ Aggressive Organizing Tactics Were Lawful

The National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel’s Office’s Division of Advice has concluded that a union seeking to organize a construction employer’s drywall workers did not violate Section 8(b)(1)(A) of the National Labor Relations Act by  following the employer’s supervisors and managers aggressively in cars from the employer’s main office to various jobsites in the … Continue Reading

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Likely to Rejoin AFL-CIO

It appears the Change to Win Federation (CTW), labor’s ambitious effort to revive the American labor movement, may be on its death bed.  The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), one of the founding members of CTW, is about to follow UNITE-HERE, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), and the Laborers’ International Union of … Continue Reading

L.A. County Must Provide Non-Union Employees’ Home Addresses, Phone Numbers to Union, California Supreme Court Rules

In a decision of significance for public and private employers, the California Supreme Court has ruled Los Angeles County must provide the union representing its employees under an “agency shop” agreement with the home addresses and telephone numbers of all county employees, including non-union employees. Employers may be interested in a recent post on the … Continue Reading

Labor Union Membership Not Immune to Job Losses

Many of the nation’s largest unions lost significant membership in 2012, according to annual financial disclosure reports filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bloomberg/BNA’s Daily Labor Report has reported. The 2012 reports show the following: Membership Losses Among Ten Largest U.S. Unions  Union Membership Decline Change National Education Association (NEA) 99,175 to 3.1 million -3% International … Continue Reading

OSHA Invites Union and Community Organizers into Non-Union Worksites

Organized labor may be very pleased with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration these days because of a recent Agency interpretation  that a non-union employee may select a non-employee who is “affiliated with a union” or with a “community organization” to act as his representative during an OSHA inspection of his employer’s worksite.  The interpretation … Continue Reading
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