Tag Archives: Union

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

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

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

NLRB’s Division of Advice Finds Direct Dealing in Workers Compensation Settlement Process

Under the National Labor Relations Act, an employer is not permitted to bypass a union and deal directly with employees in connection with their terms and conditions of employment. This direct dealing concept can become complicated, however, when an individual employee asserts a legal proceeding against the employer in which the employee’s union is not … Continue Reading

Cooler Heads Prevail: 2d Circuit Reins in NLRB on Union Button Restrictions, Employee “Opprobrious Behavior”

Buttoning Down the Corporate Image Since 2004, the current incarnation of the International Workers of the World (the storied “Wobblies” of labor’s glory days) has run a high-profile organizing campaign at several Starbucks stores.  The company has been resisting the union’s efforts to organize its baristas.  Company policy encourages employees to wear multiple buttons promoting … Continue Reading

Cuba and the United States

  Cuba is going to lay off 500,000 state workers between now and March 2011. According to the Cuban Workers Federation, the only union in the country, the cause of the job displacement is clear: "Our state can’t keep maintaining…bloated payrolls." Similarly, the public sector unions in the United States representing a significant number of … Continue Reading

What’s the Deal with Marijuana and Unions?

  Membership in unions is on the decline. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of unionized workers dropped by 771,000 in 2009, largely reflecting the overall drop in employment due to the recession. With hopes for the passing of the Employee Free Choice Act on the wane, unions have to look elsewhere … Continue Reading

Back to the 20th Century?

The President Barack Obama spoke at a recent meeting of the AFL-CIO and after prepared remarks, he responded to a question from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The nub of the exchange was that the President would advise employees to join a union, just as President Franklin Roosevelt did back in the 1930s. Is that what … Continue Reading

The Kennedy Legacy

Caroline Kennedy spoke about her late uncle Ted to the AFL-CIO convention on September 14. Most appropriately, the late-Senator Edward M. Kennedy was recognized for his consistent support of Labor over his decades of service. According to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Labor narrowly missed getting its greatest prize – EFCA – as a result of … Continue Reading
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