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The First 100 Days of Ambush Elections: Impact on the Retail and Hospitality Sectors

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) implemented its “ambush” or “quickie” election rules on April 14, 2015. An analysis of available NLRB data on representation election (RC) petitions filed since the effective date of...more

Right to Work - Chapter 4

Yesterday, May 6, 2015, the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research, & Economic Development held work sessions on a number of bills pertaining to “Right to Work” policy. The Maine AFL-CIO held a morning rally in...more

State Employees Seek to Join Governor Rauner in Lawsuit against Fair Share Fees

Last week, three State of Illinois employees filed a motion to intervene in Governor Rauner’s lawsuit challenging fair share fees, which is currently pending in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. Meanwhile,...more

Attorney General Madigan and Labor Unions Defend Fair Share Fees

Over the past several weeks, Illinois’ largest labor unions and Attorney General Lisa Madigan took steps to defend “fair share” fees against Governor Rauner’s Executive Order suspending the collection of those fees, and his...more

Governor LePage Pushes Right to Work Legislation

Governor Paul LePage is aggressively pushing LD 489, An Act to Ensure the Right to Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment. Current law allows public employees to opt out of joining...more

AFL-CIO’s Industry Wide Agreement May Have Wide Reach in Hospitality Industry

Mid-way through 2012, the Hotel Association of New York City and the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO (the “Union”), renewed a seven-year collective bargaining agreement known as the Industry Wide Agreement, or...more

In Key Reversal, Board Grants Email Rights to Employees

In a reversal of its Bush-era decision, a divided National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employees generally have a right to use their employer’s email systems for union organizing and other protected purposes....more

NLRB Rules That Employees Have Right to Organize Using Company Email

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its decision in Purple Communications, Inc. & Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO today, holding that employees who are given access to company email accounts have a...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - November 2014

United States Announces Settlements Of WTO Disputes With Brazil and Indonesia - In October, the United States settled two long-running disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO) – one with Brazil over cotton...more

August 2014 Monthly Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline development are the seismic decisions, issued on August 27, 2014 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, concluding as a matter of law that FedEx Ground had misclassified over 2,300 drivers...more

McDonald’s and Its Franchisees: The General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board Asserts That McDonald’s, USA, LLC Is a...

On July 31, 2014, I participated in a panel discussion on the Al Jazeera America television program “Inside Story,” hosted by Ray Suarez, regarding the recent determination by the general counsel (GC) for the National Labor...more

NLRB Finds That Employer Improperly Disciplined Employee Who Obscenely Grabbed His Crotch in Front of Female Co-Worker

On July 3, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) handed down a decision in the case of Consolidated Communications d/b/a Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co. and Local 702, Int'l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,...more

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Manufacturing Bill

On April 9, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act of 2013, which aims to grow U.S. manufacturing by strengthening the...more

WHO DAT?

When there is news of faith-based groups, student associations, worker centers, and other community organizations confronting employers, the appropriate response may be to borrow a classic New Orleans line: who dat? Close...more

Labor Letter, December 2013: State of the Unions: New Tactics Target Unorganized Workers

If you've been following the news, you probably realize that it has been a busy year for organized labor. The percentage of unionized workers in the private sector has fallen to historic lows, leaving unions with fewer...more

Latest AFL-CIO Membership Report Shows Union Membership Flat

Trends can be important. Notwithstanding powerful political support for organized labor from the Obama Administration, the recent trend of American workers to not join unions is continuing....more

A.F.L.- C.I.O Wants More People Standing Under Its Umbrella

For years now, it has not exactly been a secret that labor organizations are struggling to maintain and build membership in most sectors of the American workforce. Despite the presence of a Democratic president and a...more

The Future Of Labor Unions In The U.S.

Labor unions in the United States have been struggling with declining membership for decades. After reaching an all-time high of approximately 35% unionization of private sector employees in the 1950s, labor unions represent...more

Solidarity Forever? When it Comes to Obamacare and Unions, Maybe Not.

From the time of his initial run for President, and throughout his time in office, President Barack Obama has had the near universal support of organized labor....more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 12, 2013

In This Issue: - A.F.L.- C.I.O. Seeks to Lure Nonunion Workers to Boost Ranks - Appeals Court Affirms Unions Can Organize Smaller Units - IRS to Begin Classifying Automatic Gratuities as Taxable Wages - More...more

Secretary of Labor Perez Addresses 2013 AFL-CIO Quadrennial Convention And Lays Out Progressive Agenda

AFL-CIO RESOLUTION ATTACKS OBAMACARE - On September 10, 2013, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, to a standing ovation from assembled labor leaders, addressed the AFL-CIO’s 27th quadrennial constitutional...more

Immigration Reform: It’s Time for a Course Correction

The first two months of 2013 have seen a flurry of activity relating to immigration reform. President Obama is pushing for comprehensive reform as are powerful factions within both the Senate and the House. And the political...more

California Supreme Court: Charter Cities Need Not Pay Prevailing Wages to Private Construction Workers on Locally Funded Municipal...

On July 2, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that launched early fireworks throughout the state, either in celebration or alarm, over its far-reaching impact on public works projects. In State Building...more

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