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House Joins Senate in Passing Resolution to Disapprove New NLRB Election Rule

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 232-186 in favor of passing a resolution to disapprove the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB’s”) new “quickie election” rule, which becomes effective April 14 and is...more

NLRB “Quickie Election” Rule Accelerates the Union Organizing Process

In December 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced new rules governing “Representation—Case Procedures.” The new rules—set to take effect in just under a month, on April 14, 2015—have been commonly...more

Can Anyone Stop Them? NLRB’s New “Quickie” Union Election Rules Set To Take Effect April 14

On December 12, 2014 the NLRB adopted new union election rules, claiming that they will “modernize and streamline the process for resolving representation disputes.” These rules will become effective April 14th of this year....more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 15

2015 NLRB Developments - The National Labor Relations Board is now fully and legally appointed, after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated recess appointments made in 2013. The new NLRB continues to expand its agenda,...more

Is This the Perfect Storm for Union Organizing of Health Care Providers?

In This Issue: - Recent Developments for Multiemployer Pension Plans - Posting of Pre-Election Employee Rights Poster - Pre-hearing Statement of Position - The Pre-hearing Election — Held Sooner,...more

NLRB Jurisdictional Ruling Clears Path for Unionization of Religious Schools

A National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Regional Director recently issued a ruling that could clear the way for more unionization of faculty members at private, religious schools. The Regional Director for NLRB Region 19...more

Congress Rallies Against New Union Election Rules

The currently Republican-controlled U.S. Congress has made it clear that pushing back on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent efforts, which appear motivated by a mandate to tip the scales in favor of employees...more

Recent NLRB Grad Student Union Decisions Suggest Interest in Reviewing Brown University

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently released two unpublished decisions that boosted unionization efforts by teaching and research assistants at private universities. The decisions, issued on March 13, 2015,...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

NLRB’s Controversial Issuance of Final Rules Set to Take Effect April 14, 2015

In recent client alerts, we discussed the NLRB’s issuance of final rules, set to take effect April 14, 2015, which will expedite the election process in union organizing campaigns. The NLRB has just issued a fact sheet...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

Employers Must Act Fast Under Looming NLRB Quickie Election Rule

Employers will soon need to act quickly if they want to educate employees who are thinking of unionization. That’s because the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) December 2014 issuance of the “Representation Case...more

What Employers under Collective Bargaining Agreements Should Know about the Decision in M&G Polymers v. Tackett

Recently, the United States Supreme Court undertook a significant course-correction in the vesting of retiree health benefits under collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs”). ...more

Cutting Union Grass – Federal Court Endorses Greenfields Project Carve-Outs

The Full Court of the Federal Court (Court) has handed down its decision in MI&E Holdings Pty Ltd v Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia [2015]...more

Applicant Could Proceed With Race Discrimination Claim Despite Undisclosed Criminal Conviction

Raymond E. Horne was a glazier and a member of the glazier’s union. He also served as an officer and a member of the council and of the executive board of the union. Horne, who is African American, twice applied for an...more

Wisconsin Evens the Score by Becoming the Twenty-Fifth Right-to-Work State — So What Happens Now?

Wisconsin’s Legislature passed a “right-to-work” (RTW) law on Friday, March 6, 2015, and Wisconsin Governor (and possible presidential candidate) Scott Walker promptly signed the bill into law today. Wisconsin has now become...more

Talks Resume in Ongoing Refinery Worker Strike

Representatives of the major oil companies and the United Steelworkers Union returned to the table on March 9, 2015 to resume talks regarding a three-year labor contract during a strike by workers that has now entered its...more

Wisconsin is Really Open for Business: Governor Signs New Right-to-Work Law

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s motto is that Wisconsin is “open for business,” and he means it. On March 9, 2015, Governor Walker signed into law Senate Bill 44, which made Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the...more

Is Your Computer Use Policy Legal? NLRB Finds a Presumptive Right for Employees to Use Employer’s Email System for Protected...

Does your company give employees access to company email? Do you prohibit employees from using the company email for personal, non-company use? If so, your policy may violate federal law....more

U.S. Senate blocks NLRB’s ‘ambush election’ rule; resolution now goes to House

The new “ambush election” rules from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which are scheduled to take effect April 14, were the subject of a disapproving resolution from the U.S. Senate this week. The Senate voted 53-46...more

Senate Votes to Block the NLRB’s “Ambush Elections” Final Rule

On March 4, 2015, by a vote of 53-46 the Senate passed joint resolution S.J. Res. 8 to halt the implementation of the NLRB’s Final Rule, adopted December 2014, regarding representation elections. Colloquially called the...more

Wisconsin Becomes Next "Right to Work" State

March 6, 2015 Authors: Jonathan Levine, Adam Tuzzo, and Sarah Matt On March 6, 2015, Wisconsin’s State Assembly approved legislation that will make Wisconsin the 25th “Right to Work” state in the country.  Governor Walker has...more

Second NLRB Decision Issued in Ongoing Higher Education Union Organization Efforts

A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ordered the counting of ballots that were cast in a union election by contingent faculty members at Seattle University. The votes had been impounded...more

Executive Labor Summary - February / March 2015

Massive labor disputes on two of three U.S. coasts - Large scale industry-wide labor disputes were in the news daily in early 2015. A West Coast port labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and...more

Änderung der Arbeitsstättenverordnung gestoppt

Die Änderung der Arbeitsstättenverordnung ist zumindest in der vom Arbeitsministerium geplanten Form vom Tisch. Nachdem die angesetzte Beratung über die bereits für März 2015 vorgesehenen Änderungen am Monatsanfang ohne...more

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