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Northwestern University Scholarship Football Players Receive the Right to Organize

Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board delivered a Final Decision and Direction of Election in the closely-watched case concerning Northwestern University’s football players’ attempt to unionize. ...more

Shame On Who? Responding to Union Corporate Campaigns, Protests, and Bannering

The recent retail and fast food industry protests regarding demands for a “living wage” remind us that corporate campaigns by unions are a form of corporate warfare. They seek to inflict upon employers a “death from a...more

NLRB Regional Director Rules College Scholarship Athletes Are ‘Employees’

The director of Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week that scholarship football players at Northwestern University were “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act, and...more

Northwestern Scholarship Athletes Make It Into the Red Zone

This past Wednesday, Peter S. Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director in Chicago, ruled that all scholarship football players at Northwestern University who have not exhausted their college...more

Game Changer: NLRB Approves Unionization Of Northwestern University Football Players

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a ruling that could potentially change the landscape of college football and other collegiate sports when the Regional Director of the Chicago...more

NLRB’s Decision Allowing Northwestern University Football Players to Unionize May Have Significant, and Perhaps Unintended,...

On March 26, 2014, Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board (Chicago) held that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university and have the right to unionize. Relying on the broad common law...more

Has unionized college football arrived?

Were the Doors thinking about the prospect of unionized college football when they wrote and performed “The End”? That’s how many of us felt when the NLRB ruled that Northwestern University football players could form a...more

Another Step Toward a New Form of Student Union

In a landmark decision that will re-invigorate the recent campaigning by student-athletes and their advocates for a greater role in the business of college sports, the Regional Director for Region 13 of the National Labor...more

NLRB continues quest to expand its authority

Now that the National Labor Relations Board has its mandated full complement of five members, it is expected that it will continue its quest to broaden its authority over private employers. For example, along with the NLRB’s...more

The NLRB Invades The Non-Union Workplace

Employers beware! Although the Board's attempt to require employers to post a notice of employees' federal rights has been defeated, the agency remains active in its regulation of the non-union workplace. The Board now has...more

A Not-So-Happy Valentine's Day for UAW and Its Continued Efforts to Feel the Love

On February 14, 2014, the results of a NLRB-conducted unionization vote by Volkswagen workers at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant were released. Plant workers voted 712-626 against representation by the United Auto Workers...more

NLRB Rules Hospital's Resident Physicians Are Employees and Can Unionize

Whether an individual is an “employee” entitled to all the protections of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), or a “student” who has no such rights, has been a recurring and hotly contested issue before the National...more

Revitalized National Labor Relations Board Sets An Aggressive Course

The National Labor Relations Board is now operating at full strength with five Board members who were properly nominated and confirmed. As a result, employers should expect increased activity as the Board seeks to make up for...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - February 14, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Rules Steel Workers Need Not be Paid for Changing Clothes - NLRB Proposes Rules to Streamline Unionization Voting Process - Obama Administration Delays Another Health Insurance...more

NLRB Reissues “Ambush Election” Rules On Steroids

Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced its intention to reissue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for what has become known as the “ambush election” rules governing the procedures for union...more

Rumor Has It: Employers Need To Be Wary of “No Gossip” Policies

Although most employers would agree that gossip in the workplace is detrimental to employee morale and productivity, banning it could be a risky proposition. In a recent decision, Laurus Technical Institute, NLRB ALJ, No....more

Post This! Private Employers Not Required to Display Pro-Union NLRB Posters

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently announced that it would not seek Supreme Court Review of two U.S. Court of Appeals decisions invalidating the NLRB’s Notice Posting Rule, which would have required most...more

The NLRA Rights Poster Lives on Through Other Means

The NLRB’s decision not to pursue Supreme Court review in the NLRA rights poster cases (which, depending on what happened behind the scenes, may have in reality been a decision by the Solicitor General of the United States)...more

“No Mas!” NLRB Finally Surrenders In Poster Rule Debacle

In what we hope is the beginning of a trend, the NLRB announced that it will not appeal its infamous poster case to the U.S. Supreme Court. As you may remember, the NLRB passed a rule that required covered employers to post a...more

New NLRB G.C. Plots Activist Course

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board serves important policy-making and prosecutorial decision-making roles. While the “GC” acts independently of the adjudicative “Board” arm of the agency, both, in a...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - December 12, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Gives NLRB Time to Challenge Recess Appointments - High Court Hears Case on Union, Employer "Neutrality Agreements" - Appeals Court Overturns NLRB Arbitration Agreements Decision -...more

NYU Agrees To Recognize Graduate Student Organizing Rights

As we reported last year, the fight over graduate student organizing rights has taken yet another tumultuous turn at the National Labor Relations Board. The Board has changed its position twice in recent years on the issue of...more

Global Connection - November 2013: Secondary Boycott and International Trade

The Dispute - The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (“ILWU”) had a long established collective bargaining relationship with grain exporter Marubeni-Columbia Grain, Inc. (“CGI”), which covered CGI’s employees...more

Unions target tech companies’ outside vendors: four action points when your company is caught in the middle

Many technology companies elect not to use their own employees to perform collateral functions such running the corporate cafeteria or performing security and maintenance functions. Instead, they contract with outside...more

Federal ALJ Says Ban on Voice Recording Does Not Violate NLRA

Many employers prohibit employees from recording conversations during working time. Employers believe that such recording inhibits or intimidates employees and managers from having frank and open discussions relating to work....more

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