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NLRB Sanctions “Micro-Unit” at Boston-Area Macy’s Store

Posted in Labor Board Proceedings and Practice, Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

Earlier this week, in a 3-1 decision in Macy’s Inc., the NLRB applied its controversial Specialty Healthcare decision in holding that an appropriate bargaining unit consists of employees in the cosmetics and fragrances department at a Boston-area Macy’s store, one of 11 store departments, and excludes all other sales employees at the store.  This is… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Rules Recess Appointments Unconstitutional – What Does It Mean?

Posted in Labor Board Proceedings and Practice

In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that President Obama’s three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional.  Click here for the ruling.  President Obama had relied upon the Constitution’s Recess Appointments Clause to appoint three members of the NLRB.  The Court ruled, however, that the “pro… Continue Reading

NLRB Orders Review of Decision that Northwestern Football Players are Primarily Employees

Posted in Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

In a short ruling issued Thursday, April 24, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) granted Northwestern University’s request for review of a regional director’s decision that Northwestern football players are primarily employees and therefore can be represented by a union.  Readers will recall the extensive discussion triggered first by a petition for representation filed in… Continue Reading

NLRB Regional Director Sets April 25 as Date for Northwestern Football Players Union

Posted in Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director has set April 25 as the date for the union vote for Northwestern University’s scholarship football players.  As readers of this blog will recall, that vote will determine whether the scholarship football players elect the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) as their bargaining representative.  It is still not… Continue Reading

Further Reflections on Unions in College Football – Is “student athlete” a misnomer?

Posted in Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

Is this the beginning of the end of college football as we know it?  Some argue that the end already has begun, with the “big money” of television and the corresponding commercialization prevalent in the sport.  Some argue that in today’s major college football and basketball, the phrase “student-athlete” is a misnomer. Has the end… Continue Reading

NLRB Regional Director Finds that Scholarship Football Players at Northwestern are Employees, not “Primarily Students” and Orders Union Election

Posted in Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

Readers of this blog will recall our post on January 30 of this year, found here, regarding the effort by certain Northwestern University football players to unionize scholarship players on the team.  Many pundits (including this one) predicted that even this National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would not find that the players were employees.  Wrong (at… Continue Reading

Delay in Supreme Court Review of D.R. Horton Continues to Cost Employers Enforcing Arbitration Agreements

Posted in Labor Board Proceedings and Practice

Readers of our series of posts on D.R. Horton will recall our prediction that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) would continue its attacks on certain arbitration agreements.  As predicted, the NLRB’s administrative law judges (ALJ) continue to strike down any arbitration agreements that waive class or collective action claims and allow… Continue Reading

VW Aftermath – Factors Still Favor Non-Union South

Posted in Labor Board Proceedings and Practice, Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

Much speculation abounds regarding why workers at the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Chattanooga rejected the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) in a recent vote.  Factors appeared to be aligning in favor of the UAW, such as Statements of support for the union from VW representatives in Germany. Access to the plant for union organizers. Promise of… Continue Reading

NLRB Finds No ULP by VW in Chattanooga

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found that Volkswagen (VW) did not commit unfair labor practices (ULPs) in the support its German parent company showed to the United Auto Workers’ union (UAW) at VW’s plant in Chattanooga.  Despite apparent opposition from members of management at the Chattanooga VW plant, and despite concern expressed by… Continue Reading

College Football and Labor Law? Let the Debate Begin

Posted in Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

A group of football players at Northwestern University has teamed with the United Steelworkers Union and formed a labor union, the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA).  What’s more, the players have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), at its regional office in Chicago, to have CAPA recognized as the players’ exclusive… Continue Reading

NLRB Continues to Strike Down Arbitration Agreements

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Readers of a previous post will recall that in December 2013, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the view of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) in the significant D.R. Horton ruling.  There, the Fifth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement that requires employees to arbitrate all employment disputes but restricts… Continue Reading

NLRB Loses Appeal in D.R. Horton: Arbitration Agreements Can Require Only Individual Arbitration, But …

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In a split decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the view of the National Labor Relations Board (the Board). According to the Court’s majority opinion, an arbitration agreement that requires employees to arbitrate all employment disputes but restricts the arbitration proceedings to individual arbitrations only (i.e., not allowing class or collective arbitrations)… Continue Reading

Micro-Units – What Are They and Why Should I Care?

Posted in Labor Board Proceedings and Practice, Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

“Micro-unit” is the term used to refer to a small portion of the total number of employees at a particular worksite which a labor union seeks to represent. Recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) have raised employers’ concerns that unions will focus organizational efforts on such small groups, or… Continue Reading

In the Absence of a Negotiated Grievance Procedure, Employers Must Bargain With Unions Over Significant Employee Discipline

Posted in Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

The NLRB recently ruled that an employer who is imposing “discretionary” and “material” discipline must consult with the union before doing so if that union has won a representation election but has not yet agreed to an initial contract. The NLRB described its ruling as the first in its “doctrinal context.” The issue was whether… Continue Reading

Dues Check-off Obligation No Longer Expires With Collective Bargaining

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WKYC-TV, Gannet Co., Inc., 359 NLRB No. 30 (2012) Reversing 50 years of settled precedent, the NLRB recently ruled that a “dues check-off” provision in a union contract continues to require an employer to deduct union dues from employees’ paychecks even after the union contract expires. This ruling shows the Board’s continuing path of “pro-union”… Continue Reading

Check Your Enforcement of Your “No Solicitation and No Distribution” Rule

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In a recent decision involving The Boeing Company1, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Boeing violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when the Human Resources manager at its North Charleston, South Carolina plant, told an employee that he could not “talk about or solicit” for the… Continue Reading

Does Your “Courtesy” Policy Violate the NLRA?

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, “the Board”) is at it again. In a recent ruling, the Board found an employer’s routine “courtesy” policy violated its employees’ Section 7 rights. Time will tell whether a federal court will agree with the Board and enforce its decision, but employers should take note of the current regulatory… Continue Reading

Board Launches New Webpage Discussing Employee Rights

Posted in Labor Board Proceedings and Practice, Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

On June 18, the Labor Board (“Board”) announced the creation of a new webpage describing the rights of employees to act together for their “mutual aid and protection, even if they are not in a union.” Many employers may see this as the latest example of “we’re from the government and we’re here to help… Continue Reading

Federal Court Halts Board’s Changes in Election Rules

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The National Labor Relations Board’s recent attempt to change its union election rules has been halted by a federal district court in Washington, D.C. The Court ruled that the attempted changes were not valid because the vote to approve the rules occurred when the Board did not have a quorum (Chamber of Commerce v. NLRB,… Continue Reading

Demanding Social Media Site Passwords Now Illegal in Maryland

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Social media continues to gain attention in the employment law field.  From recent NLRB advice memoranda to Congress considering new legislation, to every employer now being advised to at least have a “policy” on social media, the news keeps pouring in. (Read this article by Eric Yaverbaum on The Washington Post blog, or this one… Continue Reading

Labor Board Rules that Arbitration Agreements Forbidding Class Arbitration is Unlawful

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As a matter of federal law, employers can require employees to agree to arbitrate any employment dispute.  But, can that arbitration agreement force an employee to arbitrate only individual claims, not class (or collective) claims?  Recently, the National Labor Relations Board said NO.  Click here for the Board’s ruling. This ruling appears at odds with… Continue Reading

NLRB postpones effective date for Notice-Posting Rule

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The NLRB has postponed by three months the effective date for its notice-posting rule at the request of a federal court overseeing a legal challenge to the regulation from business groups.  The new effective date is April 30, 2012. The rule requires businesses to post notices apprising workers of their right to unionize.   Click here for… Continue Reading