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Disputes Between Volkswagen and UAW Continue

Posted in Elections, Union Organizing, Unions
Earlier this month, Volkswagen appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., in an effort to overturn the NLRB’s decision upholding the UAW’s election win to represent about 165 skilled maintenance workers within VW’s Chattanooga plant. VW contends that the UAW should not be permitted to represent a small segment of the production… Continue Reading

NLRB Decision Provides Example of New Joint Employer Standard in Action

Posted in Elections, Union Organizing
Last week, the NLRB released an opinion finding joint employment status under the standard it retooled in the Browning-Ferris Industries (“BFI”) case in 2015.  At issue was a petition from the Laborer’s Union to hold an election to form a bargaining unit covering asbestos removal workers.  The Union argued that these workers were jointly employed… Continue Reading

UAW Wins VW Election of Skilled Maintenance Workers

Posted in Elections, Union Organizing, Unions
The UAW won the election to represent 165 skilled maintenance workers at VW’s Chattanooga facility.  There were 108 “yes” votes in favor of UAW representation and 44 “no” votes against the UAW. VW appealed the NRLB Regional Director’s decision approving an election for a micro-unit of skilled maintenance workers.  Now, VW must decide whether to… Continue Reading

Electronic Signatures for Union Authorization Cards Get a Green Light

Posted in Elections, Union Organizing
The last several years have seen significant decisions benefiting unions announced around Labor Day.  This year was no different.  There was the more easily satisfied joint employer test and a decision allowing dues checkoff provisions in a union contract to survive the expiration of that contract.  (More on that development coming soon!) Add to these a new guidance memorandum (pdf) from… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Business Groups Appeal Loss on Election Rule

Posted in Courts, Elections, Union Organizing
Updating our post from yesterday, the Texas business groups who lost their challenge to the NLRB’s “ambush” election rule wasted no time filing a Notice of Appeal (pdf) of that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  While it is certainly possible that the appeals court could reverse the decision, any… Continue Reading

More Election Petitions, Quicker Votes: Data About the Early Impact of the NLRB’s New Election Rule

Posted in Elections, NLRB, Union Organizing
On the heels of the Texas court’s ruling earlier this week, and with more than a month of experience with the NLRB’s new election rule behind us, I thought it would be interesting to find out what the data actually shows is happening under the new rule.  So, yesterday I turned to Susan Connelly of… Continue Reading

General Counsel Responds to Labor Practitioners’ Questions

Posted in Elections, NLRB, Union Negotiations
Earlier this year, the NLRB’s GC, who is responsible for enforcing the NLRA, continued his annual practice of attending the Mid-Winter Meeting of the Practice and Procedure Committee of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section.  The GC answered questions the committee had collected from labor law practitioners around the country. A few weeks ago,… Continue Reading

NLRB Continues Preparations for Implementing Ambush Election Rule

Posted in Elections, NLRB, Rulemaking
Earlier this week, Region 8 of the NLRB held a training session in Cleveland, Ohio, on the upcoming changes to the procedures for representation cases that will go into effect on April 14, 2015.  This training session was one of more than 35 sessions the NLRB is hosting for practitioners across the country.  Additionally, NLRB… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Challenges Mount, But Obama Administration Stands Firm on Quickie Election Rule

Posted in Elections, NLRB, Union Organizing
Regular readers of this blog are already aware of the uproar over the NLRB’s release of its “quickie” or “ambush” union election rule and the litigation it has spawned in both D.C. and Texas federal courts.  The rule will bring a major overhaul to the manner and timeframe in which union elections are held. As litigation has… Continue Reading