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Category Archives: Negotiations

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Successor Must Bargain with Union Over Initial Terms and Conditions of Employment

Posted in Mergers and Acquisitions, Negotiations
Hiring the workforce or purchasing the assets of an employer with union-represented employees is a transaction with a lot of labor-related risks.  A recent decision from the NLRB provides an example of how it can go wrong for an employer that fails to plan.  In so doing, it offers a good contrast to a case discussed… Continue Reading

NLRB Says Halting Benefit Contributions is Unlawful

Posted in Negotiations, NLRB
Earlier this week I introduced a recent NLRB decision that addressed two significant issues for employers. The first issue – related to an employer access rule –was a largely illusory victory for the employer.  Today’s post focuses on the second issue, which related to the employer’s cessation of contributions to a union education fund. The… Continue Reading

Prior Planning in Acquisitions Key to Avoiding Labor-Related Surprises

Posted in Mergers and Acquisitions, Negotiations, NLRB
Acquiring the assets or hiring the workforce of an employer whose employees are unionized poses an additional layer of complexity for the purchaser. Without prior planning, the purchaser can end up losing its right to set the initial terms and conditions of employment. In a case earlier this year, the NLRB provided a good reminder… Continue Reading

Who Needs a 50-Year-Old Rule? Employers Must Now Continue Dues Deductions Even After Union Contract Expires

Posted in Management, Negotiations, Union Membership, Union Negotiations
Reversing a rule that has been in place for over 50 years, the NLRB has ruled that a “dues checkoff” provision in a union contract outlasts the termination of the contract establishing it. The 3-2 decision, which came out earlier this year, but was overshadowed by the hullabaloo over the joint employer decision, is a… Continue Reading

Contentious Negotiations Ahead for Detroit 3 and UAW

Posted in Benefits, Negotiations, Unions
Within the next two weeks, the GM, Ford, and Fiat-Chrysler will begin the serious negotiations for new collective bargaining agreements.  The ceremonial opening of these negotiations occurred last month.  The current agreements expire on September 14, and all sides face serious issues. During the 2011 negotiations, two of the three companies were being bailed out… Continue Reading