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Big News on the Persuader Rule: Agreement Prior to July 1 Could Limit Future Reporting Obligation

Posted in Rulemaking, Union Organizing
The DOL has recently interpreted its new Persuader Rule to exclude an agreement or arrangement signed before July 1, 2016, even if the services and payments occur after July 1.  In an email exchange between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the DOL, the DOL said:  “Services and payments made pursuant to a multi-year agreement,… Continue Reading

Parties Attempt to Persuade Courts on Legality of New Persuader Rule as July 1st Application Date Approaches

Posted in Courts, Rulemaking, Union Organizing
Challenges to the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new persuader rule have reached a critical stage.  Parties opposing the rule, including industry associations and law firms, have asked courts in three separate lawsuits to stop the DOL from enforcing the rule while the courts determine whether the rule is invalid.  Several states, as well as the… Continue Reading

VW to Continue Micro-Unit Fight with UAW

Posted in Union Organizing, Unions
The NRLB recently gave the UAW an expected victory. As readers of this blog will recall, the UAW is seeking to represent about 165 skilled maintenance workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga. VW contended that the UAW should not be permitted to represent a micro-unit of 165 skilled maintenance workers in a manufacturing facility… Continue Reading

Amid Legal and Political Challenges, DOL Issues Enforcement Policy for Its New Persuader Rule

Posted in Rulemaking, Union Organizing
On March 24, 2016, the Department of Labor issued its long-anticipated final rule regarding the advice exemption to the persuader rule in the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (“LMRDA”). The new rule changes the test that has been in place for more than 50 years and significantly expands the types of activities and information that… Continue Reading

The Persuader Rule has Arrived: A Must-Read for Employers

Posted in Rulemaking, Union Organizing
The DOL issued its new persuader rule today. The final rule is largely unchanged from the proposed rule that was originally published in 2011. As expected, the DOL’s new interpretation departs from decades of precedent to expand the definition of “persuader” activities while limiting the definition of “advice” activities. As a result of this new… Continue Reading

Final Persuader Rule Sent to OMB

Posted in Rulemaking, Union Organizing
Politico reported earlier today that the DOL sent its persuader rule, covered in numerous posts on this blog, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  I did some digging on the OMB’s website, and sure enough, the rule is now in its hands to conduct a regulatory review. The DOL had previously announced its intent… 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

Court Determines that Employer’s “Out of the Ordinary” Communication was Lawful

Posted in Management, Union Organizing
A federal appellate court recently reigned-in the NLRB’s attempt to limit an employer’s response to union activity.  The case, Intertape Polymer Corp., previously covered on this blog, arose in the context of a union organizing drive.  As discussed in our prior post, the NLRB decided that the employer engaged in unlawful employee surveillance, confiscation of… 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

It’s All About Control: NLRB Expands Key Joint Employer Rule

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
The NLRB dealt a blow to employers yesterday, releasing its long-awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries. In a 3-2 decision (pdf), the NLRB rolled back nearly thirty years of case law to “restate” its joint employer standard.  The result:  a far more expansive test that is centered firmly on the question of control — even indirect or… Continue Reading

Northwestern Football Players Lose Effort to Unionize: NLRB Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
Earlier today, the long-running saga of whether NCAA Division I football players are employees under the NLRA came to an end — at least temporarily.  The NLRB unanimously declined to exercise jurisdiction over Northwestern University’s scholarship football players and dismissed the union election petition. In January 2014, Northwestern University’s scholarship football players filed a petition… 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

Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Worse, it Does: NLRB Protects Facebook Attack on Supervisor

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB, Union Organizing
Consider this employee’s Facebook post: Bob is such a NASTY MOTHERF___ER don’t know how to talk to people!!!!!!  F__k his mother and his entire f__king family!!!!  What a LOSER!!!!  Vote YES for the UNION!!!!!!! In this case, “Bob” was the employee’s supervisor.  The employee (a banquet server) published the post at least 5-10 minutes after… Continue Reading

Obama Vetoes Legislation on Ambush Election Rule

Posted in Rulemaking, Union Organizing
As forecast two weeks ago on this blog, President Obama yesterday vetoed the Congressional Review Act resolution that would have prevented the NLRB from proceeding with the implementation of its ambush/quickie election rules adopted earlier this year.  In his “memorandum of disapproval,” the President referred to the rules as “common-sense, modest” changes.  He also noted that employees… Continue Reading