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Union Organizing in 2014

Posted in Union Organizing
By Susan Connelly of PTI Labor Research, Guest Blogger* PTI Labor Research analyzed union representation petitions that were filed within the first half of the year.   States with the most petitions filed (pdf) included:  New York, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Each of these top five states are “Non-Right to Work,” where it is legal to… Continue Reading

A Limit on Micro-Unions for Now, but Long-Term Significance of Limitation Uncertain

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
On the heels of the much anticipated decision involving the Macy’s department store chain, discussed on this blog last week, the NLRB on Monday released its opinion in a similar case involving Neiman Marcus. Unlike the outcome in  the Macy’s case, however, the NLRB found the bargaining unit that the union sought to represent was not… Continue Reading

UAW Withdraws Objections to Volkswagen Election

Posted in Union Organizing
By Al Kinzer Just before the NLRB hearing about the UAW objections to the VW election was to start, the UAW withdrew its objections to its 712-626 defeat in the February 2014 election. Thus, the UAW ended its legal battle to overturn the election results.   The UAW stated that pursing its objections would take months… Continue Reading

NLRB Regional Director Holds Northwestern University Football Players Are Employees, And Can Unionize

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
By: Nelson D. Cary, Michael J. Shoenfelt Yesterday, the NLRB’s regional director for Region 13(Chicago), Peter Ohr, issued a 24-page ruling in which he held that college football players at Northwestern University were employees entitled to the right to organize.  Ohr reasoned that the players met the standard for an employee under the NLRA and… Continue Reading

UAW Files Objections to VW Vote

Posted in Union Organizing
By Al Kinzer Seeking to set aside its loss, the UAW filed formal objections to the VW election with the NLRB. The UAW alleges interference with the NLRB election process by third parties. The UAW requests that the NLRB set aside its 712-626 loss in the February 14 election and conduct another secret-ballot election. The UAW has until… Continue Reading

VW Workers Reject the UAW

Posted in Union Organizing
By Al Kinzer By a vote of 712 to 626, the VW workers in Chattanooga rejected UAW representation. The defeat leaves the UAW in a precarious state. The UAW was hoping to use a victory at VW as momentum for its campaigns at Nissan in Canton, Mississippi, and at Mercedes Benz in Vance, Alabama. Instead, the UAW finds… Continue Reading

VW’s Agreement for a UAW Election

Posted in Union Organizing
By Al Kinzer Voting begins at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, and the polls close at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14. By 11:00 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Chattanooga will know whether the UAW has been certified as the exclusive union representing the Volkswagen workers at its Chattanooga plant. VW has done a lot for… Continue Reading

Court of Appeals “Baffled” By NLRB’s Finding Of Unlawful Union Remark by Employer’s President

Posted in Union Organizing
By Nelson Cary and Ashley Manfull Recently, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals reigned in a union-friendly NLRB decision involving comments made during a union organizing drive. In Flagstaff Medical Center, Inc., the NLRB held, among other things, that Flagstaff’s President violated the NLRA during a meeting with food services employees during a union… Continue Reading

UPDATE: NLRB Delays Notice Posting Compliance Deadline

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
The NLRB announced today a delay in the effective date of its recently published final rule requiring the posting of a notice of employee rights under the NLRA.  Employers subject to the NLRB’s jurisdiction are now expected to have the notice posted by January 31, 2012.  The rule was previously set to take effect on November 14, 2011.  According to… Continue Reading

Employees Organized by Card Check Recognition Must Wait 6-12 Months to Decertify; 45 Day Window Period Overruled

Posted in NLRB
By Nelson Cary and Brad Gibson With the current NLRB, it is good to be a labor union around Labor Day.  Last year, the NLRB handed out an expanded right to engage in "bannering" without running afoul of the NLRA.  This year, the NLRB relieved unions, and the employers who voluntarily recognize them, of the possibility… Continue Reading

NLRB Overrules 20-Year-Old Standard for Bargaining Units in Non-Acute Health Care Facilities

Posted in NLRB
By Nelson Cary and Micah Dawson After identifying issues neither the union nor the employer raised, and inviting interested parties to submit briefs on those issues, the NLRB has issued a union-friendly decision.  In the process, the NLRB has reversed a 20-year-old precedent for bargaining unit determinations in nursing homes, rehab facilities, and other non-acute health… Continue Reading

NLRB Final Rule Requires Employers to Post Notice of NLRA Rights

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
Today, the NRLB officially published a Final Rule that requires private-sector employers, both union and non-union, to post a notice in their workplaces notifying employees of their rights under the NLRA. Pursuant to the new rule, employers subject to the NLRA must “post notices to employees, in conspicuous places, informing them of their NLRA rights, together… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Department of Labor’s LMRDA Proposal has Broad Implications for HR Departments and In-House Counsel

Posted in Union Organizing
By Allen Kinzer and Nelson Cary Recently, we alerted you to the U.S. Department of Labor’s effort to change the reporting requirements for businesses who engage external advisors in connection with union organizing issues. As we continue to review these proposed regulations, their scope becomes even more problematic for employers.  For example, suppose you are a… Continue Reading

NLRB Expands Handbilling Rights on Private Property

Posted in NLRB
In New York New York Hotel & Casino, 356 N.L.R.B. No. 119 (2011), the Board expanded the right to handbill on private property.  The party accused of wrongdoing in this case was a casino.  Completely within the casino’s property, a different employer, pursuant to a subcontract with the casino, operated a restaurant.  The restaurant’s employees… Continue Reading

NLRB Threatens States with Lawsuit on Secret Ballot Amendments

Posted in EFCA, NLRB
Previously, Vorys on Labor reported on several state ballot initiatives that advanced amendments to state constitutions.  The amendments purported to protect the right to a secret ballot in any election, including a labor election.  These amendments passed by substantial margins in Utah, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Arizona — everywhere they were on the ballot. As the… Continue Reading

UAW Principles for a “Fair” Union Election

Posted in Union Organizing
With card check recognition all but dead, the UAW is trying to take matters into its own hands in re-writing rules for union elections. A couple of months ago, UAW President Bob King stated the following during an auto industry speech about the “Free Choice Act” and his notions for principles for fair union elections: While… Continue Reading

“Harassment” and Union Organizing Activity

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
During union organizing campaigns, employers are often confronted with complaints from employees that employee organizers are "harassing" them about signing union authorization cards.  Sensitized through years of training on laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment, an employer’s first instinct is often to view such complaints under its harassment policy.  Employers sometimes also encourage employees to report "harassment"… Continue Reading

NLRB Acting General Counsel Announces New 10(j) Injuction Procedures

Posted in EFCA, NLRB, Union Organizing
NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon announced yesterday that the Office of the General Counsel (which acts as the "prosecutor" in unfair labor practice cases) is implementing a program to streamline the handling of Section 10(j) cases that involve employee discharges during union organizing campaigns. Section 10(j) authorizes the NLRB to seek an injunction from a… Continue Reading

NMB Rule Change Survives Congressional Challenge

Posted in Legislation, NMB
As readers of this blog know, earlier this year the National Mediation Board, the agency responsible for enforcing federal labor laws in the railroad and airline industry, changed its union election rules.  Under the old rule, a majority of all employees the union sought to represent was required for the union to win.  Under the new… Continue Reading