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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

Protecting the Employer’s Brand During a Labor Dispute

Posted in Union Organizing
The NLRB makes it hard to protect a company’s investment, which can be substantial, in its brand. A recent decision demonstrates the perils that employers can encounter for their brand during a labor dispute. The case involved the national sandwich franchise, Jimmy John’s, and one of its franchisees in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The franchisee’s workers began… Continue Reading

Confiscating Union Literature and Engaging in Surveillance of Union Activities Invalidates Election

Posted in Union Organizing
By Nelson Cary and Christina Otero* The United Steelworkers union lost an election at a tape manufacturing facility, with 97 votes for and 142 votes against the union. During the campaign, however, the employer confiscated union literature from the employees’ break room and engaged in surveillance of employees’ union activities. For these transgressions, a majority… Continue Reading