As readers of this blog know, the National Labor Relations Board’s Acting General Counsel has had employer social media policies in his proverbial crosshairs for the past 18 months. Over that time period, the Acting General Counsel issued three Reports outlining his views on the legality of employer social media policies, generally finding them to be unlawful when the policy used generalized language to prohibit employees from making critical...read more
So, school is out for children in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) - the nation’s third largest school district - and it looks like it will be for the foreseeable future. The Chicago Teachers Union continues to strike and has stated that, despite the offer of a huge 16% pay increase over four years, the parties are far apart in reaching a contract. It has been 25 years since there was a teacher strike in Chicago. Even more interesting, the union...read more
Kollman & Saucier
Many employers tell employees who participate in investigations into workplace misconduct that they cannot discuss the investigation with co-workers while the investigation is ongoing. The rationale behind such rules is that it protects the integrity of the investigation and prevents witness collusion. Unfortunately, a recent decision from the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) held that such a rule violates the National Labor Relations Act...read more
By Darrell R. VanDeusen In 1980, the Supreme Court held that faculty members at private universities typically cannot organize and form a union under the National Labor Relations Act. NLRB v. Yeshiva University,444 U.S. 672 (1980). Whether this is the view of the Obama NLRB will be vetted in the coming months as interested parties have filed amicus briefs with the Board in Point Park Univ., No. 6-RC-12276, a representation case challenging...read more
By Peter S. Saucier General Motors operated a plant in Moraine, Ohio, where it inherited the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) as part of a conversion from a Frigidaire plant to a truck manufacturer in 1981. Through the automobile crisis of 2007-08, the IUE worked with GM and cooperated with every plan, well before the United Auto Workers (UAW) ever did. Still, the Moraine plant suspended operations. As GM used tax recovery money to...read more
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