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NLRB Union Protests Board Chair and GC

The National Labor Relations Board, we are told, is supposed to be the neutral government agency that addresses workplace issues between unions and employers.   And I saw a pink unicorn on the way to work this morning.   It is not unusual to hear employers sometimes suggest they are skeptical of the Board’s supposed “neutral” stance.  […]

Court Permanently Enjoins DOL Persuader Rule

As we have previously reported,  in March 2016, the United States Department of Labor modified its 54 year old “Persuader Rule,” which applies to communication with employees regarding union activity. The proposed revisions significantly  restrict employer rights to be advised on how and what information can be disseminated to employees by providing burdensome reporting requirements on both […]

The Final Persuader Rule Is Here, For Now.

On March 23, 2016, the Department of Labor revealed its long-time coming final rule that requires certain disclosures now be made for outside labor relations consultants who assist employers during union organizing activity or collective bargaining, and which are no longer protected under the “advice” exemption under the disclosure obligations.  The reporting requirements under Labor-Management […]

Whole Foods Stores Are For Shopping And Secretly Recording, Says The NLRB

On December 24, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) invalidated two employee handbook policies that prohibited employees from recording conversations, phone calls, images or meetings in the workplace. In Whole Foods Market, Inc. and United Food and Commercial Workers, et al., 363 NLRB No. 87 (2015), the NLRB found that requiring employees to obtain […]

NLRB Notice Rule Struck Down

On May, 7, 2013,  the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held  that the National Labor Relations Board lacked the authority to issue a  2011 rule which would have required all employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) to  post a workplace notice to employees.  The decision, National Association of […]

International USW Ousts Local 9477’s Officials and Seizes Assets

In a decidedly un-brotherly move, the President of the United Steelworkers International has placed Local 9477, the local union hall representing the steelworkers in Sparrows Point and the surrounding businesses, under an “administratorship,” Baltimore Brew reported yesterday.  According to the report, Local 9477’s officers have resigned or been suspended and last Thursday, Joe Rosel, Jr., […]