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29 Apr 2016 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of April 11 – 15, 2016

The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of April 11 – 15 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   William Beaumont Hospital  (07-CA-093885; 363 NLRB No. 162)  Royal Oak, MI, April 13, 2016.   A Board panel unanimously found that the Respondent lawfully maintained work rules that, among other things, prohibited employees from:  making willful and intentional threats and engaging in intimidation, harassment, humiliation, or coercion of employees, physicians, patients, or visitors; using…

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27 Apr 2016 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of April 4 – 8, 2016

The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of April 4 – 8 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   Premier Utility Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of USIC Locating Services, LLC  (29-RC-159452 and 29-RC-159545; 363 NLRB No. 159)  Hauppauge, NY, April 5, 2016.   A Board panel majority consisting of Chairman Pearce and Member Hirozawa denied the Employer’s Request for Review of the Regional Director’s Supplemental Decision on Challenges and Objections and…

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21 Apr 2016 Ties Go to the Runner and the NLRB

There’s an oft-cited but unwritten rule in baseball that all ties go to the runner. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this week applied that same concept in upholding a decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finding that musicians for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania were employees of the Orchestra and not independent contractors.   In Lancaster Symphony Orchestra v. NLRB, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals examined an NLRB decision from…

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20 Apr 2016 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of March 28 – April 1, 2016

The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of March 28 – April 1 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   VHS of Michigan, Inc. d/b/a Detroit Medical Center  (07-CA-162818; 363 NLRB No. 155)  Detroit, MI, March 29, 2016.   The Board granted the General Counsel’s motion for summary judgment in this test-of-certification case on the ground that the Respondent failed to raise any issues that either were not, or could not have been,…

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18 Apr 2016 GOP Moves to Block New Persuader Rule

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) has introduced a resolution (H.J. Res. 87) to block the implementation of the Department of Labor’s new “Persuader” Rule. The resolution is made pursuant to the Congressional Review Act and seeks to block the rule which is scheduled to go into effect on April 25.   Critics of the new rule argue that the regulation will make it harder for employers to communicate with employees and undermine the right of workers…

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14 Apr 2016 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of March 21-25, 2016

The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of March 21-25 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   D2 Abatement, Inc. and Premier Environmental Solutions LLC, Alter Egos  (07-CA-133250; 363 NLRB No. 153)  Dearborn, MI, March 22, 2016.   The Board denied the General Counsel’s motion for partial default judgment and remanded the proceeding to the Regional Director for further appropriate action.  The complaint alleges that Respondents D2 Abatement, Inc. (Respondent D2) and Premier…

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13 Apr 2016 Wisconsin Right-To-Work Law Ruled Unconstitutional by State Court Judge

Another state’s right-to-work law has been challenged in court and ruled unconstitutional – at least at the initial stage in the case. As we reported last year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the “freedom-to-work” bill into law on March 9, and Wisconsin unions filed a lawsuit against the state the next day challenging its constitutionality. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel will pursue an appeal of the decision and is considering whether to appeal directly to the Wisconsin…

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07 Apr 2016 ‘Tis The Season: Unions Continue To Spend Significant Amounts Of Employees’ Dues Money On Political Causes

POLITICO ran a very interesting story this week detailing how the Communications Workers of American union (CWA) has donated more than $40 million to political campaigns since 1990. Given the CWA only gets its funds from one source – employee paychecks – that is a very sizable sum. While massive political donations by unions is “old news” in many ways, this particular article looked at a potential “conflict” issue that may arise when CWA-represented journalists…

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05 Apr 2016 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of March 7-11, 2016

The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of March 7-11 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   AdvoServ of New Jersey, Inc.  (22-CA-131230; 363 NLRB No. 143)  Hewitt, NJ, March 11, 2016.   The Board affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s finding that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(3) and (1) by discharging an employee because he engaged in union activity.  The Board also adopted the judge’s finding, pursuant to the General Counsel’s alternative allegation,…

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04 Apr 2016 NLRB Continues To Cite Its Infamous Specialty Healthcare Decision When Affirming Funky Bargaining Units

  Nearly five years ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its now infamous decision in Specialty Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, 357 NLRB 934, 940 (2011) that paved the way for a slew of “micro-units” being certified by the NLRB (despite the NLRB’s assurances back in 2011 that its holding in Specialty Healthcare would only apply to healthcare bargaining units). For those unfamiliar with micro-units, when filing an election petition with the…

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