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16 Oct NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, OCTOBER 6 – 10, 2014

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of October 6-10, 2014, is now available on the NLRB’s website. Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes his practice exclusively to labor and employment law. He is a practitioner and counselor to his clients on labor matters including collective bargaining, union organizing, NLRB unfair labor practice charge defense, and labor strategies for mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.More…

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14 Oct UAW Charged with Coercion in Refusing to Allow Member to Resign

Reuters is reporting that a Michigan truck driver has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the UAW after refusing to allow the driver to exercise her right to quit the union and stop paying dues. Even though Michigan is now a right to work state (see our previous coverage), the union refused the driver’s request to quit the union.   The driver sent a letter to officials at the UAW local in Dearborn, Michigan,…

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10 Oct NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, SEPTEMBER 29 – October 3, 2014

  The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of September 29 – October 3, 2014, is now available on the NLRB’s website. Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes his practice exclusively to labor and employment law. He is a practitioner and counselor to his clients on labor matters including collective bargaining, union organizing, NLRB unfair labor practice charge defense, and labor strategies for…

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07 Oct Purple Haze – NLRB Delays Decision On Employee Use of Company Email Systems

  Employers will have to wait a while longer to see if the NLRB will overturn its existing precedent allowing employers to bar employees from using the company email system for non-job-related solicitations. Such a prohibition is critical in the context of a union organizing campaign and the Board has followed this rule since its Register Guard decision in 2007.   In the recent Purple Communications, Inc. case, the ALJ relied on Register Guard and dismissed…

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07 Oct NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, SEPTEMBER 22-26, 2014

  The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of September 22-26, 2014, is now available on the NLRB’s website. Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes his practice exclusively to labor and employment law. He is a practitioner and counselor to his clients on labor matters including collective bargaining, union organizing, NLRB unfair labor practice charge defense, and labor strategies for mergers, acquisitions and…

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06 Oct Another One Bites the Dust: NLRB Now Rules Certain “No-Disruption Rules” Are Unlawful

  We’ve all seen the immense scrutiny coming down on employer personnel policies by the NLRB in recent years, and a new “no-no” as far as the Board is concerned can be added to the list: “no workplace disruption policies.” In Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 43 (2014), the NLRB took a look at a hearing impaired communication services company that maintained a rule that prohibited employees from “Causing, creating, or participating in a…

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30 Sep Michigan Court of Appeals Dismisses Home Care Workers Lawsuit Against SEIU as Moot After SEIU Voluntarily Pays Back Union Dues

  Although the law on unionization of Michigan home health care workers changed more than two years ago, the repercussions of SEIU’s representation of these workers continue.  Earlier this month, the Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed by home-based caregivers seeking return of the union dues paid to SEIU.  The Court of Appeals found that the lawsuit was moot, because SEIU had voluntarily paid back the dues amounts to the…

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24 Sep NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, SEPTEMBER 15-19, 2014

  The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of September 15-19, 2014, is now available on the NLRB’s website. Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes his practice exclusively to labor and employment law. He is a practitioner and counselor to his clients on labor matters including collective bargaining, union organizing, NLRB unfair labor practice charge defense, and labor strategies for mergers, acquisitions and…

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22 Sep NLRB Says There is Such Thing as a Free Lunch

  This week, the National Labor Relations Board (the NLRB) attempted to disprove the old addage that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. In Gates & Sons Barbeque of Missouri, Inc., decided on September 16, 2014, the three-member panel of the NLRB unanimously affirmed most of the decision reached by an administrative law judge (the ALJ) that a Kansas City barbecue restaurant chain violated employee rights by taking away the meal benefits previously…

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19 Sep NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, SEPTEMBER 8-12, 2014

  The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of September 8-12, 2014, is now available on the NLRB’s website.   Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes his practice exclusively to labor and employment law. He is a practitioner and counselor to his clients on labor matters including collective bargaining, union organizing, NLRB unfair labor practice charge defense, and labor strategies for mergers, acquisitions…

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