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30 Jun 2015 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, JUNE 15 – 19, 2015

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of June 15 – 19, 2015, is now available.   Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, LLC  (15-CA-109236; 362 NLRB No. 118)  Memphis, TN, June 15, 2015 On May 2, 2013, the Board issued a Decision, Order, and Direction in a consolidated unfair labor practice and representation case, reported at 359 NLRB No. 109 (2013), adopting the administrative law judge’s decision, including his resolution of challenged ballots and ordering that certain…

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29 Jun 2015 Can Graduate Assistants Organize? Columbia University Effort Could Result in the Reversal of the Brown Decision

In 2004, the NLRB decided that graduate student teaching assistants at Brown University did not have the right to organize as a union because they had a predominantly academic, rather than employment relationship with their private university. The UAW now appears to have teed up a new case involving graduate assistants at Columbia University that could result in a reversal of the Brown holding by the NLRB.   The union has petitioned the board to…

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19 Jun 2015 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, JUNE 8 – 12, 2015

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of June 8 – 12, 2015, is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   1621 Route 22 West Operating Company, LLC d/b/a Somerset Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Center  (22-CA-029599, et al.; 362 NLRB No. 113)  West Boundbrook, NY, June 11, 2015.   Following the Supreme Court’s decision in NLRB v. Noel Canning, 134 S. Ct. 2550 (2014), the Board considered de novo the Administrative Law Judge’s decision,…

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16 Jun 2015 NLRB Reaches Agreement With The Republic Of Colombia To Educate Colombian Citizens On The NLRA

Following up on agreements the NLRB has entered into with the embassies of Mexico, the Philippines and Ecuador, the NLRB entered into an agreement with the Republic of Colombia on June 11, 2015, in which they will seek to educate Colombian workers, employers and business owners within the United States on their respective rights and obligations under the NLRA.  The goal is to reach Colombians nationwide and to develop training and opportunities to share information….

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15 Jun 2015 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, JUNE 1 – 5, 2015

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of June 1 – 5, 2015, is now available on the NLRB’s website. btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be a source for news, analysis, and commentary on traditional labor legal issues, including news related to the NLRB and a variety of state issues.More Posts – Website

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12 Jun 2015 NLRB Jurisdiction Over Indian Tribes – Uncertainty Abounds

The last two weeks have seen a number of developments related to the NLRB’s ability to claim jurisdiction over Indian tribes and their operations. What is becoming clear is that nothing is settled, and this issue is likely headed for the Supreme Court or a possible legislative “fix.”   The first development was the NLRB’s June 4 decision in Chickasaw Nation d/b/a Winstar Casino, 362 NLRB No. 109. This unfair labor practice case was filed…

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11 Jun 2015 MERC Upholds Michigan Right to Work Decision Finding Teachers Can Withdraw From Union At Any Time

Yesterday the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) unanimously upheld a ruling under Michigan’s Right to Work Law, which   Declared the Michigan Education Association’s (MEA) “August window” for withdrawal from the union illegal; and   Permitted union-represented public employees to withdraw from their unions at any time.   We reported last September on MERC Administrative Law Judge Julia Stern’s initial decision, which determined that MEA’s attempt to limit employees’ right to withdraw from the union…

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09 Jun 2015 The Aftermath of “Ambush” Elections – Union Petitions Increase, Median Time to Election Decreases During First Month of Controversial Rule

As we have previously covered, the NLRB’s controversial “ambush” or “quickie” election rules went into effect April 14 of this year after a protracted legal battle. According to the NLRB, the controversial rules were intended to “streamline and modernize the representation case process and eliminate unnecessary litigation and delay.” But for many employers, the rules seem to be an unnecessary acceleration of the election process — one that unions have embraced to their advantage.  …

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05 Jun 2015 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, MAY 26 – 29, 2015

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of May 26 – 29, 2015, is now available on the NLRB’s website. btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be a source for news, analysis, and commentary on traditional labor legal issues, including news related to the NLRB and a variety of state issues.More Posts – Website

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04 Jun 2015 WTF? NLRB’s OK with “Cut the Crap?”

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has yet again undercut employers’ efforts to limit profane and vulgar language by workers finding vulgar buttons and stickers to be protected speech under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).   In Pacific Bell Telephone Company and Nevada Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T and Communication Workers of America, Case # 20–CA–080400, the board ruled that the two companies violated the NLRA when they attempted to block workers from wearing…

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