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07 Oct 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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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15 Sep 2014 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, SEPTEMBER 2-5, 2014

  The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of September 2-5, 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,…

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09 Sep 2014 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, AUGUST 25 – 29, 2014

  The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of August 25-29, 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,…

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05 Sep 2014 IRS Turns A Blind Eye to Unions’ Political Expenditures

  The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scandal regarding the targeting of conservative political groups took another turn this week. As email traffic from the embattled Lois Lerner continues to surface, recent emails demonstrate that the IRS (and Ms. Lerner) knew of drastic discrepancies between the sums labor unions were reporting on their Department of Labor form LM-2 and the same unions Form 990 required by the IRS.   It appears Ms. Lerner turned a blind…

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04 Sep 2014 Michigan Teachers Union Suffers Right To Work Setbacks – Teachers Can Leave Unions At Anytime

  Yesterday a Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ruled that the Michigan Education Association (MEA), which includes most of Michigan’s teachers unions, cannot restrict teachers’ ability to leave the unions under Michigan’s Right to Work law. The MEA had taken the position that teachers could only resign membership from the union during a singular window during August of any given year. Assisted by the Mackinac Center, four teachers from Saginaw challenged…

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