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10 Mar 2017 Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Test Argued Before D.C. Circuit

  Oral argument was heard on Thursday, March 9 before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Browning-Ferris’ continued effort to overturn the NLRB’s new Joint Employer test.   According to published reports, the tone of the questioning from the three-judge panel should give some hope to employers rooting for a reversal of the Board’s broad new test.  Judge Patricia Millett, according to the National Law Journal, “dominated most the argument time of both sides.”…

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07 Mar 2017 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of Feb. 21 – 24

The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of Feb. 21-24 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   HealthBridge Management, LLC; 107 Osborne Street Operating Company II, LLC d/b/a Danbury HCC; 710 Long Ridge Road Operating Company II, LLC d/b/a Long Ridge of Stamford; 240 Church Street Operating Company II, LLC d/b/a Newington Health Care Center; 1 Burr Road Operating Company II, LLC d/b/a Westport Health Care Center; 245 Orange Avenue Operating Company II,…

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02 Mar 2017 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of Feb. 13 – 17

  The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of Feb. 13-17 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 4, affiliated with United Food and Commercial Workers Union (Safeway, Inc.)  (19-CB-009660; 365 NLRB No. 32)  Two Butte, MT, February 13, 2017.   The Board denied the Respondent Union’s motion for reconsideration in part and granted it in part.  In the underlying decision, the Board had found that the…

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24 Feb 2017 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of Feb. 6 – 10

  The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of Feb. 6-10 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   Trans-Ed, Inc.  (22-CA-170891; 365 NLRB No. 25)  Patterson, NJ, February 6, 2017.   The Board affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s conclusion that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(3) and (1) when it discharged an employee for engaging in protected activity.   Charge filed by an individual.  Administrative Law Judge Raymond P. Green issued his decision on September…

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21 Feb 2017 UAW Announces ‘Buy Union American-Made’ Ad Campaign

  Looking to piggyback off the “keep jobs in America” theme touted by President Trump, the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union announced an ad campaign that urges people to buy union- and American-made cars.  UAW President Dennis Williams said the campaign could be similar to the “Look for the Union Label” jingle in in the 1970s in support of the now-defunct International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. “If it’s not built in the United States, then don’t…

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20 Feb 2017 Michigan Law Banning Automatic Payroll Deductions for Political Contributions Upheld

  The Michigan Campaign Finance Act will live on following a federal appellate court’s decision to uphold the law. By way of background, the Michigan Campaign Finance Act generally prohibits corporations and unions from contributing directly via automatic payroll deduction to political candidates, but allows contributions to political action committees (PAC). The Act was amended in 2015 to also prohibit automatic payroll deduction programs for PAC or campaign contributions, with limited exceptions.   The Michigan…

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17 Feb 2017 Right-To-Work On A Roll – Is the Granite State Next?

  As we previously reported, Missouri became the 28th state to adopt right-to-work legislation, which allows employees to opt out of paying dues to a union representing them. No. 29 and the first Northeast state might be on the horizon.   Legislation is pending in New Hampshire, where Gov. Chris Sununu has indicated a willingness to sign a right-to-work bill. The New Hampshire Senate has already passed the measure and the House is now considering…

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15 Feb 2017 ‘Show Your Face’ – IBEW Restrictions On Union Resignation and Dues Checkoff In Right-to-Work States Found Unlawful

  In Local 58, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 365 NLRB No. 30 (February 10, 2017), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) struck down IBEW’s requirements that members “appear in person,” show “picture identification,” or “make other arrangements” to verify their identify before being able to resign from the union and revoke prior dues checkoff authorizations. This case is particularly significant for employees in right-to-work states, who as a matter of law cannot be…

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10 Feb 2017 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of Jan. 23-27

  The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of Jan. 23-27 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   CPL (Linwood) LLC d/b/a Linwood Care Center and its Successor, 201 New Road Operations, LLC d/b/a Linwood Care Center  (04-RM-145463; 365 NLRB No. 8)  Linwood, NJ, January 23, 2017.  (Correction issued January 27, 2017)   The Board granted the Employer’s motion for reconsideration of the Board’s Order denying its request for review of the Regional…

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09 Feb 2017 Missouri Adopts Right-to-Work, Are the Feds Next?

  This week, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law Missouri’s new Right-to-Work Act. At roughly the same time, Republican Reps. Steve King of Iowa and Joe Wilson of South Carolina introduced the national Right-to-Work Act that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to remove language allowing unions to require membership as a condition of employment.   Republicans, including King and Wilson in 2015, have tried to push a…

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