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13 Aug 2013 4th Circuit Again Tells NLRB To Pound Sand Over Board’s Direction That Employers Hang Paper

On Aug. 12, 2013, in a one sentence Order, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request for rehearing by the NLRB in the case that invalidated the Board’s attempt to require employers to post a Notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. More controversially, the Board’s rule would have also made failure to post the Notice a separate violation of federal labor law, evidence of anti-union animus and would…

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09 Aug 2013 Another Union Attempt to Circumvent Michigan’s Right to Work Law: Controversies in Michigan Continue

Following passage of Michigan’s Right to Work law last December, many unions rushed to secure contract extensions prior to the law’s March 2013 effective date to delay the law’s effect for their bargaining units. In some cases, 10 year extensions were approved.  Supporters of the law have decried these efforts to circumvent the law and at least one lawsuit has been filed. Now, the NLRB has gotten involved. A case pending before the NLRB in Detroit alleges that employees…

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08 Aug 2013 Right To Work Efforts: Has the Momentum Stalled?

As we previously reported, following the successful passage of Right to Work legislation in Indiana and then Michigan, there was interest in how much momentum the movement for similar legislation in the states has.  This was particularly true after Michigan, the home and traditional bastion of organized labor, became a right to work state. It appears, however, that such efforts have petered out. Recently, the Missouri legislature passed a version of right to work legislation dubbed “paycheck protection”…

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07 Aug 2013 A Weekly Summary of NLRB Decisions for July 29, 2013 – Aug. 2, 2013

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has updated their website with a summary of decisions for the week of July 29, 2013 – Aug. 2, 2013. The summary of NLRB decisions can be accessed by visiting the NLRB’s website here, or by clicking on the link below. National Labor Relations Board: Summary of Decisions – July 29, 2013 – Aug. 2, 2013 Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand…

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05 Aug 2013 Can We Have Your Attention, Please? The 2013 ABA Journal Blawg 100 List

You’ll have to excuse us as we go a bit off script for a moment.  Once a year, the ABA Journal publishes a list of the 100 best legal blogs. This year, the call for nominations is due no later than Aug. 9, 2013. We aren’t one to brag, but think we’ve carved a nice little niche in the labor blog world and wouldn’t argue with the editors of the ABA Journal if BT Labor Relations made…

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05 Aug 2013 It’s Official: Top Union Lawyer To Be NLRB General Counsel

And you thought Lafe Solomon was anti-employer? Buckle your seat belts folks because the employer community is in for a rough ride. The White House has confirmed Board member Richard Griffin has been nominated to be the new General Counsel for the NLRB.  Before joining the Board as a “recess” appointee, Griffin served as General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers. Griffin has served on the board of directors for the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee…

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30 Jul 2013 The Fix Is In – Senate Confirms NLRB Nominees

As we reported earlier, the Senate voted this afternoon on President Obama’s nominations to the National Labor Relations Board. All five nominees — Kent Hirozawa, Nancy Schiffer, Harry Johnson, Philip Miscimarra, and current Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce — were confirmed by the Senate.  This vote ends the considerable political haggling that has occurred over the President’s nominations during the last few months and sets the stage for the NLRB to operate with a full…

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30 Jul 2013 BREAKING: Senate Voting on Slate of NLRB Nominations

The U.S. Senate is currently voting on the slate of nominations that President Obama recently nominated to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). If confirmed, the NLRB will have a full compliment of five members. The vote can currently be followed online at CSPAN. We will update this post with additional information once the vote is finalized. Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes…

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30 Jul 2013 Strike One, Strike Two: The NLRB Knocks Down Another Confidentiality Policy

Employers suffered another blow late last week when an ALJ struck down Boeing’s confidentiality policy (strike one) and a revised confidentiality policy (strike two).  Boeing’s initial policy “directed” witnesses in HR investigations not to discuss the investigated matter with co-workers (limiting the discussion to investigators and union representatives). The ALJ struck down the initial policy based upon the Board’s relatively recent decision in Banner Estrella Medical Center. However, more troubling, was the ALJ striking down the company’s revised policy…

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26 Jul 2013 Obama Slides Griffin Over to Vacant GC Slot

Somewhat underreported was the nomination of disputed NLRB Member recess appointee Richard F. Griffin, Jr.  to be the NLRB’s new General Counsel.  President Obama withdrew Griffin’s nomination to be a Member of the NLRB as part of a deal with Senate Republican’s last week. If confirmed, Griffin would fill the slot currently occupied by Lafe Solomon as Acting General Counsel. Solomon was most well known for having signed off on the controversial complaint issued against Boeing for…

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