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08 Dec 2011 Boeing, Co. machinists ratify four-year contract

Boeing Co. machinists ratified a landmark four-year contract on Wednesday.  The contract, ratified by 74 percent of those casting ballots, places production of the 737 MAX in Renton, Wash. It also continues fabrication work for the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX in other Puget Sound facilities and Portland, Oregon.   The deal will likely end the contentious dispute between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Boeing over the company’s decision to relocate its production of…

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08 Dec 2011 UAW targets Nissan for Organizing Effort

The Detroit News is reporting that the UAW has settled on Nissan as its target in the union’s announced goal of organizing at least one foreign-owned auto manufacturer.  The complete story is here. The UAW has attempted at least twice before but failed to unionize workers at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee plant. AP is also reporting that Nissan is the pick. John KoenigJohn T.L. Koenig is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Barnes & Thornburg…

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06 Dec 2011 Did NLRB Member Brian Hayes get pressured to resign?

There are reports that David Berry, the NLRB inspector general, has “confirmed that his office is aware of allegations concerning possible enticements” offered to Hayes to resign. In October, Hayes reportedly told NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce that he might resign, leaving the Board without a quorum to act. The resignation was reportedly an effort to derail efforts by the Board’s two Democrats to enact regulations aimed at speeding up union elections. The Bloomberg BusinessWeek report…

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05 Dec 2011 Update on Social Media issues with the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued an Advice Memorandum which provides additional guidance for employers faced with disciplining an employee for his or her social networking activity. Our recent Alert on this issue can be found here.   The Board addressed a case where an employee’s supervisor invited him to join LinkedIn®. The invitation identified the employer and asked the employee for his job title. Thinking only his supervisor would see, the employee…

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01 Dec 2011 Boeing and the Union Reach a Tentative Agreement to End Contentious Battle Over Cross-Country Relocation

The controversial battle between Boeing and the machinists union that has grabbed national attention appears to be coming to an end. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers announced that the parties have agreed to a contract extension (subject to ratification) which would resolve the pending NLRB suit. The tentative deal will extend the collective bargaining agreement by four years which will ensure that Boeing’s operations remain in Washington state.     This battle began in 2009…

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30 Nov 2011 An active day at the NLRB

A quick update at the end of an active day for NLRB news –   At its meeting this afternoon, the Board voted to approve Chairman Pearce’s resolution which moves forward the preparation of a final rule on some of the Board’s proposed rules related to the timing and procedure of representation elections. The vote was 2-1, with Member Hayes voting against. (Hayes also acknowledged the speculation over his resignation and said that he ultimately…

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29 Nov 2011 NLRB releases update on “quickie election” vote scheduled tomorrow

As mentioned in our post earlier today, the National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a vote tomorrow afternoon on some of its “quickie election” rules proposed earlier this year.  The Board has just released an update on tomorrow’s vote with the full text of the resolution to be voted upon. Apparently, at tomorrow’s meeting the discussion is to focus on the process for the final regulation, which will then be voted on sometime before Member…

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29 Nov 2011 Strategic resignation by Member Hayes may derail scheduled Board vote on “quickie election” rules

One of the Board’s more controversial moves this year was the proposal of new rules to expedite the representation election process, allowing so-called “quickie elections.” After a two-day hearing in July and more than 65,000 written comments received, the Board has scheduled a vote tomorrow on whether to adopt new rules.   It’s not exactly clear, however, just which proposed rules the Board intends to vote on. The Board’s press release says that the November 30…

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28 Nov 2011 Welcome to the Barnes and Thornburg Labor Relations weblog

Welcome to our blog!    Managed by experienced labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, the BT Labor Relations blog aims to be a source for news, analysis, and commentary on traditional labor legal issues. With contributors from Barnes and Thornburg’s offices around the country, we provide a national perspective on labor law issues affecting employers across all industries. While we intend to focus on the National Labor Relations Board and the private sector,…

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