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26 May 2017 Senator Introduces Bill To Amend NLRA And Reverse Micro-Unit Trend

  It’s been a busy few weeks on the micro-unit front. As just reported on the blog, Chairman Philip Miscimarra recently signaled he would like to overturn the National Labor Relations Board’s decision in Specialty Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, 357 NLRB 934 (2011), that gave rise to a wave of micro-units in recent years. Following on the heels is news out of the Senate on May 24 that some members of Congress also…

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25 May 2017 Getting Away With Murder? NLRB Tells Federal Court Union Election Observer’s Use Of Fake Firearm Did NOT Invalidate Union Election Results

  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) often sets aside union election results where an employer has prevailed when the agency finds “objectionable conduct” occurred. This has been done in cases where, for example, an employer’s handbook contained an overbroad confidentiality policy; supervisors have made “promises” to employees with respect to how they may be treated if they vote to keep a union out; or when a company has given an otherwise lawful “captive audience…

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24 May 2017 It Could Be. It Might Be. IT IS! DOL’s Persuader Rule To Be GONE!

  Media outlets are reporting that the Department of Labor (DOL) officially is moving to drop its “persuader rule” that would have imposed significant reporting requirements on companies and consultants related to union-avoidance efforts.   On May 22, the DOL formally proposed to revoke the controversial rule. The rule has been tied up in litigation for months, and a challenge currently is pending in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The DOL’s move to rescind the…

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26 Apr 2017 Trump Appoints Miscimarra as Chairman of NLRB

  President Trump has named Philip A. Miscimarra Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Chairman Miscimarra had been acting chairman since Jan. 23, 2017.  The position, while largely administrative, may bode well for Miscimarra’s renomination to a new term. Chairman Miscimarra’s term expires on Dec. 16, 2017.  Two seats on the five-member board remain vacant.   Scott WitlinScott J. Witlin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Barnes & Thornburg and a member of…

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15 Mar 2017 Seattle Legal Battles Mount: Uber Drivers and U.S. Chamber Fight Driver Unionization Law

  In January we shared a post about a labor battle brewing in Seattle and things look to be heating up. As we reported, the City of Seattle adopted its final rules to implement an ordinance allowing Uber and other for-hire drivers to unionize. The rules drew fire from both sides of the debate as they set specific unionization requirements, including the driver eligible requirements to vote for a union.   As of January, the…

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09 Dec 2016 Second Persuader Rule Case Halted; Court to Wait for New Administration

  With a nationwide injunction already in place by a federal court in Texas, a federal court in Minnesota has entered a stay of proceedings in a second suit that also seeks to block enforcement of the persuader rule.   U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz’s two-page order not only denied cross motions for summary judgment from the parties, but also stayed the proceeding. Judge Schiltz concluded that “The court agrees with plaintiffs that there is…

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