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03 Jun 2016 Are Permanent Replacements Permanent Anymore?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has yet again grabbed the opportunity to sweep away years of precedent in its recent ruling in American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens, 364 N.L.R.B. No. 13 (5/31/16).  In Piedmont Gardens, the board held that a company violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) if it hires permanent replacements during a strike to allegedly “punish the union” and its members and to “avoid future strikes.”  …

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10 May 2016 AFL-CIO to Challenge West Virginia Right to Work Law

Yesterday, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) gave the state of West Virginia’s attorney general and its acting labor commissioner a 30 day notice that it will challenge the constitutionality of the state’s Right to Work law.  Such notice is required under state law before any litigation can be filed and the notice sets up a legal fight over the controversial law.   In February, the West Virginia legislature overrode Governor Earl…

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13 Jul 2015 Common Sense Sometimes Matters

With that deft opening to its opinion, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals last week overturned yet another controversial decision of the National Labor Relations Board which prohibited AT&T Connecticut from barring its technicians from wearing t-shirts into customer homes that portrayed themselves as prisoners of their employer.   The company had banned its employees who go into customer homes or otherwise interact with the public from wearing t-shirts that said “Inmate” on the front…

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21 Jan 2015 BIG LABOR CORRUPTION – FORMER IRON WORKERS PRESIDENT CONVICTED

For years, Big Labor has been tied to allegations of corruption and cronyisms. Yesterday was another black–eye for Big Labor, and specifically the Ironworkers Union. On the fifth day of deliberations, a Philadelphia jury returned guilty verdicts against former Ironworker’s Union leader, Joseph Dougherty, on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, arson and extortion.  The verdicts stem from charges alleging the former Ironworker leader conspired with other Union members to carry out violence and extort non-union contractors….

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