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19 Jan 2018 Potential Organizational Changes at the NLRB Could Drastically Affect Labor Board Case Handling

  The way the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) handles charges, representation cases, and other everyday issues may soon see significant change. According to a recent report by Bloomberg BNA, NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb recently held a conference call with board regional directors where he discussed potential changes to the way the NLRB is structured and handles cases.   Specifically, the report states: “[Robb] told the directors he is considering reorganizing the agency’s 26…

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17 Jan 2018 How Will the Booming Economy, Corporate Tax Cuts, and Healthcare Uncertainty Affect Labor Negotiations in 2018?

  Bloomberg BNA recently published a report predicting that labor unions will be seeking to score more in wages and benefits in their 2018 collective bargaining agreements than in recent years. This is in light of the relative hot economy and significant corporate tax cuts going into effect. The fact that many non-union companies have publicly announced higher wages and bonuses for their employees based on the tax overhaul may encourage the unions to be…

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12 Jan 2018 Union Sabotages Its Own Request For Information, Says NLRB

  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) generally places few limits on unions’ ability to request and receive information from employers related to members’ terms and conditions of employment, but a recent case demonstrates there are limits. On Jan. 9, the NLRB issued a decision in a case against IronTiger Logistics, Inc. in which the Machinists union alleged the company failed to timely and adequately respond to an extensive information request related to work assignments…

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10 Jan 2018 Dirty Money: Report Shows Union Corruption Still Widespread

  Unfortunately, union corruption continues across the country. According to a recent report by the Detroit Free Press, “U.S. Department of Labor documents obtained by the Free Press show embezzlement from hundreds of union offices nationwide over the past decade. In just the past two years, more than 300 union locations have discovered theft, often resulting in more than one person charged in each instance, the records show. Two UAW incidents uncovered in 2017, one…

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09 Jan 2018 Union Retirees Win Certification In Class Action Regarding Lifetime Medical Insurance Benefits

  Retiree benefits are a huge issue for many employers – from pure economic cost to administrative burdens. Accordingly, some companies have moved to limit or cut such benefits entirely. Of course, when doing so, companies need to navigate various legal issues, including under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and, to the extent a union is in the picture, the National Labor Relations Act and/or Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA). A federal court…

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08 Jan 2018 A Hail Mary? Union Fights To Keep NLRB Joint-Employer Case In Federal Court

  On Jan. 4, the Teamsters union filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the infamous Browning-Ferris case requesting that the court reconsider its Dec. 22 order that remanded the case back to the NLRB. The reason? The Teamsters argue that one of the new NLRB members’ law firms was involved in the related Browning-Ferris case. The case was on appeal to the court from the NLRB.  …

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05 Jan 2018 Trump’s NLRB Signals It Will Revisit Board’s Stance On ‘Confidential Severance Agreements’

  On Dec. 27, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an order in which President Trump’s two appointed members – Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel – stated that they want to revisit the board’s stance on confidentiality provisions contained in severance agreements (i.e., provisions that prohibit disclosures related to the terms and sometimes even the existence of the agreement). The two members specifically noted in the order that “they believe that, to the…

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03 Jan 2018 Has Your Company Had an NLRB Charge Filed Against It Recently? If So, Here Are Two BIG Developments You Need to Know

  On Dec. 1, 2017, new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb issued a sweeping memo identifying various changes for the way his office may be handling a variety of issues before the board. The memo is jam-packed with many interesting points, but there are two critical ones that may immediately affect unfair labor practice charge investigations and litigation.   The first change deals with the NLRB’s “deferral policy.” For decades, the NLRB…

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27 Dec 2017 The Gifts Keep On Comin’: NLRB GC Memo Signals Favorable Change for Employers in Union Elections

  On Dec. 15, the National Labor Relations Board announced in its PCC Structurals, Inc. decision that it had overruled its infamous Specialty Healthcare precedent and eliminated the “overwhelming community of interest” standard for employers opposing micro-units. According to the NLRB’s press release on PCC Structurals: “The Board has now abandoned the ‘overwhelming’ community-of-interest standard. In today’s decision, the Board stated that ‘here are sound policy reasons for returning to the traditional community-of-interest standard that the…

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18 Dec 2017 All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men CAN Put Humpty Dumpty Together Again: NLRB Overrules Specialty Healthcare, Potentially Reducing Number of Fractured Bargaining Units

  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) capped one of the most notable weeks in its history by issuing a decision that overruled the agency’s now infamous Specialty Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, 357 NLRB 934 (2011), decision. That decision paved the way for a slew of micro-units being certified by the NLRB over the last five-plus years (despite the NLRB’s assurances back in 2011 that its holding in Specialty Healthcare would only apply…

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