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23 Feb 2015 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, FEBRUARY 9 – 13, 2015

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of February 9 – 13, 2015, is now available on the NLRB’s website. btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be a source for news, analysis, and commentary on traditional labor legal issues, including news related to the NLRB and a variety of state issues. More Posts – Website

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20 Feb 2015 Non-Union Employers Beware: The NLRB Outlaws Employer’s Questions Regarding Supervisor’s Performance

Most employers probably believe it is acceptable to ask questions of employees about their and other employee’s views of their supervisor’s performance. The proposition seems common-sense and straight forward enough. However, the NLRB apparently disagrees.   The case of Grand Canyon Education, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 13 (Feb. 2, 2015) proves, once again, a disconnect between rather common employer practices and the NLRB efforts to zealously protect Section 7 rights. In this case, the Board…

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20 Feb 2015 Ripples of Noel Canning Continue

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s invalidation of the appointments of three NLRB members last year in NLRB v. Noel Canning, 134 S.Ct. 2550 (2014), the NLRB has had to address the ramifications of that decision on the agency’s actions taken during the time the NLRB had no quorum due to the invalid appointments. The NLRB has acknowledged that Noel Canning requires it to re-hear and re-issue decisions on several still pending cases where one or…

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16 Feb 2015 Game On in Illinois: Democrats React to Governor’s Fair Share Move

The week started in Illinois with newly elected Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issuing an executive order ending a requirement that non-unionized state workers pay “fair share” union dues and filing suit in federal court seeking a declaration that the process was unconstitutional under the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn.   The week ended with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, vowing to intervene in Rauner’s complaint in federal district court. In addition,…

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11 Feb 2015 Illinois Governor Issues Executive Order Ending Non-Unionized State Workers’ “Fair Share” Fees

On Feb. 9, newly elected Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order ending a requirement that non-unionized state workers pay “fair share” union dues. Governor Rauner estimates that of the 46,573 state workers covered by collective bargaining, approximately 6,580 are not unionized, but still pay an average of $577 a year in “fair share” dues. In signing the executive order, Governor Rauner stated that “these forced union dues are a critical cog in the…

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11 Feb 2015 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, FEBRUARY 2 – 6, 2015

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of February 2 – 6, 2015, is now available on the NLRB’s website. btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be a source for news, analysis, and commentary on traditional labor legal issues, including news related to the NLRB and a variety of state issues. More Posts – Website

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09 Feb 2015 Another challenge to Michigan’s Right to Work law bites the dust

As we reported over a year ago, among the several lawsuits filed challenging Michigan’s Right to Work law was a suit claiming the procedure used when passing the law in December 2012 violated Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.  The union groups who filed the lawsuit, supported by the ACLU, premised their claim on the fact that due to action by law enforcement closing the Capitol Building for safety reasons, members of the public were prevented from…

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06 Feb 2015 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, JANUARY 26 – 30, 2015

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of January 26 – 30, 2015, is now available on the NLRB’s website. btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be a source for news, analysis, and commentary on traditional labor legal issues, including news related to the NLRB and a variety of state issues. More Posts – Website

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04 Feb 2015 NLRB: Employer letters regarding dues payment options violated NLRA

Since Indiana became a Right-to-Work state, one of the most common employer questions has been – what can I tell my employees about when they can withdraw their dues authorization forms? The NLRB last week, in a non-RTW context, did give us some guidance – even though it’s probably guidance that most employers wouldn’t necessarily welcome.   The Board examined letters drafted by an employer and found that the letters, particularly in the context of…

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30 Jan 2015 McConnell and Alexander Introduce NLRB Reform Act

Immediately after last November’s mid-term elections, we reported on some of the labor law changes Republicans might attempt once gaining control of the Senate.  See our prior post here.   As predicted, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Labor Committee, have introduced the “NLRB Reform Act,” Senate Bill 288.  The bill would increase the number of NLRB members from five to six; give parties 30 days to file in…

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