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10 Apr 2014 NLRB Weekly Summary of Decisions, March 31-April 4, 2014

  The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of March 31 – April 4, 2014 is now available on the NLRB’s website. The summary can be accessed by clicking the link below.   http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-march-31-april-4-2014   Gerald LutkusGerald F. (“Jerry”) Lutkus is a partner in the South Bend office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP where he is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Departments. He practices in the areas of…

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10 Apr 2014 Yet Another Blow to Employers’ Social Media Policies – Company Rescinds Nation-Wide Policy

  Earlier this week, a NLRB ALJ approved of a settlement between Valero and the Steelworkers wherein Valero agreed to rescind its nation-wide social media policy, post a notice at each of its 52 locations and mail a notice to each employee advising them they will not be prohibited from using social media to discuss their terms and conditions of employment.  The genesis of this settlement was a ULP charge in 2012 by the Steelworkers…

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08 Apr 2014 Could the Players Simply Say No?

  Perhaps the worm has started to turn on the Northwestern University football union saga.  According to published reports in Chicago, some of the senior leaders of the Northwestern football team have started to come out against voting in favor of union representation.   The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press have reported this week that Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern had a pretty public meeting with the players last week at the end of practice…

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07 Apr 2014 NLRB to Live Stream This Week’s Hearings

  The National Labor Relations Board announced today that the public hearing on its proposal to implement the so-called “ambush election rules” (the Board obliquely refers to them as the “amendments governing representation-case procedures”)  will be viewable on the agency’s website.  The hearing is currently scheduled for Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11.   You can read more about this issue on the following posts posts, “NLRB Re-Issues ‘Quickie Election’Rules: It’s Déjà Vu All Over…

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07 Apr 2014 Not April Foolin’: National Labor Relations Board Finds Employer Rule Requiring Positivity and Professionalism Unlawful

  On April 1, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or the “Board”) ruled unlawful an employer policy requiring that its employees refrain from negativity in the workplace an in the community.At issue in Hills and Dales General Hospital were three paragraphs in the employer’s “Values and Standards of Behavior Policy:”  1.) Paragraph 11 prohibited employees from making “negative comments about our fellow team members,” (including coworkers and managers; 2.) Paragraph 16 required…

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03 Apr 2014 Northwestern Union Election Date Set

  The NLRB has set April 25 as election day for the scholarship athletes on the Northwestern football team to vote on whether they wish to be represented by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). That date could be postponed after Northwestern appeals the decision of the NLRB’s Regional Director in Chicago to set CAPA’s petition for an election by the players. In that decision one week ago, the Regional Director ruled that he believed…

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02 Apr 2014 A Mixed Bag of Tricks for Michigan’s Right to Work Law

  As we previously reported, a number of lawsuits were filed challenging Michigan’s Right to Work Law.  One of those challenges was filed by the Michigan State AFL-CIO and several other labor groups in February 2013, alleging that the Right to Work law covering private sector employees was preempted by the federal law and therefore invalid.   The state officials named in the lawsuit responded by filing a motion to dismiss. On March 31, 2014,…

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02 Apr 2014 NLRB Weekly Summary of Decisions – March 24-28, 2014

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the week of March 24 – 28, 2014 is now available on the NLRB’s website. The summary can be accessed by clicking the link below. http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-march-24-28-2014     Scott WitlinScott J. Witlin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Barnes & Thornburg and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department and the Entertainment and Music Practice Group. Mr. Witlin handles traditional labor and employment…

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28 Mar 2014 BTLabor Relations Blogger & Attorney Fields Questions on College Football Players Union Ruling

Want to know more about a recent decision by the NLRB’s Regional Director in Chicago that opens the door for Northwestern University’s college football players to unionize? Labor attorney and BTLabor Relations blogger Gerald Lutkus talked about what this decision means for private universities on a weekday sports radio show. Click here to hear what he had to say.   Gerald LutkusGerald F. (“Jerry”) Lutkus is a partner in the South Bend office of Barnes…

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26 Mar 2014 NLRB Directs Election at Northwestern – Scholarship Football Players are Employees

The Region 13 Director of the NLRB  directed today that an election be held at Northwestern University to determine if the  scholarship athletes that play football at the University wish to be represented by a Union.   In coming to that decision, Regional Director concluded that the scholarships athletes receive compensation from the university for the performance of athletic services and as such are employees.  The Director’s ruling, a copy of which is available here,…

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