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07 Aug 2013 A Weekly Summary of NLRB Decisions for July 29, 2013 – Aug. 2, 2013

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has updated their website with a summary of decisions for the week of July 29, 2013 – Aug. 2, 2013. The summary of NLRB decisions can be accessed by visiting the NLRB’s website here, or by clicking on the link below. National Labor Relations Board: Summary of Decisions – July 29, 2013 – Aug. 2, 2013 Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand…

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05 Aug 2013 Can We Have Your Attention, Please? The 2013 ABA Journal Blawg 100 List

You’ll have to excuse us as we go a bit off script for a moment.  Once a year, the ABA Journal publishes a list of the 100 best legal blogs. This year, the call for nominations is due no later than Aug. 9, 2013. We aren’t one to brag, but think we’ve carved a nice little niche in the labor blog world and wouldn’t argue with the editors of the ABA Journal if BT Labor Relations made…

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05 Aug 2013 It’s Official: Top Union Lawyer To Be NLRB General Counsel

And you thought Lafe Solomon was anti-employer? Buckle your seat belts folks because the employer community is in for a rough ride. The White House has confirmed Board member Richard Griffin has been nominated to be the new General Counsel for the NLRB.  Before joining the Board as a “recess” appointee, Griffin served as General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers. Griffin has served on the board of directors for the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee…

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30 Jul 2013 The Fix Is In – Senate Confirms NLRB Nominees

As we reported earlier, the Senate voted this afternoon on President Obama’s nominations to the National Labor Relations Board. All five nominees — Kent Hirozawa, Nancy Schiffer, Harry Johnson, Philip Miscimarra, and current Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce — were confirmed by the Senate.  This vote ends the considerable political haggling that has occurred over the President’s nominations during the last few months and sets the stage for the NLRB to operate with a full…

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30 Jul 2013 BREAKING: Senate Voting on Slate of NLRB Nominations

The U.S. Senate is currently voting on the slate of nominations that President Obama recently nominated to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). If confirmed, the NLRB will have a full compliment of five members. The vote can currently be followed online at CSPAN. We will update this post with additional information once the vote is finalized. Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes…

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30 Jul 2013 Strike One, Strike Two: The NLRB Knocks Down Another Confidentiality Policy

Employers suffered another blow late last week when an ALJ struck down Boeing’s confidentiality policy (strike one) and a revised confidentiality policy (strike two).  Boeing’s initial policy “directed” witnesses in HR investigations not to discuss the investigated matter with co-workers (limiting the discussion to investigators and union representatives). The ALJ struck down the initial policy based upon the Board’s relatively recent decision in Banner Estrella Medical Center. However, more troubling, was the ALJ striking down the company’s revised policy…

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26 Jul 2013 Obama Slides Griffin Over to Vacant GC Slot

Somewhat underreported was the nomination of disputed NLRB Member recess appointee Richard F. Griffin, Jr.  to be the NLRB’s new General Counsel.  President Obama withdrew Griffin’s nomination to be a Member of the NLRB as part of a deal with Senate Republican’s last week. If confirmed, Griffin would fill the slot currently occupied by Lafe Solomon as Acting General Counsel. Solomon was most well known for having signed off on the controversial complaint issued against Boeing for…

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26 Jul 2013 New Obama NLRB Nominations of Hirozawa, Schiffer and Gaston Pearce Making Progress In The Senate

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on the nominations of Kent Hirozawa, Nancy Schiffer and Mark Gaston Pearce to the NLRB, and a nominee to the FBI. If cloture is successful, there will be up to 8 hours of debate time on each nomination before a vote is taken on the nomination.  The cloture vote on the FBI nominee is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013.  Upon disposition of each nomination, the…

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25 Jul 2013 Senate HELP Committee Questions NLRB Nominees

On Tuesday, July 23, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee held a public hearing to question the President’s NLRB nominees, Nancy Schiffer and Kent Hirozawa. C-Span’s coverage of the full hearing can be found here. Written statements from the nominees can be found on the HELP Committee’s web site here. John KoenigJohn T.L. Koenig is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He maintains a national, full-service…

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23 Jul 2013 From the Frying Pan Into the Fire?

The other shoe is about to drop on the deal that allowed Sen. Harry Reid to step away from his threat to take the “nuclear” option in Senate. The Huffington Post is reporting today that former Board member Richard Griffin, who according to some got thrown under the bus along with fellow board member Sharon Block as part of that deal, is expected to be nominated as the next General Counsel of the NLRB. Lest we…

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