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19 Apr 2013 New Source for Information: Michigan Hires Right-to-Work Specialist

Now that Right to Work is a reality in Michigan, the State has hired a labor specialist to assist in implementing the laws, which went into effect March 28. Travis Calderwood was hired by the Michigan Bureau of Employment Relations in February to field questions from those who want to know more about the operation of the new law. Mr. Calderwood recently gave MLive an interview answering certain common questions. Employers with additional questions can contact…

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19 Apr 2013 Michigan Home Health Dues Spigot is Turned Off on SEIU

  The dues spigot from Michigan’s home health care workers that had been pouring money into SEIU’s coffers since 2006 has been officially shut off, according to the Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. Director James Haverman confirmed to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy that SEIU has ended its status as bargaining representative for Michigan’s home health care workers after their contract expired in February.   As we reported last July, the…

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15 Apr 2013 Who’s The Biggest and Who Lost the Most?

We’ve reported here on the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers that showed that the numbers of unionized Americans continued its historic and sharp decline throughout 2012. But now that the dust has settled a little, can you guess which union remains the largest in terms of membership in the U.S.? The Teamsters? How about the UAW? Or perhaps the SEIU? If you guessed any of those, you’d be wrong. The union with the largest membership in 2012 according to recently…

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11 Apr 2013 Overcoming Criticism, the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act Moves Forward

The Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act progressed towards a vote on the House floor. Overcoming criticism by Democrats, the Bill won a 7-3 vote in the House Rules Committee. As previously discussed by us here, the Bill, amongst other things, would seek to ban the NLRB from taking action which requires quorom until the Noel Canning controversy is resolved via: (1) Senate confirmation of the appointees; (2) Supreme Court decision; or (3) the 113th Congress adjourns…

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10 Apr 2013 Back to the Full Complement?

The White House today signaled its intention to push the NLRB back to its full union-friendly 5-person membership.  President Obama will propose the renomination of current Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce along with management attorneys Harry I. Johnston III, a partner with Arent Fox in Los Angeles, and Chicago attorney Philip A. Miscimarra, from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.  Previously submitted nominations for current Board Members Richard F. Griffin, Jr. and Sharon Block, both of whom…

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01 Apr 2013 Court Overturns NLRB Decision in <i>Stella D’Oro Biscuit Co. v. NLRB</i>

The Second Circuit recently overturned a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision determining that Stella D’Oro Biscuit Co., Inc. violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it failed to provide workers with financial statements to support claims regarding its financial condition. Under the NLRA, an employer is required to provide evidence of its financial condition when it states to workers that labor concessions would cause undue financial hardship. In overturning the NLRB’s decision, the Court…

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25 Mar 2013 Sharp Decline in Indiana Union Membership

Indiana union membership is at its lowest level since the 1980’s. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union members made up 9.1 percent of Indiana’s workforce in 2012, down from 22 percent in 1983. The full story from the Indiana Business Journal can be found by clicking on the link below. Indiana Business Journal – “Indiana Union Membership at Lowest Level in 24 Years” btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at…

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21 Mar 2013 Right to Work Making an Impact?

Early statistics indicate that Indiana’s passage of Right to Work legislation is already showing benefits to the state, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The IDEC has reported that 91 companies have told the agency that Right to Work has been a factor in their decision-making process on the location of new projects. Out of that group, the IEDC says that 64 are well along in the development process and are projected to…

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14 Mar 2013 House Introduces Bill

The Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act, H.R. 1120 was introduced to the House of Representatives on Wed., March 13, 2013 in response to the flux caused by the NLRB recess appointments and the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Noel Canning (previously covered here). Citing policy reasons, the bill seeks to ban the NLRB from taking action which requires quorom until the controversy is resolved via: (1) Senate confirmation of the appointees; (2) Supreme Court decision; or (3)…

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14 Mar 2013 NLRB Bypasses DC Circuit Rehearing and Intends to Proceed to Supreme Court

The National Labor Relations Board has announced that it will forgo an en banc rehearing of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB which held that President Obama’s recess appointments of Terence Flynn, Richard Griffin and Sharon Block were unconstitutional.  Instead, the NLRB will file a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court which is due on April 25, 2013.  Obviously there will be more to come on this story. For…

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