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02 Aug 2012 NLRB Weekly Summary of Decision – July 23-27, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) weekly summary of decisions for July 23-27, 2012, is now available on the Board’s website. The summary of NLRB decisions can be accessed by visiting 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 -…

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01 Aug 2012 NLRB Tosses Employer’s Investigation Confidentiality Rule

An employer’s rule that employees who make complaints should not discuss those complaints with co-workers during an on-going investigation violates the NLRA according to the National Labor Relations Board. Specifically, the Board found that the employees’ Section 7 rights outweighed the employer’s generalized need for confidentiality during an investigation. Accordingly, the rule (which was arguably a practice) was found to violate the law.  The Board also did not modify the ALJ’s determination that the employer’s written confidentiality agreement – which prohibited…

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30 Jul 2012 Federal Judge Refuses to Change His Decision Invalidating the Ambush Election Rules

On Friday, July 27, 2012, District Court Judge James Boasberg (D.D.C) denied the NLRB’s motion to alter or amend his previous order which found the “ambush” election rules to be invalid because the Board lacked quorum. We previously covered this in more depth here. Judge Boasberg refused the invitation for “rehashing arguments” and continued to find the NLRB’s arguments regarding Member Hayes’ abstention to be unpersuasive. The Court’s opinion can be found here. In light of this decision, the NLRB…

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27 Jul 2012 NLRB Weekly Summary of Decisions – July 16-20, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) weekly summary of decisions for July 9-13, 2012, is now available on the Board’s website. The summary of NLRB decisions can be accessed by visiting 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 -…

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25 Jul 2012 Alaska Supreme Court Finds “Union-Relations” Privilege Protects Communications between Unions and Employees

In a unanimous ruling handed down July 20, the Alaska Supreme Court recognized a “union-relations” privilege implied in the state’s Public Employee Relations Act, the statute governing representation rights of public employees. The Alaska Supreme Court is the first state supreme court to recognize such a privilege, which the Court found protected confidential employee communications with union representatives regarding anticipated or on-going disciplinary or grievance proceedings from forced disclosure. The Alaska case, Peterson v. Alaska,…

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24 Jul 2012 NLRB Political “Tit for Tat” Continues

Another Obama recess appointment to the NLRB is drawing Congressional scrutiny in recent days, in a continuation of the behind-the-scenes politicking between the Administration and certain Congressional members.  As we have reported previously, Republican Board Member Terrance Flynn resigned in May in the wake of allegations of inappropriate communications during his time as Chief Counsel for Board Member Brian Hayes.   Now Senator Orin Hatch, a prominent Utah Republican, has set his sights on Democratic Board Member…

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23 Jul 2012 NLRB Weekly Summary of Decisions – July 9-13, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) weekly summary of decisions for July 9-13, 2012, is now available on the Board’s website. The summary of NLRB decisions can be accessed by visiting 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 Jul 2012 California Court of Appeals Not Persuaded by D.R. Horton Inc. v. Michael Cuda

The California Court of Appeals recently declined to follow the NLRB’s ruling in D.R. Horton Inc. v. Michael Cuda, where the Board held that arbitration agreements containing class waivers may violate the National Labor Relations Act. Nelsen v. Legacy Partners Residential, Inc., involved a putative class action alleging that Defendant Legacy Partners Residential violated state wage laws when it, among other things, failed to pay overtime, provide meal and rest breaks, and timely pay wages owed.  The…

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19 Jul 2012 Actor Danny Glover Joins UAW Effort To Organize Nissan

We have reported here in the past about the UAW’s efforts to organize an automaker in the South. See: “Mississippi Governor ‘Concerned’ About UAW Organizing in the Southeast”“UAW Targets Nissan for Organizing Effort” Now, in the latest move in their ongoing corporate campaign against Nissan, the UAW has turned to actor Danny Glover to help publicize their organizing efforts. The actor, known for his roles in the “Lethal Weapon” series and his community activism, appeared…

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15 Jul 2012 NLRB Impounds Ballets Cast by Duquesne University Adjunct-Faculty

The National Labor Relations Board has impounded ballets cast by Duquesne University’s adjunct-faculty, seeking representation by the United Steelworkers. The decision to impound the ballets followed the University’s Motion asserting that the Catholic university is exempt from the jurisdiction of the NLRB as a religious institution. We’ll keep you posted on the NLRB’s ruling, as the decision will likely have a broad impact on organizing efforts moving forward. The full story can be found here. btlaborBT Labor Relations…

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