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01 Feb 2012 Indiana Senate Passes Right-to-Work Legislation

The Indiana Senate just passed the controversial right-to-work legislation by a vote of 28-22. The bill now heads to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who will undoubtedly sign it. In response, hundreds of union members disrupted Super Bowl festivities by marching on downtown Indianapolis. The Indiana Business Journal’s story can be accessed here.    We will be sure to keep readers updated as this story develops. You can download our previous legal Alert on Indiana’s right-to-work bill by…

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01 Feb 2012 A Union, Suitcases Full of Cash, and a Federal Investigation

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the United States Department of Labor (DOL) is investigating a series of payments totaling nearly $1 million dollars made by the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission to an unnamed representative of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. While the funds, some of which according to the Times were delivered in suitcases packed with $100 bills, were supposed to be used to cover wages for union stagehands, the Commission did not impose controls over where the money…

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30 Jan 2012 Report – NLRB member Brian Hayes not enticed to resign

We previously reported that David Berry, the NLRB inspector general, confirmed that his office was aware of allegations concerning possible enticements offered to Member Brian Hayes to resign.   Berry has issued a report finding that Hayes was not offered enticements to resign last year.  The Hill has the full story, which can be found here.  btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be…

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30 Jan 2012 Union Membership Grew in 2011

The Detroit News is reporting that union membership grew slightly in 2011. According to the article, union membership grew 50,000 (to just under 14.8 million). The Detroit News article can be accessed here. 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…

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28 Jan 2012 SAG-AFTRA: The Merger That Solves Nothing

The Screen Actors Guild’s National Board has approved its merger agreement with the AFTRA, the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.  If approved by AFTRA’s Board and the membership of both unions, the new union will be known as SAG-AFTRA. Merger of these two unions with overlapping jurisdictions has been attempted several times in the past without success — most recently in 2003.  However, this attempt has fed off a significant rank and file…

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26 Jan 2012 NLRB General Counsel issues additional guidance on social media cases

NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon released a second operations management memorandum yesterday addressing the use of social media by employees and when such use constitutes protected activity under the NLRA. The memo summarized more than a dozen recent social media cases decided by the General Counsel’s office and followed a similar report by Solomon in August 2011, which had provided summaries of 14 prior cases reviewed by the General Counsel’s office.    There are no…

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25 Jan 2012 Right to Work Bill Passes Indiana House (Update)

Indiana moved one step closer Wednesday to becoming the 23rd Right to Work state in the U.S.  The Indiana House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon passed the Right to Work bill on s 54-44 vote.  After stalling the bill for several weeks, the Indiana Democrats returned to the Statehouse chamber and the bill was put to a vote.    The Indiana Senate had previously passed an identical version of the Right to Work Act by a 28-22 vote.  The House Bill will…

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25 Jan 2012 NLRB Weekly Summary: January 17-20, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) weekly summary of decisions for last week, January 17-20, 2012, is now available on the Board’s website. You can access the report by clicking here. 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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25 Jan 2012 Right to work continues to stall in Indiana House

The Indiana House Democrats continued to stall passage of the contentious right to work bill yesterday by again boycotting the chamber and preventing the House from coming into session due to a lack of quorum.  (See our previous coverage of the right to work bill here.)   Some progress had been made on the bill after Democrats participated in legislative debate on Monday, but Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma’s order to close the bill for…

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20 Jan 2012 The Latest on Right to Work – Jan. 20, 2011

Reports are coming out that the Indiana Senate will debate the Act this afternoon and that the House Democrats will return to the House Floor Monday to propose an amendment to the Act to allow for a public referendum on whether Indiana becomes the 23rd state to pass a Right to Work Act.   According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the amendment would push the effective date of a right-to-work law back to November 5, and sunsets it on…

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