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09 Mar 2012 Study Quantifies Unionization’s Cost to Stock Market Value

In their study published in February’s issue of The Quarterly Journal of Economics, “Long-Run Impacts of Unions on Firms: New Evidence from Financial Markets, 1961–1999,” Princeton University Professor David Lee and University of California Professor Alexandre Mas estimated that an “average union effect on the equity value of the firm equivalent to $40,000 per unionized worker.” The professors noted that the loss was a combination of a transfer of wealth to workers and inefficiencies caused by the unions.  …

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08 Mar 2012 Challenges to NLRB Recess Appointments Mounting

A New York landlord has challenged a petition by the NLRB to enjoin a lockout of workers at a Brooklyn apartment complex, raising questions over the propriety of President Obama’s recess appointments. Paulsen v. Renaissance Equity Holdings, LLC (Case No. 12-CV-350).   In its pleadings, the defendant argues that congress was not in recess at the time of the appointments, and, therefore, the President’s appointments to the Board were not lawful recess appointments. Judge Brian Cogan of…

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07 Mar 2012 NLRB Weekly Summary of Cases: February 27, 2012 to March 2, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) weekly summary of decisions for the week of February 27 to March 2, 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…

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06 Mar 2012 Employer Associations Appeal District Court NLRB Posting Decision

As expected, the plaintiffs in the case challenging the NLRB’s posting requirement have appealed Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s partial denial of their summary judgment motion, as well as her denial of their motion to supplement the pleadings to include a challenge to the President’s recess appointments to the NLRB.    As we have discussed previously, Judge Jackson had denied Plaintiff’s challenge to the posting requirement itself, while ruling in their favor by invalidating certain penalties…

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05 Mar 2012 Federal Court Refuses to Address Attempted Challenge to the President’s NLRB Recess Appointments

As we have previously discussed here, a group of business organizations have attempted to challenge the validity of President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board as part of their case challenging the NLRB’s quickie election rules. On March 2, 2012, Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the request to add the recess-appointment-challenging claims and did not address the legality of the appointments.  In her ruling, Judge Jackson stated, “[s]o the question of…

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05 Mar 2012 Michigan bill prohibiting grad students from unionizing passes House

Organizing Michigan graduate student research assistants (known as GSRAs) were struck a blow recently after the state House passed a bill aimed at prohibiting the students from unionizing.  SB 971 amended Michigan’s Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) to specifically exclude GSRAs from the definition of “public employees” for the purposes of unionization. The bill passed the Michigan House by a 62-45 vote on March 1. The bill had previously been passed by the Senate in…

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02 Mar 2012 Federal Court Partially Overturns NLRB Posting Regulation (Updated from earlier post)

As we reported earlier today, a federal judge in the District of Columbia has partially overturned the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) posting regulation. The ruling by United States District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson upholds the right of the NLRB to promulgate and require posting of the Notice. However in its March 2, 2012 ruling, the Court invalidated the portions of the NLRB’s rule that (1) would have made the failure to post an independent unfair labor practice;…

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02 Mar 2012 Federal Court Partially Overturns NLRB Posting Regulation

A federal district court in the District of Columbia has partially overturned the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) posting regulation in National Association of Manufacturers v. National Labor Relations Board, et al. Stay tuned for a more detailed analysis of this decision. In the meantime, a PDF of the decision can be found 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…

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29 Feb 2012 NLRB Weekly Summary: February 13-17 and February 21-24, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) weekly summaries of decisions for the weeks of February 13-17, 2012 and February 21-24, 2012 are now available on the Board’s website. You can access the reports by clicking here and 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…

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29 Feb 2012 Union Challenges Indiana’s Right-To-Work Law on Constitutional Grounds

The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 has filed a complaint in federal court challenging Indiana’s new right-to-work law on constitutional grounds. We initially addressed this development in a previous blog post that can be accessed here.   The full story can be found via the IBJ website. btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be a source…

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