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19 Dec 2011 D.C. Circuit Upholds Rule Change by National Mediation Board

Union elections in the airline and rail industries just got a bit easier for Unions.    The U.S. Circuit of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a 2-1 decision upheld a decision by the National Mediation Board (NMB) to change the majority of votes rule in representation elections. Since 1934, members of the proposed bargaining units were counted as “no” votes if they decided not to vote in the election. But the NMB decided earlier last year that the rule…

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16 Dec 2011 Corruption Update

Curiously, a case involving the allegations of theft larger than any reported on the DOL website is omitted from the DOL’s report. That case involved a UFCW Local in New York City and three of its union leaders who are alleged to have “extorted or stole over $2.4 million from the Union and employers whose employees belonged to the Union” over the period set forth in the indictment.   The United States Attorney’s press release…

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16 Dec 2011 A Report on Corruption

A Federal government report reflects that in the first 10-plus months of 2011 government prosecutions have resulted in the conviction and sentencing of 82 individuals all working in the same industry. An additional 37 people in this industry have been convicted and await sentencing. The indictments of 50 more have been issued and these individuals await the adjudication of their cases.   The 119 who have been convicted of embezzling or otherwise stealing were caught…

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15 Dec 2011 President Obama Nominates Two Democrats to be Board Members of the NLRB

On Wed., Dec. 14, President Obama nominated two Democrats, Sharon Block, currently the secretary for congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, and Richard Griffin, currently General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, to Board Member positions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). A third nominee, Republican Terence Flynn, currently Chief Counsel to NLRB Board Member Brian Hayes, was nominated on Jan. 5, 2011, but has yet to be voted upon by…

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14 Dec 2011 NLRB Prepares for Expiration of President Obama’s Recess Appointments

Anticipating that it will lose its quorum with the expiration of the recess appointment of Craig Becker as a Member of the NLRB, the NLRB issued a new rule that is designed to allow the agency to continue to operate.   During periods when the Board lacks a quorum, the new rule refers motions for default judgment, summary judgment, dismissal and requests for special permission to appeal to the Chief Administrative Law Judge. It also refers administrative and procedural…

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14 Dec 2011 NLRB Weekly Roundup: Dec. 5-9, 2011

Click here for a summary of the NLRB decisions for the week of Dec. 5-9, 2011. 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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13 Dec 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics releases job openings and labor turnover numbers for October 2011

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released a report detailing job openings and labor turnover in October. According to the report, there were 3.3 million job openings on the last business day of October. The job openings rate has been on an upward trend since the end of the recession in June of 2009. The full report 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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12 Dec 2011 Webinar reminder – “The Obama NLRB – Change is HERE!”

There is still time to sign up for the Indiana Manufacturer Association’s webinar, “The ‘Obama’ National Labor Relations Board – Change is HERE.” The webinar will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2011) at 10 a.m. ET and be presented by Keith White, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg Labor and Employment Department.    The “Obama” Board – or the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – has been called the most activist, pro-labor board since the 1970s….

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12 Dec 2011 Indiana Chamber calls for business involvement in Right to Work fight

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Indiana House Republican leaders reiterated Friday that making Indiana the 23rd Right to Work State is their number one legislative target in the upcoming legislative session. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, Rep. Jerry Torr, and Chamber President Kevin Brinegar speaking on a Chamber of Commerce policy call all predicted a contentious battle over the Right to Work legislation and they urged Hoosier business leaders to speak up in support of the…

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09 Dec 2011 Weekly Roundup

Click here for a summary of NLRB decisions for the week of November 28 – December 2, 2011. 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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