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28 Jun 2017 Obamacare Repeal: Will You Have to Bargain With Your Union Over Changes?

  Senate Republicans continue to work on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare). As Politico reported on June 27, “Republicans plan to re-write their health bill over the Fourth of July recess and get a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office before bringing legislation to the floor.” The legislative process will continue to unfold and specifics of what will change are yet to be determined. However, changes to…

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01 May 2014 REVERBERATIONS FOR SEIU CONTINUE REGARDING MICHIGAN DECISION TO STOP FORCED UNIONIZATION OF HOME HEALTH CARE WORKERS

  As we earlier reported, in 2012, Michigan’s Governor Snyder reversed his predecessor Jennifer Granholm’s stance that home health care workers were to be deemed public employees and thus members of SEIU Healthcare Michigan by signing legislation excluding them from the definition of public employees under state law.  The position of Governor Granholm’s administration on this issue was highly criticized with many suggesting it smacked of political re-payment.   Now the numbers are in and…

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01 Nov 2013 Unions Remain Hesitant to Embrace Obamacare

With all the talk about the Affordable Care Act this week, there have been surprisingly few mentions of Big Labor. In fact, as Politico reported earlier in the week, President Obama’s labor allies have been mostly silent publicly on the issue and have generally been unwilling to help the Administration with the rollout and enrollment efforts. As we reported a few months ago, many unions have been critical of the Affordable Care Act’s impact on…

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19 Aug 2013 Sixth Circuit Upholds NLRB’s Specialty Healthcare “Micro-Union” Decision

  On Aug. 15, 2013, the Sixth Circuit upheld the NLRB’s controversial 2011 Specialty Healthcare decision which many have argued will promote “micro-unions” in the workplace and make it easier for unions to dictate the group of employees they wish to organize.   What does this mean for employers going forward? The new standard for evaluating whether it is necessary to expand a bargaining unit will be difficult for employers to surmount. Accordingly, unions will…

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21 May 2013 Now the Unions are Complaining About Obamacare

Can you imagine an issue that Speaker of the House John Boehner and the President of the UFCW agree on? Well, we may have found it and you’d be surprised what it is – Obamacare! There’s an interesting article today in The Hill reporting on how several unions – the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, UNITE HERE, the Teamsters and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers – are all now…

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