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Mischief at Macy's

By Sean P. Redmond  7/24/14

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on July 22 upheld a January 2013 Acting-Regional Director’s (RD) decision to permit a bargaining unit consisting of only the cosmetic and fragrance salespersons at a Macy’s department store.  Though it comes as little surprise, the Board’s decision is yet another example of the expansion of its controversial 2011 decision in Specialty Healthcare.  That decision has enabled the formation of micro-unions in a number of industries, now including retail...

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The NLRB’s Proprietary Poppycock

By Sean P. Redmond 7/18/14

A case currently before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could have a significant impact on manufacturers whose workplace rules seek to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of intellectual property...

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Another Bite at the Beetle

By Sean P. Redmond 7/14/14

The ongoing saga involving the United Auto Workers (UAW) and its effort to unionize the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Tennessee took an unexpected turn on July 10 when the UAW announced the creation of Local 42 to represent workers at the plant.  This is just the latest maneuver in the UAW’s desperate quest to organize a southern car plant as part of its long-term survival strategy, in this case with the sometimes active assistance of the employer in question.

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Labor’s Minimum Wage Mayhem

By Sean P. Redmond  7/10/14

Labor unions and their worker center allies have garnered a fair amount of attention in recent months, with made-for-media protests against large retailers and fast food companies in a quest for inflated wages and benefits.  In addition to harassing employers, organized labor also has set about pressuring various local governments run by sympathetic politicians to impose artificially high minimum wage rates. Just last month, Seattle acquiesced to these demands and became the first major city to implement a $15/hour minimum wage...

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"Harris v. Quinn": Union Wage Theft Invalidated

By Sean P. Redmond  6/30/14

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued another decision that observers of labor policy have been anticipating almost as much as last week’s ruling in Noel Canning.  The Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn delivered a considerable defeat to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other unions that have sought to expand their membership rolls and, more importantly, their bank accounts, by implementing dues-skimming schemes in several states...