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IAM’s Missed Approach

By Sean P. Redmond  4/22/15

In another twist of an ongoing saga, the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) abruptly withdrew its petition for a representation election at Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina, plant late last week.  The vote had been scheduled to take place today...  

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Fast Food Street Theater Returns

By Sean P. Redmond 4/15/15

Labor unions and their front groups are back at it today with demonstrations at fast food restaurants calling for $15/hour wages and union recognition.  The worker center group Fight for $15 boldly claimed there would be strikes in hundreds of cities, with “more than 60,000 people across the country and in 35 countries around the world,” including a hodge-podge of “home care and child care workers, … adjunct professors, [and] Walmart employees.”  Despite that lofty prediction, though, these protests have never lived up to the hype and represent more of the same from a desperate organized labor movement... 

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NLRB Releases Ambush Election Slides

By Ted Phlegar  4/13/2015

The National Labor Relations Board has released its training power point on the Ambush Election rule, which is set to go into effect on April 14th. The slides can be found here:  (http://1.usa.gov/1y8FVMm)...

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NLRB’s Handbook Hamstringing

By Sean P. Redmond 4/13/15

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of General Counsel (OGC) recently released a guidance memorandum covering one of the agency’s favorite objects for bureaucratic meddling: the employee handbook.  The memorandum discusses workplace policies that employers adopt to maintain stability and efficiency in their businesses, but which the OGC believes run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) because employees might think the policies restrict their rights...  

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President Vetoes Ambush Election Resolution

By Sean P. Redmond 3/31/15

President Obama Tuesday vetoed a resolution voicing congressional disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush election rule.  Today’s move fulfills his administration’s promise of a veto shortly before the resolution passed the Senate at the beginning of March...