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By Sean P. Redmond 7/22/15

The United States Supreme Court’s recently agreed to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, in which the Court will review the constitutionality of compulsory union dues in the public sector...  

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D.C. Circuit Overturns NLRB ‘Inmate' T-Shirt Decision

By Sean P. Redmond 7/15/15

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) on July 10 reversed a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that had ruled service employees at AT&T had a had a right to wear T-shirts referring to themselves as inmates or prisoners when they made service calls at homes and businesses... 

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Piedmont Gardens: Precedent Schmecedent

By Sean P. Redmond 7/8/15 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision recently that has overturned yet another longstanding precedent, this time requiring witness statements in workplace investigations to be disclosed to a union. The decision reiterates that the Board’s acti...

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Right-to-Work Rewind

By Sean P. Redmond 7/8/15 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on July 7 announced that it was suspending its invitation for briefs in the Buckeye Florida case, in which the Board was poised to reevaluate the legality of so-called “fair share” fees in right-to-work states. The ...

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Right-to-Work Laws: The Economic Evidence

By Sean P. Redmond  7/1/15

Among the contentious issues in the world of labor, right-to-work laws are perhaps the most debated, as unions loathe them above almost anything else.  There is little question that right-to-work laws have a downward effect on unionization rates, but a recent report by NERA Economic Consulting also concludes that these laws have an overall positive economic impact as well...