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Labor’s Minimum Wage Exemption

By Sean P. Redmond 12/19/14

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) today released a new report, “Labor’s Minimum Wage Exemption: Unions as the ‘Low Cost’ Option,” which highlights union exclusions from specific minimum wage laws in a number of municipalities around the country.


NLRB Issues Final Ambush Election Rule

By Sean P. Redmond 12/12/14 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today announced that it will publish its final ambush election rule on December 15, the day before outgoing Board member Nancy Schiffer's term expires. This final rule is the Board's second attempt to implement sweeping ...


Seeing Purple: Unions Gain E-Mail Access

By Sean P. Redmond 12/12/14 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) on Thursday released its much-awaited decision in Purple Communications, a case that many observers correctly predicted the Board would use to curtail employers’ rights to manage their own e-mail systems. The decis...


They’re Baaack! Fast Food Antics Return

Labor unions and their allies were up to their usual made-for-media antics again on December 4 with protests against fast food employers just a week after similar, albeit underwhelming, protests against Walmart on Black Friday.


A Curious Case in Chattanooga

By Sean P. Redmond 12/4/14

When it comes to unionization efforts, what has transpired at Volkswagen’s (VW) Chattanooga, Tenn., factory stands out as one of the more curious cases in recent memory.  After a year of twists and turns, the latest development may allow the United Auto Workers (UAW) to get recognition as a representative of employees at the plant less than a year after the union was defeated in a secret ballot election.  Whether the new arrangement is legal is unclear...