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Block Blocked from NLRB

By Sean P. Redmond 11/14/14

After nearly three years of controversy about the president’s picks for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), news reports this week revealed that the president has withdrawn Sharon Block’s nomination to the Board.  He has chosen instead to nominate Lauren McFerran, the chief labor counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), to replace outgoing Board Member Nancy Schiffer, whose term expires December 16...

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Indiana Right-to-Work Law Upheld

By Sean P. Redmond 11/7/14

The Indiana Supreme Court yesterday upheld that state’s right-to-work law, putting an end to frivolous legal challenges that have sought to overturn it.  The ruling overturned a pair of previous rulings by Lake County judges who had declared that the right-to-work statute ran afoul of the Indiana constitution.    

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The NLRB’s "D.R. Horton" Defiance

Sean P. Redmond 11/3/14

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has proved once again that its defiance of federal courts knows few bounds.  The latest example of the Board’s intransigence involves yet another case based on its errant decision in D.R. Horton...  

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Department of (Organized) Labor

By Sean P. Redmond 10/28/14

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) mission statement includes fostering the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees; improving working conditions; advancing opportunities for employment; and assuring work-related benefits and rights.  Notably, it does not include rating employers based on their union or non-union status.  After all, although it can be hard to tell sometimes, it’s not called the Department of Organized Labor...  

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OUR Walmart Rolls Out a New Tactic: Get Arrested

By Sean P. Redmond 10/16/14

While the worker center group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) did not have much luck organizing protests earlier this week, another union front group managed to engage in some relatively disruptive made-for-media street theater today.