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“Joint Employer” Meddling Gets Well-Deserved Scrutiny

By Sean P. Redmond  9/15/14

The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions last week held a hearing to examine the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) apparent effort to upend 30 years of settled policy in order to expand the definition of a “joint employer.”  This latest initiative represents yet another attempt by the Board to accede to union demands to facilitate organizing campaigns, particularly in the fast food industry...  

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Street Theater Thursday

By Sean P. Redmond 9/5/14

Labor protestors were up to their typical antics on September 4 with demonstrations at fast food restaurants calling for $15/hour wages and union recognition.  Notwithstanding the street theater and made-for-media stunts, including deliberate efforts by participants to be arrested, these union-backed protests did not exactly live up to their organizers’ promises...  

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Fast Food Protests: “Whatever it Takes”

By Sean P. Redmond 9/4/14

A new round of protests targeting fast food restaurants reportedly will take place today, with organizers promising demonstrations in 150 cities and pledging to do “whatever it takes” to realize their goal of $15 an hour.  Organized by union-backed worker centers, “whatever it takes” apparently could include provoking arrests.  

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"Harris v. Quinn’s" Fallout

By Sean P. Redmond 8/19/14

Seven weeks after the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn, which invalidated an Illinois stealth unionization effort, the fallout from that case is now spreading to other states around the country.  A Chicago Tribune story last week reports that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which has been one of the principal unions orchestrating these types of dues-skimming programs, has stopped collecting fees from non-members in a number of states beyond Illinois, though organizing efforts appear to be far from over...

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Doubling Down on "D.R. Horton"

By Sean P. Redmond  8/8/14

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) appears to be doubling down on its controversial D.R. Horton decision, in which the Board ruled that employers could not require workers to submit disputes to arbitration in lieu of class action lawsuits.  Despite multiple courts’ rejection of that decision, an NLRB administrative law judge (ALJ) this week defied the judiciary and applied its dubious precedent in a case against United Healthcare...