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By Sean P. Redmond  12/19/14

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) today announced that it “has issued complaints against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC, as joint employers.”  The complaints include 78 charges alleging unfair labor practices at several McDonald’s restaurants around the country.  

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.

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 ...
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...

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.

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...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the comments and accompanying facts below in response to “OUR Walmart” protest activities scheduled around “Black Friday” on 11/28...

By Sean P. Redmond 11/25/14

Promising the “biggest Black Friday strike to date,” the union front group OUR Walmart will once again take to the streets this week to protest the world’s largest employer, Walmart, on the biggest shopping day of the year...