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By Sean P. Redmond 6/30/15

After successfully completing a circuitous path in the legislature earlier this month, a Nevada law scheduled to take effect on July 1 establishes much-needed limitations on disruptive picketing at businesses in the Silver State.  The law, adopted as AB 258, was the last legislative action taken by the Nevada legislature in this year’s session, done with less than a minute to spare before adjournment.

By Sean P. Redmond  6/25/15

In 2003, a Democratic lawmaker described being the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives as “perpetual frustration,” and for good reason: unlike in the Senate, the minority in the House has little influence over the legislative agenda.  However, that does give lawmakers some free time to think about what to do if they return to power. 

 

By Carolyn Blake  6/25/15

In the latest iteration of a long-running corporate campaign, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Las Vegas, NV shows just how far it will go to force a business to organize...  

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies has released its draft fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill, which provides funding for the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), among oth...

By Sean P. Redmond 6/19/15

The ongoing battle over passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation has been a spirited one, to say the least, and organized labor is doing everything it can to stop it.  However, labor’s scorched-earth tactics against its own allies have created quite a stir. 

By Sean P. Redmond  6/12/15

In the latest development of the prolonged organizing effort at Boeing’s Charleston, S.C., facility, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional director reportedly* has dismissed an unfair labor practice complaint by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) alleging that Boeing had promoted “harassment, assaults, and threats of violence against union supporters...”   

By Sean P. Redmond  6/12/15

California legislators are considering a bill that could upend the franchise business model in the Golden State if it becomes law.  The State Assembly approved the proposal last month, and it moved to the Senate Judiciary and Business, Professions and Economic Development Committees on June 4 for further consideration.  The measure, Assembly Bill 525, would make it more difficult for companies to manage their franchise contracts by inhibiting their ability to terminate an agreement if a franchisee violates its terms...

By Sean P. Redmond 6/8/15

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on June 3 to examine the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) apparent attempt to undermine right-to-work protections.  The hearing centered on the Board’s recent invitation to the public to file briefs in a case involving so-called “fair share” fees in right-to-work states.