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By Sean P. Redmond 7/18/14

A case currently before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could have a significant impact on manufacturers whose workplace rules seek to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of intellectual property...

By Sean P. Redmond 7/14/14

The ongoing saga involving the United Auto Workers (UAW) and its effort to unionize the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Tennessee took an unexpected turn on July 10 when the UAW announced the creation of Local 42 to represent workers at the plant.  This is just the latest maneuver in the UAW’s desperate quest to organize a southern car plant as part of its long-term survival strategy, in this case with the sometimes active assistance of the employer in question.

By Sean P. Redmond  7/10/14

Labor unions and their worker center allies have garnered a fair amount of attention in recent months, with made-for-media protests against large retailers and fast food companies in a quest for inflated wages and benefits.  In addition to harassing employers, organized labor also has set about pressuring various local governments run by sympathetic politicians to impose artificially high minimum wage rates. Just last month, Seattle acquiesced to these demands and became the first major city to implement a $15/hour minimum wage...

By Sean P. Redmond  6/30/14

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued another decision that observers of labor policy have been anticipating almost as much as last week’s ruling in Noel Canning.  The Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn delivered a considerable defeat to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other unions that have sought to expand their membership rolls and, more importantly, their bank accounts, by implementing dues-skimming schemes in several states...

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued its highly-anticipated decision in the case of Noel Canning in which it unanimously declared the President’s purported recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2012 unconstitutional. 

By Sean P. Redmond 6/12/14

At the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), administering the law impartially has been a challenge for the last few years, given the Board’s openly pro-union tendencies.  As part of its ongoing effort to hamper employers’ ability to manage their own workplaces, the NLRB has gone to great lengths to reinterpret the law to the detriment of common sense. In just the latest example of this tendency, the Board has now decided that employers must tolerate profanity and belligerent behavior by employees, as a recent case illustrates...

By Sean P. Redmond 6/10/14

At a recent labor conference, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) general counsel, Richard Griffin, spoke about his priorities and offered interesting insights into his views of the Board’s direction.  Unfortunately, those insights reveal a telling disconnect between the proclivities of the activist Board and the business realities facing the employers it regulates, and one particular comment he made caught this writer’s attention...  

By Sean P. Redmond 6/4/14

As this blog has reported elsewhere, the activist group OUR Walmart plans to take to the streets today to engage in more made-for-media street theater on behalf of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).  The news of yet another so-called “day of action” highlights a phenomenon in the world of labor about which this blog first started reporting nearly two years ago: the rise of the worker center...