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By Sean P. Redmond 7/30/14

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Tuesday informed the McDonald’s Corporation that the Office of the General Counsel will allow the company to be named as a joint employer of workers at its franchise-owned restaurants.  This determination was the result of numerous unfair labor practice charges filed by union-backed groups against franchisees that included the corporation as a charged party...

By Sean P. Redmond  7/24/14

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on July 22 upheld a January 2013 Acting-Regional Director’s (RD) decision to permit a bargaining unit consisting of only the cosmetic and fragrance salespersons at a Macy’s department store.  Though it comes as little surprise, the Board’s decision is yet another example of the expansion of its controversial 2011 decision in Specialty Healthcare.  That decision has enabled the formation of micro-unions in a number of industries, now including retail...

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...