By Justin Hakes 10/8/2015
In Washington, D.C., no bad idea stays dead forever. Sure enough, earlier this week an old — and bad — idea to manipulate how workers decide whether to unionize resurfaced in the U.S. Senate. Introduced by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, the so-called “Workplace Democracy Act” would effectively end secret ballot elections (where workers vote in private on unionization) in favor of “card check” campaigns (where workers have to “vote” in public)...
By Glenn Spencer 10/7/2015
On October 5, the AFL-CIO released what it called the Seven Principles of Collective Action. Quite simply, they call for a radical reshaping of our system of labor laws in a way that would harm workers, employers, and the economy...
By Andrew Wynne 10/7/2015
A rat, a cockroach, a pig and a cat stop a man from walking into a casino…Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Unfortunately, this really isn’t a joke. A recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge (ALJ) decision (Laborers Local 872 (NAV-LHV, LLC), No. 28-CC-148077), permitting unions to display banners and inflatable animals in front of a workplace, left businesses targeted by these tactics without a reason to even crack a smile...
By Randy Johnson and Glenn Spencer 10/6/2015
The White House will host a summit Wednesday dedicated to what it calls “worker voice.” This term could mean many things to different people, but to the administration it means unions. The summit, it seems, will be largely devoted to proclaiming the value of unions and convincing workers that rebuilding the power of organized labor is the key to restoring the middle class, increasing wages, and reversing income inequality. However, the evidence to support this thesis is patchy at best...
By Sean P. Redmond 9/22/15
The United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) had a rough week in the latter part of September, with news breaking about the indictment of a former organizer and a schism in its signature organizing campaign.
By Glenn Spencer 9/17/15
For the past several years, a group known as OUR Walmart has led protests at OUR Walmart stores around the country on Black Friday—the day after Thanksgiving that has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year. These protests have not always gone as the group has planned, and in fact, OUR Walmart has gotten into legal trouble over its activities.
By Sean P. Redmond 9/15/15
The United States Senate and House of Representatives both have introduced legislation that aims to reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new, wildly expansive joint employer standard. If enacted, the “Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act” (S. 2015 and H.R. 3459) would restore some much-needed sanity in the area of labor law.
By Carolyn Blake 9/2/15
In the Northwestern football unionization case, it’s a win by default. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rejected the football players’ petition to unionize by declining to rule on the case, resulting in a victory for common sense, albeit a less than resounding one.