By Sean P. Redmond 3/7/14
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce on March 5 held a hearing entitled, “Culture of Union Favoritism: The Return of the NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule,” to examine the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) renewed proposal to curtail employers’ and workers’ rights in union organizing campaigns. Predictably, the committee’s members divided along partisan lines in opposing or supporting the Board’s pro-union regulatory action...
By Sean P. Redmond 3/7/14
The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of General Counsel (OGC) last week issued one of its periodic “advice memos” that the Board’s general counsels use from time to time to indicate what kinds of cases regional offices should direct to the OGC’s Division of Advice for further guidance. Now that the NLRB has a full complement of five board members in addition to a duly appointed general counsel, the advice memo offers some insight to what the current GC and his colleagues may be thinking in terms of establishing new precedents or overturning old ones...
By Sean P. Redmond 2/26/14
The United Auto Workers (UAW) suffered what one might call a minor setback in their recent attempt to organize the Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen factory when workers rejected the union by a vote of 712-626 (53% vs. 47%). The union’s effort to organize a southern auto factory has become a lynchpin of outgoing UAW President Bob King’s legacy as he has attempted to reverse a decades-long decline in the UAW’s ranks that he says could destroy the union. Thus, despite this recent failure, he is not ready to accept “no” for an answer...
By Glenn Spencer, 2/15/2014
After a campaign in which it seemed to have everything going its way, the United Auto Workers union was unable to convince a majority of employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to unionize. In a 712 to 626 vote, workers rebuffed the UAW, handing the union a bitter defeat.
By Sean P. Redmond 2/11/14
News emerged last week that the United Auto Workers (UAW) will finally realize its hopes of securing a representation election at the Volkswagen (VW) assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., after a longstanding drive to organize the factory. The election starts today under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and, if successful, it would make VW’s plant the first unionized foreign car factory among the several that have been built in the United States in recent years.
By Sean P. Redmond 2/5/14
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today announced that it was issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revive the ambush election rule that it has sought for several years. Though the Board’s press release characterizes the proposed changes to its case handling procedures as ‘improving’ them, observers of labor policy know well that the NLRB’s objective is to hamstring employers facing organizing drives and give unions the upper hand.
By Sean P. Redmond 2/4/14
When it comes to the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, the news has generally been less than positive, to put it mildly. Even the law’s namesake admitted that his Administration ‘screwed up’ its roll out. But an unlikely source of criticism has come from a group that campaigned fiercely for the law’s passage — organized labor. Now that Obamacare is starting to take effect, labor leaders are suddenly realizing that it may jeopardize their health plans along with everyone else’s, and they are none too happy about it.
By Sean P. Redmond 1/28/14
In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has proved one of the agencies most adept at introducing uncertainty to the business community. By upending long-standing rules through case decisions and regulatory actions, the Board has steadfastly tried to tilt the field of labor-management relations in favor of unions, which has been cause enough for concern. Even more unsettling is that in its zeal to help organized labor, the NLRB also seems comfortable thumbing its nose courts that rule against it, as a recent case demonstrates once again...