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By Sean P. Redmond 11/25/14

Promising the “biggest Black Friday strike to date,” the union front group OUR Walmart will once again take to the streets this week to protest the world’s largest employer, Walmart, on the biggest shopping day of the year...

By Sean P. Redmond 11/14/14

After nearly three years of controversy about the president’s picks for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), news reports this week revealed that the president has withdrawn Sharon Block’s nomination to the Board.  He has chosen instead to nominate Lauren McFerran, the chief labor counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), to replace outgoing Board Member Nancy Schiffer, whose term expires December 16...

By Sean P. Redmond 11/7/14

The Indiana Supreme Court yesterday upheld that state’s right-to-work law, putting an end to frivolous legal challenges that have sought to overturn it.  The ruling overturned a pair of previous rulings by Lake County judges who had declared that the right-to-work statute ran afoul of the Indiana constitution.    

Sean P. Redmond 11/3/14

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has proved once again that its defiance of federal courts knows few bounds.  The latest example of the Board’s intransigence involves yet another case based on its errant decision in D.R. Horton...  

By Sean P. Redmond 10/28/14

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) mission statement includes fostering the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees; improving working conditions; advancing opportunities for employment; and assuring work-related benefits and rights.  Notably, it does not include rating employers based on their union or non-union status.  After all, although it can be hard to tell sometimes, it’s not called the Department of Organized Labor...  

By Sean P. Redmond 10/16/14

While the worker center group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) did not have much luck organizing protests earlier this week, another union front group managed to engage in some relatively disruptive made-for-media street theater today.  

By Sean P. Redmond 10/16./14

In their ongoing effort to reverse a prolonged decline in membership, labor unions have employed a number of creative strategies with mixed success.  One prominent tactic has been to create or collaborate with worker centers that engage in street theater and made-for-media stunts while circumventing federal labor laws governing picketing.  Those efforts have often yielded spotty results as an episode this week illustrates...  

By Sean P. Redmond 10/15/14

With mid-term elections approaching, all of Washington, DC has become more or less paralyzed and the chances of any major legislation passing before January are low at best.  That certainly seems to be the case when it comes to increasing the minimum wage, something the administration has been promoting for some time.  However, despite the bleak prospects of action on the federal minimum wage, plenty is abuzz at the state and local level...