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By Carolyn Blake 5/26/2015

An executive order passed by Governor Tom Wolf in February could force Pennsylvania home health care workers to unionize. As Pennsylvania is a non-right to work state, this would mean mandatory union membership and payment of dues in order for these workers to stay employed...

By Sean P. Redmond 5/22/15

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) this week opened up a yet another front in its fight against franchises and combined this with new protests targeted at McDonald’s, which has been the target of a campaign by the union for nearly three years.  The newest actions include a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and more made-for-media street theater ahead of the McDonald’s shareholder convention in Chicago.  

By Sean P. Redmond 5/14/15

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in recent years has become well-known for its bizarro world campaign against employee handbook provisions, and a recent case highlights the extent to which the Board seems determined to hold employers’ feet to the fire when it comes to this issue... 

By Sean P. Redmond  4/29/15

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent invitation to the public to file briefs in a case dealing with so-called ‘fair share fees’ seems to indicate the Board intends to overturn yet another longstanding precedent for the benefit of organized labor.  At issue in the present case are fair share fees in states with right-to-work laws...

By Sean P. Redmond 4/27/15

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has developed a reputation of being rather biased toward unions, as its decisions regarding workplace policies seem mostly designed to hamstring employers.  A recent decision holding that an employee’s profanity-laced Facebook tirade was protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) illustrates yet another example of this phenomenon.  

By Sean P. Redmond  4/22/15

In another twist of an ongoing saga, the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) abruptly withdrew its petition for a representation election at Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina, plant late last week.  The vote had been scheduled to take place today...  

By Sean P. Redmond 4/15/15

Labor unions and their front groups are back at it today with demonstrations at fast food restaurants calling for $15/hour wages and union recognition.  The worker center group Fight for $15 boldly claimed there would be strikes in hundreds of cities, with “more than 60,000 people across the country and in 35 countries around the world,” including a hodge-podge of “home care and child care workers, … adjunct professors, [and] Walmart employees.”  Despite that lofty prediction, though, these protests have never lived up to the hype and represent more of the same from a desperate organized labor movement... 

By Ted Phlegar  4/13/2015

The National Labor Relations Board has released its training power point on the Ambush Election rule, which is set to go into effect on April 14th. The slides can be found here:  (