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  • Germany’s largest trade union opening US office with UAW

    11/21/2015 9:50:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 6:52 PM EST | Erik Schelzig
    Germany's largest trade union is opening a joint office with the United Auto Workers in Tennessee to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers in the southern United States. Frankfurt-based IG Metall estimates that 100,000 people work for German-owned automotive companies in the U.S. Most of those workers aren't represented by unions, unlike at their counterparts at plants in Germany. ...
  • Labor unions awarded millions from federal agencies

    10/01/2015 10:06:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2015 | Kelly Riddell
    Under President Obama, federal agencies are doling out tens of millions of dollars to one of the Democratic Party’s most essential constituencies: big labor. The grants range from safety training to union membership recruitment to whipping up support for the president’s signature program called Obamacare, a Washington Times review of federal contracting records shows. Last week, for example, the Department of Energy awarded a $900,000-plus grant for the development of a safety regimen for workers facing hazardous duties in energy and waste jobs. It didn’t go to a safety firm or training school but rather to a labor union: Akron...
  • NLRB's Browning-Ferris Decision -- Yet Another Administrative Law Abuse

    09/17/2015 10:48:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 17, 2015 | George Leef
    One of the clearest lessons of the Obama administration is that administrative law can and will be used as a partisan weapon. Of course, that has been done before, but under Obama it has become shockingly common. There is no better example than the way the National Labor Relations Board has tried to reward the president’s allies and hurt his opponents. Barack Obama was so eager to load up the agency that interprets and enforces federal labor law that he was unanimously slapped down by the Supreme Court in NLRB v. Noel Canning when he tried to redefine what “recess...
  • Dems answer Walker with labor law bill

    09/16/2015 7:45:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | September 16, 2015 | Brian Mahoney with Marianne LeVine and Timothy Noah
    DEMS ANSWER WALKER WITH LABOR LAW BILL: Two days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his plans to eliminate the NLRB and take right-to-work national, congressional Democrats will today propose legislation developed with the AFL-CIO to stiffen penalties for employers who violate the National Labor Relations Act. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott will introduce a bill that they say would “help ensure workers are able to have a voice in the workplace and would crack down on employers who break the law when workers exercise their right to collective action.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will stand alongside the...
  • GOP’s Scott Walker to visit Las Vegas, unveil plan to fight unions

    09/11/2015 12:47:42 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 131 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 11, 2015
    The Wisconsin governor who's known for taking on unions in his home state is holding the event Monday afternoon at XTreme Manufacturing. He said he'll discuss his plan to transfer power from union bosses to taxpayers. He said the strategy includes preventing the government from deducting union dues from federal employees' paychecks. Las Vegas is home to powerful labor groups, including the Culinary Union that represents some 55,000 casino workers.
  • Gov. Walker to Double Down With Attacks on Working People in Las Vegas Speech

    09/12/2015 11:59:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 132 replies
    MADISON, Wis. — Sinking in the national polls, the bumbling campaign of onetime frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is preparing to double down with renewed attacks on working people. Career politician Walker’s desperate bid to remain competitive on the backs of the middle class and working people will be unveiled in a Monday speech in Las Vegas Nevada, hometown of anti-union, Walker mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. “Scott Walker has always been willing to do or say anything to try to win an election,” commented One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “It’s no surprise he’s...
  • Scott Walker to propose abolishing unions for federal workers - ABOLISH NLRB

    09/13/2015 11:44:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 161 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | September 14, 2015 | Patrick Marley
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to focus Monday on weakening labor by proposing to abolish unions for federal workers, create a national "right-to-work law" and eliminate the National Labor Relations Board.At a Las Vegas manufacturer, he also plans to call for requiring all unions to hold periodic votes so workers can decide whether they should continue to exist, according to his campaign. He will also cancel President Barack Obama's Labor Day order that federal contractors provide paid sick leave and work to end policies requiring some salaried workers to receive overtime—saying in some cases they should get time off instead."It's...
  • Labor board judge slaps down Hobby Lobby's arbitration agreements [payback time]

    09/09/2015 6:44:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/9/15 | Sean Higgins
    A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge ruled that agreements signed by employees of Oklahoma-based arts and crafts company Hobby Lobby requiring them to submit to arbitration rather than go to court in work disputes are unenforceable. The ruling by the government's labor enforcement agency, announced Wednesday, could potentially undermine a common practice used by employers to avoid litigation under federal labor laws. "This is a dramatic decision," said David Rosenfeld, attorney for the Committee to Preserve the Religious Right to Organize, the group that brought the charges against Hobby Lobby. "If the board affirms it and the courts...
  • NLRB Rules to Give Workers Right to Use Employer Email for Union Organizing

    09/09/2015 5:06:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/08/2015 | By MELANIE TROTTMAN
    Employees with access to their employer’s email system have the right to use it for union organizing and other communications about wages and working conditions, but only during “nonworking time,” the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday. The ruling overturns a 2007 board decision stating employees don’t have a statutory right to use their employer’s email system for such purposes. Since then, the board’s makeup has changed and the board’s three Democrats agreed to overturn the earlier decision. The two Republican members dissented. The ruling, part of a rush of decisions the board is expected to make by Dec. 16,...
  • Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama

    08/29/2015 11:27:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become a lightning rod for controversy under President Obama, with its aggressive actions fueling sustained warfare between business and labor. From the labor board’s bitter fight with Boeing, to the creation of new union election rules, the NLRB has repeatedly moved to the forefront of political debate, drawing in Congress, the White House and even the Supreme Court. The NLRB’s latest bombshell was dropped on Thursday, when the board determined the waste management agency Browning-Ferris should be considered a “joint employer” of temporary workers. The decision expands the definition of what it means...
  • The NLRB’s Power Grab: A Very Dangerous, Troublemaking Government Department

    08/29/2015 6:51:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/29/2015 | The Editors
    Why should a union representing workers who are not employees of McDonald’s be empowered to squeeze concessions out of McDonald’s? Why did Willie Sutton rob banks? In a party-line decision, the Democrat-dominated National Labor Relations Board has decided that employees of contractors can be treated as employees of other companies when . . . well, when it is convenient for Democratic constituencies that they be so treated. The underlying case involved an operator of recycling centers, Browning-Ferris Industries of California, which uses subcontractors to staff some of its facilities. Firms have many reasons for using subcontracted labor, one of which...
  • Obama’s NLRB just redefined the word “employer” and it’s going to be bad

    08/28/2015 9:20:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    You can rightly complain about the things which go on inside the White House, the State Department, the Justice Department or the EPA and all of the headline grabbing controversies which erupt from them. None of them, however, may be up to nearly as much mischief as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) though it doesn’t seem to catch the attention of the media nearly as much. This week they were at it again and while a bit on the wonky side, a new wrinkle in the rules could spell big trouble for America’s employers and many, many workers....
  • The NLRB Cannot Stop Northwestern's Football Players From Unionizing

    08/21/2015 1:28:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 21, 2015 | George Leef
    Last year there was a burst of excitement in some quarters over the prospect of college football players forming a union. Leftists nearly always think that unions are good because they supposedly promote social justice and when an apparent majority of the players on Northwestern’s team said they wanted to form a union, that gladdened many a collectivist heart. Then, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago gave the players the green light. Joy! But on August 17, however, the full National Labor Relations Board unanimously declined jurisdiction, which means that it won’t pursue the case...
  • Ruling to allow college athletes to unionize is thrown out (by NLRB)

    08/17/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 17, 2015 4:14 PM EDT | Michael Tarm
    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports. In a unanimous decision, the board said the prospect of having both union and nonunion teams could lead to different standards at different schools—from the amount of money players receive to the amount of time they can practice—and create competitive imbalances on the field. The ruling dismissed a stunning decision in March 2014 by a regional NLRB director in Chicago who said football...
  • GOP battles to defund work of Obama labor board

    06/28/2015 9:14:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    Congressional Republicans are using the power of the purse to do battle against a series of controversial labor regulations from the Obama administration. They say the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) gave a gift to labor unions by issuing what they call an “ambush election” rule that speeds up the process for organizing in the workplace. Republican lawmakers are also incensed by a joint-employer policy that holds companies responsible for the labor violations of their business partners, and by a “micro-union” policy that paves the way for multiple labor unions to organize in a single workplace. Now tasked with crafting...
  • What If You Won An Election…

    05/12/2015 8:37:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-12-2015 | MOTUS
    What if you won an election butt the incumbent refused to leave?I know, silly isn’t it? However that’s exactly what happened in Alabama. Employees of an Alabama plant will be voting for the fifth time on whether it will oust the United Auto Workers union. The union has lost three of the four previous votes at NTN-Bower Corporation, but has filed appeals with the National Labor Relations Board alleging management interference.The one vote won by the union was nullified for voting irregularities. In that January vote, only 139 of the plant's 140 workers voted, but a total of 148 ballots...
  • Obama vetoes measure against swifter votes on unionization

    04/01/2015 6:01:52 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 4-1-2015 | Darlene Superville, Associated Press
    House Speaker John A. Boehner criticized Obama's decision. "The NLRB's ambush election rule is an assault on the rights and privacy protections of American workers," Boehner said. "With his veto, the president has once again put the interests of his political allies ahead of the small-business owners and hardworking Americans who create jobs and build a stronger economy." The rule was a victory for unions, which have long complained that the process is too long. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, using language similar to Obama, has said that the board's "modest but important reforms" will help reduce delays and make it...
  • Feds refusing to show cards in McDonald's case

    03/31/2015 6:17:15 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 24 replies
    WashTimes ^ | March 31, 2015 | 5:00 am | Sean Higgins
    The federal government has said in a major, closely watched lawsuit that McDonald's Corp. violated workers' union rights at its individual franchise restaurants. What officials haven't said is exactly how the corporation did this since it didn't actually employ the workers, the franchise owners did. To win the case, the government will have to prove that McDonald's is a "joint employer" of the workers with the franchises — a concept that runs counter to very understanding of what a franchise is: a legally separate entity that merely rents out the parent corporation's trademarks. The actual charging documents by National Labor...
  • NLRB's radicalism may destroy the franchise model

    03/30/2015 11:15:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rick Moran
    President Obama's National Labor Relations Board will consider a case this week with important implications for the future of the franchise industry. Last year, NLRB's lead attorney found that McDonald's corporation should be treated as a "joint employer," meaning that it be responsible for the business and labor practices at each and every one of its franchise operations. This week, an administrative law judge will determine the viability of that finding. If he confirms it, McDonald's could face numerous suits and actions from the NLRB....
  • Business Leaders And Unions React To Congress Ending Biased NLRB Rule

    03/20/2015 8:05:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/20/2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Richard Griffin was appointed to the National Labor Relations Board via a recess appointment and still serves despite a court ruling that his appointment was illegal. House Republicans on Thursday struck down a labor board rule which critics say unfairly benefit unions.The National Labor Relations Board rule, which was finalized in December, shortens the length of time in which a labor union certification election is held from the current median of 38 days to as little as 11 days.Calling it the “ambush election” rule, critics argue it will deprive employees time to fully understand the impact of unionizing before they...
  • NLRB Makes Inroads at Catholic Colleges

    02/12/2015 2:32:12 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 12, 2015 | Anne Hendershott
    The federal government is stepping into the void of decades of inattentiveness to religious identity at several Catholic colleges. The chapel at St. Mary's College of California in Moraga is seen in a 2009 photo. (CNS photo/courtesy St. Mary's College of California) While many Catholics have been concerned for decades about professors at Catholic colleges denying core Church teachings on theological issues, as well as about disputes over women’s ordination, same-sex marriage, and abortion on Catholic campuses, few Catholic college leaders have been willing to enforce the requirements of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which mandates that Catholic college faculty teach in...
  • Republican-controlled Congress to vote to repeal NLRB rule

    02/09/2015 3:31:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2015 5:55 PM EST | David Espo
    Congressional Republicans launched a drive Monday to repeal a recent National Labor Relations Board rule updating procedures for union representation elections, setting up a likely veto showdown with President Barack Obama. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the GOP will employ a little-used law that permits the Senate to reject some federal agency regulations by majority vote and denies opponents the ability to thwart action through a filibuster. Alexander said that by shortening the time between a union’s request for representation and the actual balloting, the NLRB had cleared the way for a new type of “ambush election” to take place...
  • Workers Try to Boot Union for Fourth Time After ‘Rigged’ Election ( Alabama - UAW )

    02/04/2015 3:26:42 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 4, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    Anti-union forces claim UAW ‘stuffed’ ballot box. Workers in Alabama are staging a fourth attempt to kick the United Auto Workers (UAW) out of their plant following claims that stuffed ballot boxes derailed their last vote. Employees at the NTN-Bower Corporation, a ball bearings manufacturer, have unsuccessfully tried to boot the labor giant out of their factory for two years. Workers voted to decertify the UAW in an earlier election, but an Obama-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) panel threw out the election. Another election was held in January of this year. The UAW prevailed, but it was later revealed...
  • Labor board hit with second lawsuit over 'ambush' elections

    01/14/2015 11:37:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is facing a second lawsuit from business groups upset about a controversial rule they contend will unfairly speed up union elections. The business groups are challenging what they refer to as the NLRB's "ambush election" rule. The Texas chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in federal court seeking to overturn the rule. "We are proud to join the legal fight against the ambush rule, which is designed to deprive employers, particularly small businesses who typically do not employ legal counsel,...
  • Labor board readies flurry of decisions

    01/10/2015 12:50:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 10, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board is expected in the coming weeks to weigh in on several high-profile labor cases with major implications on workforce and union issues, ranging from college football players to fast food restaurants. Business are bracing for a flurry of action from a labor board they’ve accused of taking on an activist, pro-union agenda. "We’ve seen the board become very active and aggressive under the Obama administration,” said Beth Milito, senior executive counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). One of the most closely watched cases on the labor board’s agenda involves a bid by...
  • NLRB Turns Government Into Kafka's Nightmare

    12/24/2014 12:12:51 PM PST · by Fzob · 20 replies
    e21- Economic Polices for the 21th Century ^ | 12/23/2014 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    In The Trial, written a century ago in 1914, Franz Kafka paints a portrait of an unimaginably oppressive government with secret laws and trials in which the individual is crushed. Today, in 2014, Kafka would not have to invent these circumstances. He could find them in real life, at the National Labor Relations Board. It’s up to the 114th Congress to keep the NLRB in check.On Friday, just before the holidays, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced that he had issued complaints against McDonald’s franchised restaurants and McDonald’s USA, the parent corporation, as joint employers.  Workers complained that they...
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • NLRB issues rule to speed up union organizing

    12/12/2014 8:34:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 11:25 AM EST | Tom Raum
    The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process. The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is held, eliminating a previous 25-day waiting period. And it seeks to reduce litigation that can be used to stall elections. It will also require employers to furnish union organizers with email addresses and phone numbers of workers. […] AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the NLRB’s “modest but important reforms” will help reduce delays and make it easier for workers to vote on forming...
  • Disenfranchising the American Dream: An NLRB ruling could take down an engine of economic growth

    10/07/2014 7:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/07/2014 | Lee Habeeb & Mike Leven
    Dawn Lafreeda began working at Denny’s when she was 16, making her way up from hostess to waitress. In 1984, at the age of 23, she bought her first store. She now owns over 70. “When I was a kid, I told myself that I was going to be self-employed when I grew up and have a better life and have the things I’d never had,” she told Entrepreneur magazine this past summer. Franchising was Dawn’s ticket to a better life. She’s not alone. Franchising has been a successful business model for Americans wanting to own their own businesses and...
  • Obama, Unions, Trial Bar Take Aim At Franchise Model

    09/20/2014 3:07:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    If the Obama Administration has its way, Ronald McDonald may soon have to wipe that grin off his face as he stands beneath the Golden Arches. One of the most successful models for expanding small-business ownership in America is under full-scale attack from unions and the White House. The political strategy is to fundamentally change the legal relationship between locally owned stores like McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Popeyes (NASDAQ:PLKI), Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM) and their multibillion-dollar parent companies. No longer would franchisees be legally classified as independent contractors to the parent company. The left wants the employees of each of the hundreds of...
  • NLRB goes rogue against small business

    09/01/2014 9:55:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 1, 2014 | Rick Manning
    Labor Day provides the opportunity to evaluate those government agencies that impact the workplace, and gauge if they are helping or hurting the employment situation in America. In the six Labor Days since President Obama took office, his appointees have gone to outrageous lengths to compel the 93 percent of the private-sector workforce who don't belong to an organized labor union to become dues-paying members. While the Labor Department and the National Mediation Board have each pushed hard to create rules that overwhelmingly favor union organizers over those employees who oppose unionization, it is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)...
  • The Feds Could Kill Off The Entire Franchise System, Not Just McDonald's

    08/05/2014 10:05:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/05/2014 | Tim Worstall
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made a very strange decision last week to rule that McDonald's MCD -0.23% the corporation, was a joint employer of the staff in the franchised restaurants. It was, of course, at the urging of those labour activists who would like to union organise in the sector. Dealing with one national company is obviously going to be easier than dealing with thousands of independent business owners. There’s a number of problems with this decision ranging from the way that it overturns what has long thought to be settled law, to it obviating already signed contracts...
  • Unions for Big Businesses: Why the NLRB is attacking America's franchises

    08/04/2014 6:56:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/04/2014 | James Sherk
    Would you like to own a small business someday? If so, sorry — the Service Employees International Union would rather you didn’t. SEIU has convinced the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to eviscerate the franchising model that many small-business owners rely on. Under the current model, these small-business owners pay for the right to use a corporate brand. The franchising corporation researches appealing products. It also does marketing to promote the brand. In return, the local franchisees agree to produce those products to fit certain price and quality specifications. The local franchisee handles all the hiring and employment. This division...
  • Disenfranchising Franchises: The National Labor relations Board Goes After McDonald's

    07/31/2014 7:34:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/31/2014 | The Editors
    Another day, another radical move from the Obama administration. In a big win for the more opportunistic corners of the organized-labor movement, the National Labor Relations Board decided this week that, in a range of labor cases involving McDonald’s, it will consider the corporate parents of franchise businesses liable for the labor agreements reached between franchises and their employees. The NLRB has maintained otherwise for 30 years, refusing to consider corporations with franchises to be part of a “joint employer” arrangement. Why decide that corporations are employers of employees whom they don’t hire, don’t pay, and can’t fire? Because the...
  • ISTOOK: Get ready for super-priced burgers due to NLRB decree

    07/30/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 89 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | Ernest Istook
    Once again, one man has dictated a major change of federal law that can cost American families dearly. It may double the price of your Big Mac, Whopper, fried chicken, donuts or other purchases at your local fast-food restaurant. Where’s the beef coming from? Surprise! This time it’s neither President Obama nor Attorney General Eric Holder who is twisting the law like a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. It’s Obama appointee Richard Griffin, the president’s hand-picked choice for the all-powerful position as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Mr. Griffin has declared that millions of Americans who work...
  • Enabling Micro-Unions is a Dangerous Game

    07/25/2014 12:06:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    resident Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has showed itself once again to be a strident advocate for the interests of Big Labor bosses, ready to stand up for union interests even in the face of common sense. This week, the NLRB ruled that cosmetics workers at a Macy’s store in Saugus, Massachusetts, were allowed to form a collective bargaining unit for their department alone – what’s known as a “micro-union.” Of course, the three-to-one decision was split along strictly partisan lines. The three Democrats on the Board sided with the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), representing the...
  • College Football on Strike

    07/24/2014 7:36:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    The efforts of Northwestern University’s scholarship football players to unionize could have profound implications for the future of college education. northwestern university football According to the Associated Press, Northwestern University just filed a 60-page brief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. This comes after a regional director of the NLRB ruled this past spring that “football players who receive full scholarships to the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can unionize.” If the decision of the regional director is upheld, the framework between the players and the university would be redefined...
  • Shifting Sands

    06/29/2014 1:38:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 29, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    If you paid close attention this week, you could see the sand shifting under Obama’s feet. From public opinion to the federal courts to the president’s former putative allies, it was not a good week to be Obama, and it’s likely to get worse for him. Walkabouts in D.C., travels to distant fundraisers, preposterous flailing on the international scene, and more shots with his cute kids are not going to change the situation as far as I can tell. Yet he lacks other options. 1. Hard Drives are Crashing all over the Place This week, the efforts to push the...
  • Supreme Court Ruling Could Force NLRB to Revisit Up to 800 Cases

    06/27/2014 6:44:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | June 27, 2014 | Elisabeth Slattery
    Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional could mean as many as 800 cases decided by the illegal appointees would have to be reconsidered. The Court ruled three appointments President Obama made on Jan. 4, 2012, to fill out the five-member National Labor Relations Board, were improper because the Senate was not, in fact, in recess. That means the NLRB did not have a quorum, as required by law, when it ruled on hundreds of cases from the time they were appointed until August 2013, when other nominees were properly...
  • Sen. Vitter's strategy to block President Obama's recess appointments affirmed by Supreme Court

    06/27/2014 12:50:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    New Orleans News ^ | Bruce Alpert
    Back in 2011, Sens. David Vitter, R-La, and Jim DeMint, R-S.C. organized a letter from 20 GOP senators urging House Speaker John Boehner to block any resolution allowing the Senate to recess for more than three days. Vitter was upfront about his rationale. He wanted to block Democratic President Barack Obama from making recess appointments when the Senate was recessed. And Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in effect, that the strategy outlined by Vitter and DeMint was valid -- that the Senate really wasn't in recess when the president used his recess appointment authority to name three members to...
  • Labor board scrambles after hundreds of decisions thrown into doubt by court ruling

    06/27/2014 10:14:30 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that invalidated three appointments made by President Obama to the National Labor Relations Board has thrown hundreds of the board's decisions into question. The board that rules on labor disputes is now scrambling to determine the impact of the high court decision. At issue is whether board decisions made when the now-invalid appointees were participating will have to be re-decided under the current NLRB.
  • Obstructionism Is Patriotic

    06/27/2014 4:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Three cheers for right-wing obstructionism. Can we have more, please, and louder? This week's unanimous Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's illegal recess appointments is a double smackdown. First, it's a rebuke against arrogant White House power-grabbers who thought they could act with absolute impunity and interminable immunity. Second, the ruling is a reproach of all the establishment pushovers on Capitol Hill who put comity above constitutional principle. In a nutshell: The high court determined that Obama lawlessly exceeded his executive authority when he foisted three members onto the National Labor Relations Board in 2012, during what Democrats declared was...
  • UNANIMOUS! Supreme Court Rules Obama’s ‘Recess’ Appointments UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    06/26/2014 9:25:49 AM PDT · by Marie · 56 replies
    TPN ^ | 6/26/2014 | Matthew Burke
    Two and one-half years ago in 2012, Obama tried to slip-in appointments to the National Labor Relations Board without the constitutionally required Senate approval, claiming he had the right to do so because the Senate was in recess. There’s only one problem. The Senate was not in formal recess when Obama made the dictatorial appointments. Now the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in a unanimous 9-0 decision that Obama doesn’t get to define when the U.S. Senate is in recess, the Senate does. This is the first time in U.S. history that the Constitution’s recess appointment clause...
  • Supreme Court Narrows President's Recess Appointment Power

    06/26/2014 7:48:27 AM PDT · by dware · 46 replies
    NBC ^ | 06.26.2014 | NBC News
    The US Supreme Court today limited a president's power to make recess appointments when the White House and the Senate are controlled by opposite parties, scaling back a presidential authority as old as the republic.

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has limited a president's power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs. The court said Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he invoked the Constitution's provision on recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.
  • NLRB: Starbucks can't fire cursing, pro-union worker

    06/18/2014 4:03:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 6/17/2014 | AUBREY COHEN
    Starbucks cannot fire a union activist employee who cursed at a manager in front of customers, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled for the second time. Joseph Agins was active in trying to unionize four Manhattan Starbucks coffee shops between 2004 and 2007. According to the NLRB ruling, he twice cursed during arguments with managers. The first time, on May 14, 2005, Agins was angry that an assistant manager did not come to help him right away when the shop got busy. When the manager did come to help, Agins said it was "about damn time," noisily shoved a...
  • UAW suddenly retreats from fight at Tennessee VW plant

    04/21/2014 2:52:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | Amanda Becker and Bernie Woodall
    (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers, surprising even its supporters, on Monday abruptly withdrew its legal challenge to a union organizing vote that it lost at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February. Just an hour before the start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing on the challenge, the union dropped its case, casting a cloud over its long and still unsuccessful push to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S. South.VW workers due to testify in the NLRB hearing were already at the courthouse in downtown Chattanooga when they heard the news, which left lawyers in...
  • UAW withdraws Volkswagen election objections

    04/21/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    United Automobile Workers (UAW) ^ | 4/21/14 | United Automobile Workers (UAW)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW announced today it is withdrawing objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding February's vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively terminating the NLRB review process. UAW President Bob King said the decision was made in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic development in Chattanooga. King said the UAW based its decision on the belief that the NLRB’s historically dysfunctional and complex process potentially could drag on for months or even years. Additionally, the UAW cited refusals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to...
  • UAW withdraws objection to lost election at VW Chattanooga plant

    04/21/2014 1:46:16 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 10 replies
    Automotive News ^ | April 21, 2014 | Reuters
    CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) -- The UAW said today it is withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in a February vote it lost among workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee. UAW President Bob King, in a statement issued by the union this morning, said the process of objecting to the National Labor Relations Board could have dragged on for months if not years. King and the UAW announced the withdrawal on the morning of the scheduled start of an NLRB hearing in Chattanooga on the union's objection.
  • Surprise: UAW folds in VW dispute

    04/21/2014 7:56:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/21/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Thus marks the end of the United Auto Workers’ foray into unionizing Southern auto manufacturing. Despite cooperative management at Volkswagen, the UAW failed to convince workers in its Chattanooga facility to unionize. The union alleged interference and demanded a hearing at the National Labor Relations Board to force a revote, but unexpectedly withdrew just before the hearing was scheduled to start: