NLRB Proposal For Union Elections Could Prove Substantial

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 8:34 am

The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency in charge of interpreting and enforcing labor law in the private sector, is studying a proposal to change the union election system to make it easier for workers to vote in a union at their workplace. The proposal passed to the next stage of development by a [...]

Walmart Holding Canned Food Drive For Its Own Employees

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 5:04 am

One of the richest companies in the world has found a solution to help feed their struggling underpaid workers – donations from their other underpaid workers. Walmart has defended the practice as part of the “company’s culture” of charity but the question remains as to why people who are working need such charity. A Walmart [...]

Unions Sacrificed In Reid-McConnell Filibuster Deal

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 5:53 am

While some are trumpeting the deal reached between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on filibustered nominees, the devil is in the details. Part of the deal involved President Obama withdrawing nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, a move one union leader considers a betrayal. Larry Cohen, president of [...]

Obama Admin Going Back To Court Over Recess Appointments

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 5:55 am

What started as an esoteric dispute over whether a Senate “pro forma” session can technically be considered “recess” morphed into a larger question of executive power when a federal appeals court rejected the Obama Administration’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. But the court went beyond the narrow dispute over pro forma sessions [...]

Labor Unions Show Solidarity With Walmart Workers

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 10:00 am

We can now see why the imminent Walmart strikes on Black Friday have spooked the company. They have engaged in a two-prong PR strategy, dismissing the strikes as being carried out by a small faction of its 1.4 million associates, while also seeking National Labor Relations Board reliefto block the strikes as illegal union-based activity. [...]

Walmart Files Unfair Labor Practice Against UFCW

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 11:32 am

Walmart, trying to change the subject in advance of protests and strikes at the outset of the holiday shopping season, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers union, arguing that UFCW is illegally attempting to disrupt its business. A non-union coalition of Walmart workers called OUR Walmart has [...]

Republican NLRB Member Resigns in Ethics Controversy

By: Monday May 28, 2012 7:44 am

Terence Flynn, a Republican member of the National Labor Relations Board, who leaked documents to Republican confidants according to that agency’s inspector general, resigned on Sunday. Flynn’s resignation becomes effective July 24. Flynn had only been on the board since January, as a recess appointment of the President, along with two Democrats, giving the board [...]

Holdup of New Union Election Rules a Consequence of Punting on EFCA

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 10:55 am

The failure to pass better rules for forming labor unions during the 2009-2010 period has now shown its full costs. Yesterday, a federal appeals court blocked the more modest union election rules approved by the National Labor Relations Board, on the grounds that the NLRB did not have a quorum when it approved the rules. [...]

Senate Republicans Considering Lawsuit Over Recess Appointments

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 9:35 am

The House Republican position on President Obama’s recess appointments is hard to even express without laughing. GOP Congressmembers are actually saying that they oppose the appointments because Congress is not in recess – and as soon as they finish their vacation and get back to Washington, they’ll have something to say about that. I’ve heard [...]

Obama Recess-Appointing Only in Dire Circumstances

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 6:55 am

I think we have found the unifying thread on the President’s recess appointments yesterday. He did not decide to make appointments on key financial regulatory positions, like OCC or FDIC or the Federal Reserve, and some worry that those nominees will now get blocked from confirmation as a result, though they are seen as uncontroversial. [...]

NLRB Nominees to Get Recess Appointments Too

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 12:29 pm

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer put out his rationale for the recess appointment of Richard Cordray, including some of the legal reasoning. Here are the facts: The Constitution gives the President the authority to make temporary recess appointments to fill vacant positions when the Senate is in recess, a power all recent Presidents have [...]

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