Tag Archives: National Labor Relations Board

New Board Decision Could Mean Bargaining Rights for University Faculty

By Michael Poupore In December of 2014, the NLRB upheld union rights for a group of full-time contingent faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Pac. Lutheran Univ., 361 N.L.R.B. No. 157 (Dec. 16, 2014).  The decision departed from the general rule that faculty at private universities are not protected under the National […]

Proceed with Caution: The NLRB Strikes Down Workplace Rules Prohibiting Negativity and Gossip

by Andrea De León On April 1, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (the Board), in Hills and Dales General Hospital,found that policies prohibiting negativity, gossip, and negative representation of the employer violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under Section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA, it is “an unfair labor practice for an employer to […]

Laurus Technical Institute

According to the National Labor Relations Board, implementing a “no gossip policy” that prohibits employees from gossiping about their employer, other employees, or customers, and subsequently firing an employee for violating that policy, is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Nine months after Laurus Technical Institute implemented a no gossip policy in […]

Are You Ready for Some (Unionized College) Football?

by Christa Pitts As a recent college graduate from an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) school, I completely identify with the feeling of admiration that college students have for their schools’ athletes.  In many instances, these athletes are campus celebrities–students beg for their autographs and their pictures are plastered everywhere.  But as much as I reveled […]

Attention Kmart Shoppers, Rebellion on Aisle Three

by Emily Pantoja, Editor-in-Chief Every year, it seems that retailers are opening their doors earlier and earlier for eager Black Friday shoppers braving the crowds. The day after Thanksgiving is a tradition for many people hoping to get the best deals on toys, TVs, and electronics. But for employees who work at these retailers, it […]

California Court Rejects the NLRB Ruling on Class-Action Arbitration Waivers

Earlier this year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held in D.R. Horton that a class action waiver that required, as a condition of employment , the employee to waive his rights to class-action litigation while simultaneously waiving his rights to class-action arbitration was illegal under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  The NLRB opined […]

Stop & Shop Anti-Social Media Rules Hurts Unions

Where the law protects workers’ rights to organize, rules written in vague language create confusion and do not allow the law to carry out its purpose. This phenomenon can be observed in the introduction of social media to labor and employment contexts. A key element in worker organization is communication and social media provides yet […]

Judge Rules Private Sector Employers Must Post Notice of Union Rights

The Department of Labor and federal regulations require that posters and notices be placed in the workplace keeping employees aware of their applicable minimum wage laws and other rights to working time and workplace safety, among other protections.   Last week, federal district court judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) […]

Connecticut Nursing Home Chain Suffers Yet Another Labor Complaint, Employees Locked Out

The Hartford Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint on February 29, 2012 against a nursing home chain with homes in six Connecticut cities.  This is the fourth complaint the NLRB has issued against the chain in the last two years. The most recent complaint alleges that the nursing home […]