Tag Archives: unions

Storm Continues to Stir Up Union Controversies

By Allison Pearson Labor unions raise no shortage of controversies in the current American economy.  Some commentators have postulated that labor unions helped President Obama secure a second term by tipping the polls in his favor in Ohio. At the same time, however, an August 2012 Gallup Poll shows that public of approval of labor […]

One Small Step Toward Unionizing

By Jennifer Girard Boeing’s recently opened plant in North Charleston, South Carolina is being targeted by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) to unionize its workers. But IAM faces an uphill battle. The South Carolina plant, Boeing’s second U.S. final assembly line, opened in July 2011 amidst controversy. In March 2010, the […]

Countdown to Election 2012: The Candidates’ Proposals to Fix the Economy

By Eileen Lohmann On November 6, the people of the United States will choose between two fundamentally different presidential candidates, and in an economic climate in which the rate of unemployment is 7.8 percent, each candidate has offered his own solution to create jobs and grow the economy. President Barack Obama’s plan to revitalize the […]

New Anti-Flopping Rules in the NBA: Fair Game or Unfair Labor Practice?

Last Wednesday the NBA managed to shake up the sports world a full month before the start of the season when it released an outline of its new anti-flopping rules.  According to the policy outline released by the NBA: “Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause […]

NLRB Takes Aim At Employment-At-Will Clauses In Employee Handbooks

As discussed in previous postings on this site, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is devoting a significant amount of attention to “concerted activity” under Section 7 of the NLRA, and is aggressively working to expand the “concerted activity” definition.  According to two recent NLRB decisions, requiring an employee to sign an “at-will” acknowledgement form […]

AFL-CIO: Pepco Union Faults Short-Staffing for Long Outages

Report by Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City. Short-staffing at Pepco is as much to blame for the recent power outages as Mother Nature, according to the union that represents more than 1,000 Pepco workers. “We’ve been complaining for years that staffing levels are too low,” Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1900President Jim […]

NLRB Union Poster Rule Struck Down in U.S. District Court

 Judge David Norton of the U.S. District Court of South Carolina ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) exceeded its congressional authority when it issued a rule that required employers to post notices that detail workers’ right to unionize, and penalized non-compliant employers. The NLRB rule requires employers to post an 11×17 inch notice […]

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 […]

Workplace Prof Blog: Federal Judge Partially Strikes Down WI Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

The Western District of Wisconsin issued its much anticipated opinion in WEAC v. Walker today on the constitutionality of Wisconsin Act 10, the public-sector anti-collective bargaining bill that was enacted into law last June after a monumental political fight. Of course, Act 10’s passage continues to have ramifications as Governor Walker was officially subjected to a recall […]

AFL-CIO: Judge Rules Against Portions of Walker’s Anti-Worker Law

This afternoon a federal judge in Wisconsin struck down two parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 anti-worker law that eliminated collective bargaining rights for public workers. U.S. District Court Judge William Conley ruled against the provision that eliminated payroll deduction for public-sector workers’ union dues. He also ruled against the section that required unions to win 51 […]