Mark Kaltenbach

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January 16th, 2015

Today's News and Commentary–January 16, 2015

Published January 16th, 2015 -

Lawmakers in Washington state have introduced legislation that would raise Washington’s minimum wage to $12 per hour over four years. Washington’s current $9.47 per hour minimum is already the highest in the nation. The proposal comes as a poll conducted by th... More »


The NLRB's Purple Communications decision guarantees organizing workers access to employer e-mail and recalibrates the balance between employer property rights and employee organizing rights

Published January 15th, 2015 -

The facts The case arose when the Communication Workers of America (“CWA”) lost a Board election to represent employees of Purple Communications, a company that provides sign language interpretation services. The CWA filed objections and unfair labor practice ... More »

January 2nd, 2015

Today's News and Commentary–January 2, 2015

Published January 2nd, 2015 -

New York City’s police unions are denying that an organized work slowdown is underway to protest a perceived lack of support from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. According to media analyses of police department statistics, arrests across the city have d... More »

December 17th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–December 17

Published December 17th, 2014 -

Three Kentucky counties have begun the process of enacting county-level right-to-work laws, including Warren County, home of the UAW-organized Corvette plant in Bowling Green. In Warren County, a “final reading” of the right-to-work law—the last step in the en... More »

December 5th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–December 5, 2014

Published December 5th, 2014 -

Fast food workers and their supporters walked off the job and protested in over 190 cities yesterday, calling for $15 an hour, improved scheduling and working conditions, and a union. This fast food strike, occurring just over two years since the first such st... More »

November 21st, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–November 21, 2014

Published November 21st, 2014 -

President Obama unveiled the details of his long-awaited executive action on immigration last night. The provisions directly affecting the most people are deferred deportations for (1) parents of legal residents and (2) an expanded number of undocumented immig... More »


Update: The Midterm Elections and the NLRB

Published November 14th, 2014 -

President Obama withdrew his nomination of Sharon Block to replace Nancy Schiffer on the NLRB when Schiffer’s term expires on December 16, 2014. He has nominated Lauren McFerran to the position instead On Tuesday, I wrote that Senate Democrats had to decide ho... More »


The Midterm Elections and the NLRB

Published November 11th, 2014 -

Board Member Nancy Schiffer’s term will expire on December 16, 2014 during the Senate’s lame-duck session, and President Obama has appointed Sharon Block to replace her On November 12, the Senate will begin its lame-duck session, which is the last chance for t... More »

November 7th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary–November 7, 2014

Published November 7th, 2014 -

According to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department, employers added 214,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate ticked down from 5.9% to 5.8%, the lowest rate since July 2008. But the Washington Post article detailing the jobs report says vote... More »