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June 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 19, 2019

Published June 19th, 2019 -

On Friday, June 14, the NLRB overturned 38 years of precedent, holding in UPMC and SEIU, 368 NLRB No. 2 (June 14, 2019), that an employer has no duty to permit nonemployee union organizers to use public space on its property to solicit union support. The case ... More »

May 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 23, 2019

Published May 23rd, 2019 -

Yesterday the NLRB ruled against the UAW in its bid for a new election to represent both skilled production and maintenance employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  In December 2015, the Board certified the UAW as the representative of onl... More »

May 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 13, 2019

Published May 13th, 2019 -

Delta flight attendants and ramp service workers are trying to unionize with the Machinists union.  In response, Delta has posted a series of condescending flyers, sparking outrage and mockery from workers and community supporters.  One poster stated, “Union d... More »

May 5th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 4–5, 2019

Published May 5th, 2019 -

The NLRB granted a win to Volkswagen Friday when it ordered a stay on Chattanooga workers’ election to unionize.  This action arrived unexpectedly in a one-sentence no-reasoning opinion from NLRB Chairperson John Ring (R) and Member Marvin Kaplan (R).  NLRB Me... More »

May 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 3, 2019

Published May 3rd, 2019 -

On Thursday, House and Senate Democrats introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which seeks to strengthen workers’ rights to organize and bargain. Some of the bill’s highlights: Amending the definition of employee to prevent misclassificatio... More »

April 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – April 26, 2019

Published April 26th, 2019 -

The Eighth Circuit stayed further consideration of Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC following the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Bostock and Zarda.  Horton, like the aforementioned cases, concerns whether Title VII’s bar against discrimination ... More »

April 2nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—April 2, 2019

Published April 2nd, 2019 -

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday proposed a rule that would sharply limit the ability of workers to sue companies for violations of minimum-wage and overtime laws under a theory of joint employer liability.  If the rule becomes final, workers will face n... More »

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Your Tax Dollars at Work at the NLRB

Published March 29th, 2019 -

The House Education and Labor Committee recently revealed that the Trump appointees on the NLRB are hiring a private contractor to help review the public comments submitted in response to their proposed joint employer rule.  NLRB Chairman John Ring told the Me... More »

March 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 18, 2019

Published March 18th, 2019 -

On Friday, a white supremacist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing fifty people and injuring dozens more.  In the aftermath of the attack, Facebook said that it removed 1.5 million videos of the mass shooting.  However, directly hired fa... More »

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NLRB Changes Course on Charter Schools

Published February 22nd, 2019 -

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board announced that it again would wade into the murky waters of whether charter schools are employers under the National Labor Relations Act.  The question that the Board has put before itself this time, howev... More »

February 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 18, 2019

Published February 18th, 2019 -

Since late January, tens of thousands of unionized and non-unionized workers in Matamoros, Mexico — a city which borders Brownsville, Texas — have gone out on strike.  Workers at maquiladoras (tax-advantaged factories), delivery drivers and others ... More »

February 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 7, 2019

Published February 7th, 2019 -

The grocery-delivery service Instacart caved to public outrage over its tipping policy and will now pass along the full value of a customer’s tip to the delivery worker. Beginning in November, Instacart had in some cases reduced the rate the company paid... More »