Did you know that temporary workers can now join a union in your company?

The thought that a temporary worker could become a member of a union or union organizing attempt should strike fear into the heart of employers and be a cause of rejoicing for many unions. It may provide a way for unions to bolster their membership numbers. NLRB reverses a previous decision In a 2004 case …

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If you use Independent Contractors are you free from union trouble?

The logical answer to that question would normally be “yes.” Unions are groups of employees that have gathered to provide them the opportunity to deal with wages, hours and working conditions, but if you have been paying attention you know the National Labor Relations Board has been working hard to extend their domain into non-union …

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A history of Labor Day- It is not about hotdogs

Headlines in the papers tell us of striking fast food workers taking to the streets for higher wages. Unions are supporting them. For the first time in a long time there is something current that aligns with the original intent of Labor Day. Today, Labor Day is not really about what it was originally intended. …

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Could temporary workers become a hot bed of union activity?

The National Labor Relations Board recently rendered a decision that has many management side attorneys shaking their heads and wondering if this might open the door to union activity in some companies via their use of temporary staffing agencies. The case Browning-Ferris Industries, or BFI, runs a recycling operation that employees union workers. They also …

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Rest easy college football fans there will be no unions in the NCAA!

You may recall that last year in January 2014 the football players of Northwestern University filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to have an election on the formation of a union. The grant-in-aid players felt they were being taken advantage of and wanted representation via a union. The university argued that the …

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Federal Court affirms that federal contractors have to inform workers of unionization rights

Back on May 20, 2010, the USDOL issued a final regulation implementing Executive Order 13496, which requires non-exempt federal contractors and subcontractors to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. That final regulation was challenged by some trade groups of contractors saying that the poster infringed on employers’ …

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Ambush election? What the heck is an ambush election?

Tomorrow, April 14, 2015, is the date that the new rule on “ambush” elections from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) goes into effect. Are you clear on what this is? What exactly is an “ambush” election? In the world of organization unions will spend a great deal of time and money in trying to …

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What the heck is a “Micro Unit” and should you be concerned?

Is a micro unit something out of nanotechnology? Is it something out of atomic measurement? Is it some unit of measurement for height challenged people? Unfortunately it is none of these things. It is the latest tool the National Labor Relations Board has provided to unions to make it easier to organize your workplace. The …

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Unions lose a Big Battle so is your small company a target now?

In November of last year I wrote Unions Push South as the Supreme Court Rules on Organizing Tactics were I described a stated effort on the part of unions to try to organize workers in the Southeast, particularly focused on Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and the Carolinas. The UAW and the SEIU have made a “southern …

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Unions Push South as the Supreme Court Rules on Organizing Tactics

  In a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (that is a newspaper for those of you that don’t follow them) a union representative was quoted as saying they are making organizing the South a union priority. Meanwhile the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is taking up a case that may have a …

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