Executive Summary: Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”) issued a press release detailing an increase in labor activity this year. Compared to this time last year, the Board has seen an exponential rise in representation petitions and unfair labor practice charges. This increase in labor activity coincides with the Biden Administration’s push to limit employers’ right of free speech and revive automatic recognition. As the labor landscape shifts, employers must shift their focus to preparation and training. Now, more than ever, executives and managers must know their rights and responsibilities under the National Labor Relations Act (“the Act”).
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President Joe Biden promised during his presidential campaign to be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen,” so it should be no surprise that there has been an uptick in union activity before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the “Board”).
On July 6, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board published its decision in Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, 371 NLRB No. 112, adopting the administrative law judge’s (ALJ) decision that a carpenters’ union did not unlawfully lay off two employees who raised concerns about safe working conditions during the
Executive Summary: On April 11, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo (“Abruzzo”) filed a brief in Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, petitioning the Board to reinstate the Joy Silk doctrine, a Board standard that was rejected more than 50 years ago.
Despite the always shifting pendulum of labor law, unionization rates in the private sector have decreased and remained low since the 1970’s. However, a recent surge of unionization efforts, coupled with unique economic conditions and key initiatives at the National […]
For decades, employers have been permitted to hold mandatory meetings or “captive audience speeches” in response to union organizing campaigns to present the company’s position on unionization. On April 7, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer […]
In Piedmont Health Services, Inc. and Piedmont Health Services Medical Providers United, Case No. 10-RC-286648, Region 10 of the National Labor Relations Board (Region) issued a Decision and Direction of Election (DDE) in which it held that physicians are not supervisors under the National Labor Relations Act (the Act) simply
In the first quarter of 2022, unions filed over 550 election petitions in the United States, compared with only 290 in the first quarter of 2021. It is the largest first-quarter number filed in the past seven years. While part of the increase can be attributed to the SEIU (Service Employee International Union), which has filed dozens of petitions at Starbucks facilities throughout the United States, many believe that pandemic-induced labor market issues and the rise of worker autonomy have created an opportunity for organized labor.
Earlier this week, National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) General Counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo released a memo urging Biden’s pro-union Board to declare that employers can no longer hold “captive audience” meetings. “Captive audience” meetings, which are currently permitted, occur when employers hold mandatory meetings, during working hours, to present facts, opinions, and reasons to vote against forming a union during an election campaign.
Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) put out a press release showing that there has been significant growth in the number of representation petitions being filed for union elections with the Board.
Amazon is notorious for treating their warehouse and transportation employees poorly, but recent allegations have accused Amazon of treating their white collared positions appallingly as well. An anonymous source claims that he took a job with Amazon because of the enticing salary of 300,000 dollars a year, believing that
The federal infrastructure law devotes billions of dollars to construction sites and other projects. When the law was initially proposed, there was skepticism and concern that the huge federal investment would come with consequences such as mandatory unionization. See our prior article here.
Workers at a General Motors Co. (GM) plant in Mexico have voted in favor of union representation. The vote was made possible by Mexico’s new labor law, which was enacted as a result of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
On January 20, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that union membership in the United States had dropped to a historic all-time low. The decline in membership is prompting unions to consider strategies to replenish their depleted ranks with new dues-paying members.
Nearly a year after his inauguration, President Biden has completed the shift of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) to a pro-union majority. See our prior article here. The reconstituted NLRB will devote significant time reviewing and changing important labor law precedents and rules during the coming year. These changes will likely make it increasingly challenging for employees and employers to remain union-free.