Unions use Non-Union Worker Centers to Do Heaving Lifting of Union Organizing

Worker centers may be the biggest thing non-union companies never heard of. They are pro-union advocates who organize rallies and protests, try to engage workers into acting collectively, and seek to get companies to discuss wages, hours, and terms and … Continue reading

NLRB Removes Consent Requirement for Temp Workers’ Inclusion in Bargaining Units.

This is an issue that has ping-ponged at the NLRB over the years. For decades, the rule was that if a union petitioned to represent direct / permanent employees at a work site along with temporary employees provided by an … Continue reading

Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Big Labor Backers to “Schedules That Work Act” Seeking to End Irregular Work Shifts Ironically Require Their Workers to Work Irregular Hours

A new bill titled the “Schedules that Work Act” is sponsored by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. and backed by a variety of Big Labor organizations such as the AFL-CIO and the United Food and Commercial Workers, as well as liberal … Continue reading

Unions Seek to Reverse the Elusiveness of Organizing Retail

Since 1980 real wages in retail have fallen by 11% while on-call scheduling, involuntary part-time work, and “clopening” (where workers lock up the store at night and reopen the next morning) have, according to unions, wreaked havoc with workers’ lives. … Continue reading

Organized Labor Stakes Future Success on Non-Traditional Measures

As followers of Roetzel Recap: Labor Relations know, the labor movement is slowly shifting away from traditional boots on the ground union organizing to a more holistic approach of worker centers and getting municipalities to change ordinances to benefit unions, … Continue reading

Sham Litigation Violates Secondary Boycott Provisions of NLRA

The takeaway from this case is pretty simple: a union that files 14 baseless lawsuits against a company developing a grocery store engages in sham litigation and violates the National Labor Relations Act’s law against pressuring a secondary (or neutral) … Continue reading

President Trump’s Anticipated Effect on Workplace Policies

In 2016 the National Labor Relations Board maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer stance in ways that affect both unionized and non-unionized employers. The Board currently has two openings, which, once President Trump fills, will result in a pro-business NLRB. However, … Continue reading

Collective Bargaining: Short Term Wage Increase Equals Long Term Wage Decrease

Unions do more than raise labor costs of employers with whom they negotiate. They also reduce wages and job growth in states where they are most prevalent. That’s the conclusion of a new monograph published by the Washington, D.C. based … Continue reading

Employees Reinstated Despite Post-Discharge Conduct Unless Serving Time in Prison

Employee Neel began working at a call center in early 2011 that solicited donations for non-profits. He was instrumental in organizing workers into a union, was elected union steward, and became a member on the union negotiating committee. Neel was … Continue reading

Written Warnings Not Needed to be Negotiated with Union During First Contract Bargaining

In 2012, the National Labor Relations Board issued the Alan Ritchey decision that changed the landscape of disciplining employees while negotiating with a union for an initial collective bargaining agreement. Until Alan Ritchey, companies that lost a union election were … Continue reading

What is a Duty to Bargain in Good Faith?

The duty to bargain in good faith is found in Section 8(d) of the National Labor Relations Act.and governs negotiating collective bargaining agreements between labor unions and management. Both unions and employers must bargain in good faith. To bargain in good faith means … Continue reading