Proliferation of Unions in the Tech Industry

When you think of Silicon Valley and the Tech Industry, you think of Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and other computer-based technology companies. I also think of transportation and manufacturing technology companies because I do a lot of work in that space. We can now think of unionized workforces, too. As a result of the Communications Workers…
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Unions Successfully Organize Traditionally Non-Union Industries

Some experts think Unions have finally corrected their year-over-year decline in membership. Union campaigns, elections, unfair labor practices, and media attention certainly skyrocketed in 2022. Along with it came union wins to represent architects, doctors, bank employees, and museum workers. Architects The Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union successfully organized architects working for…
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NLRB Reverses Precedent and Requires Dues Deduction After Contract Expires

Whether an employer is required to continue deducting union dues from employee paychecks after the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement is one of several laws related to unions that flip-flop depending on the make-up of the National Labor Relations Board. In Bethlehem Steel (1962), the NLRB ruled employers were permitted to stop deducting union dues from…
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AFL-CIO Raises Dues to Collect $10 Million to Organize 100,000 Workers

The AFL-CIO is raising $10 million per year by increasing membership fees so it can organize 1 million new members. Union organizing ran rampant in 2022. Nearly 300,000 people across the US voted to join a union. This is way more than in previous years. Unions were able to navigate new industries like architects, video…
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Employers Must Prepare for Card Check: Union Organizing without Elections

The NLRB’s General Counsel seeks a return to the long-abandoned Joy Silk doctrine. Under Joy Silk, unions can organize a workforce simply by claiming to have a majority of employees support the union. This is called card check. No election needed. Card check is usually done through signing cards that authorize the union to be the bargaining representative…
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Union Pension Withdrawal Liability can Attach to Asset Purchaser

Last week I discussed how withdrawal liability can attach to a company that does not have a union. Today, is how withdrawal liability can attach to asset purchasers of a company that contributes to underfunded pension plans through the doctrine of successor liability. Most of you will stop reading now…. Penn Traffic Company (“PT”) operated…
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