What is a Union Organizing Drive?

I have helped clients through many surprise OSHA investigations, Form I-9 audits, and other workplace investigations. Nothing gets the same type of reaction from an employer as “there is a union trying to organize your employees.” While some employers threaten to close the place down if a union gets in (you can’t) and others swear that everyone will make minimum…
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Difference Between RC, RM, RD, and UC Petitions

People who practice traditional labor law, like me, are used to throwing around a lot of numbers and letters as short hand when talking shop. For example, we like to know whether it’s a 9(a) union or an 8(f) contract. Management lawyers like myself are used to unions filing 8(a) unfair labor practice charges, and we’re…
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What is the National Labor Relations Board?

The National Labor Relations Board, also called “NLRB” and “the Board,” is the federal government agency responsible for enforcing the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRA has quasi-judicial powers, which means it can decide cases at administrative hearings, but its decisions are subject to review by Federal District Courts (whose decisions are subject to review by Federal Circuit Courts,…
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Will Ohio Be the Next Right to Work State?

  As appeared in the Human Resource of Central Ohio (HRACO) monthly newsletter   Will Ohio Be The Next Right To Work State?  If you haven’t heard of the group Ohioans for Workplace Freedom, you will. They are the people obtaining signatures to put a constitutional amendment on Ohio’s ballot either this fall or in…
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What is the National Labor Relations Act?

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was first enacted in 1935 to encourage unionization among workers.  The NLRA governs relationships between private sector employers and their employees when dealing with labor unions, concerted activity, as well as terms and conditions of employment. The Act applies to both union and non-union employers, although most companies without a…
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The AFL-CIO group of unions allege that the United States Chamber of Commerce, the International Franchise Association (IFA), and more than a dozen other business groups secretly had “extensive input” on the NLRB’s proposal to change its legal standard for joint employer liability for labor law violations. The Labor Federation said in a December 7 filing…
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