Unions Increase Effort to Organize Silicon Valley Contractors

In the past three years, union shave organized 5,000 people who work on the campuses of household named companies in Silicon Valley. For example, shuttle drivers for Apple, Tesla, Twitter, LinkedIn, EBay, Yahoo!, Cisco, and Facebook are now union. Likewise, security guards for Adobe, IBM, Cisco, and Facebook, along with cafeteria works at Cisco, Intel,…
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Contractor that Thought it was Out of a Multi-Employer Bargaining Unit made Unlawful Workplace Changes

A marble contactor dropped out of a multi-employer bargaining unit and informed the union it would be terminating an existing CBA when it expired. The company also informed the workers it would implement new employment policies like modifications to wages and health insurance, stopping contributions to the union’s pension plan, as well as implementing flexible spending accounts,…
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Smaller Bonuses for Union Employees Not Unlawfully Discriminatory

A union filed an unfair labor practice charge alleging that a company discriminated against union-represented employees by paying them a lesser bonus than non-union employees. The Employer argued it did not discriminate in paying the lower bonus amount to union employees because negotiated wage increases for union employees exceeded increases granted to non-union employees. The…
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JetBlue’s New Contractor Ordered to Bargain with Union at JFK Despite Not Hiring a Majority of Predecessor’s Employees

JetBlue uses outside contractors to provide baggage handling, skycap, checkpoint, and wheelchair services at JFK’s Terminal Five. Jet Blur selected PrimeFlight to replace Air Serv at JFK. Air Serv had a collective bargaining agreement with the SEIU. PrimeFlight hired 362 employees, 52 percent of whom were former Air Serv workers. On May 23, SEIU demanded recognition…
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NLRB Finds Joint Employer Relationship Partly Because Companies had Worked Together Before thus They will do so Again

Retro Environmental Inc., a construction company, was a joint employer with staffing agency Green JobWorks, LLC regarding a group of full- and part-time laborers. The NLRB found that the construction company primarily controlled the day-to-day work of the temporary workers, while the temporary staffing agency handled matters such as hiring and assigning employees to job…
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Management Rights Clause: Not an Automatic “No Need to Bargain” Clause

A  company had a management rights clause in its collective bargaining agreement that, among other things, gave it the right to: “adopt and enforce rules and regulations and policies and procedures.” Relying on that clause, the company unilaterally adopted new work rules and a new attendance policy. It also denied the union’s request to receive…
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