NLRB Rules Union Lobbying Expenses Not Chargeable

Private sector unions cannot use fees paid by nonmembers to fund their lobbying efforts. A nurse resigned her union membership and objected to the assessment of dues and fees for activities unrelated to collective bargaining, contract administration, or grievance adjustment based on her Beck rights. According to Beck, unions can only use funds collected from…
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NLRB, Handbook Statement That Benefits Available to “Non-Union Employees” Unlawful

Under Lutheran Heritage (2004), the Board was supposed to view the totality of a corporate policy and not individual fragments of that policy. This decision tried to provide a framework for evaluating the language of employer policies. However, the Board overly-scrutinized all policies and often examined fragments of a policy without regard to the full…
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Asking Employee If He Saw Union Organizer Lawful Interrogation

How the NLRB treats employer statements made to employees in the context of unionizing often depends on the make-up of the Board at the time the case is reviewed. The Bush Board was more relaxed than the Obama Board that treated an employer’s statement as coercive if it was made in the context of union…
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BuzzFeed Journalists Unionize

After layoffs in January, remaining BuzzFeed U.S. journalists agreed to unionize. The workers joined NewsGuild, which is part of the Communication Workers of America. The January layoffs eliminated 15% of BuzzFeed’s headcount and gutted several parts of the newsroom. The cutbacks at BuzzFeed were not unique. They were part of a wave of layoffs at…
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Michigan Bell Mustn’t Name Union Snitch

Michigan Bell Telephone Company lawfully denied a union’s request to tell the union the name the worker who tipped off the company about a possible workplace protest and provide the union with a list of people who the informant contacted. But, the telephone company should have provided the union with a summary of what the…
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Most of Video Game Industry Open to Unionization

A recent industry survey suggests that crunch time (100-hour weeks leading up to game releases) and similar issues are why nearly half the employees in the game development industry are looking to become represented by a union. The Game Developers Conference (“GDC”) surveyed almost 4,000 game industry professionals. Several survey questions addressed the time and…
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