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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Cleveland Orchestra Members have New Union Contract

About 100 musicians in the Cleveland Orchestra will receive annual 2% pay increases under a three-year contract that will take them through the 2020-2021 season. In addition to the pay increases, the agreement creates a new fifth tier of seniority pay for musicians who have been orchestra members for 25 years, increases retirement benefits, provides…
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Technology Muddies Bargaining Relationships Between Unions and Employers

Despite the utility and advantages, technological advances complicate employers’ and labor unions’ collective bargaining relationship. For example, to what extent must employers bargain with unions over the introduction of technology on the jobsite, especially where new technology performs bargaining unit work or monitors bargaining unit workers performance?   Employers generally have the right to make…
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Companies Should Negotiate Safety Policies with Unions Before Implementation

If a company has a union, does the employer have to negotiate with the union before changing or implementing safety policies?  Yes. A company violated labor law when it unilaterally implemented a policy at a manufacturing facility that required workers to wear flame-resistant clothing at all times. Prior to the implementation of that policy, employees did not have…
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Company Should Have Bargained with Union Before Using E-Verify

Companies whose employees are represented by a labor union are required to bargain with the union before changing most any term or condition of employment. An Illinois food processing company should have bargained with the union representing its employees before enrolling in the federal government’s E-Verify program. E-Verify is a web-based system that allows participating…
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UPS Teamster Tyler Binder posted a 12-minute video, “Why the UPS 2018 contract sucks!” on YouTube because he wanted to help his fellow union members evaluate the deal that negotiator Denis Taylor is presenting as the best ever. The tentative agreement that covers 270,000 UPS workers, released July 10, is unpopular among Teamster activists. Until that date,…
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