Symphony Allowed to Negotiate Private Deals with Performers, Now Union Wants to Know the Details

A symphony orchestra that agreed to pay some of its musicians more than a collective bargaining agreement provides must disclose the “overscale” arrangements to the musicians’ union. The Denver Musicians Association has waived any right to negotiate such contracts for individual musicians, but the ALJ said the information is relevant to the union’s representation of…
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UFCW Seeks to Increase Chicken Costs by Slowing Down Processing Lines

Unions representing poultry workers are demanding the Department of Agriculture reject an industry petition to increase poultry line speeds in plants. The National Chicken Council recently presented a petition to the UDSA to implement a waiver system that would permit young chicken slaughtering plants to operate without line speed limits imposed. Opponents of the petition…
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Unions Failing Members: Wage Increases Dwindling

Every union organizing campaign promises increased wages. Regardless what employee currently make or that they sought out union representation to improve safety conditions at their workplace, every union organizer promises increased wages to offset union initiation fees and monthly dues. It’s. Just. That. Simple. What do unions do when data shows that they are not getting…
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Companies Must Deduct Union Dues After Contracts Expire

Dues deduction became a common practice in the mid-1900’s when few workers had checking accounts. Unions tired of going to each member individually to collect dues, so they negotiated into collective bargaining agreements clauses forcing the employer to payroll deduct the dues and remit a single check to the union for all members’ dues. Companies…
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Clarity on When Colleges are “Religious Enough” That Their Faculty are Precluded from Joining a Union

The National Labor Relations Board recently held that it will assert jurisdiction over faculty members of a college or university that claims to be a religious employer unless the institution shows both: 1) that it holds itself out as providing a religious educational environment; and 2) that it holds out faculty who seek to unionize…
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A Union’s Waiver of Bargaining Rights Must be Clear and Unmistakable

A union and hospital had a somewhat standard management rights clause in their collective bargaining agreement. That clause provided that the employer “retains the sole right to manage and direct” unit employees, to determine the “nature and extent of services provided,” and to “assign and delegate work.” The contract also had a specific provision that…
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