UAW Will Play Hardball in Upcoming Automaker Negotiations

The United Auto Workers union has an aggressive new President, a lot of cash, and friends at the National Labor Relations Board; a perfect storm to strong-arm companies into yielding to the UAW’s demands. Just as the UAW membership declines, its desire and ability for confrontation increases. New UAW President Dennis Williams recently vowed, “No…
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Company Forced to Pay Union Negotiating Expenses

There is a fine line between hard bargaining and bargaining in bad faith. This hospital crossed that line. A California hospital did not bargain in good faith with the union representing its registered nurses. The hospital delayed negotiations, made false statements, and refused to furnish relevant information to the union. The National Labor Relations Board…
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Not Negotiating with the Union About Changes to the Dress Code Violated Labor Law

Put this one in the “Duh” category. The National Labor Relations Board found that the Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Salem, New Jersey violated the National Labor Relations Act when it refused to bargain with the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union over changes in the dress code and did not give the union…
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What is an Employer’s Duty to Furnish Information when Bargaining with a Union

Employers have an obligation to furnish information to union representatives during contract negotiations. Without such information, the union is unable to perform its duties as the bargaining agent. However, the obligation to provide the union with information does not arise until the union makes a request that the information be furnished. While the request must…
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Renegotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements

While planning for renegotiating an expiring collective bargaining agreement should commence many months before the contract expires, the actual face-to-face bargaining usually begins about two months before the contract terminates. Renegotiations are sometimes a smoother process than negotiating the first contract because the parties are familiar with each other and their goals. However, if the…
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What are Gissel Bargaining Orders?

When employers commit unfair labor practices that disrupt pre-election conditions to the point where the National Labor Relations Board determines a free and fair election could not be held, an parties are ordered to bypass a secret ballot election and to immediately begin negotiating a first collective bargaining agreement. There are no automatic rules in…
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