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Despite House Vote, Employers Should Prepare for Quicker Union Elections
The House of Representatives sent the president a strong message, voting to block the National Labor Relations Board's so-called ambush rule by a vote of 232 to 186.

Wis.: Unions Sue to Stop New Right-to-Work Law

The day after Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, signed the state's new right-to-work act, unions struck back with a complaint and a motion for a restraining order and temporary injunction.

USW Reaches Tentative Agreement with Shell
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced that it has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Shell Oil as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry.

WIsconsin: 25th Right-to-Work State
Right-to-work states are spreading from the South into the Midwest with Wisconsin becoming the most recent addition into the right-to-work fold.

Veto Expected on Senate Ambush Rule Resolution
Legislative efforts to stop the ambush election rule continue, but likely will be blocked by the president.

USW: Refinery Explosion Highlights Strike's Safety Concerns
An explosion and fire at a refinery in southern California underscores the United Steelworkers' (USW) recent demands for improved safety to protect workers and communities, the union asserted.


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Union Membership Percentage Drops, but Actual Count Holds Steady
For 2014, the union membership rate fell 0.2 percent from 2013, to 11.3 percent. But from 2013 to 2014, the number of union members held steady at 14.6 million.

'Quickie' Union Election Rule Shrinks Campaign Period
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) changed union election procedures in ways that may make the union election campaign period as short as 14 to 20 days. 

NLRB: Organizing Communication on E-Mail Now Permitted
In a dramatic reversal of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) 2007 decision that employees have no statutory right to use their employers' e-mail systems for union organizing purposes, the board held that employees' use of e-mail for organizing purposes on nonworking time must presumptively be permitted.

Successor Bar Doctrine Applied to Require Collectiive Bargaining
An employer that acquired a unionized company and thought it could quit bargaining with the union that had lost majority support instead was required to keep bargaining with the union for six months under the successor bar doctrine.

Myths Abound About Right-to-Work States
Contrary to popular misconceptions, union organizing is not less prevalent in the 24 right-to-work states.
Canada's Experience with Expedited Union Certification
The National Labor Relations Board has proposed a number of changes to the rules governing the conduct of certification votes, some of which have been borrowed from Canadian law.

Report: UFOs Make Their Mark in Organized Labor
New models of employee representation are emerging to reshape organized labor.


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