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Bill Would Add Sixth Member to NLRB
A proposal to add a sixth member to the National Labor Relations Board could lead to gridlock at the agency, especially in controversial decisions.

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. 

Supreme Court: No Inference in Favor of Lifetime Retiree Benefits
Silence about the duration of retiree health care benefits in a collective bargaining agreement does not mean such benefits vest for life, according to a Supreme Court decision.

NLRB Asserts Purview over Professors at Religious Colleges
A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is "another example of how the board will do what it can to expand the definition of employees" covered by its jurisdiction, according to a management attorney.

NLRB Decision that Baseball Cap Policy Banned Union Insignia Overruled 
An employer's policy forbidding the wearing of all baseball caps other than company caps did not necessarily infringe on an employee's riight to wear union insignia at work, an appeals court decided.

NLRB Charges Against McDonald's Put Focus on HR
The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) 78 charges filed against McDonald's USA and McDonald's franchisees are particularly relevant to HR professionals at franchisors and HR consultants.


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'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.

Management Attorneys: New Organizing Rules Are Witches’ Brew for Employers 
The combination of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) micro-bargaining units decision, its proposed “quickie election” rule and “persuader activity” regulations are stacking the deck against employers targeted by unions, management attorneys fear.

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


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