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1 Sep, 2013

Union Pursues Sham Litigation

2018-04-23T23:55:17-05:00September 1st, 2013|Construction Contractor Advisor, Union Free|

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees federal appeals in states along the east coast from Virginia to South Carolina, recently ruled that a union violated the secondary-boycott provisions of the NLRA by filing frivolous lawsuits against a developer. In this case, a developer in Maryland agreed to lease space to Wegmans Grocery Store in a recently completed shopping center. The United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union told the [...]

18 Dec, 2012

Right-to-Work States, Now at 24

2012-12-18T08:00:22-06:00December 18th, 2012|Union Free|

Michigan has joined the 23 other Right-to-Work states in exercising the Taft-Hartley amendments to the National Labor Relations Act prohibiting union security clauses in collective bargaining agreements. Union security clauses require all employees to pay dues to a union as a condition of employment. Nebraska’s and Iowa’s Right-to-Work laws have been on the books since 1947. In essence, the laws provide that no one may be denied employment because of [...]

12 Apr, 2012

Three Lessons Learned from the Coercive Picketing Decision

2012-04-12T11:03:45-05:00April 12th, 2012|Union Free|

As we discussed earlier this week, the Southeastern Carpenters’ Union was ordered to pay $1.7 million for damage its coercive picketing caused to Fidelity Interiors, a drywall company in Atlanta. There are several lessons that can be gleaned from the Court of Appeals’ 31 page opinion.  You can get a copy of the opinion here.  Get Copies of Union Letters, Leaflets and Materials A large portion of the opinion addressed [...]

22 Mar, 2012

What Are Appropriate Bargaining Units Under the NLRA?

2012-03-22T11:34:41-05:00March 22nd, 2012|NLRA, NLRB, Unioin Campaign, Union Free, Union Voting|

As many of you may know, the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) decision in the Specialty Healthcare case overruled 20 years of practice regarding how it determines the "appropriate unit." Although it was hoped that this change impacted only non-acute health care facilities, it is now clear that the NLRB will apply the Specialty Healthcare decision across the board. What is an appropriate bargaining unit under Specialty Healthcare? In essence, [...]

29 Dec, 2011

Employee Rights Posting Delayed to April 30th

2011-12-29T09:04:50-06:00December 29th, 2011|NLRB, Unioin Campaign, Union Free|

The NLRB has again delayed the date by which you must post the employee rights poster. This poster was originally to be posted in November, then by January 30, 2012. Now, posting requirements are delayed until April 30, 2012. You can read the NLRB’s press release here. The NLRB explained that this latest delay was requested by the federal court hearing the challenges to the rule. Those opposing the rule, [...]

1 Sep, 2011

Are you Ready to Post a Union Notice?

2011-09-01T11:29:08-05:00September 1st, 2011|Unioin Campaign, Union Free, Union Voting|

The NLRB has issued an advanced copy of its final rule requiring employers to display a poster in the workplace explaining employee rights to form a union under the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"). The notice must be posted by November 14th. The notice must be an 11x17 poster detailing employees’ rights and contact information for employees who feel that a violation of the NLRA has occurred. Click here for [...]

29 Aug, 2011

How Quick Will Union Elections Be?

2011-08-29T14:47:43-05:00August 29th, 2011|Unioin Campaign, Union Free|

Earlier this summer, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) released proposed amendments to its regulations that could significantly change the process for voting for or against unions. Click here for the proposed rules.  The most troubling aspect of the proposed rules restricts the time non-union employers have to respond to organization efforts. Under the NLRB’s proposed rule, the time between when a petition is filed and when the election takes [...]

20 Jul, 2011

What do you do about Union Activity?

2011-07-20T10:07:00-05:00July 20th, 2011|Construction Law, Unioin Campaign, Union Free|

Have you received a letter from a union claiming you are not paying area standard wages? Have the picketers started visiting your worksite? What’s a company to do? Well, if the picketers are already on your doorstep, you have some catching up to do. If you haven’t received the letter, yet, there is time and plenty to do to prepare your company for a union campaign. There are a number [...]