Category Archives: Unions

Bloomberg BNA Statistics Show Unionization Efforts on the Rise

by Ralph F. Abbott The recently released BNA midyear NLRB Election Statistics show that recent National Labor Relations Board developments such as enabling unions to organize “micro” bargaining units have resulted in increased union organizing efforts and higher union win rates.  These … Continue reading

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NLRB Expands Definition of Joint Employer and Exposes More Employers to Unionization

by Amelia J. Holstrom The National Labor Relations Board is at it again. In yet another decision aimed at easing employees’ efforts to unionize, the Board has overturned decades of Board precedent and has greatly expanded the definition of “joint … Continue reading

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LMRA Does Not Preempt Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk When the Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave law was passed, some unionized employers expressed concern over how the law would affect their existing union contracts.  Such employers, having already negotiated with their unions over the amount of … Continue reading

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NLRB: Employees Can Use Company E-mail for Organizing Efforts and Other Non-Business Reasons

by John S. Gannon It seemed inevitable that the NLRB would stir the pot again before the close of 2014.  Earlier this year, we discussed the NLRB’s scrutiny of employer handbooks.  The trend continued last week when the Board issued another … Continue reading

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NLRB Election Statistics Reveal Union Successes

by Ralph F. Abbott, Jr. According to Bloomberg’s BNA’s recently-released midyear 2014 NLRB Election Statistics, unions won 69.2% of 671 representation elections held during the first 6 months of 2014, up from 65.5% of 653 elections held during the same period … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Nurses Achieve Compromise on Maximum Patient Assignments

by Susan G. Fentin Earlier this week, Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill that requires hospitals to limit the number of intensive care patients assigned to one nurse to no more than two.  This bill was the result of a … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Says “Clothes” May Include Protective Gear for FLSA Purposes

by Erica E. Flores It’s hard to believe a case that turned on the meaning of the term “changing clothes” made it all the way to the Supreme Court.  What may be even more surprising, however, is that the Court’s … Continue reading

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NLRB Re-Publishes “Quickie Election” Rule

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk Nearly two years after a federal district court judge struck down the National Labor Relation Board’s rule amending union election procedures, the NLRB has reissued the rule in the hopes of accomplishing what the legislature could … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in NLRB v. Noel Canning

By Amelia J. Holstrom In January 2013, we wrote a blog post on NLRB v. Noel Canning.  In that decision,  the Federal Appeals Court for the District of Columbia held that Obama’s NLRB “recess” appointments were unconstitutional. In March 2013, … Continue reading

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Recent NLRB Win Should Scare Employers

Over the last few months, we’ve discussed several federal appeals court decisions that rejected or invalidated pro-labor actions.  There was the decision from the Federal Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit where the court ruled that President Obama … Continue reading

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