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Category Archive: NLRB

  • Union Hack Does Union Bidding at NLRB

    Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel’s office gave a boost to the SEIU’s $15 million-plus effort to unionize the fast food industry by backing SEIU’s outrageous legal theory on franchisees. On the one hand, it shouldn’t be surprising: General Counsel Richard Griffin is the controversial former general counsel of the International Union of […]

  • Micro-Unions Return to Gut Employee Rights

    Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    As part of their ongoing efforts to weasel their way into workplaces and curtail employee rights, labor unions have aggressively pursued the creation of “micro-units”—subdivisions of a workplace that a union can organize one-by-one. Since the Obama-stacked National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in the precedent-eviscerating Specialty Healthcare case that micro-units were hunky-dory, it was […]

  • Labor-Friendly NLRB Revisits Rule Blocked by Federal Court

    Posted on Apr 16, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    On December 21, 2011, the NLRB announced a change in NLRB election procedures, moving bargaining unit disputes to after unionization elections instead of before them. In practice, this “quickie elections” rule would give employees less time to learn about the drawbacks that come with unionization. Not surprisingly, unions win a higher percentage of elections when employees have less time to become informed about unionization, giving them incentive […]

  • Feds Continue Labor Favors

    Posted on Feb 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — now legally constituted and still very union-friendly — reaffirmed its “quickie elections” rule. The original rule was thrown out by the D.C. Circuit Court because the Board lacked a proper quorum to make rules. After the Senate confirmed a full slate of members to the NLRB […]

  • The Government Shutdown’s Silver Lining?

    Posted on Oct 02, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    We frequently joke that the best National Labor Relations Board would be no National Labor Relations Board at all. Well, due to the government shutdown, all but 11 out of the NLRB’s 1,611 employees have been furloughed and told to go home. Color us skeptical that this development will cause an end to labor relations. Since such […]

  • King Solomon’s Temple of Labor Law Comes Crashing Down

    Posted on Aug 23, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Following the repeated invalidation of President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), now another official at the NLRB finds the legal status of his appointment in question. Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon had previously served as the NLRB’s “acting” general counsel prior to the recently un-appointed Richard Griffin, but a Federal District Court found his appointment violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA) of 1998. Solomon was […]

  • Labor’s Nominees Confirmed to National Labor Relations Board

    Posted on Aug 01, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    On Tuesday, July 31, the Senate voted to confirm President Obama’s five nominations to the National Labor Relations Board. The new members of the board are Nancy Schiffer, Kent Hirozawa, Philip Miscimarra, Harry Johnson III, and Mark Pearce. As part of a Senate compromise to avoid the “nuclear option,” or a suspension of the need […]

  • NLRB Nominee Schiffer Openly Opposes Secret Ballot Elections

    Posted on Jul 18, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    With absolutely no regard for even the appearance of impartiality, the president nominated Nancy Schiffer, former associate general counsel for the AFL-CIO. Schiffer is a long-time rubber stamp for pro-union policy, but most troubling is her support of card-check legislation. In a 2004 hearing before the House Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, she described the workplace as “an […]