Labor

  • May 15, 2024

    2nd Circ. Calls Starbucks' Union Discovery Order 'Overbroad'

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday revived the National Labor Relations Board's suit seeking to halt Starbucks' alleged labor violations nationwide, finding that the lower court erred in tossing the suit for noncompliance with its "overbroad" discovery order granting the coffee chain's subpoenas seeking confidential union intel and workers' communications.

  • May 15, 2024

    Walmart Illegally Barred Discipline Talk, NLRB Judge Says

    Walmart illegally forbade a worker in Louisiana from talking about his discipline with other colleagues, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Wednesday, telling the company to stop threatening employees who may discuss disciplinary meetings.

  • May 15, 2024

    Teamsters Defend Rehire Order In Dispute With Welch's

    A Welch's factory employee who was fired after being falsely accused of sexual harassment five years ago has waited long enough to be rehired, a Teamsters local argued in Pennsylvania federal court, urging a district judge to uphold an arbitrator's reinstatement order in accordance with a magistrate judge's recommendation.

  • May 15, 2024

    NLRB Attys Fight Union Sanctions In Strike Replacement Case

    A U.S. Department of Justice attorney urged the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to reject a union's bid to sanction National Labor Relations Board attorneys in a case over labor law violations at a quarry, saying the contention that the union waived a key argument doesn't warrant such an "extreme measure."

  • May 15, 2024

    Barge Co. Seeks To Block 'Hot Cargo' Union Arbitration

    A barge company urged an Alaska federal judge to stop International Longshore and Warehouse Union local affiliates from arbitrating over a work preservation dispute, telling the court that a prior arbitration award established an agreement that makes the company hire union members.

  • May 14, 2024

    Venable Opens Colo. Office With 8 Sherman & Howard Attys

    Venable LLP is growing its presence by opening its first office in Colorado, with eight commercial and employment attorneys from Sherman & Howard LLP opening its Denver location, which will be headed by partner-in-charge James "Jim" Sawtelle, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Factory Specifics Will Be Key In UAW-VW Bargaining

    While the United Auto Workers' recent contracts with Detroit automakers were key to organizing Volkswagen's Tennessee plant and securing a landmark election victory last month, experts said unique factors at Volkswagen will give the upcoming talks their own character. 

  • May 14, 2024

    Co. Illegally Placed Manure Near Union Picket, NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board concluded Tuesday that an Illinois concrete producer violated federal labor law by putting manure near an area where an International Union of Operating Engineers local was picketing, granting agency attorneys' motion for default judgment.

  • May 14, 2024

    Colo. Org Lacks Standing In Access Law Row, Judge Says

    The Colorado Livestock Association doesn't have standing to challenge a state law that requires agricultural employers to give workers access to service providers, a state judge ruled, finding individual members of the group must take part in the proceeding.

  • May 14, 2024

    Healthcare Labor Activity Reaches Historic Healthcare Union

    Surging union activity in the healthcare industry has reached a new front: employees of the nation's largest healthcare union.

  • May 14, 2024

    Kraft Heinz Seeks To Ax Teamsters' Retiree Benefit Grievance

    Kraft Heinz asked a Delaware federal judge Tuesday to step in and stop a Teamsters unit's healthcare grievance from going to arbitration, saying the union must use the dispute resolution process outlined in the company healthcare plan, not the grievance and arbitration process outlined in the union contract.

  • May 14, 2024

    7th Circ. Seems Wary Of Jurisdiction Over Union Fund Misuse

    Two Seventh Circuit judges on Tuesday pressed the U.S. Department of Labor to address how much authority individual employers had as part of an allegedly mismanaged multiemployer benefit fund, saying the question is crucial to determine whether the agency properly won a federal court injunction.

  • May 14, 2024

    Calif. Grower Fights State's Farmworker Unionization Law

    Wonderful Nurseries LLC is challenging a California state statute that simplified the process for farmworkers like the agricultural company's own to unionize, arguing in a new lawsuit that it's unconstitutional to allow a union to represent workers without a secret-ballot election as long as a majority sign union cards.

  • May 14, 2024

    Mass. Pot Shop Ordered To Recognize Union, Rehire Workers

    A Massachusetts cannabis retailer found to have engaged in union busting must recognize and bargain with a United Food and Commercial Workers local and offer to rehire two fired union supporters, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Mexican Mine Labor Row Ruled Outside Trade Pact's Scope

    An international tribunal formed under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement declined to examine if workers at a Mexican mine were denied collective bargaining rights, finding that much of the 17-year dispute had already been decided under now-defunct labor laws.

  • May 14, 2024

    NLRB Official OKs UFCW Vote At Calif. Planned Parenthood

    A group of Planned Parenthood workers at six facilities in Southern California may vote on whether they want a United Food and Commercial Workers affiliate to represent them, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined, tossing the reproductive health care provider's arguments for a larger bargaining unit.

  • May 13, 2024

    NLRB Official Lets SoCal Nurses Vote On SEIU Representation

    Twelve registered nurses at a Southern California hospital are free to vote on representation by a Service Employees International Union local later this month, a National Labor Relations Board official has held, rejecting the hospital's claim that the nurses are union-ineligible supervisors.

  • May 13, 2024

    Amazon Can't Duck Order To ID Workers For Union Election

    A New York federal judge ordered Amazon on Monday to immediately turn over workers' contact information to a monitor overseeing a vote to elect the Amazon Labor Union's first officers, rejecting the company's request that she reconsider a May 9 decision.

  • May 13, 2024

    Workers At New Jersey Apple Store Vote Down Union

    Workers at an Apple Store in New Jersey voted against being represented by the Communications Workers of America as the union accused the company of using an "anti-union playbook" to sink the unionization effort.

  • May 13, 2024

    Imaging Co. Flouted Deal By Not Rehiring Worker, NLRB Says

    A medical imaging facility in the Los Angeles area wrongly laid off a union-represented worker in 2019, promised to reinstate her and then never did, the National Labor Relations Board found, ordering the facility to rehire the worker after five years.

  • May 13, 2024

    Starbucks Cracked Down On Union Gear, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks violated federal labor law by barring workers at a New York store from wearing union shirts on the job, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, saying the company allowed workers to wear shirts with logos supporting other causes.

  • May 13, 2024

    Rail Worker Wage Case Won't Get High Court Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't intervene in a pending Massachusetts lawsuit against the operator of a freight rail line over whether its employees are covered by the state's Prevailing Wage Act, declining Monday to review the case.

  • May 10, 2024

    Starbucks Fired Worker Over Early Closure, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks unlawfully fired a worker who closed a store early in protest of staffing issues, a National Labor Relations Board judge held Friday, saying the action was a protected strike and that the worker did not lose the protection of federal labor law during heated conversations with managers.

  • May 10, 2024

    American Airlines Worker Fights To Keep OT Suit Alive

    An American Airlines employee is trying again on a claim that the company owes him overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, telling an Arizona federal judge Friday that the latest version of his complaint shows he's covered by the FLSA, not the Railway Labor Act. 

  • May 10, 2024

    Construction Co. Shakes Black Ex-Worker's Bias Suit

    A Washington federal judge granted a win Friday to a construction company in a Black ex-worker's lawsuit, saying he failed to show he was forced to quit because he complained about his manager's racist comments and not because of the 18 safety warnings he received.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Labor Relations Lessons From Soccer League CBA

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    As a resurgent labor movement prompts employers to consider how to respond to unionization efforts, the first collective bargaining agreement between the National Women's Soccer League and the union representing its players provides important insights, says Chris Deubert at Constangy Brooks.

  • 3rd Circ. Ruling Shows Limits Of Regulating Employer Speech

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    It is clear that the current National Labor Relations Board wants to regulate employer speech more strictly in the context of union organizing campaigns, but the courts may not be ready to allow that expansion, as demonstrated by the Third Circuit's recent First Amendment decision in FDRLST Media v. NLRB, says Daniel Johns at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Memo Shows NLRB's Pro-Union Property Access Agenda

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    A recent memo from the National Labor Relations Board's Division of Advice recommended overturning two 2019 decisions that limited union access to public worksites, which could give unions an important advantage in the current wave of retail and health care organizing, say Alek Felstiner and Natalie Grieco at Levy Ratner.

  • Combating Micro-Units In The Age Of A Pro-Union NLRB

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    As the increasingly activist, pro-union National Labor Relations Board is poised to revive an Obama-era standard allowing small groups of employees to form bargaining units, employers must adopt proactive strategies to avoid a workplace fractured by micro-units, says James Redeker at Duane Morris.

  • The Prospect Of NLRB Shift On Employers' Anti-Union Speech

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    National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo recently urged the board to restrict captive-audience meetings that allow employers to attempt to dissuade employees from unionizing, so employers may want to prepare for that potential enforcement shift and proactively revisit their meeting and communication practices and policies, say attorneys at Nixon Peabody.

  • Growth Of Cannabis Industry Raises Labor Law Questions

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    As more states legalize cannabis cultivation, manufacture and use — which remains illegal federally — there may be a wave of new workers in the industry, and businesses will need to consider what law will govern the employer-employee relationship and what role unions will play, say Gabriel Jiran and Sarah Westby at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • 5 Tips For Employers Regulating Employee Speech Online

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    A series of recent cases illustrates the challenges businesses face when employees post potentially controversial or offensive content on social media, but a few practical questions can help employers decide whether to take action in response to workers’ online speech, says Aaron Holt at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Mitigating Labor Antitrust Risks As Enforcement Ramps Up

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission are prioritizing antitrust enforcement in the labor markets with a multipronged enforcement approach, so companies should take three steps to evaluate and mitigate risk from both government enforcement and private litigation, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • Cos. Should Heed NLRB GC's Immigrant Protection Focus

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    With National Labor Relations Board general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo making immigrant worker rights a top priority, the board is doing more to educate immigrants about their rights and cracking down on employer violations, so companies should beware increased risk of expensive and time-consuming compliance proceedings, says Henry Morris Jr. at ArentFox Schiff.

  • NY Bill Would Alter Labor Relations In Fashion Industry

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    A bill pending in the New York Legislature would significantly expand labor protections for workers in the modeling, fashion and entertainment industries, so entities that fall within the act’s scope should assess their hiring and engagement processes, payment practices and other policies now, say Ian Carleton Schaefer and Lauren Richards at Loeb & Loeb.

  • How The NLRB Is Pushing For Expanded Remedies

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    The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel is pushing for an expanded assortment of ways to remediate labor law violations, as evident in a recent case involving Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center, with practical effects on employers defending unfair labor practice charges in front of the NLRB's regional offices, say David Pryzbylski and Thomas Payne at Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Employees' Input On ESG May Reduce Risks Of Unionization

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    As workers increasingly organize at companies across the U.S., employers should conduct qualitative reviews of environmental, social and governance factors — grounded in addressing the concerns of employees who actually feel the effects of ESG metrics — to repair communication breakdowns and avoid expensive, damaging union campaigns, says Phileda Tennant at V&E.

  • Why NLRB Is Unlikely To Succeed In Misclassification Case

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    A recent National Labor Relations Board complaint would make the act of misclassifying workers as independent contractors a labor law violation, and while companies shouldn't expect this to succeed, they may want to take certain steps to better protect themselves from this type of initiative, say Richard Reibstein and Janet Barsky at Locke Lord.

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