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Williams Mullen Alert: NLRB Expands Regional Authority in First Contract Claims

With a new General Counsel's Memorandum, the NLRB has increased the autonomy of Regional Offices to seek remedies against Employers in "first contract" charges. On February 18, 2011, Acting General Counsel Lafe E. Solomon issued memorandum GC 11-06 to each of the Regional Offices of...

Bargaining about Decisions to Subcontract

N. Peter Lareau uses O.G.S. Technologies, Inc., as a vehicle for examining Board and judicial precedent about an employer's obligation to bargain over a decision to subcontract work currently performed by employees represented by a labor organization. He concludes that the Board majority erred in...

Religious Accommodation vs. Collective Bargaining Agreement - COTW #109

The latest employment law Case of the Week features the ultimate smackdown steel cage match of the millennium: religious accommodation vs. collective bargaining agreement (okay, maybe a bit of hyperbole). The Third Circuit recently addressed this issue in Fouche v. NJ Transit , and held that the winner...

Judge Strikes Down WI Collective Bargaining Law

A county judge in Wisconsin has struck down most of the law Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed last year that restricted public employees' collective bargaining rights and sparked mass protests in Madison. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas said the provisions of the law prohibiting union...

Right to Work in Michigan: An Unexpected Journey

Is "right to work" an emotional topic in Michigan? Consider the headline on the front page of the Sunday Detroit Free Press---- Right to work: the battle for Michigan's soul. For the second time in two months, Michigan residents are getting a lesson in collective bargaining. The first...

Lareau on WKYC-TV: Abandoning Precedent, Board Holds Dues Deduction Clause Survives Contract Expiration

This EIA discusses a recent decision of the NLRB that overturned 50 years of precedent. The impact of the Boards decision in WKYC-TV, holding that dues deduction clauses can survive contract expiration is analyzed with practical insight and commentary. Excerpt: Although not expressly set forth...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Backs Walker, Upholds Anti-Union Law

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a controversial 2011 law championed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) that essentially bars collective bargaining for public employee unions. Unions had challenged the law, calling it unconstitutional. But by a 5-2 decision, the state's high court disagreed. As reported...