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Labor Relations / Unions

Biden administration pro-union tilt has begun

06/03/2021
The Trump administration took a generally pro-employer stance on labor-relations issues. Months into President Biden’s term, it is clear that is changing.

White House infrastructure plan would bring changes for employers

04/15/2021
The Biden administration’s infrastructure proposal—tentatively titled the American Jobs Plan—was unveiled March 31 and is still in draft form. Taken together, the proposals written into the AJP could affect how employers run their workplaces for decades to come. Here are some of the expected highlights.

Even after Amazon, AI could trigger more union organizing

04/13/2021
When Amazon warehouse employees in Alabama voted April 9 not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, many considered it a blow to organized labor. Other observers are not so sure.

Rein in inappropriate tweets, even the boss’s

04/08/2021
When senior executives discuss company business, they are speaking for the company. That speech includes Twitter content, according to the National Labor Relations Board, which has been coming down hard on CEOs who tweet during union organizing drives.

Organized labor in flux: Dems soon to gain NLRB majority

03/30/2021
Democrats will soon gain a 3-2 majority on the National Labor Relations Board, according to employment lawyer Michael Lotito, who on March 25 briefed participants at the 17th annual Labor and Employment Advanced Practices Symposium.

Walsh confirmed as Biden’s Secretary of Labor

03/25/2021
Marty Walsh has been confirmed to become the nation’s 29th Secretary of Labor, bringing a staunchly pro-worker perspective to a Department of Labor that faces big issues in coming months.

NLRB supports right to discuss unions, wear logos

03/18/2021
The National Labor Relations Board ruled that a BMW manufacturing plant violated employees’ labor-law rights by banning employees’ conversations about the union during work time while allowing conversations about other nonwork subjects.

#1 reason you can’t fire worker for going #2 on office floor

03/18/2021
You’d think it would be easy to fire a worker who defecates on the workplace floor and tells his manager he left a “present” for him. The problem: The employee is a member of a labor union.

House passes PRO Act, labor’s favorite legislation

03/11/2021
The House of Representatives on March 9 passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a bill that would override state right-to-work laws and make it easier for unions to organize.

EEOC, NLRB general counsels sacked in unprecedented moves

03/09/2021
President Biden has defied tradition, firing the general counsels of both the EEOC and the National Labor Relations Board.