Will Quicker NLRB Elections Make a Difference?

Houston           The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new rule has survived numerous delays, Congressional attacks offset by a threatened veto, and huge corporate pushback to finally find dry ground and take effect.  We have not seen the corporate equivalent of the zombie apocalypse, so the country still stands.

For all the hype the rule itself is […]

NLRB Quickstepping in Right Direction for Workers

New Orleans    How much it will help is going to be an ongoing debate, but there have been a number of recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that all seem to be in the right direction, so it’s worth keeping score.

The NLRB has now ruled in a significant case that workers have […]

Volkswagen Initiative Even More Interesting Than Advertised

New Orleans   The actual announcement of the new employee relations rules for the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was actually even more interesting than the early leaks and advertisements from the United Automobile Workers (UAW). What the company really did, very expressly, is initiate a huge private sector program of “meet and confer” bargaining with […]

NLRB Ruling May Not Ease Organizing, but Could Reduce Precariousness of Labor

New Orleans    The decision of the U.S. General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that McDonald’s acts as a “joint employer” in relation to its franchisees and therefore bears some responsibility for unfair labor practices by those franchisees is stirring extensive debate, all of which is good for workers, whatever the current outcome […]

The Co-Employer Fight at McDonald’s Searches for an Employer and a Strategy

protest at McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Park

New Orleans       More than a thousand fast food workers rallied at a convention center near O’Hare Airport in Chicago in a boisterous, morale boosting event sponsored by the Service Employees International Union in the on-going campaign for a living wage. More interesting is the ongoing effort by the […]

Rulemaking that Matters on Deportations and Union Elections

Lafayette   Often the devil is in fact in the details, and two important efforts at pushing hard on the details within the vast bureaucracy of governmental affairs matter hugely for people, making these initiatives worth following closely, and piling on to support them for reasons both large and small.

            In one situation from the […]