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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 [...]

More Battles in the Walmart Wars: Florida, Strikes, and Delhi

New Orleans    The war room in Bentonville must be on 24 hour Def-con 4 alert these days, given the steady back and forth of advances, feints, and setbacks due to its “profits first, workers last” mantra that is a foundation of its standard operating procedures.

            The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after waiting for [...]

Trouble Coming for Labor on Issues before the Supreme Court

 New Orleans  These days news that the Supreme Court has decided to review decisions that involve labor unions is always cause for concern, but these cases are especially worrisome because they go to the heart of some of the few organizing successes that the labor movement has been able to construct over the last several [...]