Oregon Business Report
What’s that old saying about organized labor living in glass houses?
The SEIU, which came out against the D.C. Circuit’s January 25, 2013, landmark ruling invalidating three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), now finds itself in a very awkward position: it just lost its own case in a decision last week by that very same Board – which has basically ignored the D.C. Circuit’s Noel Canning v. NLRB ruling and proceeded with “business as usual.” The case, Union of Union Staff (SEIU Healthcare Michigan), is just one of 26 decisions the NLRB has issued since the D.C. Circuit ruled the board is basically closed for business (and one of nearly a thousand decisionsissued by the NLRB while it lacked a lawful quorum to do business, starting in August 2011).
Another layer to the irony is that the SEIU lost its case because the NLRB found that the SEIU, acting in its capacity as an employer, had engaged in an unfair labor practice by allegedly not following through with a settlement of a dispute with one of the union’s own employees. Of course, this isn’t the first time the SEIU has had run-ins with its staff union.