NLRB Makes Union Organizing Easier

Human Resource Executive

In the Purple Communications case, the National Labor Relations Board overturned its 2007 precedent in Register Guard, in which it had held that an employer may prohibit employees from using its email system for self-organization as long as the ban is not applied discriminatorily to prevent employees from engaging in activities protected under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, which gives employees the right to “self-organization, to form, join or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection” as well as the right “to refrain from any or all such activities.”

Teachers Take Union Dues to Supreme Court

By Allie Bidwell, US News & World Report

A group of public schoolteachers on Monday petitioned the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to laws allowing teachers unions to require dues from nonmembers who disagree with union positions and policies.

‘Ordinary Contract Principles’

The Wall Street Journal

Sometimes the Supreme Court’s most important contribution resembles the job of a baseball catcher who stops wild pitches from heading to the stands. An example came Monday when the High Court unanimously blocked an attempt to rewrite a contract to make retiree health benefits a lifetime obligation.

Unions Charge Higher Dues and Pay Their Officers Larger Salaries in Non–Right-to-Work States

By James Sherk, The Heritage Foundation

In the absence of competition, businesses charge their customers higher prices and care less about controlling costs. Labor unions do the same. Half of U.S. states allow unions to force workers to pay dues as a condition of employment. In these states unions charge 10 percent higher dues and pay their top officers $20,000 more a year. The remaining states have right-to-work laws that make union dues voluntary. These laws prevent unions from exploiting their monopoly and reduce the cost of union representation for workers.

Minimum logic

New York Post

Of all the ideas Gov. Cuomo proposed in his State of the State on Wednesday, one of the most dubious has been given the least attention: the governor’s pitch to hike the state’s minimum wage.