Labor Board Declines to Overrule Favorable Union Beck Notice Precedent

National Law Review

A union fulfilled its “Beck” notice obligations to a new employee even though it failed to disclose the “reduced fees and dues” for which the employee would be responsible by refusing to become a member under a union security clause at the same time it first informed the employee of his obligations under the clause, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled.

Sorry, Unions: Franchises Are Real Small Businesses, Too

By Stephen Moore, Daily Signal

If the Obama Administration has its way, Ronald McDonald may soon have to wipe that grin off his face as he stands beneath the Golden Arches. One of the most successful models for expanding small-business ownership in America is under full-scale attack from unions and the White House.

CNN appeals adverse NLRB ruling on dismissed contract workers

By Erik Wemple, The Washington Post

A ruling of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this week ordered CNN to reinstate more than 100 unionized contract TV workers who lost their jobs in a 2003 restructuring of the 24-7 network — as well as to compensate hundreds of workers who lost pay as a result of the upheaval.

Alexander, McConnell Propose NLRA Changes That Would Reshape Board and Its Processes

By Lawrence E. Dubé, Bloomberg BNA

A bill introduced Sept. 16 by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and co-sponsored by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would enlarge the National Labor Relations Board from five to six members and make important changes in the board’s decision-making process as well as in litigation before the NLRB and the federal courts.

UAW Plans Another Push at Volkswagen

By Christina Rogers, The Wall Street Journal

The United Auto Workers union proposes to negotiate on behalf of some manufacturing workers at Volkswagen AG’s auto assembly plant in Tennessee despite being rejected in a February organizing vote, citing the support of about half the factory’s production workforce.

Boehner warns biz: NLRB is ‘coming right at you’

By Benjamin Goad, The Hill

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), lamenting the rise of “arrogant agencies” he said is threatening the American dream, warned the franchise industry on Tuesday that a politically motivated National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is intent on unionizing its workers.