Capital Bikeshare Employees Take Steps to Unionize

By Perry Stein, Washington City Paper

Fifty-seven Capital Bikeshare employees—or more than 80 percent of the work force—submitted paperwork Thursday to the National Labors Board to become a union, the Washington Post reported today. The employees are organizing to be a part of Transport Workers Union Local 100, the same union of New York’s Citi Bike’s workforce.

NLRB Cannot Show Unlawful Discharges Where Decision-Maker Was Unaware Of Employees’ Pro-Union Activity

National Law Review

Rejecting a National Labor Relations Board decision that two employees were unlawfully discharged for engaging in union activities because there was no evidence that the person who made the decision to discharge the workers knew that they had engaged in any union activity, a federal appeals court in Richmond has refused to enforce a Board order directing that the employees be reinstated to their jobs with back pay.

The Dawn Of “Micro-Unions”: A Scary Proposition For Employers


Unions can be difficult enough to manage, even for experienced employers. Imagine taking your workforce of 100 employees and dividing them up into 10 different collective bargaining units… represented by 10 different unions… and 10 different collective bargaining agreements… with 10 different effective dates. Sound like an administrative nightmare?

NLRB Overrules Board Precedent And Institutes New Remedy In Successorship Cases

On September 30, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) in Pressroom Cleaners, Inc. overturned Board precedent regarding the appropriate remedy in successorship cases, holding that a successor employer must reinstate all terms and conditions of the previous employer until it reaches an agreement or impasse with the union – even if it can be shown that the successor never would have agreed to those terms if it had negotiated lawfully at the time of the takeover.

Labor Board Declines To Overrule Favorable Union Beck Notice Precedent

By Chad P. Richter, Philip B. Rosen and Howard M. Bloom,

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. United Food & Commercial Workers Local 700, 361 NLRB No. 39 (Sept. 10, 2014). In a 3-2 decision, the Board dismissed the NLRB General Counsel’s complaint against the union.

The NLRB’s Designs to Re-Define Joint Employer

The National Law Review

Are you a franchisor? Do you have contractors? Do you use a staffing agency? Do you outsource functions (food service, cleaning, security, etc.)? Do you have affiliate corporate entities you established to operate separately? Do you have a vertically integrated operation? If you answered any single one of these questions affirmatively, the National Labor Relations Board is gunning for you.

NLRB deals another blow to small business

By Dan Danner, Valley Journal

President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board recently announced that due to complaints against a McDonald’s franchise, it will expand its definition of employer to make one company an employer of another company’s employees.