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.

NLRB Declines to Expand Beck Obligations; Figures Not Required in Initial Union Notices

By Lawrence E. Dubé, Bloomberg BNA

Declining to modify its “established rule” on the rights of union dues objectors, the National Labor Relations Board 3-2 held Sept. 10 a United Food and Commercial Workers local fulfilled its statutory duty by informing a new employee she could satisfy a union-security clause without becoming a union member, although the union did not specify the fees and expenses she would be responsible to pay.