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.

Minimum Wage Backfire

The Wall Street Journal

If there’s a silver lining for McDonald’s in Tuesday’s dreadful earnings report, it is that perhaps union activists will begin to understand that the fast-food chain cannot solve the problems of the Obama economy.

Purple Haze – NLRB Delays Decision On Employee Use Of Company Email Systems

National Law Review

Employers will have to wait a while longer to see if the NLRB will overturn its existing precedent allowing employers to bar employees from using the company email system for non-job-related solicitations. Such a prohibition is critical in the context of a union organizing campaign and the Board has followed this rule since its Register Guard decision in 2007.