Labor Board Declines To Overrule Favorable Union Beck Notice Precedent

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

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.

GOP sharpens knives to cut political spending by labor

By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner

Federal labor law might be overhauled for the first time in 70 years if Republicans win control of the Senate in November, with key lawmakers planning to reintroduce legislation that would effectively cripple the ability of unions to raise political funds.

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IRS Plays Favorites

The Daily Caller News Foundation has found an email from Lois Lerner which contrasts her apathy towards misreported political spending by labor unions with her intense scrutiny of conservative groups. The finding not only shows how the bureaucracy plays favorites, but how labor unions get special treatment from the government.

A little-known fact about union dues

By Chris Woodward, One News Now

James Sherk, senior policy analyst in labor economics for The Heritage Foundation, says one thing many workers and even union members do not know is just how “left-wing” most major unions are on social issues.