Worker centers serve big labor, not employees

By Richard Berman, Nation’s Restaurant News

With all the protests by labor activists over the minimum wage and pay at retailers and restaurants this year, chances are you have become familiar with so-called worker centers. Unlike labor unions, these new models of labor activism don’t have regulations on length of picketing or filing spending reports.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Public Sector Unions

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Steve Malanga has commented on the growing differences between private and public sector unions. Malanga describes the various instances where the different types of unions have clashed and how they have found themselves supporting candidates on different tickets.

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.