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By Richard H. Wessels / August 15, 2018

As our readers know, a significant portion of our practice here at Wessels Sherman is devoted to representation of employers in cases involving labor unions. This runs the full spectrum from remaining union-free to dealings with organized labor involving negotiations, arbitration, strikes, picketing, boycotts, and virtually all matters coming under the general description of labor-management…

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Historic Supreme Court Decision Today Goes Against AFSCME

By Richard H. Wessels / June 27, 2018

The US Supreme Court issued its decision in Janus v AFSCME minutes ago ruling against the union in the public sector union fee case. This is a devastating body blow to organized labor. Click below to read the historic decision. Questions? Contact us.

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Pro-Business Majority Now in Control at NLRB

By Richard H. Wessels / April 27, 2018

Good news for business! On April 11, 2018, the US Senate confirmed Morgan Lewis & Bockius attorney John Ring to fill the National Labor Relations Board’s only remaining vacancy. With this confirmation, the NLRB will be at full strength with a 3-2 pro-business majority. This clears the way for the Trump administration appointees to resume…

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Union Organizing–“This Is An Emergency!”

By Richard H. Wessels / March 16, 2018

Nancy Joerg heard me talking on the phone with a client the other day. She liked the advice and asked me to write a commentary for our next Wessels Sherman Client Alert. The subject that I was discussing with a company president was one that doesn’t get much attention these days-union organizing. Union organizing in…

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What Non-Union Private Sector Employers Need to Do

By Richard H. Wessels / April 7, 2017

For the last several years, my advice to union-free clients has been consistent. Even in the face of quickie NLRB elections, employers have the upper hand. Unions in the private sector today are a pale shadow of what they once were. Labor unions can be kept out of your organization with only modest preventative measures.…

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Decline of Private Sector Unions

By Richard H. Wessels / March 8, 2017

In my introduction, I reprinted my commentary from 2005 on why private sector unions are in such a state of decline. Those factors are true today. Here is a list of the factors without my 2005 commentary: 1. Traditional base is disappearing 2. Management is far more sophisticated in countering the threat of unions 3.…

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Right to Work Laws

By Richard H. Wessels / February 9, 2017

(Fourth part of the series on the State of Labor Unions in America) Right to work laws are often misunderstood. They really do only one thing – such a law makes it illegal in that particular state for a union contract to have a provision calling for mandatory union membership. Stated another way, when a…

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Public Sector Labor Relations is Different

By Richard H. Wessels / January 11, 2017

(Third part of the series on the State of Labor Unions in America) Any analysis of private vs public sector labor relations must start with the legal underpinnings. The private sector has a long history of regulation under the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRA dates to 1935. To a degree, the NLRB is political…

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Shift Away From Private Sector Unions to Public Sector Unions

By Richard H. Wessels / November 28, 2016

(Second part of the series on the State of Labor Unions in America) Few graphs can be more dramatic than the two showing membership trends of private and public sector unions. Look at what is happening. These graphs go back to the early 1980s. If you look further back you will see that private sector…

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End of Summer Labor Law Checklist

By Richard H. Wessels / September 7, 2016

1. Defunct Labor Contract? Construction industry employers are particularly vulnerable to this issue. It may not be defunct! A typical fact pattern is that years ago the contractor signed an assent agreement which typically has language binding them to successor agreements. Later, the company assumed that the contract was stale because they had employed no…

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