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Pro-Union Changes Coming at the NLRB

By Richard H. Wessels / August 16, 2021

The newly appointed General Counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo, of the National Labor Relations Board has just given the business community a road map of her pro-union agenda. Ms. Abruzzo comes to the key General Counsel position after serving as an attorney for the Communication Workers of America. On August 12, 2021, Ms. Abruzzo issued a memorandum…

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News update on NLRB General Counsel

By Richard H. Wessels / January 28, 2021

Hot off the presses! The NLRB just released the news that Peter Sung Ohr has been appointed General Counsel to replace Peter Robb. It’s clear that the Biden administration’s strategy is to deny the pro-business forces at the NLRB the opportunity to make continued changes during the last ten months of Peter Robb’s term. Peter…

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Look for An About Face in the NLRB’s Business-Friendly Posture

By Richard H. Wessels / January 26, 2021

The new Biden administration signaled an aggressive approach to changes at the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” and/or “Board”). On his first day in office, President Joe Biden made good on a threat to fire National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb, who had rebuffed an earlier request to resign. Robb’s firing ends a…

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Be Careful About Those Old Construction Industry Union Contracts

By Richard H. Wessels / December 17, 2020

We see the same fact pattern time after time. A construction company signed a union contract (or perhaps several union contracts) years ago to finish a job under threat of union pickets. The company assumed that the dormant contracts were a dead issue years later because they had not been used for many years. Perhaps…

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Model Communication to Labor Unions Regarding Covid-19

By Richard H. Wessels / March 20, 2020

For Employers who have union contrcts – below is a good model communication that has been quite helpful for our clients. You may want to consider using it as a model. To say the least, we are going through difficult times. The Covid-19 pandemic and declaration of national emergency is unprecedented in the recent history…

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Union Organizing Update

By Richard H. Wessels / February 14, 2020

In the last year or so, we have seen a distinct uptick in union organizing activity. We have represented employers in quite a number of union organizing campaigns and we are on a nice winning streak! One strategy has been helpful and I will be glad to fill you in if any of our readers…

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Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year Employers

By Walter J. Liszka / December 17, 2019

On December 13, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board finalized a new rule reversing some of the most problematic provisions of the “Ambush Election Regulations” that went into effect under former President Obama in 2015. While the new regulations did not rescind all of the Obama amendments, the modifications will be of great value to…

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Life Raft For Multiemployer Pension Plans

By Walter J. Liszka / October 1, 2019

On July 24, 2019, the United States House of Representatives passed a measure designed to rescue troubled Multiemployer Pension Plans. The Rehabilitation For Multiemployer Pension Act (House Bill No. 397) would provide loans and grants to insolvent and near-insolvent Multiemployer Pension Plans. The measure would create a new Treasury Department Agency-The Pension Rehabilitation Administration, to…

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Operating Engineers Local 150 Remains One of Northern Illinois Most Active Unions

By Richard H. Wessels / September 27, 2019

NLRB statistics and filings often do not reveal the true activity level of Operating Engineers Local 150. Frequently, Local 150’s strategy is more focused on picketing and boycotts, rather than traditional NLRB elections. The reality is that Operating Engineers 150 is probably the most active private sector union in Northern Illinois. They are exceedingly well…

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No Recording Rules-NLRB Protected?

By Walter J. Liszka / August 5, 2019

In the Boeing Company case (365 NLRB No. 154 (2017)), the National Labor Relations Board established a new system for interpreting Employer policies and whether or not they would have a negative impact on an Employer’s ability to exercise their Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Specifically in the Boeing Company case,…

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