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NLRB still weighing election rule changes

  • October 8, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board is still considering whether to roll back an Obama-era rule that sped up union elections, Chairman John Ring said today.

Speaking at a conference in New York, Ring said the board is “considering rulemaking regarding changes to the 2014 elections rules, the so-called ambush elections,” according to Bloomberg Law. “We are looking right now at different aspects of those election rules that may require some changes and will be addressing those in the coming months.”

The NLRB signaled it would revisit the rule in late 2017, publishing a request for information asking whether it should revise the policy or get rid of it altogether.

The 2014 rule sought to speed up union organizing by postponing litigation on eligibility issues until after an election takes place. It also scrapped a mandatory 25-day waiting period between when an election is ordered and when it takes place and required employers to release employees’ contact information to organizers. Supporters said it eliminated common stall tactics by businesses, while opponents argue it allowed unions to “ambush” employers with elections.

2019 Labor and Employee Relations Trends w/ Phil Wilson

  • January 14, 2019

2019 Labor and Employee Relations Trends w/ Phil Wilson

Join Michael VanDervort of CUE Inc. as he talks to Phil Wilson, CEO of the Labor Relations Institute about his trends and predictions for 2019 pertaining to labor and employee relations.   

What we will talk about:

  • Union organizing in 2019
  • What to expect from The National Labor Relations Board
  • The rise in activism
  • What kind of labor reform might we actually see
  • Positive Employee Relations
  • Approachable Leadership

If you are interested in attending the CUE Conference, go here for more information.

Check out the podcast below. (44 min.)




NLRB upholds U of Chicago student union

  • December 4, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that the University of Chicago, in refusing since March to bargain with its graduate student union, “engaged in unfair labor practices.”

The university had sought to overturn Columbia, an Obama-era NLRB decision that allowed graduate students at private universities to organize. In October 2017, Provost Daniel Diermeier argued in an email to students and faculty, “the NLRB has a long history of recognizing that graduate assistants are foremost students, not employees under federal labor law.”

A board majority that is likely amenable to reversing Columbia nonethelessrejected the University of Chicago’s argument today in a unanimous opinion. In its ruling, the NLRB faulted the university for failing “to adduce at a hearing any newly discovered and previously unavailable evidence” or to show “any special circumstances that would require the board to reexamine” the earlier decision.

In a footnote, Republican Chairman John Ring signaled that he’d be willing to challenge Columbia in “a future appropriate proceeding” — one that might stand a better chance of surviving an appeal to federal court.