National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
- Homepage: http://www.nlrb.gov/
August 2006: "The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector. The statute guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers or to refrain from all such activity. Generally applying to all employers involved in interstate commerce--other than airlines, railroads, agriculture, and government--the Act implements the national labor policy of assuring free choice and encouraging collective bargaining as a means of maintaining industrial peace. Through the years, Congress has amended the Act and the Board and courts have developed a body of law drawn from the statute."http://www.nlrb.gov/nlrb/about/default.asp
January 2013: 'WASHINGTON — In a ruling that called into question nearly two centuries of presidential “recess” appointments that bypass the Senate confirmation process, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that President Obama violated the Constitution when he installed three officials on the National Labor Relations Board a year ago.'http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/business/court-rejects-recess-appointments-to-labor-board.html
December 2011: "UNLESS something changes in Washington, American workers will, on New Year’s Day, effectively lose their right to be represented by a union. Two of the five seats on the National Labor Relations Board, which protects collective bargaining, are vacant, and on Dec. 31, the term of Craig Becker, a labor lawyer whom President Obama named to the board last year through a recess appointment, will expire. Without a quorum, the Supreme Court ruled last year, the board cannot decide cases."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/17/opinion/crippling-the-right-to-organize.html
September 2011: "The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in the favor of 5 New York workers that were fired because of comments they made on Facebook. The judge in the case decided that the social media communications of the workers were protected by the National Labor Relations Act, which allows for employees to freely discuss the terms and conditions of their employment."http://www.webpronews.com/judge-you-cant-get-fired-for-bitching-about-your-job-on-facebook-2011-09
May 2007: The report says there were 15 rulings against Wal-Mart by the National Labor Relations Board between January 2000 and July 2005 that still stand, compared with four rulings against rivals Albertsons, Costco, Kmart, Kroger, Home Depot, Sears and Target combined. In one case in Pennsylvania, the report says, the NLRB found that Wal-Mart illegally transferred union supporters out of a store and brought in union opponents to dilute efforts to organize.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/30/AR2007043001679.html
April 2007: The New York Times Company sold The News-Press to Ms. McCaw, the ex-wife of the cellphone entrepreneur Craig McCaw, in 2000. The National Labor Relations Board said earlier this year it would prosecute The News-Press for unfairly firing eight reporters.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/23/business/media/23barbara.html
April 2007: ON March 30, the National Labor Relations Board’s New York office delivered a stinging accusation against one of the city’s — and the nation’s — most popular retail outlets. The labor board charged that Starbucks, the ubiquitous coffee chain, committed 30 violations of law in the process of trying to ward off union activity at four Manhattan outlets.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/08/weekinreview/08gross.html
March 2007: LOS ANGELES, March 18 — The National Labor Relations Board will prosecute the conflict-ridden Santa Barbara News-Press newspaper for unfairly firing eight reporters from its newsroom, the agency announced last week. The paper has been in a tense standoff with its current and former reporters, who overwhelmingly voted to unionize last fall.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/19/business/media/19barbara.html
August 2006: Employers and unions are both eagerly awaiting a pending National Labor Relations Board decision that could make it easier for companies to declare certain workers supervisors and thus ineligible for union membership.http://www.newsday.com/business/ny-bzlabo234861506aug23,0,491932.story
Role Name Type Last Updated Opponent (past or present) Smithfield Packing Organization Aug 14, 2006 Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Independent Agencies Organization May 4, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Prof. William Gould IV, Esq. Person Oct 3, 2005 Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Peter N. Kirsanow Person May 24, 2006
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jan 25, 2013 Court Rejects Obama Move to Fill Posts
QUOTE: In a ruling that called into question nearly two centuries of presidential “recess” appointments that bypass the Senate confirmation process, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that President Obama violated the Constitution when he installed three officials on the National Labor Relations Board a year ago.
New York Times Dec 16, 2011 Crippling the Right to Organize (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: three decades of Republican resistance to the board — an unwillingness to recognize the fundamental right of workers to band together, if they wish, to seek better pay and working conditions. But Mr. Obama is also partly to blame; in trying to install partisan stalwarts on the board, as his predecessors did, he is all but guaranteeing that the impasse will continue.
New York Times Sep 10, 2011 NLRB sets a precedent for employee free speech on social platforms
QUOTE: The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in the favor of 5 New York workers that were fired because of comments they made on Facebook. The judge in the case decided that the social media communications of the workers were protected by the National Labor Relations Act, which allows for employees to freely discuss the terms and conditions of their employment.
WebProNews Oct 02, 2009 Dark and Bitter: Food workers increasingly exist in a legal limbo with no protections for wages, benefits, job security, or life and limb. Why are employers like Hershey off the hook?
QUOTE: In this new world, workers are paid only when needed. There are no more messy layoffs -- merely the end of an assignment. All the risks are shifted to workers. Staffing agencies often tout their services as giving employees flexibility and variety, but [Nik] Theodore's research shows they are worse off by many measures.
American Prospect May 01, 2007 Wal-Mart's Union Stance Attacked: Retailer's Tactics Are Extreme, Human Rights Group Says
QUOTE: Human Rights Watch, an advocacy group based in New York, released a report yesterday detailing what it called excessively aggressive tactics by Wal-Mart Stores to stop union organization in its stores.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2007 Rancor Rises Over Santa Barbara Newspaper
QUOTE: An ugly conflict involving a wealthy local publisher turned even uglier Sunday as The Santa Barbara News-Press published a front-page article suggesting that the paper’s former editor had kept child pornography on his work computer, a claim that the editor promptly denounced as “malicious.”
New York Times Apr 08, 2007 The Nation: Latte Laborers Take on a Latte-Liberal Business
QUOTE: ...the National Labor Relations Board’s New York office delivered a stinging accusation against one of the city’s — and the nation’s — most popular retail outlets. The labor board charged that Starbucks, the ubiquitous coffee chain, committed 30 violations of law in the process of trying to ward off union activity at four Manhattan outlets.
New York Times Mar 19, 2007 U.S. Seeks Rehiring of Reporters Fired in Newspaper Labor Fight
QUOTE: an N.L.R.B. lawyer, Brian Gee, wrote that after an investigation, he believed that The News-Press had violated a series of labor laws, including firing the reporters “because of their union or other protected” activities. Management had said the reporters were fired for disloyalty and biased reporting.
New York Times Jan 29, 2007 In Exchange for Records, Fewer Immigration Raids: Businesses Skeptical of New Federal Program
QUOTE: ...Bush administration officials have quietly toured the country, trying to persuade businesses that rely heavily on immigrant labor to join a little-known program that would spare them from embarrassing federal raids if they....submit all I-9 employee eligibility verification forms to ICE for an audit and to "ensure the accuracy of their wage reporting" by verifying workers' Social Security numbers...
Washington Post Sep 07, 2006 N.Y.U. Teaching Aides End Strike, With Union Unrecognized
QUOTE: The first N.Y.U. contract for graduate teaching and research assistants rewarded members with significant increases in stipends and benefits. But university officials said the union had not abided by its promise to refrain from infringing on academic decision-making, and they refused to continue recognizing the union.
New York Times Aug 23, 2006 NLRB again weighs issue of who's a supervisor
QUOTE: Employers and unions are both eagerly awaiting a pending National Labor Relations Board decision that could make it easier for companies to declare certain workers supervisors and thus ineligible for union membership.
Newsday Jul 24, 2006 Union Tries to Unite Blacks, Latinos: Workers at Meatpacking Plant Must First Overcome Distrust
QUOTE: The labor relations board and courts...agreed with union organizers and workers who said the company fought to undermine union elections in 1994 and 1997, intimidated workers who were pro-union, pitted black and Latino employees against each other, had union organizers arrested by an in-house police squad and threatened to close the plant.
Washington Post Jun 30, 2006 Tire co. charged with unfair practices
QUOTE: The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against Continental Tire North America Inc. for engaging in unfair labor practices in labor negotiations with the company's union, dating back to last October.
Charlotte Observer Jun 06, 2005 Judge OKs Class Action Against Union in Privacy Protection Suit
QUOTE: In a decision that could change the way some union organizers do business, a federal judge has certified a class action suit under the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994 brought by a group of factory workers who claim that a union illegally obtained their home addresses by copying their license plates in the company parking lot.
Law.com Apr 17, 2004 Pushing for Union, Columbia Grad Students Are Set to Strike
QUOTE: Graduate teaching assistants at Columbia University said yesterday that they would go on strike Monday morning and remain out until Columbia recognized their right to unionize...
New York Times May 07, 2003 Musicians claim labor practices are unfair: Players seek injunction against orchestra board
QUOTE: ''It sounds like the board has money available to meet their payroll obligations to the musicians just as soon as the musicians agree to cuts in their contract,'' Leibowitz said in yesterday's statement. ''But the world doesn't work that way. If you have a contract, you pay it. You can't hold someone hostage by withholding his paycheck.''
Courier-Journal, The (Louisville, Ky) Mar 31, 2003 Freedom to e-mail takes the stand
QUOTE: ...Intel is expected to ask the California Supreme Court to uphold an earlier legal ruling that found Hamidi had trespassed on its servers by sending thousands of unwanted e-mails to staff at work.
News.com Feb 09, 2003 Suit Claims Discrimination Against Hispanics on Job
QUOTE: Immigration experts say Quietflex is one of a fast-growing number of workplaces where Hispanic immigrants, legal and illegal, face serious discrimination and other abuses.
New York Times Jan 21, 2003 Airing Dirty Linens: A Win for Workers Who Put the Finery in Fine Dining
QUOTE: ...linen and restaurant supply company...cited by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in October for violating state and federal minimum-wage laws and for denying workers the right to organize.
Village Voice Aug 09, 2002 Summertime Blues for the Nannies
QUOTE: ...for many domestic workers, most of them female, the summer months...when employer-families go on vacation en masse, are filled with economic peril.
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