Unions -- Picketing

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    As the nation's largest private employer, Wal-Mart continues to make headlines with its employment practices. This time, the news has reached a national level. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a consolidated complaint against Wal-Mart alleging the company violated employees' rights after they participated in protected...
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    Following recent strikes in New York City and Chicago, hundreds of St. Louis-area fast-food employees walked off the job on May 9, affecting more than 30 restaurants. The strikes spread to Detroit on May 10, Milwaukee on May 15, and Washington, D.C., on May 20. Employees joined a growing wave of protests over wages and other terms and conditions...
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    California likes free speech, especially for unions. California regulations that provide additional rights to unions aren't unconstitutional even if they seem to favor labor speech over other subjects. Here is an analysis of a recent California Supreme Court decision regarding union picketing on your private walkway. Picketing away at your...
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    Labor union membership in the private sector has decreased dramatically in the past few decades in the United States. But, there has been a renewed emphasis by both new groups and the AFL-CIO to recruit more members. Often these new recruits are in fields that historically weren't unionized. Typically, if a labor union is trying to...

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    Wal-Mart group appears to be gaining steam. A group called OUR Wal-Mart (Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart), largely funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), has been in the public eye since its website went live this summer. The groups believe that the National Labor Relations Act's (NLRA) protections against...
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    Honolulu Star-Advertiser agrees to raises in new contract deal with union. Union members voted to ratify a new five-year contract with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser under which workers will enjoy a 10 percent pay raise over the life of the contract. Pacific Media Workers Guild represents some of the reporters, photographers, editors...
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    Although a nonunion employer proved that it was removed from a construction site within a week after union representatives threatened to picket the work site to protest its hiring, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (which covers Michigan) held that proximity in time was insufficient proof that its nonunion status was...
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    Although a nonunion employer proved that it was removed from a construction site within a week after union representatives threatened to picket the work site to protest its hiring, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (which covers Kentucky) held that proximity in time was insufficient proof that its nonunion status was...
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    National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon recently issued a complaint that has invoked heated debate. He alleges that Boeing Company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by constructing a new production line at a nonunion facility in South Carolina rather than at a union-represented...
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    In September 2005, we reported on a case in which the full National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that a mock funeral procession held outside a Florida hospital violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). (See "Union barred from staging funeral procession in front of hospital," pg. 1.) At the time, the Board found...
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