Blown Gasket

Workers will vote on union membership years after NLRB seized secret ballots
An American flag painted by New York artist Scott LoBaido on top of Lamons Gasket Company

Employees forced into a union by the Obama-appointed National Labor Relations Board in 2011 will be given a chance to decertify it next week.

Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Against Obama Recess Appointments

The Senate, not the president, decides when the Senate is in recess
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The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that President Obama violated the constitution when he made recess appointments while the Senate was still in session.

The case centered on the tactics Obama used to fill three vacancies in the National Labor Relations Board, a federal labor arbiter.

NLRB Could Ease Unionization of Franchisees

Fast food chains would be particularly vulnerable to rule change
Protesters outside a McDonald's / AP

Obama’s top labor appointees could craft yet another rule that would ease backdoor unionization, according to critics.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a federal labor arbiter, is reviewing a regional judge’s decision about joint employment among subcontractors in Browning Ferris v. Teamsters Local 350. The review could allow unions a seat at the corporate table through subcontractors or franchisees, according to Glenn Spencer of the Workforce Freedom Initiative.

Obama NLRB Unconcerned by Threats of Violence During Union Elections

Overturned decision calling for new unionization election following revelation of threats
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The National Labor Relations Board has overturned a local NLRB ruling that called for a new unionization election after it was revealed that a pro-union employee had threatened to “start punching people in the face” if the union lost.

Subverting Majority Rule

Regulations and new orgs could ease unionization efforts, radically alter American labor law
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A former member of President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) warned policymakers Wednesday that unions and Obama’s labor appointees could undermine the principles of worker choice by transforming U.S. labor law.

Cease and Desist

NLRB orders UFCW to stop ‘restraining and coercing employees’ while protesting
Most of the Walmart black friday protesters did not work at Walmart

The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against a major union for using front groups to stage disruptive Black Friday protests in a Michigan Walmart.

Divisions of Labor

FEATURE: College athletes speak out against unionization
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas / AP

Brandon Kerns knew he was hurt the second he contested the pass. He felt like a dog—a big one—had latched on to the back of his leg. A hamstring. Not the type of injury a man can will himself through, but then, not every man has the chance to play starting cornerback for a Division I college football team. Kerns was putting in 30 to 40 hours per week lifting, practicing, rehabbing, and watching film. He spent as much time studying coverage as he did studying business and his goal was in reach. Except that hamstring.