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Labor and Employment

Dos and Don'ts on the Picket Lines

May 22, 2015 by Richard D. Furlong

 When picketing a construction site with multiple companies, striking workers should avoid blocking their entrance and exit from the site.

Picketing, if done properly, can be one of the most important tools for construction workers organizing a campaign. However, there are several ways in which picketing can actually be detrimental to the construction workers. By carefully observing the dos and don'ts of what is and is not allowed at construction-site picketing, you can assure you follow the rules and best help the union's efforts.


National Labor Relations Board Election Rules Update

May 10, 2015 by Joseph L. Guza

The National Labor Relations Board implemented new election rules on April 14, 2015. The new rules are an attempt to streamline and expedite the union election process, providing employees with a quick and efficient means to organize.

According to the NLRB Representation Case-Procedures Fact Sheet, "The final rule will streamline board procedures; increase transparency and uniformity across regions; eliminate or reduce unnecessary litigation, duplication, and delay; and update the board's rules on documents and communications in light of modern communications technology."   More...

The Right to Information Within the Collective Bargaining Relationship

May 06, 2015 by Robert L. Boreanaz

The collective bargaining process is one of the most effective tools unions can use to negotiate for higher wages, better health benefits, and other employment terms. Since this bargaining process is so crucial to establishing and maintaining good working conditions for employees, some unwritten customs, precedents, and informal agreements come into play.

Currently, there are no laws that require both sides to reach a final binding agreement, although if the parties adhere to the expected good-faith duties, it becomes easier to reach an agreement.   More...