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Honesty May Not Be Best Policy in Unionized Setting
Straight talk with employees is severely limited in a union setting, particularly if it crosses the line and can be construed as coercive.

NLRB Official Upholds Kellogg Lockout
A week after a district court ordered Kellogg to end its lockout of workers at a Memphis, Tenn., plant, an administrative law judge ruled in Kellogg's favor and held that the nine-month lockout was legal.

Refusal to Take Drug and Alcohol Tests Wasn't Fireable Offense
A worker who is suspected of being drunk or high has a right to union representation before drug and alcohol tests are administered, according to a National Labor Relations Board decision.

Honeywell Locks Out Employees at Uranium Conversion Facility
A union employee lockout at a Honeywell plant that is the only uranium conversion facility in the country "is not about money," according to a union local president.

NLRB Ratifies Year and a Half of Administrative Actions
In one swift motion, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it had unanimously ratified all administrative, personnel and procurement matters taken by the board from Jan. 4, 2012, to Aug. 5, 2013.



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Canada's Experience with Expedited Union Certification
The National Labor Relations Board has proposed a number of changes to the rules governing the conduct of certification votes, some of which have been borrowed from Canadian law.

Court to Review Effect of Silence in CBAs on Duration of Retiree Health Care
The Supreme Court announced it will review whether, when construing collective bargaining agreements, courts should presume that silence on the duration of retiree health care benefits means the parties intended to vest and continue indefinitely.
NLRB Invites Input on Using Employers' E-mail for Organizing
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) expressed interest in overturning a decision that bars employees from using their employer's e-mail for union organizing purposes.

Management Attorneys: New Organizing Rules Are Witches’ Brew for Employers 
The combination of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) micro-bargaining units decision, its proposed “quickie election” rule and “persuader activity” regulations are stacking the deck against employers targeted by unions, management attorneys fear.

NLRA Supersedes Overbroad Work Rules
Work rules aren’t always the last word, particularly if they run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Report: UFOs Make Their Mark in Organized Labor
New models of employee representation are emerging to reshape organized labor.


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