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SHRM to Join Lawsuit Against NLRB over 'Ambush Election' Rule
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) approved a proposal for SHRM to join a lawsuit against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), challenging its "ambush election" rule.

 'Quickie' Union Election Rule Shrinks Campaign Period
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) changed union election procedures in ways that may make the union election campaign period as short as 14 to 20 days. 

NLRB: Organizing Communication on E-Mail Now Permitted
In a dramatic reversal of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) 2007 decision that employees have no statutory right to use their employers' e-mail systems for union organizing purposes, the board held that employees' use of e-mail for organizing purposes on nonworking time must presumptively be permitted.

Senate Approves McFerran for NLRB
Rejecting a call to delay a confirmation vote until next summer, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Lauren McFerran, a senior staffer on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Fast Food Strikes in More Than 160 Cities
Building on the success of strikes at fast-food restaurants on May 15, 2014, and Sept. 4, 2014, Fast Food Forward is organizing strikes in at least 160 cities on Dec. 4, 2014, calling for fast-food wages to be at least $15 an hour. 


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Successor Bar Doctrine Applied to Require Collectiive Bargaining
An employer that acquired a unionized company and thought it could quit bargaining with the union that had lost majority support instead was required to keep bargaining with the union for six months under the successor bar doctrine.

Myths Abound About Right-to-Work States
Contrary to popular misconceptions, union organizing is not less prevalent in the 24 right-to-work states.
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.
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.

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


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