Archive for the ‘Labor Relations’ Category

NLRB: Employees Can Use Employer Email for Unionization

A split National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently held that employees can use employer email systems during non-working times to communicate about wages, working conditions and other protected concerted activity, including union organizing. The decision applies only if an employer has granted the employees access to email for their jobs. (Purple Communications, 361 NLRB No. […]

16 Dec 14 - Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Northwestern University Wins Review of Unionization Decision

In late March, HRWatchdog reported on a decision from a regional director of the National labor Relations Board (NLRB) that Northwestern University football players who received college scholarships are entitled to try to form a union because they are “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). But on April 24, 2014, […]

28 Apr 14 - Hiring, Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Touchdown for College Football Players: NLRB Regional Director Allows Players to Unionize

Yesterday, a regional director of the National labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Northwestern University football players who received college scholarships are “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). As a result, the players are entitled to try to form a union. The NLRB director found that the players perform valuable […]

27 Mar 14 - Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Private Sector Union Membership Increases Slightly – California Union Membership Down

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released 2013 data on union membership. The overall U.S. union membership rate, the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions, remained unchanged from 2012 at 11.3 percent. Overall, 16 million workers were represented by a union in 2013. This includes both union members […]

30 Jan 14 - Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »