Unions -- Handbilling

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    Labor union membership in the private sector has decreased dramatically in the past few decades in the United States. But, there has been a renewed emphasis by both new groups and the AFL-CIO to recruit more members. Often these new recruits are in fields that historically weren't unionized. Typically, if a labor union is trying to...

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    The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision against Roundy's, Inc., which prohibited union representatives from handbilling outside 23 Milwaukee-area leased stores. The court found that based on the terms of the applicable leases, Roundy's didn't have the authority to ban the union representatives from...
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    On February 21, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill that eliminates compensatory and punitive damages awards for violations of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA). The bill, which was passed by the Wisconsin Senate in November 2011, was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker on April 5. The statute reverses a law that was passed in 2009...
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    When union representatives distributed handbills outside its grocery stores, an employer removed them from the property. Unfair labor practice? Read on to find out. Get off my lawn! Roundy's, Inc., operates a chain of Pick'n Save grocery stores in southeastern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council,...
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    For the past 27 months, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been reduced from five to only two members: Wilma Liebman, a liberal, prounion voice whose vigorous dissents from many Bush-era decisions foretell changes in NLRB law, and Peter Schaumber, a conservative voice whose term expires in August. As a result, several...
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    This month, we begin a new column by associate editor Marylou Fabbo, who will be tackling some of the practical questions employers face doing business in Massachusetts. Q We have an employee who is recording conversations and meetings. Is it legal to have a company policy forbidding such recordings? Our meetings often...
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    Over the years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the federal courts have grappled with balancing the private property rights of employers with the rights provided by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Specifically, they have struggled with the right of employees to gather information about unions on their...
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    Aloha Airlines shuts down. Aloha Airlines, which has been operating since before Hawaii became a state, shut down passenger service on March 31. The 61-year-old carrier had only filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 20 - its second bankruptcy filing in a little more than three years - but said it ran out of time to find a...
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    "There once was a man named Maki, who didn't want you to know his houses were crappy." Not exactly poetry, but according to an Illinois appellate court, it isn't defamatory either. Smear campaign J. Maki Construction Company is a nonunion construction contractor specializing in single family homes. In spring...
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    Union granted right to picket at Army's Hale Koa Hotel. Representatives of the hotel workers union UNITE HERE Local 5 have won a legal battle over free-speech rights in the area outside the Army-owned Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki. Following a consent decree signed by Hawaii Federal District Court Judge Susan O. Mollway in mid-December...
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