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By Sahid Fawaz Employees of the federal agency that handles labor relations are themselves the target of the current administration's assault on union members. BNA reports: "The federal agency that adjudicates disputes between businesses and their workers will renegotiate an existing collective contract with its own employees union for the first time in at least 15 years. National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb informed union representatives yesterday that he plans “to terminate the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Office of the General Counsel” and professional staff at headquarters, according to agency communications obtained by Bloomberg Law. The move is essentially notice that the board’s top prosecutor would like to revisit the employment terms for agency workers under his authority. Other NLRB workers are technically employees of the board’s three sitting members and chairman. It comes as Robb is also weighing various moves to reorganize the agency’s field operations, including through buyouts. Adam Naill, Legislative Affairs Director for the NLRB Professional Association, told Bloomberg Law Aug. 9 that a renegotiation is likely aimed at implementing directives from President Donald Trump regarding federal employees’ unions. Those directives, which includes an executive order that makes it easier to fire federal workers, are likely to result in lesser benefits and job protections for NLRB staffers, Naill said.   "They are trying to cripple our union and make it easier for the President’s political appointees to fire civil servants without any due process,” Naill said. The NLRB and Robb declined to comment." For the rest of the story, visit BNA  here. Read Story
MADISON, Wis. >> President Donald Trump’s call for a boycott of Harley-Davidson motorcycles forced Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans to either criticize the president or stick with the Milwaukee-based company just ahead of Tuesday’s primary where Trump allegiance has been a central focus. Read Story
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The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 has filed a petition on behalf of workers at the Target in Huntington Station seeking a vote on whether... Read Story
Thousands of security officers in Silicon Valley just ratified their first union contract. The guards, numbering at about 3,000, work at tech giants like Facebook and Google and have been organizing and negotiating for more than five years. Read Story
Convicted Fiat Chrysler executive Alphons Iacobelli points to broader, longer-running conspiracy involving UAW as he awaits prison sentence... Read Story
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BERLIN (AP) -- Ryanair pilots in several European countries on Friday staged a strike that prompted the budget carrier to cancel 400 flights. Read Story
Puerto Rico’s government was handed a major victory Friday when the island’s Supreme Court threw out a teachers union-backed lawsuit challenging a new school-choice law — a high priority for the education secretary after Hurricane Maria devastated schools there nearly a year ago. Read Story
Study shows government employs more workers making less than $15 an hour than any other employer in the US... Read Story
Coca-Cola employees are on day two of their strike against what they claim is unfair labor practices. It’s been no ordinary work week for Coca-Cola employees. Instead of delivering Coca-Cola products to businesses around South Mississippi, the local union, Teamsters 991, is raising signs and... Read Story
Even with sweltering heat and smoke-filled skies above, over a hundred caregivers at West Anaheim Medical Center held fast yesterday and walked the picket line in front of the hospital.Represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), the striking staffers cited unsafe conditions on... Read Story
Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and the union representing workers there are accusing each other of unfair labor practices amid contract negotiations, according to WPRO. Read Story
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Leaders of Teamsters union locals approved tentative agreements for new labor contracts with UPS. Next, UPS employees will vote. Read Story
The union that represents many Verizon Communications Inc employees announced the ratification of a four-year extension of their labor contracts ... Read Story
Employees at Special Metals Corporation in Huntington were sent home early Friday afternoon. ... Read Story
Jul 24, 2018 When the National Labor Relations Act was passed, it created the National Labor Relations Board to interpret and enforce the law.  The law itself was brief and not very specific.  Most of what we know as “the law” is, in fact, caselaw and regulations developed by the NLRB over time. ... Read Story
FRANKFORT, Ky.(AP) — Labor leaders fighting laws to let workers skip paying union fees took their argument to the Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday, days after voters rejected a s... Read Story
Margo Oge, former EPA official in the Obama administration, says automakers have an opportunity to work with California and shape a de facto national program. Read Story
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The union representing 80 workers at four Quebec Tim Hortons claims they've been dealt a blow after an imposed contract cut their paid coffee and lunch breaks, even though their employer is abiding by the collective agreement and the province's labour laws. Read Story
A lawsuit against real estate firm CBRE is testing the limits of a recent Supreme Court decision that gave businesses the green light to force workers into arbitration. Read Story