• A Federal Labor Relations Authority administrative law judge ruled that NLRB General Counsel Ronald Meisburg must bargain with the National Labor Relations Board Professional Association with respect to a consolidated unit of approximately 130 NLRB attorneys. Meisburg has refused to bargain with the union over the consolidated unit in order to obtain court review of the consolidation, which he argues violates the NLRA’s separation of board and general counsel responsibilities. (NLRB, FLRA ALJ, No. WA-CA-09-0326, 11/18/09)
  • National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Ronald Meisburg announced that the NLRB’s overall case intake remained steady during fiscal year 2009, with an increase in unfair labor practice case filings offset by a decrease in representation case filings.
  • A Pennsylvania state court judge issued an injunction prohibiting members of Teamsters Local 929 from blocking blood delivery vehicles entering or leaving the Philadelphia headquarters of the American Red Cross Blood Services. The picket followed stalled contract negotiations which led to a work stoppage on Dec. 3. (Am. Red Cross Blood Svcs. v. Int’l Bhd. Of Teamsters, Local 929, Pa. Ct. C.P., 12/3/09)
  • A federal district court judge ordered that the Labor Department oversee an election of officers at International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 pursuant to an agreement settling a suit challenging the fairness of the Local 150's 2007 election of officers. The underlying suit sought to void the 2007 election on the grounds that union and employer funds were used to benefit an incumbent slate of candidates. (Solis v. Int’l Union of Operating Eng’rs Local 150, N.D. Ill., No. 08 CV 5557, 12/4/09)
  • A federal district court judge upheld a jury verdict finding that the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers’ Local 7 used workers’ dues to subsidize union contractors’ bids for construction contracts for which nonunion contractors were also competing. An antitrust claim, which alleges that the union undermined the market and violated the Sherman Act by collaborating with these union contractors, is expected to go to trial in 2010. (American Steel Erectors Inc. et al v. Local Union No. 7, D. Mass, No. 04-12536, 12/8/09).
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the NLRB’s ruling that Cintas Corp. violated Sections 8(a)(1) and 8(a)(3) of the National Labor Relations Act by interfering with union activity by workers in North Carolina and Connecticut. The court found that the NLRB properly rejected Cintas’ claim that the employees’ activity was an unprotected effort to engage in “economic extortion” aimed at coercing the company into signing a neutrality and card check agreement with UNITE HERE. (Cintas Corp v. NLRB, 8th Cir., No. 09-1344, 12/15/09)
  • Associated Oregon Industries and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed suit in federal district court seeking declaratory relief that a new Oregon law prohibiting employers from disciplining or threatening to discipline employees who refuse to attend meetings aimed at communicating the employer’s religious or political views violates the First Amendment. (Associated Or. Indus. v. Avakian, D. Or., No. 09-1494) The Oregon Worker Freedom Act was enacted in the summer of 2009 and became effective Jan. 1, 2010.