DOJ and Treasury Schooled by College Athletes

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 9:00 am

First it was former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Coulter and his football teammates taking a chunk out of the NCAA, and yesterday it was former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and 19 other former college players. They did what few thought possible in going after a Too Big to Challenge institution, and won.

You know, the president is a sports-loving guy. Imagine what would happen if he called the attention of the DOJ and Treasury to these college athletes: “This is how you go after Too Big To Challenge institutions.” . . .

 

Kain Colter, CJ Cregg, and Picking the Right Enemy

By: Saturday April 5, 2014 9:00 am

When the NU football team served notice to the NLRB that they wanted to form a players union, the general reaction in the sports world was “Ha!” All that changed, however, when the NLRB hearing officer not only approved their petition, but wrote a strong and sweeping opinion to explain and support his ruling.

NLRB rules that Northwestern University football players are employees

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 4:00 pm

Peter Sung Ohr, the Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a Decision in 13-RC-121359 finding that Grant-in-aid scholarship football players enrolled at Northwestern University qualify as employees under the NLRA given the amount of revenue they generate for the university and time they spend on football related activities as opposed to student activities.

NLRB Proposal for Union Elections Could Prove Substantial

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 12:07 pm

The National Labor Relations Board is studying a proposal to change the union election system to make it easier for workers to vote in a union at their workplace.

Walmart Holding Canned Food Drive For Its Own Employees

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 6:48 am

One of the richest companies in the world has found a solution to help feed their struggling underpaid workers – donations from their other underpaid workers. Walmart has defended the practice as part of the “company’s culture” of charity but the question remains as to why people who are working need such charity.

Unions Sacrificed in Reid-McConnell Filibuster Deal

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 6:40 am

While some are trumpeting the deal reached between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on filibustered nominees, the devil is in the details. Part of the deal involved President Obama withdrawing nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, a move one union leader considers a betrayal.

Obama Admin Going Back To Court Over Recess Appointments

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 6:58 am

What started as an esoteric dispute over whether a Senate “pro forma” session can technically be considered “recess” morphed into a larger question of executive power when a federal appeals court rejected the Obama Administration’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

Obama Recess Appointments Slapped Down by DC Circuit, CFPB at Risk

By: Saturday January 26, 2013 4:00 pm

What can only be described as a blockbuster opinion was just handed down by the DC Circuit in the case of Canning v NLRB, the validity of President Obama’s recess appointments has been slapped down. Here is the full opinion. The three judge panel was Chief Judge David Sentelle, Karen Henderson and Thomas Griffith, all Republican appointees.

Labor Unions Show Solidarity With Walmart Workers

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 11:00 am

Several sympathizers, seeing a point of weakness for Walmart, have jumped aboard with help in promoting the Black Friday protests. The United Auto Workers, one of the more insular unions as far as activity outside their specific area of interest is concerned, just went out to their members supporting the strikers and encouraging attendance

Walmart Files Unfair Labor Practice Against UFCW

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 4:00 pm

Walmart, trying to change the subject in advance of protests and strikes at the outset of the holiday shopping season, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers union, arguing that UFCW is illegally attempting to disrupt its business.

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