Category Archives: unions

Non Union Employers Continue to Get Busted by the NLRB for Seemingly Reasonable Policies

  Thanks to my partner and friend Steve Bernstein for much of the content for this post. The bulk of the NLRB Unfair Labor Practice Charges I’m seeing against Employee Handbooks and employer rules are against non-union employers.  The Board … Continue reading

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Workplace Bullying and the NLRB

Workplace and school violence events have contributed to our increasing national conversation about “bullying.” Recently, NPR quoted a Zogby poll in which more than a quarter of American workers reported that they have experienced abusive conduct at work. 64% of … Continue reading

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Have you Prepared For Third Party Embarassment Tactics?

The areas of labor, employment, and safety exposure which present very real threats to the distribution industry. There are several reasons for this increased focus on these types of business: ■Distribution is a huge market for plaintiff lawyers who want … Continue reading

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Huh? What’s A Worker Center Got To Do With Me?

When Is A Union Not A Union? When It’s A “Worker Center.” By Steven Bernstein (Hospitality Update, No. 4, December 2013) In recent weeks, the fast-food industry has fallen prey to coordinated demonstrations by a number of loosely affiliated groups, … Continue reading

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The One OSHA Post Retailers Must Read.

If you are in any aspect of retail and a member of LinkedIn, you really need to read the comments on this post on one of the OSHA and Safety sites, “Have You Checked Your Means of Egress lately? Dollar … Continue reading

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Want Another Reason to Focus On Your Employees?

Many of you know, I grew up in the hills of Northwest Georgia where about 85% of the nation’s carpet is manufactured. To put it mildly, it is a non-union area. Thirty miles North lies Chattanooga, which was once a highly … Continue reading

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Will OSHA’s New Interpretation Improve Safety?

Non-employees accompanying OSHA on an inspection of a non-union work site? This Post is going to stir up some discussion. Many employers have learned that third parties can use safety issues to bring pressure on employers by harming the company’s … Continue reading

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