Tag archives: unions

When responding to a union’s request for information, employers should look before they leap

A recent National Labor Relations Board decision, General Aire Systems, Inc. (371 NLRB No. 120), reminds employers of some pitfalls they may face when handling a union’s request for information, and steps that may be taken to minimize associated legal risks. By way of background, when a union has a collective bargaining relationship with an … Continue reading

The New School graduate students seek review of dismissal of petition

In a decision issued on February 6, 2015 the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board, Region 2, dismissed a petition for union representation with The New School filed by a putative labor organization, Student Employees at The New School (SENS), which is affiliated with the UAW. SENS filed its petition for recognition as … Continue reading

Case Brief: On business closure as a breach of the statutory freeze on employment terms

In June, a majority of the Supreme Court held, in United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 503 v Wal-Mart Canada Corp., 2014 SCC 45, that an arbitrator had reached a reasonable conclusion in finding that Wal-Mart’s 2005 closure of a Quebec store constituted a prohibited unilateral change in conditions of employment following the certification of … Continue reading

Are scholarship football players employees? NLRB to hear appeal and take comments

Earlier this year, the Regional Director of Region 13 of the NLRB found that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are “employees” under Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act. Northwestern University v. College Athletes Players Association, Case 13-RC-121359 (N.L.R.B. Mar. 26, 2014). The Regional Director’s decision turned largely on the amount of control … Continue reading

L’ère du numérique et le processus d’accréditation syndicale

Merci à Jeanne Mageau-Taylor, étudiante chez Norton Rose Fulbright à Montréal, pour sa collaboration à la préparation de cet article. Au mois d’avril dernier, la Commission des relations du travail (« CRT ») a statué sur la validité des formules d’adhésion syndicale remplies électroniquement et envoyées par courriel. Dans sa décision, le commissaire Gaëtan Breton donne raison … Continue reading
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