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NLRB rules sped up union elections by 38 percent (Read More…)

BY TIM DEVANEY - 05/02/17

Workers have been organizing union elections 38 percent faster since the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) changed its rules two years ago, according to a new analysis.

The study from the management law firm Fisher Phillips examines just how quickly union elections are taking place under the NLRB’s new rules, which were issued in April 2015.

On average, workers must wait 24 days from the time a petition is filed until the union election is held. That’s a sharp decline from the previous average of 39 days.

The number of union elections held in less than two weeks is also growing. There were 62 elections held in fewer than 14 days in the last year, compared to only six such elections in the year before the new rules went into effect. That’s a 933 percent increase.

Now You, Too, Can Call Your Boss a Nasty Motherf****r (Read More…)

By Mark A. Konkel
April 26, 2017
Maybe we’ve all thought it at some point in our careers. But according to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, you might actually be able to get away with saying it—that is, calling your boss a nasty mother****r—if you’re saying it because you care about your coworkers, and if you all swear a lot at work anyway.

So has demonstrated Hernan Perez, a former server at New York catering company Pier Sixty, and now a foul-mouthed trailblazer for questionable employee rights.  His plight, and verbatim reprints of his lurid, social media-based profanities, can be found in a decision just published by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in National Labor Relations Board v. Pier Sixty, LLC, Nos. 15‐1841‐ag (L), 15‐1962‐ag (XAP) (April 21, 2017).

In 2011, workers at Pier Sixty petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for an election to vote for union representation. One day at work, in the run-up to the election, a manager (we’ll identify him here only as “Bob”) told Perez and others “in a harsh tone” to spread out on the catering floor better to serve customers. Perez didn’t like this. We know for sure that Perez didn’t like this, because one day later he posted on his Facebook page:
Bob is such a NASTY MOTHER FUCKER don’t know how to talk to people!!!!!! Fuck his mother and his entire fucking family!!!! What a LOSER!!!! Vote YES for the UNION!!!!!!!

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