On July 28, 2104, the NLRB unanimously rejected a petitioned-for bargaining unit comprising shoe sales associates in two different departments at Bergdorf Goodman’s Manhattan retail store. See The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. d/b/a Bergdorf Goodman, 361 NLRB No. 11. The Board found that the employees of the petitioned-for unit
Board Approves Departmental “Micro-Units” at Retail Stores
In its recent 3-1 decision in Macy’s Inc., 361 NLRB No. 4 (2014), the National Labor Relations Board fueled employer concerns about fragmented micro-units in the retail industry. There, the Board held that a bargaining unit of 41 Macy’s nonsupervisory cosmetics and fragrance (“C+F”) salespersons was an
Complaint Issues Against UFCW for Unlawful Coercion of Wal-Mart Employees
By: Bryan R. Bienias
Yet another unfair labor practice complaint has been issued stemming from the rash of protests in late 2012 by union-backed groups such as OURWalmart at a number of Wal-Mart locations across the country.
On Thursday, April 3rd, the regional director for Region 7 out of Detroit, Michigan issued the complaint,…
Retailers Rally Against Micro-Units
By Bryan R. Bienias, Esq.
Several of the country’s largest business groups have joined forces to stop the proliferation of “micro-units” in the retail industry. Last week, the National Labor Relations Board granted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the International Federation of Independent Businesses, and various other groups permission…
California Supreme Court Endorses Favoritism For Union Trespassers
California has enacted special labor laws that make it nearly impossible for employers to obtain injunctions against union trespass. This content-based favoritism for one form of speech raises constitutional questions, as federal courts have recognized. On December 27, 2012, however, in Ralphs Grocery Co. v. United Food & Commercial Workers Union …