(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Friday, March 28, 2003

National Labor Relations Board
Well, it looks like the Labor Board is finally up and running again, having put out the first substantive opinions in many months (having been without a quorum for some time, and then with several new members who had to get up to speed). Here is the weekly update, summarizing the cases decided recently. One of them holds that it was ok for the employer to station guards (and a guard dog!) at the facility on the day of the union election. Companies often do that, for no purpose other than to scare the employees right before they vote. It stinks. Fortunately, the Board's opinion in this case is a pretty narrow one, focusing on how mild the security presence was in this particular case; there is still plenty of room to challenge companies that hire bigger, more visible, and more aggressive squads of thugs for this purpose.

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