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Where's the NLRB Coming From?


Jim Walters, a senior partner in the Atlanta office, was quoted in the June 13 article "Where's the NLRB Coming From?" The article reported on two recent setbacks for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In mid-April, the federal District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the severe penalties for noncompliance that the board had attached to its new notice-posting rule. A few days later a federal judge in the District Court of South Carolina struck down the entire rule. Jim noted that the union landscape has changed enormously in the last 20 or 30 years. "The employment sector has changed dramatically since the hey-day of unions." Manufacturing has increasingly been replaced by industries such as fast-food, where service is key. "Unions are like insurance carriers whose policies may or may not help employees. Unions are now businesses rather than representatives of employees."


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