|Dec. 1, 2009 | www.fisherphillips.com|
On July 9, 2009, President Obama nominated Craig Becker to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This is bad news for employers. Becker goes beyond espousing pro-labor positions; he occupies the very fringe of the left wing of the labor movement. As a member of the NLRB, he would be in a position to radically change the rules for retailers and all other businesses.
It's true: the California appeals court struck down a particularly nutty employment law, one which required anyone who bought a Los Angeles supermarket to retain the prior owner's employees. The California Supreme Court is due to review the decision. The law was passed in the wake of a successful union campaign against a number of Los Angeles grocery-store chains, including Albertson's. When Albertson's subsequently decided to leave the L.A. market, the union apparently feared that whoever bought the stores might not want to retain all of the Albertson's workforce. And the fear was not without reason: when a new owner buys an underperforming facility, replacing management and some workers is often the first step towards turning the place around. The union apparently feared that these new employees would erode its support at the former Albertson's stores.