- Written by Joseph P. Sbuttoni
The Regional Director for NLRB Region 31 in Los Angeles recently crippled a Teamsters Joint Council 42’s organizing drive by rejecting the Union’s proposed “micro-Unit” of a single classification of drivers employed by Golden State Overnite Delivery Service.
Golden State Overnight Delivery Service operates a parcel/package pickup and delivery service out of 3 service hubs, in Visalia, Ontario and Sun Valley. Golden State employs both drivers who own and operate their own delivery trucks, and drivers who operate company-owned vehicles only.
On October 5, 2016, Teamsters Joint Council 42 filed a petition with NLRB Region 31 seeking to organize (and represent) a “micro-unit” of only the company drivers based out of the Sun Valley hub. By doing so, the Teamsters sought to EXCLUDE the Sun Valley drivers who operated personally-owned vehicles, rather than those owned by the Company.
- Written by Rebecca A. Hause-Schultz and Glen A. Williams
While the contentious 2016 election is finally over, folks on both sides of the aisle are far from done talking about the results. Regardless of personal political beliefs, it is important for employers to remember that an employer’s political talk in the workplace can expose the company to liability. Political debate often brings up polarizing topics, for example immigration or religion. Employees may feel unwelcome in the workplace when their political beliefs or their candidates of choice do not align with their employer’s, potentially leading to claims of discrimination or retaliation. Thus, employers (and their management teams) should use caution when discussing politics in the workplace.