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NLRB General Counsel Aims to Relax Standard for Union Damages

June 29, 2020, 6:55 PM

The National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer wants to make it easier to hold unions liable for damages in cases where they fail to represent workers in grievance proceedings against an employer.

In a memo to regional directors, NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb said the board should reverse a 1998 decision that, in his view, imposes an “unduly high and difficult standard” on the general counsel’s office when it seeks to hold unions accountable for mishandling workers’ grievances.

Under that decision, known as Alamillo Steel, before the general counsel can require a union to pay full damages to a...

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