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NLRB’s New Standard Ups Ante for Union, Employer Negotiating

Sept. 12, 2019, 10:42 AM

Labor contracts and the negotiations required to reach them may become even more complicated after the federal labor board adopted a new standard for evaluating the legality of unilateral changes to union workers’ job terms.

The National Labor Relations Board said Sept. 10 that it will examine a collective bargaining agreement to determine whether an employer’s change falls within the scope of a contract provision giving it the right to act without negotiating first. The board no longer will require the contract to clearly and specifically show the union waived its right to bargain over the changed employment term, an...

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