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Sept. 21, 2022, 10:13 PM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Wrongly Laid Off Employees Promised Work

Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

The Pittsburgh Post–Gazette violated federal labor law by laying off two employees who were guaranteed work under an expired union contract, a divided National Labor Relations Board ruled.

The NLRB’s 3-2 decision Wednesday rejected arguments by the Post-Gazette—and the agency’s Trump-era general counsel—that it should overrule board precedent on an employer’s duty to maintain the terms of a lapsed collective bargaining agreement while negotiating a new deal.

The ruling keeps in place union-friendly case law limiting employers’ ability to act unilaterally after a collective bargaining agreement expires. Restrictions on companies’ latitude to make changes to things like benefits and working ...

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