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The National Labor Relations Board ducks making a ruling on Collage Sports players unionizing…

The issue IS a complicted one….

But I think something very simple that needs to be acknowledged….

In Big League College sports?

Players….Who happen to be students EARN hundreds of millions of dollars for their school’s….

Their school’s have signed on to an organization, The NCAA, that tightly regulates those student athletes , but rceieves millions from their labor, which they do NO GET PAID FOR……

In this dogs eye?

The school’s and the NCAA are stealing money from the players who SHOULD have a cut….PERIOD….

The National Labor Relations Board halted the unionization efforts of Northwestern’s football players in a unanimous decision Monday, dismissing the players’ petition and handing a major victory to the NCAA and universities trying to preserve the longstanding structure of college athletics.

The board opted not to exert its jurisdiction in the case and declined to address whether student-athletes are akin to university employees. In its ruling, the board explained that had it rendered a more weighty judgment or supported a decision made last year by an NLRB regional director that football players are school employees, the complicated system of college athletics could be compromised. Allowing Northwestern’s football team to unionize “would not promote stability in labor relations,” the board said.

“The NCAA’s oversight renders individual team bargaining problematic,” the ruling stated.

“They’ve essentially said, ‘On policy grounds, we don’t think it’s appropriate to touch this today,’” said Steven Bernstein, a Tampa-based attorney who specializes in labor issues. “For lack of a better word, this represents the board’s attempt to punt. It’s a quick kick on third and long.”

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National Labor Board slams McDonald’s….

The National Labor Relations Board has cited McDonald’s (and its franchises) for punishing its employee’s for protesting against ‘working conditions’…..

That’s illegal…..

But lets remember this IS McDonnell’s and a LOT of Other retailers who live by NOT paying their help a LOT of money for a LOT of work….

The move by the NLRB makes McDonald’s and it’s franchises liable for fines….Big Fines….And other stuff……

This IS gonna start a BIG fight…….

The action, undertaken by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel, will be met immediately by a high-spending business campaign to counter it through litigation, lobbying and public relations. The International Franchise Association, the most active Big Business lobby opposing the complaints, has already retained lobbyists at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, including Ed Pagano, a former Senate liaison and deputy assistant to President Barack Obama for legislative affairs and longtime staffer for Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont.

NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin, who acts as a sort of prosecutor, may issue legal complaints against any business, including a franchisee. In July Griffin drew considerable consternation from McDonald’s and other franchisors when he determined that the McDonald’s corporation could be named a “joint employer” in such complaints.

Griffin did just that on Friday, alleging in 13 complaints against franchisees around the country that McDonald’s jointly employed workers against whom franchisees unlawfully retaliated for protesting working conditions — chiefly low wages. That’s a first for the NLRB and makes McDonald’s potentially liable, financially, for any back pay that an administrative judge or the NLRB may order, and potentially responsible, legally, for any failure to carry out an order to reinstate an employee. (The NLRB is unable by statute to impose fines or require payment of compensatory or punitive damages.) By questioning McDonald’s Corp.’s contention that it exists entirely separate and apart from its franchisees, Griffin’s actions could eventually set in motion NLRB actions that compel McDonald’s to bargain with franchisee employees.

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The Supreme’s strike down Obama’s Recess Appointments

The court rules that the recess appointments done by President Obama in the case are invalid….

The court sets down conditions for the appointments that essentially mean that President’s can only make them where THEIR party controls BOTH Houses of Congress….

The status of current director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could be in doubt…

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a significant blow to executive power, cutting back on the president’s power to issue recess appointments during brief breaks in the Senate’s work.

The court ruled unanimously that President Obama had violated the Constitution in 2012 by appointing officials to the National Labor Relations Board during a short break in the Senate’s work when the chamber was convening every three days in pro forma sessions. Those breaks were too short, Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote in a majority opinion joined by the court’s four more liberal members.

A ruling could cast a cloud over the appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Justice Breyer added that recess appointments remain permissible so long as they are made during a break of 10 or more days. But many experts say that if either house of Congress is controlled by the party opposed to the president, lawmakers can effectively block such appointments by requiring pro forma sessions every three days. Each house must get the approval of the other chamber for recesses of more than three days.

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