New Law: Employers to Change Labor Contracts Without Union Permission

"The National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency, issued a ruling Tuesday that will make it easier for employers to alter provisions in a labor contract without the union's permission... The board had previously said that an employer had to have “clear and unmistakable" permission in a union contract to make a particular change. In Tuesday's ruling, the board voted 3-1 along party lines that changes could be allowed over a union's objection if they could reasonably infer as allowable under the "plain terms" of the contract."

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