national labor relations board http://michiganradio.org en Supreme Court to hear case which directly affects Panera Bread workers in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/supreme-court-hear-case-which-directly-affects-panera-bread-workers-michigan <p>The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a dispute between President Obama and congressional Republicans which is directly affecting the lives of Michigan workers.</p><p>At issue is the president’s authority to make "recess" appointments.</p><p>Recess appointments are made when the president fills a governmental position while the Congress is in recess.</p><p>In this case, President Obama filled three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board without getting his appointees confirmed by Congress.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:00:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 13205 at http://michiganradio.org Supreme Court to hear case which directly affects Panera Bread workers in Michigan Michigan union dispute tied to much bigger national issue http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-union-dispute-tied-much-bigger-national-issue <p>A federal court challenge is blocking a group of west Michigan bakers from forming a union.</p><p></p><p>A federal court is preventing the National Labor Relations Board from certifying local union elections, because three of the board’s five members were appointed by President Obama without congressional approval.</p><p></p><p>In 2012, Panera Bread bakers voted to form a union at 6 locations along I-94 in west Michigan. The NLRB certified the vote.&nbsp; But because of the legal challenge to the president’s appointees, the issue remains in limbo.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:01:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 13187 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan union dispute tied to much bigger national issue