NLRA Construction Clause Favors Co. In Union Row: DC Circ.

By Braden Campbell (June 8, 2018, 7:50 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Friday reversed a National Labor Relations Board decision barring a Colorado sprinkler installer from withdrawing recognition of a workers' union, saying the business could ignore their expired bargaining agreement under a National Labor Relations Act provision covering the construction industry.

The appellate panel said a section of the NLRA letting construction companies in some cases disregard expired contracts applied to Colorado Fire Sprinkler Inc. because the Road Sprinkler Fitters Union hadn't shown the covered workers actually wanted union representation.

Though versions of the contract had language suggesting the workers supported the union — which would have blocked...

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