Employees Can't Intervene In Right To Work Suit, MI Judge Rules: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that earlier this week, a federal judge sitting in Michigan rejected four workers' attempt to intervene in a case challenging the state's controversial right-to-work law. The workers alleged that they were compelled to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs. The judge, however, refused the request to intervene, stating in pertinent part that their argument was already being taken up by the state's Attorney General.
“Permitting intervention would thus tend to complicate the case and delay its resolution without providing an offsetting benefit. A court may properly deny a motion to intervene to avoid such results,” Judge Murphy wrote.
Michigan's right-to-work law, enacted last December, is being challenged by a group of plaintiffs as preempted by the National Labor Relations Act. We will keep you posted as this case moves toward a resolution.
LA Social Workers Return To Work: Abby Sewell of the LA Times writes Los Angeles County social workers are expected to return to work today following a six-day strike. Further, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the union representing the striking social workers, is also expected to sit down with county administrators to renew contract negotiations. As reported in prior blogs, the main sticking point between the parties remains what to do with what the social workers believe to be unreasonable case loads. We will keep you posted as negotiations continue.
Teachers Strike Continues: Aja Williams of KSDK reports that teachers in Mount Olive, Illinois have entered the second day of a labor strike. Members of the teachers union met with school administrators on Monday night, but a deal could not be reached. Apparently, the two sides are very far apart. There are no further talks scheduled for this week.