NY Appeals Court Pushes Back on Bloomberg’s Union Pay Cut Plans: Pete Brush of Law360 ($$) writes that on Tuesday, New York City’s First Department held that an executive order issued by Mayor Michael Bloomberg cutting union pay and benefits for city workers was illegal. The workers had protested that the cuts, made last year, were effectuated without providing notice or gaining consent from the union.
The city issued the rules "without complying with the procedures mandated by Civil Service Law § 20, i.e., notice, a public hearing, and approval by the State Civil Service Commission, which are applicable to those rules," the appellate panel said.
The order had never actually even gone into effect because the union won a restraining order against the cuts soon after Mayor Bloomberg announced them. As of now, it is unclear whether the City will appeal the 1st Department’s ruling. We will certainly keep you posted.
Fast-Food Walkouts Hit Seattle: Josh Eidelson of The Nation writes that the fast food industry in Seattle is experience what New York, Milwaukee, Chicago, and other major U.S. cities have also dealt with in the last couple of months: a concerted, city-wide walkout. Workers at fast food restaurants across the city walked off the job yesterday morning in order to raise awareness of what they believe to be substandard employee wages.
The employees are demanding a pay raise to $15 per hour and are further expressing their desire to unionize without employer interference. This is certainly not the end of the "Fight for 15," as the protests have colloquially been labeled. We will certainly keep you posted.
Congress Hotel Strike Ends: WGNTV.com reports that late last night management officials at the Congress Hotel in Chicago, IL received word that its striking employees had agreed to come back to work. The strikers had been off the job since 2002, making the Congress Hotel strike the longest in American history. As of now, the returning employees will work under the conditions set out in their last contract, which expired in 2002. This is a breaking story, so there will likely be further developments. We will make sure to keep you informed.