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Basketball Players Union Brings In New GC

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
The New York Times is reporting that the NBA Players Association has hired a new General Counsel.  As the reader may recall, the NBAPA has had a big year already.  The union fired its last chief after an investigation revealed certain improprieties.  Now sporting a new president, the union has hired Gary Kohlman as its … Continue Reading

FairPoint Workers Hit The Pickets

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Union members working for FairPoint Communications across New England hit the pickets this morning after the company refused to come back to the bargaining table.  The employees, represented in negotiations by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communication Workers of America (CWA), offered “significant concessions” in their most recent offer, but to … Continue Reading

IL Teachers’ Strike Enters Second Week

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Teachers in Waukegan, Illinois will hit the pickets for the ninth school day in a row.  Negotiations between the school board and teachers’ union officials took place yesterday, but broke down with no signs of a deal nearing. A spokesperson for the teachers’ union slammed the school board, claiming that no board members have attended … Continue Reading

Teamsters Call For Bus Strike In SF

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
San Franciscans take heed: the Teamsters Union has announced a one-day strike effective October 17.  The Teamsters represent bus dispatchers, supervisors, and maintenance crews working for Golden Gate Transportation in the Bay Area.  The parties are currently in contract negotiations, but those talks are stalling.  Bus drivers represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union will most likely … Continue Reading

Bravo Media Hit With ULP Charges

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees filed unfair labor practice charges against Bravo Media with the National Labor Relations Board.  In pertinent part, the charge alleges that Bravo threatened to fire the editorial crew of the hit television show “Shahs of Sunset” because crew members have been on strike since September 10.  The … Continue Reading

St. Rose Adjuncts Unionize

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, adjunct faculty members employed by the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York elected to unionize under the banner of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  According to a press release, almost three quarters of the more than 200 faculty members voted “Yes,” with the remainder either voting “No” or abstaining entirely.  For its … Continue Reading

UNITE HERE Rallies At Alaska Hotel

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, members of UNITE HERE Local 878 staged a rally in front of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska demanding that management officials renegotiate their current labor agreement.  Approximately 150 protesters chanted while walking around the hotel during business hours. Trouble began in 2008, when management and union officials began, but did not finish, … Continue Reading

Highland Teachers On Strike

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Last night, teachers in Madison County, Illinois voted to walk off the job and go on strike.  The strike will begin on Thursday and will be a major disruption for students and parents.  Not only are classes cancelled indefinitely, but all school-related activities are off the books as well.    The school district is currently offering teachers a one-year … Continue Reading

MI Teachers Union Can’t Enforce Member ‘Opt-Out Window’

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
A decision issued by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) nixed the Michigan Education Association’s (the Union) rule that members can only opt out of the Union during the month of August.  Administrative Law Judge Julia Stern reasoned that the Union violated Michigan state law by preventing teachers and staff who wanted to leave the Union’s ranks from … Continue Reading

FairPoint Communications Declares Impasse In Bargaining

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
FairPoint Communications has announced that it has declared impasse in its negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) after contract negotiations between the parties failed to produce an agreement.  Accordingly, FairPoint will now begin unilaterally implementing the terms of its most recent contract offer to the union.  FairPoint will begin moving its current … Continue Reading

U of Illinois Nurses Authorize Strike Action

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Late Tuesday night, over 1,000 registered nurses working for the University of Illinois overwhelmingly voted to authorize a labor strike.  While the nurses voted 93 percent in favor of the authorization, a second vote is still necessary to officially walk off the job.  A spokesperson for the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) stated that the second … Continue Reading

UFCW Contract Talks With Food 4 Less Struggling

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Last week, it was reported that talks between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Food 4 Less officials were not bearing fruit, increasing the likelihood that Food 4 Less’ 6,500 union workers would go on strike.  The parties’ most recent collective bargaining agreement expired in early June.  While there are no indications from … Continue Reading

NCAA Asks 9th Circuit To Review O’Bannon Case

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Negotiations, Quick Hits, Remedies
In an unsurprising move, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (the NCAA) asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to review Judge Wilken’s decision in the O’Bannon case.  The reader may recall that on August 8, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken determined that the NCAA was violating antitrust laws by barring college athletes from receiving … Continue Reading

Parties Propose Joint Order To Resolve O’Bannon Pay Issue

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Negotiations, Quick Hits, Remedies
Late last week, the parties to the now-famous Ed O’Bannon case out in California submitted a joint proposed Order to U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken regarding when the court’s injunction prohibiting certain NCAA pay practices should kick in.  The reader may recall that Judge Wilken ruled in favor of a group of student athletes that … Continue Reading

Met Strike On Pause

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Last week, we noted that unionized employees working at the Metropolitan Opera (the Met) in New York City were set to strike for the first time since the 1980s.  However, it looks like the strike has been set aside for the moment.  Negotiations between the 12 labor unions and Met management will take a break … Continue Reading

Met Threatens To Lock Out Workers

Posted in Interest Arbitration, Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
When one lockout ends, another begins?  That’s the message coming from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, anyway.  Officials representing the Metropolitan Opera (the Met) have announced that they are ready and willing to lock out unionized employees as early as tomorrow unless the parties can agree to a new collective bargaining agreement by … Continue Reading

Locked Out Kelloggs Employees Win Right To Return To Work

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Samuel Mays ordered that Kelloggs must immediately end its lock out of 220 workers at its Memphis, TN plant.  The Judge’s Order provides that Kelloggs made use of “creative semantics” to make changes to its collective bargaining agreement with the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (the Union).  … Continue Reading

NBA Players Elect New Union Chief

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) elected Michele Roberts as its new union chief.  The union for NBA players was without an appointed executive since 2013, when former chief Billy Hunter stepped aside after an internal investigation.  Ms. Roberts becomes the first woman ever to head a major sports union. Interestingly, Ms. Roberts has few … Continue Reading

Met Raises Spectre Of Lockout

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The Metropolitan Opera notified union members that the famed opera house will lock out its union employees if union and management officials fail to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement.  The current contract is set to expire at the end of this month.  Union employees were advised in a letter that they should prepare themselves for a work … Continue Reading

Breaking: LIRR Strike Averted

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Earlier today, it was announced that unions representing employees of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), averting a labor strike that was set to begin on Sunday morning.  The deal was signed early this afternoon and will grant LIRR employees 17% raises over a six and a half … Continue Reading

UFCW Sets Sights On Sodexo

Posted in Negotiations, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
This past week, cafeteria workers at Texas Christian University (TCU) approved their first-even union contract.  TCU’s cafeteria workers, employed by food service company Sodexo, voted last March to join the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW).  A spokesman for the union now reports that it has begun organizing drives in at least five other … Continue Reading

LIRR Workers Ready To Strike

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
As we reported briefly yesterday, leaders of the labor unions representing employees of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) announced that they planned to strike this coming Sunday.  A last ditch effort at negotiating a labor settlement with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) broke down after barely 45 minutes yesterday, leading to the call to … Continue Reading

BREAKING: LIRR Strike Is A Go

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This afternoon, the New York Daily News reported that the long-feared Long Island Railroad strike is a go.  The most recent set of negotiations over a new labor contract broke down after only 45 minutes of talks.  With both sides stating that an agreement is still miles away, a strike is set to take place beginning on … Continue Reading