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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

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
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

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
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

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
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


Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
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

Players To Judge: Lift Pay Prohibition

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Negotiations, Quick Hits
Yesterday, college athletes in the now-infamous Ed O’Bannon trial submitted a post-hearing brief, arguing that the NCAA’s refusal to allow athletes to profit from their likenesses constitutes an anti-competitive restraint of trade without corresponding benefits.  As noted previously on this blog, the players are seeking an injunction in order to lift the NCAA’s prohibition on … Continue Reading

NYC Crane Operators Set To Strike

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
New York City’s crane operators have threatened to begin a labor strike as early as this morning.  Yesterday, the Building Contractors Association issued a statement explaining that the crane operators’ collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight last night.  Once the contract expired, each union’s members were free to strike. Sources report that last ditch talks between … Continue Reading

Experts: NCAA Not A Cartel

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Negotiations, Quick Hits
Yesterday, an anti-trust expert testified in the Ed O’Bannon trial that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s agreement with its member conferences to not pay wages to student athletes is a joint venture, as opposed to a cartel.  Daniel Rubinfeld, a professor at the New York University School of Law, testified on behalf of the NCAA that … Continue Reading

MTA Prepares For Worst As LIRR Strike Looms

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
The Metro Transit Authority of New York (MTA) is preparing for what now seems to be an inevitable labor strike by employees of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).  If the strike moves forward, elected officials predict that 300,000 daily commuters will be adversely affected.  Thus far, the MTA has offered carpooling incentives and shuttle … Continue Reading

Unions, SEPTA To Meet With Mediator Friday

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions, White House
This coming Friday, SEPTA officials and union representatives will meet with a federal mediator to attempt to avert a commuter rail strike.  SEPTA’s locomotive engineers and railroad electrical workers, represented by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, have vowed to strike at midnight Friday.  The strike threat comes after SEPTA set terms and conditions … Continue Reading

OH Teachers Authorize Strike Action

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Earlier this week, teachers working in Mason, OH voted to allow their union leaders to call a strike if collective bargaining talks don’t begin to progress soon.  The teachers, represented by the Mason Education Association, have been negotiating with school district officials over a new employment contract since April.  Union officials are not expected to … Continue Reading

Machinists End Space Center Strike

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Earlier this week, members of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) voted to accept a contract proposal from their employer, Lockheed Martin Corp.  The vote to approve the new contract ended a five-day strike at Mississippi’s Stennis Space Center.  After voting 41-7 in favor of the contract on Tuesday, IAM members promptly returned to work on … Continue Reading

NC Public Union To Open Doors To Student/Athletes

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Last Friday, the State Employees Association of North Carolina (the union) voted to allow scholarshipped student-athletes at public universities within the state to join their union as state employees.  The Union’s governing board approved a proposal to allow grant-in-aid student/athletes at North Carolina’s 17 public schools to join its ranks.  Importantly, this includes both NCAA … Continue Reading