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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

BREAKING: LIRR Strike Is A Go

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

Fast Food Strike Hits 33 Countries

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unions
Yesterday, employees at fast food restaurants in 150 U.S. cities and 33 different countries went on strike to protest what they believe to be unfair wages and substandard working conditions.  Known colloquially as the “Fight for $15,” the goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of the employees’ wages in order to “shame” their … Continue Reading

Fast Food Strikes Go Global

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
Fast food employees in the United States and around the world are expected to walk off the job today in protest against what they believe to be substandard wages and working conditions.  While these protests have been going on for quite some time, today’s rally represents the largest collective action yet in what has colloquially … Continue Reading

Board Rules For Teamsters In Bus Drivers Row

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, Quick Hits, Representation Elections
The good news keeps rolling in for the Teamsters.  Earlier today, it was reported that the National labor Relations Board has ordered the certification of a union election held in February of 2013 in Santa Rosa County, FL.  Accordingly, school bus drivers and monitors in Santa Rosa County, FL will now be represented by Teamsters … Continue Reading

New Contract Ends Teamsters Strike At Pepsi

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Unions
This past weekend, the Teamsters union ended a 10-day strike at a PepsiCo bottling plant in Indiana after the union’s constituents approved a new five-year labor deal with the soda maker.  The new deal gives each worker an almost $2 per hour raise over the life of the agreement, resulting in an average wage of … Continue Reading

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Threatens Strike Action

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, State/Local Issues, Unions
Yesterday, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis stated that her constituents would likely balk at extending its current contract.  The union’s current contract, signed at the end of a week-long strike in September of 2012, will expire in June of 2015, smack dab in the middle of the Chicago Mayor’s race.  Lewis intimated that she did … Continue Reading

UAW Urges TN To Make Good On VW Incentives Promise

Posted in Negotiations, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Earlier this week, UAW Regional Director Gary Casteel urged Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to finalize a reported $300 million package of financial incentives to Volkswagen in order to secure VW’s continued presence in Chattanooga, TN.  Casteel, who oversees the UAW’s southern region, noted that both the union and Tennessee officials need to move on from the … Continue Reading

UAW Looking To Mediate Organizing Efforts At Nissan

Posted in Negotiations, NLRA, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The United Auto Workers (UAW), most recently in the news for their high-profile election loss at Volkswagen, asked the U.S. State Department to step in and mediate the UAW’s dispute with Nissan.  In a short statement, UAW president Bob King further criticized Nissan, alleging that the carmaker has thwarted employee efforts to unionize at its Canton, MS … Continue Reading