Philly Firefighters Allege CBA Violation in Lawsuit: Ama Sarfo of Law360 ($$) reports that Philadelphia firefighters, Local 22 filed a lawsuit against the city last Friday alleging breach of the collective bargaining agreement governing the parties’ relationship. The Union complains that the city failed to provide adequate notice of the upcoming fire battalion chief exams and four candidates missed the chance to seek a promotion as a result.
“Local 22 and its bargaining unit members are offended by the city’s outright repudiation of its agreement and related practice, which demonstrates and reinforces the city’s unqualified contempt and disrespect for the union as an employee organization, and the rights and interests of its affected members,” the complaint says.
The lawsuit is seeking an injunction that would prevent the city of Philadelphia from proceeding with the exam in dispute. The city was asked for comment, but a spokesman said it was the city’s policy not to comment on pending litigation.
Sen. Johanns Calls on Board Members to Resign: The Norfolk Daily News reports that Senator Mike Johanns, a Nebraska Republican, has called on Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, the two National Labor Relations Board members appointed under President Obama’s now-invalidated recess appointments, to resign. Sen. Johanns has also written a letter to the Government Accountability Office in an attempt to unwind all new regulations that the Board has promulgated since the appointments were rendered.
"This isn’t about politics or the qualifications of the individuals involved,” Johanns said. “It’s about upholding the checks and balances enshrined in our Constitution. The only way to lift this cloud is for these appointees to immediately resign the posts they have unconstitutionally held for more than a year.”
The fallout from last Friday’s ruling, discussed in blog posts below, will continue in the following weeks and months as the mess is sorted out. We will keep you posted as the situation unfolds.
Bus Drivers and Company Officials Plan to Meet: NY1 News reports that representatives of the striking New York City school bus drivers and company officials are set to meet today at Gracie Mansion in an attempt to settle the drivers’ strike. The strike is beginning its’ third week and has affected over 150,000 students who rely on public transportation to get to school. The talks are not expected to be productive, however, because the Union has insisted that the strike will continue until the city provides the drivers with greater job protections. The city, in turn, has responded by stating that such job protections would be illegal.
The National Labor Relations Board held a hearing last week to determine the validity of the drivers’ strike. A ruling is expected in the coming days. We will certainly keep you posted as the case develops.