Justice Ginsburg Denies HealthBridge’s Injunction Request: Sindhu Sundar of Law360 ($$) reports that Justice Ginsburg has denied HealthBridge Management LLC’s request to stop a partial injunction that would require the company to reinstate striking workers. HealthBridge argued that the recent D.C. Circuit ruling invalidating President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board should delay the injunction until the whole mess is sorted out.
“It makes little sense for the courts to order immediate action at the behest of the board here when the board’s ability to act is in profound doubt and will be addressed by this court,” HealthBridge argued.
The row stems from a dispute between the company and the New England Health Care Employees Union, which represents HealthBridge employees at several facilities in Connecticut. Over 600 workers have been on strike since July, when the most recent round of contract talks broke down.
HealthBridge’s attorneys said that they were reviewing Justice Ginsburg’s denial and were most likely planning on re-petitioning another Justice for review, which is allowed under Supreme Court rules. We will be watching this issue closely and will keep you up to date.
ULP Charges Going Ahead Despite Claims of Union Malfeasance: Tarryl Jackson of MLive reports that a long-simmering labor dispute between Hendrickson Trucking and Jackson’s Teamster Local 164 is headed for review to the National Labor Relations Board. The charges remain active despite several allegations of financial improprieties committed by union officials.
Recently, it was discovered that Al Sprague, local president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, had been collecting state unemployment checks. Furthermore, local secretary and treasurer William Bernard alleges that he is owed over $100,000 in unused vacation pay, despite the fact that the local’s assets are less than half that amount. A spokesman for the union said that it would not comment on internal investigations.
Coastal Ports and Longshoremen Reach Deal in Principal: Larry Swisher of Bloomberg BNA ($$) reports that the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have agreed in principal to a six-year contract that would govern relations between the employer and over 15,000 dock workers. However, the agreement is still subject to ratification by ILA members. Further, 14 local port agreements must be negotiated before the master contract can be finalized.
The two sides were brought back to the bargaining table in December after a bi-partisan coalition urged President Obama to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act. Doing so kept the parties’ discussions moving forward and also avoided a potential copycat scenario of the Los Angeles Port strikes, which were short, but economically devastating.
We will continue to follow the local port negotiations and will report back when the contracts are completely ratified.