Bankruptcy Court OKs Dewey WARN Class-Action: Maria Chutchian of Law360 ($$) reports that last Friday, a New York bankruptcy court signed a proposed consent order that would allow former Dewey and LeBoeuf employees to proceed with a collective WARN action. The Federal WARN statute provides that employers must provide workers with at least sixty-days’ notice prior to any mass layoffs.
The class includes Dewey employees who worked at the firm’s New York and Washington, D.C., offices and were laid off about May 15, 2012. The workers claim they were not given the required notice for layoffs under state and federal law.
The suit seeks back pay for the late layoff notice, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. Interestingly, the notice of class action specifically states that there is currently no money to pay putative class members should they prevail.
MO Senate Gives Green Light to Union Paycheck Bill: Jordan Shapiro of the Kansas City Star writes that as of this morning, the Missouri Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would require public employees to sign consent forms before union fees could be deducted from their paychecks. The bill’s current language is the result of tense negotiations between Republicans and Democrats in the chamber. Some Democrats, however, remain miffed.
“Hope someday people in this chamber will stop bullying labor and cherish them like I do,” Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, said.
The bill would also require annual consent forms before unions could spend public employee money on political campaigns. The current iteration of the bill excludes firefighters and police officers from its coverage, but that exemption will likely disappear when the bill is reconciled with the House.
TSA Screeners Union Opposes Knives at Checkpoints: Steve Strunsky of the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that representatives of the Transportation Security Agency Screeners’ Union have come out against the TSA’s new ruling that would allow small pocket knives and golf clubs on airplanes.
"We believe it will be a very bad idea to allow knives at checkpoints," Jacqueline Simon, policy director for the screeners union, said in an exclusive interview last night.
Interestingly, the head of the TSA will defend the new ruling Thursday during a Homeland Security transportation subcommittee hearing. We will certainly keep you posted.