GOP Senators File Amicus Brief Supporting Noel Canning Ruling: Ben James of Law360 ($$) reports that yesterday, a group of Republican Senators filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which the Senators urged the Court to uphold the D.C. Circuit’s recent ruling invalidating President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Forty-five Senators, led by Mitch McConnell (R-KY), filed the brief with the hope that the Court would uphold the lower court’s ruling finding the President’s appointments unconstitutional.
“The president’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was continuing to hold sessions, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab,” McConnell said. “We will demonstrate to the court how the president’s unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress’ role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.”
The lower court’s January ruling has cast a great deal of uncertainty over the continued legitimacy of the Board, with fights to curtail its power occurring not only in the courts, but also throughout the halls of Congress. We will keep you posted as this case moves towards oral argument.
NY Car Washers Agree to New Contract: Dave Jamieson of the Huffington Post reports that car washers represented by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union have recently concluded contract negotiations with their employer. The workers, in a vote, overwhelmingly approved the contract terms. The car washers, employed by Hi-Tek Car Wash in New York City, became the first group of car washers to unionize when they voted last fall in favor of collective representation. The unionization of lower-paying workers has become a recent trend, with fast-food employees also trying to get in on the action. We will keep you updated, as more and more employees in lower-skilled trades will most likely seek to unionize.
Teamsters Looking to Oust Union from American Airlines: Karen Jacobs at Reuters writes that the Teamsters union is attempting to oust the Transport Workers Union of America from representing ground workers employed by American Airlines. The Teamsters have filed for an election with the National Mediation Board, who will then investigate whether 50% of represented employees support the Teamsters. If so, the NMB will order an election to take place. We will certainly keep you posted as this story moves forward.