MEBA and AMO Butt Heads over Cargo ContractDan Prochilo of Law360 ($$) writes that the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA) has sued the American Maritime Officers (AMO) in Federal court, alleging that AMO unlawfully convinced a cargo company to blow up its agreement with MEBA. The premature severing has cost MEBA almost $10million, according to the lawsuit.

"The parties had never failed to reach agreement on a successor labor contract covering Liberty’s tanker and bulk vessels” until the rival union, the American Maritime Officers (AMO), held itself out as a viable alternative to MEBA during the most recent round of negotiations,  the suit said.

The complaint alleges both intentional interference with prospective business advantage and unjust enrichment against AMO. Neither party responded to a request for comment as the story went to print. We will be following this matter closely and will keep you posted as it moves towards a resolution.

Trumka Trumpets Senate’s "Nuclear Option"Lawrence Dube of the Daily Labor Report ($$) writes that yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged Senate Democrats to exercise the so-called "nuclear option," which would effectively circumvent any threat of a Republican filibuster, in order to push President Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board through the advice and consent process. Currently, even the threat of a Republican filibuster results in a legislative stalemate. Trumka blasted what he sees as Senate intransigence and game-playing, stating that super-majorities in the Senate should only be used to ratify treaties, while in all other cases a simple majority vote should suffice.

Smithsonian Workers on StrikeJosh Hicks of the Washington Post reports that this morning, low-wage workers at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. are expected to walk off the job in order to draw attention to what they believe to be substandard wages being paid to federal employees. The workers, being assisted by Good Jobs Nation, will be protesting in front of the iconic building throughout the morning. This is the at least the third action that Good Jobs Nation has been involved in within the last six weeks, with the group showing no signs of slowing down. We will be tracking their progress and will certainly keep you posted.