Board Files Charges Against Charter School MgmtRegina Medina of PhillyNews.com writes that the National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Olney Charter High School in Pennsylvania after teachers and staff alleged that school officials threatened and interrogated them in response to a union organizing effort.  The charges, brought by the Alliance of Charter School Employees, will be argued at a hearing on October 15, 2013, in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  We will keep you posted as this matter moves towards a resolution.

BART Proposals $100 million ApartMike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News writes that yesterday’s news shedding some positive light on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) labor negotiations was merely wishful thinking, as the two sides are reportedly almost $100 million apart on their respective negotiating positions.  That number, put forward by a union spokesperson last night in front of the Panel appointed by Governor Brown to assist in negotiations, was countered by BART management, who believe that the difference in proposals amounts to about $56 million.

Either way, a deal before this coming Sunday looks incredibly unlikely.  The union is pushing a 21.5% pay increase for employees over the coures of three years, with only a 6.5% increase in pension contributions.  Management, on the other hand, has offered a 9% increase in wages with a corresponding 5% increase in pension contributions over hte same time period.  We will certainly keep you up to date on any progress made in these talks before Sunday’s deadline.

MLB Players Union Backs A-Rod in Steroid RowThe Associated Press reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has decided to cash in its chips and appeal the unprecedented 211-game suspension of New York Yankees ballplayer Alex Rodriguez..  Rodriguez, suspended earlier this week by the League for allegedly taking performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and then attempting to cover up evidence, will now have his case heard by an independent arbitrator per the MLB’s collective bargaining agreement.  In the interim, Rodriguez can play baseball.

"I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be any different," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "As far as having a reaction, it’s kind of what I expected. It’s part of the process that was negotiated between MLB and the players’ association and you let it play out. I expect him to play a lot. We need him to help us."

 A spokesperson from the MLB declined comment.  Arbitrator Fred Horowitz has already been appointed to hear the case, which is not expected to begin until November of this year at the earliest.  We will be following this dispute and will make sure to keep you posted.

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