Wisc. Unions Fighting New Labor Law: Ben James of Law 360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the Wisconsin Education Association Council, in conjunction with five other unions, filed a motion in Wisconsin state court seeking to hold Wisconsin state officials in contempt for implementing a portion of the state’s labor law. The controversial law, enacted in 2011 and colloquially known as Act 10, would effectively limit the ability of government employees to act in concert.
A year ago, another Wisconsin Judge found that Act 10’s provision curbing the ability of government employees to bargain violated the employees’ rights of free speech, association, and equal protection. Neither party was immediately available for comment as this story went to press. We will keep you posted as the situation develops.
VW Employees File ULP Charges Against United Auto Workers: KTVU.com reports that eight employees working at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN have filed unfair labor practice charges against the United Auto Workers (UAW) with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board). The workers allege that UAW representatives pressured and coerced them, as well as other employees, to sign union authorization cards. In particular, the workers’ complaint accuses UAW representatives of misleading workers as to the purpose of the authorization cards. The workers thought that a signature only meant a vote for a secret ballot, while in reality a signature was essentially a vote for the UAW. We will keep you posted as this dispute moves through the NLRB’s machinations.
Subway Worker Challenges Firing with Help of SEIU: Ashley Gross of KPLU.com writes that a fired Subway sandwich shop employee has filed unfair labor practices against his former employer with the NLRB claiming that he was retaliated against for attempting to organize employee strikes. Carlos Hernandez, the employee in question, was terminated for giving away a cookie. Hernandez, however, believes that Subway’s explanation is pretextual and that he was really fired because he has been attempting to organize his fellow employees. Hernandez, now represented by a group affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), now wants his job back so that he can keep "urging his coworkers to agitate for better conditions."