GOP Sens. Granted Oral Argument In Noel CanningAbigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to allow a lawyer representing all 45 Republican members of the Senate 15 minutes to argue that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board are invalid.  The motion, filed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), follows on the heels of an amicus brief filed last month wherein the Republicans argued that the D.C. Circuit’s ruling should be upheld. 

“The executive, at bottom, seeks nothing less than the very unilateral appointments authority that the framers deliberately withheld,” the senators’ brief said. “And its position would combine the powers that they strive to separate.”

Oral argument is currently scheduled for January 13 of 2014.  Keep any eye on @LRToday for any and all pertinent updates regarding Noel Canning and other major issues in the world of labor relations.

LA County Strike ExpandsAbby Sewell of the LA Times writes that the strike that began in LA County last week has expanded to include employees working in the Department of Public Social Services.  Problematically for the striking social workers, as well as local SEIU representing them, only 4% of the eligible Department of Public Social Services employees chose not to report to work yesterday.  Currently, the major sticking point between county employees and the administration involves the social workers’ desire for a decreased caseload.  We will keep you posted as this dispute continues to unfold.

Charlotte Transit Reaches Deal To Avoid StrikeTorie Wells of WSOCTV reports that yesterday afternoon, the United Transportation Union and Charlotte Transit Management reached a deal over a new contract for transit drivers, avoiding what could have been a crippling labor strike.  A representative of the union stated that workers will receive pay raises.  A new seniority system, as well as a new route assignment system, will also be implemented.

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