Labor Committee Dem To Retire: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that Representative George Miller, a Democrat from California, announced yesterday that he will be retiring from public service and will not be seeking re-election in the fall. Miller, a congressman for forty years, is currently the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee. Some of his more notable causes include pushing hard for equal pay.
“I’m proud of what I have been able to accomplish on behalf of children, working people and the environment, in my district and for our country, especially passage of national health care reform,” Miller said in a statement announcing his decision not to seek another term. “Now, I look forward to one last year in Congress fighting the good fight and then working in new venues on the issues that have inspired me.”
Miller was also instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act. It remains to be seen what the next iteration of the Labor Committee will look like after Miller departs. We will be sure to keep you posted.
VW Will Accept Worker’s Decision Regarding Unionization: Mike Pare of the Times Free Press writes that the head of Volkswagen of America said yesterday that he will live with whatever hourly workers employed at VW’s Chattanooga plant decide to do regarding unionization. Speaking at the North American International Auto Show, new chief Michael Horn said that the workers must decide whether their future lies with the United Auto Workers (UAW).
At this point, there is a battle going on inside VW over whether the UAW can unionize the workers as the result of a card-check, or whether the workers should hold a vote via secret ballot. We will make sure to keep you in the know as this story continues to develop.
A-Rod Sues Players’ Union: Steve Eder of the New York Times writes that yesterday, lawyers for embattled Major League Baseballer Alex Rodriguez ran to federal court in Manhattan in an attempt to put the brakes on the former all-star’s season-long suspension. Interestingly, Rodriguez has chosen to sue his own union, the MLB Players Association, arguing that the union failed to adequately defend him against MLB’s contentions that he used steroids.
Rodriguez’s suit also argues that arbitrator Fred Horowitz’s decision to suspend Rodriguez is in "manifest disregard of the law" and should thus be overturned. We will be watching this case closely here at @LRToday and will make sure to key you in to the relevant developments.