NW Football Hits The Hill: Tom Raum and Kimberly Heffling of the Associated Press report that yesterday, the Northwestern football players seeking to unionize took to Capitol Hill in an attempt to persuade lawmakers that they should be allowed bargain collectively. While the collective bargaining rights of college athletes is not currently an issue before Congress, the players and their representatives stated that maintaining a dialogue was critical to advancing their cause.
The visit, coming a week after a National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled that the players could hold an election, was in all likelihood also designed to raise further awareness of the players’ cause prior to a National Labor Relations Board hearing on the matter. We here at @LRToday have been following these developments very closely, so stay tuned for all important updates.
Hotel, Workers Settle Labor Dispute: The Albuquerque Journal reports that four housekeeping employees at a Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express who were allegedly terminated for participating in organizing activity have been reinstated to their prior positions and been awarded back pay. The reinstatement comes as part of a settlement after a complaint was filed with the National Labor Relations Board. In a short statement, the reinstated employees explained that they were looking forward to returning to work soon.
SD Opera Files ULP Charges: Greg Moran of the San Diego Union Tribune writes that the American Guild of Musical Artists, a labor union representing singers, chorus members, and production personnel for the San Diego Opera, filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board over the imminent closure of the company. In particular, the charge alleges that the Opera has failed to provide the union with financial information after the Opera’s board of directors voted to close down the company at the conclusion of this season.