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College Athletes to Unionize? More on the Northwestern University Football Players NLRB Petition

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
On January 28, 2014, college students who play football at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board’s (the "NLRB") Chicago Region to form a labor union.  The players’ filing asserts their desire to affiliate with the College Athletes Players Association (the "CAPA"), an entity currently receiving both technical… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 5, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Non-Union Employees File Class Action Against SEIU: Michael Lipkin of Law360 ($$) writes that late last week, a group of non-union California civil servants filed a putative class action against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  In pertinent part, the suit alleges that the SEIU has been illegally deducting money for political activities from employees’ wages unless… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 4, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Pensions, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
TN VW Workers Set To Hold Union Election: David McAfee of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced that employees working at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant will vote next week on whether to join the UAW.  The election will be held at the plant between February 12 and 14th.  Interestingly, VW welcomes the election because it will allow workers… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 3, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
New York City Police Union Sues NYPD: Dan Prochilo of Law360 reports that last week, the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (the union) sued the New York Police Department, alleging that the NYPD’s new performance evaluations were implemented without discussing them with the union.  Accordingly, the union has asked a New York state judge to nix the… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 31, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, Pensions, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Transport Workers Hit With Class Action: Michael Lipkin of Law360 ($$) writes that a former employee of American Airlines has sued the Transport Workers Union of America with a putative class action.  The suit, filed yesterday in Texas federal court, alleges that the union failed to give retiring workers the stock options they were owed under… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 30, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
 Group Seeks Probe of Board Investigation: Mike Pare of the Times Free Press writes that representatives of the National Right to Work Foundation have asked for an official inquiry into the National Labor Relations Board’s investigation of unfair labor practice charges against both Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers.  The Board’s investigation involved looking into allegations… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 29, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
 College Football Players Looking to Unionize: Lester Munson of ESPN reports football players at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL are attempting to form a labor union.  This comes on the heels of a strike by football players at Grambling University several months ago.  The players refused to take the field against Jackson State in protest against… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 28, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
AL Mercedes Workers Accuse Employer of Harassment: Dawn Kent Azok of AL.com writes that employees working for Mercedes-Benz in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama staged a news conference yesterday wherein they accused the car maker of harassing and intimidating employees during a United Auto Workers union campaign.  Joined by state Senator Bobby Singleton, the employees stated that they would not… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 27, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Misc., State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Philly Teachers To File ULP Charges: Martha Woodall of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Alliance of Charter School Employees, a labor union that has been trying to organize teachers at Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia for over a year, is expected to file unfair labor practice charges against Aspira, Inc. today.  Aspira, the company… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 24, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Remedies, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Title VII Applies to Labor Unions, Says 7th Circuit: Kat Greene of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court ruling that held that Title VII did not apply to labor unions.  In pertinent part, the Seventh Circuit determined that the district court did not "fully consider" the rationale behind the law when… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 23, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
TX Court Says PAC Fees Legal Union Deductions: Kelly Knaub of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, a court of appeals in Texas held that a union representing Bexar County’s deputy sheriffs did not violate Texas law by moving member dues to a political action committee (PAC).  The county had argued that the funds had to be deducted per… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 22, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Administration, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Board ALJ Strikes Down Arbitration Agreement: Ben James at Law360 ($$) writes that last Friday, a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge held that an arbitration agreement between Leslie Poolmart, Inc. and its employees violated federal labor law.  The ruling was somewhat surprising because the agreement did not explicitly bar employees from bringing class or collective… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 17, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, State/Local Issues, Unions
Labor Unrest At Port Of Baltimore: Kevin Rector of the Baltimore Sun writes that shipping companies have been forced to divert cargo away from the Port of Baltimore due to the rising tensions between port management and the International Longshoremen’s Association.  Both the union and management officials have repeatedly stressed that there will not be a… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 16, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Amazon Workers Say No To Union: Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times writes that technical workers employed at an Amazon warehouse in Delaware voted last week against forming a labor union.  In the first unionization vote conducted at an Amazon facility, the employees voted 21 to 6 against organizing with the International Association of Machinists and… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 15, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Pensions, Remedies, Social Media, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
ALJ Finds Dress Policy Unlawful: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that this past Monday, a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge found that a Massachusetts Honda dealer’s dress policy violated the National Labor Relations Act.  The ALJ also held that the dealer had further maintained unlawful policies in its handbook regarding social media, although those… Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Releases ‘Labor Law 2013: A Year in Review’

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, Corporate Campaigns, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Filibuster, Government Contracting, House of Representatives, Legislation, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Presidential Appointments, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
MLA labor attorneys are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2013: A Year In Review.  This marks the third straight year that we have produced this annual review of developments in traditional labor law and labor-management relations.  2013 began with unprecedented uncertainty, as several federal courts repudiated the authority of the National Labor Relations Board… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 13, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Machinists File Complaints With NLRB: Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times writes that four separate members of the International Association of Machinists working for The Boeing Company have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against their own union.  In pertinent part, the complaints center around the vote called by the Machinists’… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 10, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Steelworkers Set Sights On Pitt Jail: Andrew McGill of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the United Steelworkers Union has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board wherein in seeks to organize the medical staff at Allegheny County Jail.  In the filing, a representative for the union provides that it plans to represent approximately 80… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 9, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Fla. Judge Rules Emergency Rule Can’t Override CBA: Carolina Bolado of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, a Florida appeals court breathed life back into an unfair labor practice charge filed by a firefighter’s union, holding that the city of Miami’s statement of "financial urgency" could not override the terms of the firefighters’ collective bargaining agreement with the city. … Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 7, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, State/Local Issues, Unions
Retirees Ask Judge To Approve NFL Concussion Settlement: Greg Ryan of Law360 ($$) writes that a group of retired NFL players who have sued the League over issues related to concussions have asked a federal judge in Pennsylvania to preliminarily approve a $760 million settlement.  Under the terms of the proposed deal, the NFL will also be on the hook… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 6, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, Pensions, State/Local Issues, Unions
NYPD Need Not Bargain Over Alcohol Tests: Kurt Orzeck of Law360 ($$) writes that last week, a New York state judge ruled that the New York City Police Department need not bargain with the police force’s labor union over the use of alcohol testing after an officer has discharged his or her weapon.  Two separate NYPD labor unions had… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 3, 2014

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, State/Local Issues, Unions
Pilots Union Seeks To Overturn Arbitration Decision: Erin Coe of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the US Airlines Pilots Association sued US Airways in Pennsylvania federal court in an attempt to vacate a 2010 arbitration award.  The award, entered by the System Board of Adjustment in August of 2010, denied the union a requested 3% pay raise.  The union… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: January 2, 2014

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, Pensions, Representation Elections, State/Local Issues, Unions
Machinists To Vote On New Contract Friday: Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times reports that the president of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) has ordered an up or down vote to determine whether workers employed by Boeing in Washington State will accept a new contract with the company.  The vote, scheduled for Friday, comes in the face… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: December 31, 2013

Posted in Media Round-Up, Negotiations, State/Local Issues, Unions
MPTF, Hospital Workers Strike A Deal: The Deadline reports that nurses, medical workers and technicians represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have voted to approve a three-year deal with the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF), averting a possible labor strike.  The deal ends a year-long dispute between the parties concerning staffing levels and wages at… Continue Reading

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