Labor

  • March 27, 2024

    Cannabis Retailer Sues To Revive Union Decertification Bid

    A western Massachusetts cannabis retailer has asked a state court to reinstate an employee's petition to decertify a budding local of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which was dismissed by a state labor board following a settlement of separate prohibited practices complaints.

  • March 26, 2024

    Alcoa Retirees Score Partial Win In Life Insurance Fight

    Alcoa USA Corp. violated its collectively bargained obligations when it unilaterally cut off company-provided life insurance benefits, but was within its rights to pay retirees to waive their claims to benefits, an Indiana federal judge ruled.

  • March 26, 2024

    Examples Seen As Crucial To Useful EEOC, NLRB Guidance

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Labor Relations Board may be joining forces to clarify how protections for workers who get heated during union activity square with anti-discrimination law, and experts said specific examples on this interplay are at the top of their wish list.

  • March 26, 2024

    Turf Co. Secures Dismissal Of Funds' Contributions Row

    Benefits funds affiliated with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades can't move ahead with their claims that a turf installer didn't pay contributions, a California federal judge ruled, saying the funds didn't include the calculation for payment in their allegations.

  • March 26, 2024

    Mercedes Fired 3 Union Backers In Ala., UAW Claims

    Mercedes-Benz has fired at least three workers for openly backing the United Auto Workers' organizing campaign at an Alabama plant, the union claimed Tuesday in a National Labor Relations Board charge.

  • March 26, 2024

    DC Circ. Rebukes NLRB's 'Nonsense' In Driver Camera Case

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday vacated a National Labor Relations Board decision that found a produce company unlawfully disciplined a pro-union worker and gave another the impression he was being surveilled, calling the board's approach to the case "nonsense."

  • March 26, 2024

    Hollywood Strip Club Violated Settlement, NLRB GC Says

    The National Labor Relations Board's Los Angeles office accused a North Hollywood strip club of breaching a settlement with the Actors' Equity Association, according to a copy of a complaint obtained by Law360 on Tuesday, with agency attorneys seeking payment for terminated workers and a reading notice.

  • March 26, 2024

    Teamsters Duck Yellow's $137M Suit Over Restructuring Talks

    The Teamsters have defeated Yellow Corp.'s $137 million lawsuit accusing them of pushing the trucking company into bankruptcy through intransigence in negotiations over a corporate restructuring, with a Kansas federal judge finding the company didn't exhaust the grievance process under a union contract before suing.

  • March 26, 2024

    Legal Aid Union Fights Subpoena Over Palestine Resolution

    The New York Civil Liberties Union on Monday backed the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys in its fight against a subpoena from the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce following the union's adoption of a resolution in support of the Palestinian cause.

  • March 25, 2024

    NLRB Defends 10(j) Tests In Starbucks High Court Dispute

    The National Labor Relations Board told the U.S. Supreme Court that Starbucks is ignoring the history of how courts use injunction standards under federal labor law, explaining to the justices that a two-part test doesn't lead to more favorable outcomes for the agency.

  • March 25, 2024

    Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers To Vote On UAW In April

    Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will take their third crack at voting on representation by the United Auto Workers next month, the National Labor Relations Board announced Monday, revealing that the election has been scheduled without company pushback.

  • March 25, 2024

    NLRB's Budget Stays At $299M In Final Budget Deal

    The federal funding bill President Joe Biden signed over the weekend keeps the National Labor Relations Board's budget at a little under $300 million for the rest of the fiscal year and maintains a longstanding bar against holding union elections electronically.

  • March 25, 2024

    7th Circ. Reverses Union's $2.3M Win In Pension Dispute

    The Seventh Circuit reversed a Teamsters pension fund's $2.3 million win in a dispute over withdrawal liability against a bulk transport company, finding that a lower court properly denied the union attorney fees but erred in ruling in the union's favor on the merits of the case.

  • March 25, 2024

    Boeing Laid Off Pilots Over Union Vote, NLRB Judge Says

    Boeing violated federal labor law by laying off union-represented flight training airplane instructor pilots after they voted against decertifying their bargaining representative, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, saying the company was punishing the pilots for failing to oust the union after two opportunities.

  • March 25, 2024

    Starbucks Distributor Can't Nix 'Act Of God' Award

    An arbitrator properly determined that the COVID-19 pandemic wasn't an "act of God" that excused a Starbucks distributor's reduction of hours for Teamsters-represented workers, an Illinois federal judge ruled, nixing the company's claim that the award didn't stem from the parties' labor contract.

  • March 22, 2024

    Missed Deadline May Doom Union Worker's Benefits Fight

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday warned a union worker alleging the United Auto Workers mismanaged her claim for benefits that she could have her lawsuit dismissed if she doesn't respond to the union's request to toss the accusations.

  • March 22, 2024

    NLRB Bargaining-Cost Deal Is A Small Boost To GC's Initiative

    A recent settlement in which a security company agreed to pay workers for withheld raises represents a win for the NLRB's top prosecutor in her initiative to compensate workers whose employers undermine bargaining, but the facts of the case mean there's not much to glean for other disputes, experts say.

  • March 22, 2024

    Foley Hoag Adds Employment Atty To Denver Office

    A former Sherman & Howard LLC attorney advising employers on union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining and unfair labor practice cases is now a Foley Hoag LLP partner in Denver, the firm announced, where he will bring 20-plus years of experience in private practice and as an NLRB attorney.

  • March 22, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Pipefitting Co. Must Rehire Union Workers

    A Georgia pipefitting company violated federal labor law when it prematurely terminated a project labor agreement with a union, then fired or rescinded job offers to 18 union-represented workers, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday, upholding decisions by a National Labor Relations Board panel and an agency judge.

  • March 22, 2024

    Union Seeks Quick Win In Nuclear Plant Healthcare Row

    An IBEW local is urging a Pennsylvania federal judge to grant it a quick win in its fight to send to arbitration a grievance challenging a nuclear power plant operator's healthcare benefits contributions, arguing that the dispute falls within the parameters of the union's collective bargaining agreement.

  • March 22, 2024

    'Common Sense' Mich. Ruling Says Photos Not Eavesdropping

    Michigan appellate judges said it's common sense that taking a photograph isn't the same as overhearing a conversation, agreeing with a lower court that a union leader's eavesdropping claim against a rival should be tossed because an image of him posted online doesn't convey a private discussion.

  • March 22, 2024

    NLRB Urges 7th Circ. To Toss Union's Sanctions Bid

    The National Labor Relations Board challenged an International Union of Operating Engineers local's "wholly inappropriate" sanctions bid against the agency at the Seventh Circuit, telling the appeals court that the union can't raise an argument related to the lawfulness of a punch-in policy for strike replacement workers.

  • March 22, 2024

    Md. Home Health Agency Must Rehire Raise-Seeking Worker

    A Maryland home healthcare agency violated federal labor law by discharging an employee who'd asked about raise eligibility and taken issue with a training repayment scheme, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled.

  • March 22, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: HP's $18M Wage Deal Up For Final Sign-Off

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for a California federal court's final approval of an $18 million settlement in an age discrimination class action against HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in the state.

  • March 22, 2024

    Jewish MIT Grad Students Hit Union With EEOC Bias Charges

    Four Jewish graduate students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed religious discrimination charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging their union illegally refused to let them withdraw from the labor group after they raised concerns about what they called its antisemitic leanings.

Expert Analysis

  • The Issues Brewing Around Starbucks Labor Practice Cases

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    Starbucks is faced with fighting off another push for a nationwide injunction against firing any employees that support unionization, and there's a distinct possibility that the company and the National Labor Relations Board could be fighting the same fight over and over in various locations, says Janette Levey at Levey Law.

  • Employer Tips For Fighting Back Against Explosive Verdicts

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    Massive jury verdicts are a product of our time, driven in part by reptile tactics, but employers can build a strategic defense to mitigate the risk of a runaway jury, and develop tools to seek judicial relief in the event of an adverse outcome, say Dawn Solowey and Lynn Kappelman at Seyfarth.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Changing Status Quo In A Union Shop

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    A recent administrative law decision concerning a dispute between Fortune Media and the NewsGuild of New York is an important reminder to employers with unionized workforces to refrain from making unilateral updates to employee handbooks that will change the terms and conditions of employment, says Jennifer Hataway at Butler Snow.

  • Eye On Compliance: A Shift In Religious Accommodation Law

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    The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Groff v. DeJoy is making it more difficult for employers to deny religious accommodations, and there are three takeaways employers should keep in mind, say William Cook and Matthew High at Wilson Elser.

  • Conflicting NLRB Stances Create Employer Compliance Plight

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    Contradictory positions set forth by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel — asserted in a recent unfair labor practice judgment against CVS and a pending case against Starbucks — place employers in a no-win dilemma when deciding whether they can provide wage and benefit improvements to both union and nonunion employees, says Alice Stock at Bond Schoeneck.

  • Biden Admin Must Take Action On Worker Surveillance

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    As companies increasingly use electronic surveillance to monitor employees, speed up work and quash organizing efforts, the Biden administration should use its well-established regulatory authority to study the problem and protect worker safety, say Matt Scherer at the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Reed Shaw at Governing for Impact.

  • Novel NLRB Action Highlights Aggressive Noncompete Stance

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    While a first-of-its-kind noncompete complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board general counsel against a Michigan cannabis processor recently resulted in a private settlement, the action shows how broadly the general counsel views her authority over such covenants and how vigorously she intends to exercise it, say Erik Weibust and Erin Schaefer at Epstein Becker.

  • New NLRB Bench Book Is An Important Read For Practitioners

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    Though the National Labor Relations Board's Bench Book is aimed at administrative law judges who adjudicate unfair labor practice hearings, key updates in its 2023 edition offer crucial reading for anyone who handles charges before the agency, say David Pryzbylski and Thomas Payne at Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Eye On Compliance: An NLRB Primer For Private Employers

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    Many employers, especially those with nonunionized workforces, may not realize they are subject to federal labor law, but with a recent flurry of precedent-changing rulings from the National Labor Relations, understanding how to comply with the National Labor Relations Act may now be more important than ever, says Bruno Katz at Wilson Elser.

  • NBA Players Must Avoid Legal Fouls In CBD Deals

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    The NBA’s recently ratified collective bargaining agreement allows athletes to promote CBD brands and products, but athletes and the companies they promote must be cautious of a complex patchwork of applicable state laws and federal regulators’ approach to advertising claims, says Airina Rodrigues at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Labor Law Lessons From NLRB Judge's Bargaining Order

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    A National Labor Relations Board judge’s recent decision to issue a so-called Gissel bargaining order against IBN Construction is a reminder that a company’s unfair labor practices may not just result in traditional remedies, but could also lead to union certification, says Andrew MacDonald at Fox Rothschild.

  • PGA, LIV Tie-Up Might Foreshadow Future Of Women's Soccer

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    The pending merger between PGA Tour and LIV Golf is entirely consistent with the history of American professional sports leagues that faced upstart competitors, and is a warning about the forthcoming competition between the National Women's Soccer League and the USL Super League, says Christopher Deubert at Constangy Brooks.

  • NLRB's Stricter Contractor Test May Bring Organizing Risks

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    The National Labor Relations Board’s recent Atlanta Opera decision adds another layer of complexity to the legal tests for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee, and could create new risks of union organizing and unfair labor practice charges for companies, say Robert Lian and James Crowley at Akin.

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