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The First Monday in October: Supreme Court Roundup

The first Monday in October traditionally marks the beginning of the United States Supreme Court’s yearly term – and it provides an excellent opportunity to look at the cases the Court will be hearing this year.  In an earlier post, the World of Work brought you detailed discussion of the Court’s only Title VII case this term:  Lewis v. City of Chicago.  … Continue Reading

2009 Oregon Legislative Update

The Oregon Legislature was in session in 2009, and many labor and employment-related bills came up for consideration.  A complete list of the bills that passed and the bills that failed follows below (you may have to click "continue reading."  Several passed and will become law effective January 1, 2010.  Several others didn’t get the support … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case About Meddling International Union

The US Supreme Court just agreed to hear a case asking just how much international unions will be allowed to meddle in the affairs of their local affiliates.  In Granite Rock v. Teamsters, the employer sued the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in federal court claiming that the International interfered with the relationship between the employer and the Local Teamsters … Continue Reading

9th Circuit Orders Damages, but Not Reinstatement for Unauthorized Alien Workers

What’s an employer to do when it is ordered to reinstate former employees, but those employees are not legally authorized to work in the United States?  Pay liquidated damages instead, according to the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in NLRB v. C&C Roofing Supply Inc.  In C&C, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleged that the employer unlawfully … Continue Reading

Oregon Legislature Bans Mandatory Meetings

A new Oregon bill will prohibit employers from requiring employees to attend mandatory or "captive audience" meetings on, among other topics, labor unions.  Governor Ted Kulongoski is expected to sign the bill, which would them become law effective January 1, 2010.  Click here to read SB 519.  SB 519 prohibits an employer from taking action against an … Continue Reading

Labor Unions Targeting Green Energy Development

Labor unions are seeing a rare growth opportunity in green power.  Despite the recession, there has been a building boom in green energy, in particular solar and wind projects.  As reported recently in the New York Times, labor unions see something in green energy for them as well, and they’re using intense political pressure to get it. When … Continue Reading

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Employers to Fire Union Salts

The Truth in Employment Act of 2009 (TEA) would allow employers to lawfully fire employees who are suspected of “salting,” or attempting to organize the contractor’s workforce from within on behalf of a labor union.  The bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and in the House by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).  TEA would amend … Continue Reading

Proposed Law Would Allow Employers to Pay Extra to Union Workers

The proposed Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act, introduced in Congress last week, would change federal labor law to allow employers to pay higher wages to selected union employees.  Sounds like a no brainer, right?  Guess again. The Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and in the House by Rep. Tom … Continue Reading

Stoel Rives to Host Employee Free Choice Act Seminar in Portland June 11

If passed in its proposed form, the Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") will revolutionize federal labor laws by allowing unions to organize without a secret-ballot election. Other onerous provisions include shortening the time to negotiate a first contract and, if the parties do not agree, allowing an arbitrator (a judge) to decide the terms of … Continue Reading

Supreme Court: Arbitration Provisions in Collective Bargaining Agreements Enforceable on Statutory Claims

Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision of paramount importance to union employers, holding that arbitration clauses in collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) are enforceable as to statutory claims.  Click here to read the decision in 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett.  In Penn Plaza, several union members asserted claims against their employer under the Age Discrimination … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs Executive Order Allowing PLAs on Federal Projects

President Obama recently signed his fourth labor-friendly executive order, this time allowing the federal government to require project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects.  This order overturns a prior order from President Bush disallowing PLAs.  Click here to read the text of the order.  This latest action follows Obama’s three executive orders earlier … Continue Reading

Carpenters Union to Pay Oregon Employer $450,000 to Settle Picketing Dispute

The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of the Carpenters and Joiners of America recently agreed to pay Hoffman Construction Co. $450,000 and to settle a lawsuit over alleged unlawful picketing during a 2007 strike in Oregon.  The Carpenters have also agreed to pay an additional $200,000 into an escrow account until the union has trained its members on … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs Three Executive Orders Affecting Federal Contractors

On January 30, 2009 President Obama signed three executive orders affecting federal contractors and their employees.  Two of the three orders affect union rights.  (Click the title of each order to download it). Economy in Government Contracting.  Denies federal contractors reimbursement for funds spent on activities designed to persuade employees to join or to not join a union, such as … Continue Reading

NLRB 2008 Report Shows Efficient, Aggressive Enforcement of Labor Law

Ronald Meisburg, General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued his annual Summary of Operations memo on October 29, 2008.  (The NLRB is the federal agency that enforces our country’s labor laws and conducts union elections.)  Mr. Meisburg’s memo is full of interesting news and developments on all facets of the NLRB’s operations.  To read the complete memo, … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Six L&E Cases This Term

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its 2008-2009 term on October 6 with six labor and employment law cases on its docket.  (For docket information and questions presented, click on the name of the case).  Locke v. Karass:  may a public employee union may charge nonmembers for representational costs for litigation expenses incurred by the international union on … Continue Reading

Union Liable for Improperly Accessing Drivers’ Licence Records

Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held labor union UNITE HERE liable under the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) for accessing the motor vehicle records of Cintas Corp. employees to find their home addresses.  The decision is available here:  Pichler v. UNITE.  As part of a 2002 organizing drive, union organizers … Continue Reading

Nurses Button Up: Ninth Circuit Nurses May Wear Union Buttons at Work

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a Spokane hospital could not lawfully prohibit nurses from wearing union buttons in areas where they only "might" encounter patients or family members. Health care employers should review their uniform policies to make sure union insignia and other political buttons and stickers are only prohibited in … Continue Reading
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