Monday, March 18, 2019

Sanders’ 2020 campaign first major presidential campaign to have a unionized workforce

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign announced Friday it will be the first major presidential campaign to have a unionized workforce, as party activists push Democratic candidates to mirror their progressive platforms within their own campaigns.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

“Sticking to the Union? A Study on the Unionization of Academic Law Libraries.”

Sarah C. Slinger* 2019. “Sticking to the Union? A Study on the Unionization of Academic Law Libraries.” Law Library Journal 111 (1): 105–19. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Will 2020 Be the Year Presidential Candidates Actually Take Labor Issues Seriously?

Will 2020 Be the Year Presidential Candidates Actually Take Labor Issues Seriously?

Call it a sin of omission, but the historic decline of labor union powerwas on full display during recent CNN town hall meetings with 2020 Democratic presidential aspirants Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar.
All three nationally televised forums featured questions on a range of issues from students, nonprofit directors, community leaders and other traditional Democratic constituencies (including undisclosed lobbying firms), but not a single question was asked about national labor law.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Janus Case. The Lawsuits Challenging Unions Aren’t Anywhere Near Over

The cases pending before courts around the country fall into a few general categories. “Clawback” cases like the one in Illinois seek the refund of past union dues. Others seek to end time limits on when objecting employees can withdraw from unions, or to challenge unions’ right to exclusively negotiate with employers on workers’ behalf.
Those lawsuits, experts said, could amplify the impact Janus has on union membership rolls and coffers. Though some union officials had planned for a substantial hit in the wake of the high court’s ruling, that isn’t evidenced so far in unions’ public disclosures.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Village of Lincolnshire v. IUOE Local 399

In December 2015, Lincolnshire, Illinois, a Chicago suburb with a population of a little over 7,000, passed a right-to-work (RTW) ordinance. 

The unions have been successful so far in their fight against the ordinance, winning first in the U.S. District Court and then again after Lincolnshire appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. But on  February 14, Lincolnshire filed a petition with the Supreme Court, which will now decide whether it will hear the village’s appeal. Lincolnshire is being represented in the lawsuit by the Liberty Justice Center, one of the groups that represented plaintiff Mark Janus in Janus v. AFSCME, the case that abolished public-sector fair-share fees nationwide. 
The legal arguments in the case, which is named Village of Lincolnshire v. IUOE Local 399, are not particularly complicated. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) clearly allows employers and unions to enter into union security agreements, which require workers to pay union dues (or reduced “fair-share fees” for non-members). However, a provision in the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act allows states to pass RTW laws, which permit workers to refuse to pay union dues while still enjoying all of the benefits of union representation. The unions argue that the Taft-Hartley provision means what it says—that states can pass RTW laws, not counties or cities. Lincolnshire argues that the law’s reference to “states” actually includes states and their subordinate political bodies.

Read more:

After Janus, Cities and Towns Are Poised to Become the New Battleground Over “Right to Work”