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31 Mar 2017 Labor Secretary Nominee Inching Toward Confirmation

  A day after the ranking Democrat, Patty Murray (D-Wa), of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (the Labor Committee) promised to vote against the nomination of Alexander Acosta to serve as Secretary of Labor, the Labor Committee nevertheless favorably  reported out the nomination of Acosta for consideration by the full senate. Acosta, the child of Cuban immigrants, is currently the dean of Florida International University’s law school and has served as an…

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21 Nov 2016 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Local Subdivisions of Government Can Pass Right-to-Work Ordinances

  In Autoworkers Local 3047 v. Hardin County, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a Kentucky District Court decision that last February found that counties in Kentucky could not pass right-to-work ordinances. Siding with the union plaintiff, the District Court held that Hardin County’s ordinance was preempted by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). At the District Court level, the United Autoworkers (UAW), along with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of…

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24 Mar 2016 Obama Supreme Court Nominee and the NLRB

  If you are interested in how President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court may rule on labor issues, both the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) and Politico have published recent stories about Judge Merrick Garland’s record on the District of Columbia Circuit.   Also, in the “On Labor” blog, author Hannah Belitz prepared a very thorough analysis of Judge’s Garland’s judicial record on NLRB cases. In her review, she found, “Between 1997 and 2016, Judge…

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17 Feb 2016 JUSTICE SCALIA’S DEATH PLACES OUTCOME IN LIMBO FOR FRIEDRICHS

  The sudden and tragic death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is likely to stall what was expected to be another blow to labor unions in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.   As previously reported here, what was at stake in Friedrichs was public employee unions’ (especially teachers unions) ability to collect membership dues and fees.  Many prognosticators believed Justice Scalia represented the deciding vote for the majority headed by Justice Alito.  Justic Alito…

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01 Dec 2015 Problems Persist With Teamsters’ Central State Pension Plan

  Most private sector employers do not offer defined benefit pension programs these days given the enormous costs they can impose. In addition, many pension plans currently in existence are severely underfunded, which means retirees drawing benefits – or future retirees planning to do so – may not get what they thought they would. The Teamsters’ Central State Pension Plan is one major pension fund that currently is facing financial difficulty. In fact, the U.S….

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07 May 2015 Governor Pence Signs Bill Repealing Indiana Common Construction Wage

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1019 which ended the common construction wage (also known as the “prevailing wage”) in Indiana. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 27-22 and carried in the House by a vote of 54-40. A full copy of the bill can be found here. Adam BartromAdam Bartrom of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department collaborates with businesses to handle disputes and to create preventive…

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