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06 Sep 2012 Follow Us On Twitter!

Because sometimes 140 characters is all you have time to read or if you want to have a notification of when we post, we have established a Twitter account for the Barnes & Thornburg Labor Department. The feed is focused on topical and timely information including notifications of postings to the Department’s two blogs, BTLaborRelations and BTCurrents, as well as other breaking labor and employment law news.  You can follow us @BTLawLE. Hope to see you there! Scott…

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05 Sep 2012 Michigan Supreme Court Allows Union-Backed “Protect Our Jobs” Initiative on November Ballot

The Michigan Supreme Court ordered the Michigan Board of Canvassers to place the union-backed “Protect Our Jobs” initiative on the November ballot today, ending weeks of court challenges to the controversial measure.   Organizers of the ballot proposal presented enough signatures to allow the measure to be placed on the ballot, but the Board of Canvassers had deadlocked on whether the proposal could properly be presented as a ballot initiative.  Opponents of the proposal claimed it…

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04 Sep 2012 NHL-NHLPA Talks Appear Stalled?

On Friday we wrote with some hope that talks between the NHL and the NHL Players Association on a new contract would keep moving.  Wrong.  As the September 15 lock-out deadline approaches, the NHLPA came to the table Friday and from most accounts did not deliver a significant counter-proposal of any measure to the NHL’s last proposal.  The Players Association apparently didn’t move off its percentage division of the revenue split that it had presented in its…

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31 Aug 2012 NHL Labor Clock Ticking Entering the Labor Day Weekend

Today is a big day in the continuing negotiations between the National Hockey league and the NHL Players Association. The parties get back to the table today with the owners posed to receive the NHLPA counter-offer.  The owners and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman have made it clear that if the CBA expires on September 15 without a new agreement, the owners will lock-out the players.  The hockey fans at the BT Labor Relations blog are rooting that the…

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29 Aug 2012 Unionizing Academia Continues…

The world of organized labor continues to collide with all aspects of academia.  We’ve recently covered the graduate student assistants seeking union representation. The Board granted review on two cases involving this issue in June.  Perhaps seeing a shifting tide, the state of California approved a measure last week which would provide graduate student research assistants at public universities with collective bargaining rights.  The full bill can be found here.  It is anticipated that this bill could affect more than…

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28 Aug 2012 Union “Death Warrant” Heading for November Ballot in Michigan?

The union-backed “Protect Our Jobs” initiative took two steps closer Monday to being on the November ballot in Michigan.  The initiative would make collective bargaining a constitutional right under the Michigan Constitution for both public and private employees. After the Michigan Board of Can­vassers originally stalemated on whether the initiative could go on the ballot, the Protect Our Jobs Committee filed suit and Monday afternoon, the Michigan Court of Appeals by a 2-1 vote ordered…

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24 Aug 2012 NLRB Weekly Summary of Decisions for August 13-17, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) weekly summary of decisions for August 6-10, 2012, is now available on the Board’s website. The summary of NLRB decisions can be accessed by visiting the NLRB’s website here or clicking on the link below.  NLRB Weekly Summary of Decisions for August 13-17, 2012. btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be a source for news, analysis, and commentary on traditional labor legal issues,…

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22 Aug 2012 Union Heads’ Compensation Outpacing that of Union Workers…and Corporate CEOs

In an article posted on its website on Aug. 16, 2012, the Washington Examiner provides some interesting data, garnered from the data unions are required to submit to the U.S. Department of Labor, regarding the compensation received by the leaders of some of America’s largest unions.  First, the average yearly compensation for the top 25 earning union leaders was approximately $570,000.00, a pay raise of about 88 percent on average from the year 2000. That rate of growth not only more…

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22 Aug 2012 Check Your Check-Off

As Lee Corso on ESPN likes to say – not so fast, my friend.  Just because Indiana is now a Right to Work state doesn’t mean that employees can wilily nilly walk away from their dues deductions.  (Well, Corso didn’t say that second thing.) A recent Advice Memorandum issued by the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) underscores that point.  In an August 14, 2012 Advice Memorandum, the Office…

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17 Aug 2012 Defendants File Motion to Dismiss in Indiana Right-to-Work Lawsuit

As we reported here, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 recently filed a complaint in federal court challenging Indiana’s right-to-work law on constitutional and federal preemption grounds. The complaint alleges various claims under the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions. It also alleges that certain sections of the law are preempted by the National Labor Relations Act. The suit names Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller, and Labor Commissioner Lori Torres as individual defendants….

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