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BA Court Ruling Angers Unions

LONDON - (AP) The decision by a High Court judge to block a planned lengthy strike by British Airways cabin crews on a technicality just hours before they were due to cause travel chaos by walking out has sent a chill through Britain's unions. The surprise ruling on the planned 20-day walkout...

French unions strike to keep right to retire at 60

PARIS - (AP) Strikes across France delayed flights, closed schools and frustrated commuters Thursday as workers protested government plans to raise the retirement age past 60 one of the lowest even in Europe. President Nicolas Sarkozy says retiring so young is now untenable given growing life spans...

CA: Court of Appeal Says Worker Furloughs Illegal

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The California Court of Appeal has ruled that the mandatory furlough days for State Fund employees represented by the SEIU were illegal and the workers are entitled to back pay. Read the case Source: California Court of Appeal

BBLP Asks, "Is it TIme for an Associates' Union?"

In a previous post, we discussed the 1.5 million dollar wage gap for women in the legal profession and the insight that while educational attainment does not narrow wage gaps, unions do. This week, we'll take a closer look at what unions can do for white-collar workers in general, and law associates...

As cuts bite, Greece battles dissent

ATHENS Greece - (APINTL) The Greek government is battling growing discontent over a new round of economic austerity, with fresh strikes, public hostility, and party dissent testing the nation's ability to make it out of its debt crisis. Unions on Thursday staged their sixth general strike this...

Union Battle Draws 70,000 Protestors

Why the workers' comp community should pay attention to the Wisconsin union standoff The Fight For / Against Unions "The End of Unions?" That's the headline grabber at The Globe and Mail , a Canadian news agency, which reminds us about the national (and Canadian) consequences...

Workers’ Compensation Centennial 1911-2011- California: Justice, Equality and a Decent Life

In 150 Years, San Francisco Bay Area Working Families Have Made Progress, But Still Fight for the Same Goals In the hundred and fifty year history of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, the watershed event was one that happened 70 years ago – the San Francisco general strike. That year...

Judge Block Contentious Wisconsin Union Law

MADISON, Wis. - (AP) A Wisconsin judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill. Lawmakers had approved Gov. Scott Walker's measure last week...

NLRB Will Sue Arizona, South Dakota Over Union Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The National Labor Relations Board says it will move ahead with lawsuits seeking to invalidate state constitutional amendments in Arizona and South Dakota that require workers to hold secret ballot elections before a company can be unionized. The move comes after months of negotiations...

Wisconsin High Court Clash Gets Physical

Tensions within the Wisconsin Supreme Court may have gotten even more heated during last month's union reform case than the discordant decision upholding the law curbing the power of public employee unions suggested. According to unnamed sources, the day before that ruling was issued, Justice David...

Workers’ Compensation Centennial 1911-2011- California: Justice, Equality and a Decent Life

In 150 Years, San Francisco Bay Area Working Families Have Made Progress, But Still Fight for the Same Goals In the hundred and fifty year history of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, the watershed event was one that happened 70 years ago – the San Francisco general strike. That year...

Foreign-Born Wage and Salary Workers in the US Labor Force and Unions

"This Spotlight looks at the available data on immigrant workers and unions, highlighting variations in union representation rates of immigrant workers across certain sectors." Jeanne Batalova, Migration Policy Institute, Sept. 2011 .

Split High Court Finds Mid-Year Agency Fees Require New Notice, Consent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An appeal of a lawsuit by nonunion employees who pay an annual fee to their union and are challenging what constitutes proper notice of temporary mid-year fees assessed by a union and used for political purposes is not moot, a U.S. Supreme Court majority ruled June 21...

When Federal Statutes Collide

One set of federal laws says only authorized workers may be employed. Another set of statutes says all workers, authorized or not, have certain rights. In a Wisconsin pizza factory, these two federal laws come to a face-off. - New York Times, July 28, 2012 .

Face the Bloggers: Employment and labor questions for the candidates (Ryan)

This week, several of us bloggers ( Dan Schwartz , Donna Ballman , Eric Meyer , Jon Hyman , and I) will be choosing a debate question on a labor and employment law topic for each of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates. DISCLAIMER: I have tried to ask an "adversarial" question...

How Unions Went From Border Hawks To Immigration Doves

"Farmers around the country reported huge crop losses in 2012 thanks to immigration crackdowns that pushed away seasonal workers, especially in states like Alabama that passed their own hardline legislation. Labor will inevitably butt heads with business groups like the Chamber of Commerce over...

Union Carve-Outs: Labor-Management’s Alternative to Workers’ Compensation in Minnesota

By John Stahl, Esq. Collectively bargained workers’ compensation programs, which are commonly known as carve outs, are a cousin to “opt-out” programs in that both are alternatives to traditional workers’ compensation systems. The similarities extend to both programs avoiding...

The Immigration Scandal at DHS - Just as Bad as at IRS

" Americans are outraged when tax laws and revenue agents bite them, but seem scantly or not at all troubled when our immigration laws and their bureaucratic enforcers devour people and property rights. No doubt this disparity of concern proves the maxim that it all depends on whether your own or...