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Show BioHide BioAndrew Strom has been a labor lawyer since 1993.  He is Associate General Counsel of Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ in New York, NY.  He is the author of Boeing and the NLRB:  A Sixty-Four Year-old Time Bomb Explodes, 68 National Lawyers Guild Review 109 (2011); U.S. Labor Law:  How the United States’ Stacked Labor Laws Make it Nearly Impossible for Workers to Gain Union Representation, Dollars and Sense, No. 249 at 46 (September/October 2003); and Rethinking the NLRB’s Approach to Union Recognition Agreements, 15 Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law 50 (1994).  He also taught advanced legal writing at Fordham Law School.  He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.  The views Andrew Strom expresses on this blog are solely his own, and should not be attributed to SEIU Local 32BJ.

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Brett Kavanaugh, “Common Sense,” and Class Prejudice

Published July 12th, 2018 -

In ruling on a case involving the rights of telephone company employees to wear union t-shirts while they were working, Brett Kavanaugh began his opinion with the observation that “common sense sometimes matters in resolving legal disputes.”  But, as the case ... More »

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Watch Out Workers, Here Comes Brett Kavanaugh

Published July 10th, 2018 -

In 2010, a trainer at SeaWorld drowned when the killer whale she was working with during a performance “grabbed her and pulled her off the platform into the pool, refusing to release her.”  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated ... More »

Trump’s Justice Sticks it to Workers

Published May 24th, 2018 -

After the oral argument in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, I wrote that the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court would have to put their thumbs heavily on the scale for the employers to prevail. Sadly, it was no surprise that this is exactly what happe... More »

Even Without Trump, Labor Law is Still Broken

Published March 23rd, 2018 -

So far, President Trump has appointed a Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, who may cast the deciding vote to upend decades of settled labor law in two major cases, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis and Janus v. AFSCME; he has nominated dozens of right-wing lawyers... More »

Will the Court Consider the Facts in Janus?

Published February 28th, 2018 -

Mark Janus’s lawyers are desperate to have the Court decide Janus v. AFSCME without considering any facts.  Janus is an Illinois state employee, who is represented by AFSCME Council 31.  Like all other employees in his bargaining unit, he is required to pay fa... More »

Janus Should Lose, and the Justices Know It

Published January 31st, 2018 -

Most of the coverage of Janus v. AFSCME, like this recent piece in USA Today, simply (and perhaps correctly) assumes that the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court will use the case to overturn Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the 1977 case uphol... More »

Second Circuit Judges Teach Interns a Valuable Lesson

Published January 2nd, 2018 -

Unpaid interns who sued Hearst magazines under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) recently learned an important lesson:  judges often make law in the guise of statutory interpretation.  The lawsuit against Hearst, along with a similar lawsuit against Fox Sear... More »