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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.

50 posts

Gorsuch’s Judicial Approach and Workplace Protection

Published February 7th, 2017 -

When Judge Neil Gorsuch accepted his nomination to the Supreme Court, he professed modesty about his role on the Court, if he is confirmed.  He proclaimed that it is the role of judges to “apply not alter the work of the people’s representatives.”  But, unfort... More »

Collective Bargaining Can Still Work

Published January 23rd, 2017 -

People have been writing the obituary of the labor movement at least since the 1980s.  These doomsayers fall into two camps.  One the one hand, there are those who are eager to squelch worker power.  A typical example is Virginia Foxx, the new Chair of the Hou... More »

It’s Time for a Real Right to Work

Published December 5th, 2016 -

In 1912, when the labor leader Eugene V. Debs ran for President for the fourth time as the Socialist Party candidate, in his acceptance speech he spoke of a day when “the right to work shall be as inviolate as the right to breathe the breath of life.”  But, in... More »

Stronger Together

Published November 30th, 2016 -

This post is part of a series on Labor in the Trump Years. The challenge facing unions following Donald Trump’s victory is a familiar one.  Trump, a twenty-first century robber baron, won the election by using a playbook familiar to nineteenth century robber b... More »

Workers, the Courts, and the Election

Published November 3rd, 2016 -

Many people across the political spectrum have highlighted the importance of this year’s Presidential election to the future of the Supreme Court.  Also at stake in the Presidential election is the composition of the lower federal courts.  And since judicial a... More »

The Obama Board’s Legacy – Part 2 of 2

Published October 4th, 2016 -

This post is the second in a two-part series. This is the second of a two-part retrospective on President Obama’s NLRB.  The first part addressed how confirmation fights led to three Supreme Court cases and contributed to a change in the filibuster rules.  Thi... More »

The Obama Board’s Legacy – Part 1 of 2

Published September 22nd, 2016 -

This post is the first in a two-part series. When Kent Hirozawa’s term ended last month, the NLRB was reduced to three members – two Democrats and one Republican.  By tradition, it takes three Board Members to reverse precedent, and since no proposed rules are... More »

Board Member Opens Door for Members-Only Bargaining

Published September 15th, 2016 -

Ten years ago, Charles Morris wrote a book called “The Blue Eagle at Work,” where he argued that under the National Labor Relations Act employers have a duty to bargain with minority unions on a members-only basis.  After the book came out, the Steelworkers Un... More »

Labor Law is Still Broken

Published August 24th, 2016 -

Although we are unlikely to hear the Presidential candidates discuss this issue, a decision issued last week by the D.C. Circuit highlights the ongoing need for labor law reform.  The case, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, LLC v. NLRB, demonstrates how employers can f... More »