Andrew Strom

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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.

78 posts


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 »


When Will the Republicans in Congress Stop Crying Wolf?

Published June 10th, 2016 -

When it comes to the NLRB, Republicans in Congress are long on outrage and short on facts.  In 2011, the NLRB issued a decision in Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile that clarified the standard for when the Board will find that a petition... More »


Class Bias on Display at the D.C. Circuit

Published May 26th, 2016 -

When it comes to imposing remedies, the NLRB is as toothless as an infant.  When an employer issues threats to its workers, or when it refuses to bargain with a newly certified union, the standard remedy is an order to cease and desist, plus a requirement that... More »


The Brady Decision is Good for Unions

Published April 26th, 2016 -

The National Football League is celebrating its victory at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals over the NFL Players’ Association in the case involving the four-game suspension of Tom Brady.  But, while the Player’s Association may have lost, they accomplished ... More »


Workplace Democracy Lite

Published March 31st, 2016 -

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal ran an article entitled “Workplace Democracy Catches On.”  I was surprised by this headline given how undemocratic most workplaces are.  But, when I read the article I was less surprised.  It turns out that these work... More »


When the Supreme Court Makes Labor Policy

Published March 14th, 2016 -

Have you ever read a newspaper article (or the on-line equivalent) reporting on something that you know about first-hand?  If you’re like me, you notice that there are invariably some factual errors.  This is understandable – reporters tend to have tight deadl... More »