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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 »

Alternative Facts at the NLRB

Published March 28th, 2018 -

Peter Robb, the NLRB General Counsel appointed by President Trump, has a change agenda for the agency.  He recently took two actions that have garnered a great deal of attention among Board watchers.  His announcements regarding a significant reorganization of... 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 »

Board Vacates Hy-Brand, Raising More Questions

Published February 27th, 2018 -

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board vacated its December decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors.  (Ben and Sharon had called for this action in OnLabor last week here and here.)  The Board’s unusual action follows a finding by the Board’s Inspec... More »

The NLRB Should Withdraw Hy-Brand . . . AND!

Published February 22nd, 2018 -

To start, I completely agree with everything Ben wrote about the need for the NLRB to withdraw the Hy-Brand decision because of Member Bill Emanuel’s improper participation in the decisionmaking process.  My only departure is that I don’t think Ben’s call for ... 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 »

Uber’s Political Program in the States

Published January 19th, 2018 - and

The National Employment Law Project and the Partnership for Working Families are out today with a new report, “Uber State Interference:  How Transportation Network Companies Buy, Bully, and Bamboozle Their Way To Deregulation”. The report provides a comprehens... More »