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The Public Imagination and the Fast Food Strikes

Published August 29th, 2013 -

A consistent theme for the past, what, ten years has been the labor movement’s inability to capture the public’s attention, or the public’s imagination, or the public’s support.  The words “labor” and “union” likely bring to mind ... More »

ALJ Decision in Alma Products

Published August 29th, 2013 -

Quite an interesting decision from NLRB Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas last week.  The case, Alma Products, involves the discipline of an employee for wearing a T-Shirt that said “slave” and depicted a ball and chain.  The t-shirt also displayed the emplo... More »

Are Worker Centers "Front Groups" for Unions?

Published August 21st, 2013 -

Stephen Lee at Bloomberg Law has more on the battle over worker centers and whether they qualify as “labor organizations” within the meaning of the LMRDA or the NLRA.  I’ve written about the underlying question here.  A somewhat distinct and newer theme emergi... More »

Three Problems in Mulhall

Published August 21st, 2013 -

I have already explained why the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Mulhall seemed to defy its usual criteria for cert-worthiness, and suggested that at least four members of the Court were itching to affirm.  After further pondering the case, and acknowle... More »

The Two Central Issues in Mulhall

Published August 19th, 2013 -

As Ben noted, the contract at issue in Mulhall is an alternative to the Wagner Act/NLRB regime for labor organizing and bargaining.  In the contract, the employer agreed to remain neutral toward union organizing efforts, to recognize the union through a majori... More »

Hoffa's Seemingly Odd Commitments

Published August 12th, 2013 -

As I mentioned, I am writing a book about Jimmy Hoffa’s historical significance in American labor, law, and politics.  There are dozens of books written about Hoffa, but almost all of them focus on his disappearance on August 30, 1975 (and the vast majority of... More »

Fortress Unionism

Published August 10th, 2013 -

Earlier this year, labor historian Melvyn Dubofsky gave a very pessimistic assessment of the prospects for the American labor movement.  “Given the current alignment of forces domestically and globally,” he concluded, “I find it hard to conceive of any tactics... More »

Equal Treatment: Union and Corporate Politics

Published August 8th, 2013 -

In an opinion piece yesterday, the Wall Street Journal attacks a proposal that the SEC require public companies to disclose political spending.  One prong of the Journal’s attack is that “no such regulation” applies to labor unions.  But this statement, like m... More »