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The L.A. Ports Strike

Published September 1st, 2013 -

The Los Angeles Times reported that on Monday, August 26, up to 30 drivers went on strike against local trucking firm Green Fleet Systems, which services the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach—combined the largest port complex in the United States and one of ... More »

Thompson on Why Fast-Food Worker Strikes Are Doomed

Published September 1st, 2013 -

Derek Thomson at the The Atlantic maintains that the fast-food work strikes won’t accomplish much.  His argument in a nutshell: The strikes would have a much better shot at inspiring a change in franchise- and corporate-level policy if fast-food chains perceiv... More »

Why Haven't Unions Done Better in the Obama Era?

Published August 29th, 2013 -

Unions were central to the election and re-election of President Obama, and to the passage of Obamacare.  But some unions are not pleased with his administration right now because on some important issues, including Obamacare, the administration seems to be wo... More »

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 »