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Guest Post: In This Moment, Labor Must Become a Movement

Published November 21st, 2016 -

Moshe Z. Marvit is an attorney and fellow with The Century Foundation, focusing on labor and employment law and policy. He is the co-author (with Rick Kahlenberg) of the book, “Why Labor Organizing Should be a Civil Right.” This post is part of a series on Lab... More »

Far Better than an Injunction: Philly Strike Settles

Published November 7th, 2016 -

Avoiding the need for an injunction showdown, SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union have reached a tentative settlement ensuring that public transit will be operational in Philadelphia on election day.  The union’s website announced this morning “T... More »

Could a Court Enjoin the SEPTA Strike on Election Day?

Published November 2nd, 2016 -

Nearly 5000 bus, subway and trolley operators are on strike in Philadelphia.  The dispute centers around critical issues including health care coverage, pensions, and bathroom breaks.  But the strike is garnering national attention, and making some Democrats n... More »

CAP Report on Worker Voice and Power

Published October 19th, 2016 -

The Center for American Progress has released an excellent new report on The Future of Worker Voice and Power.  Authored by David Madland, the report recommends modernizing U.S. labor law in four primary ways: (1) moving from firm-level collective bargaining t... 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 »

Guest Post: The Blue Eagle May Be Ready to Fly Again

Published September 21st, 2016 -

Charlie J. Morris is Professor Emeritus at the Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University. Thank you, Andrew Strom, for calling attention to and describing NLRB Member Kent Y. Hirozawa’s end-of-term concurring opinion in Children’s’ Hospital and Resea... 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 »

Fact and Fiction About Graduate Student Unionizing

Published September 7th, 2016 -

When the NLRB in Columbia University held that university student workers are “employees” with the right to unionize, it restored at private universities a right student workers had between 2000 and 2004, a right that their counterparts have had in medical edu... More »