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September 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 3, 2019

Published September 3rd, 2019 -

Yesterday, Mark Joseph Stern reported in Slate about Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson’s plan to alter the process by which the state deducts union member dues from public employees’ paychecks. The plan was released last Tuesday in the form of a legal opi... More »

August 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 5, 2019

Published August 5th, 2019 -

AT&T workers — represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) — rallied in Atlanta for a fair contract on Saturday.  Around 20,000 AT&T employees in nine Southeastern states are covered by the same contract, which expired over t... More »

July 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 1, 2019

Published July 1st, 2019 -

The New York Times spotlighted a conflict within the labor movement over how unions should secure greater rights for Uber and Lyft drivers. S.E.I.U. has been meeting with Uber and Lyft to discuss the companies’ proposal to maintain the drivers’ status as indep... More »

May 26th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 26th, 2019

Published May 26th, 2019 -

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday that would bring major changes to the American retirement system. The bill, H.R. 1994 (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, or SECURE Act), seeks to ease som... More »

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Exclusive Representation and the First Amendment

Published February 13th, 2019 -

In Janus, the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibits mandatory agency fees in the public sector. Although Janus had nothing to do with the constitutional status of exclusive representation, the majority’s opinion mentions exclusive represe... More »

January 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 7, 2019

Published January 7th, 2019 -

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is challenging public sector workers’ right to exclusive union representation at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  The NRWLDF, the anti-union organization that represented the plaintiff in Janus... More »

December 19th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — December 19, 2018

Published December 19th, 2018 -

In wage and Auer news, Bloomberg reports that a potential Supreme Court ruling upending “Auer deference” could magnify judicial oversight of federal agencies enforcing labor and employment law.  Named after the Supreme Court’s decision in Auer v. Robbins and d... More »

August 3rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 3, 2018

Published August 3rd, 2018 -

The Massachusetts legislature this week passed a new bill that would limit the use of noncompete clauses in that state. The new law, which still must be signed by Republican Governor Charlie Baker, would allow employers to prevent their workers from moving to ... More »

July 9th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 9, 2018

Published July 9th, 2018 -

Professor Susan Dynarski of the University of Michigan writes in the New York Times about a new economics study that shows the key role that unions have played in reducing inequality in the United States. In addition to improving their own members’ wages and b... More »

 

Janus and the Private Sector

Published July 3rd, 2018 -

In the grim aftermath of Janus v. AFSCME, discussion has focused on what the decision portends for agency fee agreements in the private sector. Given the cloud of doom that has descended on many of us, it’s not surprising that pessimism abounds. There is... More »

June 28th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 28, 2018

Published June 28th, 2018 -

The Supreme Court struck a major blow to public sector unions yesterday. The Janus ruling held that the First Amendment prohibits states from requiring non-union members to pay so-called “agency fees” to the union that represents them. Sharon Block and Ben Sac... More »