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A Bourbon Conundrum

The recent week-long strike at two Jim Beam facilities in Kentucky highlights a very interesting tension in the current workplace. Workers at the Boston and Clermont, Kentucky facilities overwhelmingly rejected the second contract proposal in two weeks, stepping out on strike on October 15, 2016. The second contract proposal...
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NLRB: Grad Students at Private Schools Can Join Unions

Well, law school certainly felt like a job to your humble correspondent, and now it appears that the National Labor Relations Board agrees. Actually, it's not quite that simple; however, on Tuesday, the NLRB ruled that grad students working as teaching and research assistants at private universities (specifically Columbia...
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Teamsters: Keep MillerCoors Brewery Open!

Interesting intersection between the worlds of beer and labor law as Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa sent a letter to executives at SABMiller, Molson Coors and MillerCoors, urging them not to close the MillerCoors brewery in Eden, North Carolina. You can read the letter here , however, Hoffa...
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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Whether Agency Fees Paid to Public Sector Unions Constitute Compelled Speech in Violation of the First Amendment

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that could significantly inhibit public unions' abilities to collect dues from non-members. Since the Supreme Court's decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education in 1977, the courts have distinguished between fees charged by unions for representing public...
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Maine Labor Committee Rejects Right-to-Work Bill

Maine will not become the first state in the Northeast to pass a right-to-work law. Yesterday , law makers in Augusta on the Legislature's Labor Committee voted 7-6 to recommend that the full Legislature kill the bill. Right-to-work laws guarantee that employees who work in a unionized environment not...
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Teamsters “Liking” First Labor Contract for Facebook Drivers

Facebook Inc.'s shuttle bus drivers voted on Saturday, February 21, to ratify a labor contract that would increase hourly pay and benefits in their positions as well as address split-shift scheduling. Approximately 87 International Brotherhood of Teamsters members ratified the labor contract in a unanimous vote. The Agreement will...
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