Posts Tagged ‘SCOTUS’

Jul
2016
8

WV Unions File “Right-to-Work” Lawsuit, Aim to Recreate WI Outcome, Eye SCOTUS Involvement

WV Unions File
  Labor unions in West Virginia are trying to take back what’s theirs. In Kanawha Circuit Court, 11 state labor unions have filed petitions claiming that the state’s new “Right-to-work” law amounts to an illegal seizure of their property and resources. The Workplace Freedom Act (SB1) was vetoed by Gov. Ear Ray...
Apr
2016
6

Oregon’s Surprising “Right-to-Work” Ballot Initiative Actually Has a Shot, with a Twist

Oregon's Surprising
  Prior to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the subsequent pro-worker ruling in Friedrichs v. CTA, it was fairly easy to overlook the “Right-to-Work” ballot initiative heading for Oregon in November.  A SCOTUS ruling against CTA in Friedrichs would have created a de facto “Right-to-Work” law on the national level...
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Mar
2016
30

Words Alone Can’t Capture the Importance of Yesterday’s Friedrichs Decision. Only This Meme Can.

Words Alone Can't Capture the Importance of Yesterday's Friedrichs Decision. Only This Meme Can.
  Workers’ rights advocates earned an indescribably important victory on Wednesday when the 8-person Supreme Court issued a 4-4 ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. This means a lower court ruling in favor of labor union rights stays in tact.  The lower court, the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals in San...
Nov
2015
17

21 Attorneys General to File Brief Supporting Unions in Massive SCOTUS Case

21 Attorneys General to File Brief Supporting Unions in Massive SCOTUS Case
  As the Supreme Court prepares to hear its most important organized labor case of the year, Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association, a group of 21 state Attorneys General have announced a plan to officially support the labor union side.  Among those taking the lead in the effort to file a brief in the case [&hellip...
Jul
2015
6

Dues and Don’ts: Labor Eyes Supreme Court in Lead-up to de Facto National “Right-to-Work” Decision

Dues and Don'ts: Labor Eyes Supreme Court in Lead-up to de Facto National
  The Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association in its next term, a case which could create a national “Right-to-Work” law for government employees.  The case revolves around the long-standing and as-of-yet legally protected practice of unions collecting “fair share” or “agency” fees from workers...
Feb
2015
6

SCOTUS Considering Case Which Would Effectively Cripple Public Sector Unionism

SCOTUS Considering Case Which Would Effectively Cripple Public Sector Unionism
  Last week, an appeal was made to the Supreme Court in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a case that could severely weaken the power of public sector unions.  The case invovles a California elementary school teacher who does not want to pay $650 in annual “fair share fees” to the CTA for costs [&hellip...
Jan
2015
28

SCOTUS Rules Against Workers in Vested Health Benefits Case; Justices Say Case Isn’t Closed

SCOTUS Rules Against Workers in Vested Health Benefits Case; Justices Say Case Isn't Closed
  On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of management in the case of M&G Polymers USA v. Tackett, which centered around amended retiree health care benefits.  The case was sent for further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.   Nearly 500 plaintiffs, backed by the [&hellip...
Oct
2014
9

Anti-Theft or Wage Theft? Warehouse Workers Off-the-Clock Screenings Case Goes Before SCOTUS

Anti-Theft or Wage Theft? Warehouse Workers Off-the-Clock Screenings Case Goes Before SCOTUS
  Your shift is done, but you can’t leave.  You have to pass through a security screening to ensure that you did not steal any goods during the workday.  Are you still on the clock? And, if so, are you earning overtime if this waiting puts you passed the eight hour mark?  These are the [&hellip...
Jul
2014
2

Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn

Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn
  The precedent set by the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn is having immediate impact in states such as Minnesota, Vermont, and Maryland where home care workers recently won the right to organize and bargain collectively.   Home health care workers in Minnesota and Maryland are considered “partial-public employees,” and...
May
2014
15

Circuit Indecision Leads SCOTUS to Tackle Lifetime Vesting of Collectively Bargained Health Benefits

  The Supreme Court has granted a petition of certiorari in a case from the Sixth circuit court which looks to set a nationalized standard concerning vested health benefits. The case aims to determine whether courts should assume such benefits were meant ‘for life’ if a collective bargaining agreement does not specifically say so....
Apr
2014
9

In First Post-McCutcheon Comments, Lead Lawyer Contradicts Himself, Admits Money Isn’t Free Speech

  The Supreme Court’s tragic decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC has brought about a whirlwind of political commentary, spanning the spectrum from those, such as Newt Gingrich, who suggest remarkably that it will “equalize the middle class and the rich” to those, like E.J. Dionne, who understand that it will usher in an era of [&hellip...
Jun
2013
17

Supreme Court Will Not Review Ralph’s Grocery Request to Deny UFCW Picketing Rights

Supreme Court Will Not Review Ralph's Grocery Request to Deny UFCW Picketing Rights
  If the good news about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Arizona’s restrictive voter ID law hasn’t satisfied your human rights’ appetite for the day, look no further than California where SCOTUS has denied a review of Ralph’s Grocery Company v. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 8. This...