Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Court’

Jan
2016
26

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom
  On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a Republican should fill a recently vacated State Senate seat, a move which will allow the GOP a 18-16 voting advantage and the ability to move forward with an ambitious agenda that includes “Right-to-Work” and a prevailing wage repeal.  Sen. Daniel Hall was elected as [&hellip...;
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...;
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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...
Apr
2015
3

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation
  The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) lobby has made a major $600,000 ad buy in support of a constitutional amendment which would change the way the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court is selected.  For 126 years, the senior member of the State Supreme Court has been named the Chief Justice.  But the [&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...;
Jan
2015
23

In “Historic Moment,” Canadian Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Collective Bargaining Protections

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  In a 6-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that joining a union and engaging in collective bargaining are constitutional rights for Canadian citizens.  The question arose from a case in which the Mounted Police Associations of Ontario — “Mounties” as they’re affectionately referred to —...
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....
Dec
2013
4

Appeals Court Deals Setback to Workers, Will Allow Waiving of Employee Workplace Grievance Rights

  By a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday allowing employers to waive workplace grievance rights via class action lawsuit.  The decision reverses a National Labor Relations Board decision which found such agreements conflicted with federal law.  The decision is a victory for...
Nov
2013
26

IL Supreme Court Escapes Legal Tangle, Rules E.R.H. Utilities is Contractor, Must Pay Prevailing Wages

  The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against an E.R.H. Utilities claim that the company was exempt from paying prevailing wages for utility work it did for the village of Bement. E.R.H.’s argument that it was a public utility as defined by the Utilities Act was based on its upkeep of the village’s potable [&hellip...;
Jul
2013
9

MI Supreme Court Refuses Gov. Snyder’s Request for Reinforcement of Potentially Unconstitutional “Right-to-Work” Law

  In the days after Michigan legislators made the Wolverine state the 24th to implement a “Right-to-Work” law, lawsuits challenging its constitutionality began piling up like dead crustaceans on the shores of the Great Lakes.  On January 28th, Gov. Rick Snyder countered by asking the state’s Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on the...