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Changes to Pennsylvania Law Concerning Notaries Public Coming Soon

October 17th, 2017

By: Alaine S. Williams Virtually every union, health and welfare fund, and pension fund that maintains offices in Pennsylvania has designated at least one officer or employee to obtain a commission from the Secretary of State to be a notary public. Major changes to the notary law go into effect on October 26, 2017 and…


Act 22 Closes Police Body Camera Loophole – Prepare to Bargain!

September 21st, 2017

By Richard G. Poulson Effective September 5, 2017, Act 22 of 2017 has finally closed the loophole in Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act that inexplicably criminalized aspects of police use of body cameras. Act 22 was the culmination of a two-year lobbying effort by the Pennsylvania State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and other stakeholders, and…


PA Supreme Court Decision Rejects Residency Requirements for Police Officers

July 7th, 2017

By John Bielski On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in City of Pittsburgh v. Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Pitt Lodge No.1 held that the city did not have the legal authority to amend its home rule charter such that it would eliminate a mandatory subject of bargaining under the Police and…


Kentucky Labor Unions Take On So-Called ‘Right To Work’ Law

June 1st, 2017

By Lauren M. Hoye On May 25, 2017, two labor unions in Kentucky instituted litigation in Kentucky state court seeking to strike down the state’s new so-called “Right To Work” Law. As background, Kentucky only just became a “Right To Work” state in January 2017. It, along with Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, West Virginia, and Wisconsin,…


Negotiating Disciplinary Decisions in Newly Organized Bargaining Units

May 4th, 2017

By Amy L. Rosenberger The employees have just voted for union representation, but they do not yet have a first collective bargaining agreement. Once they have a contract, they hope that it will require the employer to show “just cause” for discipline or discharge, and include a grievance and arbitration procedure through which the union…


NLRB Finds Burger King Violated Workers’ Rights

April 6th, 2017

By Thomas M. Gribbin, Jr. On Jan. 24, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision affirming a 2016 ruling by Administrative Law Judge Christine Dibble that held, among other things, that EYM King of Missouri, LLC (EYM) d/b/a Burger King, Kansas City, Missouri violated Section 8 (a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act…


NLRB: Columbia University Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants Have Collective Bargaining Rights Under NLRA

September 12th, 2016

By Alidz Oshagan On August 23, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board held in Columbia University that teaching and research assistants at Columbia University are employees and entitled to collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Thanks to the Board’s Columbia University decision, thousands of teaching and research assistants at private universities across…


Decision in Vergara v. California Hands Major Victory to Teachers and Teacher Unions

September 1st, 2016

By Lauren Hoye On Monday, August 22, 2016, the highest state court in California, the California Supreme Court, voted 4 to 3 to decline hearing an appeal in a lawsuit challenging California’s teacher protection laws. In what is a major victory for teachers and teacher unions, the California Supreme Court ruled in Vergara v. California…


Elections 101: What Potential Union Representatives Need to Know

June 2nd, 2016

Labor unions are complex and highly regulated entities. A union, by nature, must uphold the values of a democracy while fastidiously fulfilling its obligations as a distinct legal institution. When elections are held within a union to determine who is best suited to be at its helm, the stakes can be very high for members….


Negotiating for Unions in the ‘No-Strike Zone’

May 5th, 2016

If two people were to play a word association game and one player said, “union,” the other might answer, “strike.” Movies, popular literature, and political discourse have so denigrated labor organizations in recent years that to many, speaking of unions prompts images of picket signs, disgruntled workers, and factories grinding to a gloomy halt. These…


   
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