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Labor Law (Public Sector)

Labor Day 2017: A Look to the Future (Part Three)

September 4, 2017 by

In the first two pieces in this series, we took a look at labor’s past, going all the way back to 1877. We’ve seen that starting with the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947,… Read More

Labor Day 2017: A Look to the Past (Part Two)

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In the first installment of this piece, we looked at the Great Strike of 1877 and the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of the National Labor Relations Act in 1937. Passage of the NLRA in 1935… Read More

Labor Day 2017: A Look to the Past (Part One)

September 1, 2017 by

Labor Day traditionally is the time to reflect on the state of the American labor movement, and Labor Day 2017 brings an opportunity to mark the anniversaries of several events in American history instrumental to… Read More

New Law Mandates Union Access to New Employee Orientation In Public Sector

July 3, 2017 by

AB 119 AB 119 (codified at California Government Code §§ 3555-3559) requires California’s public employers to provide unions mandatory access to new bargaining unit employees at orientation. It also requires the prompt provision of contact… Read More

Cash-in-Lieu of Benefits Payments Trigger Higher Overtime Pay

April 4, 2017 by

In a case that has far reaching implications for unions and workers, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Flores v. City of San Gabriel in June 2016, that when an employer calculates its employees’ “regular rate… Read More

You Say “Confer,” I Say “Consult.” Let’s Not Call the Whole Thing Off

March 17, 2017 by

The Meyers-Milias-Brown Act imposes on covered public employers an obligation both to “meet and confer” and to “consult” with recognized employee unions. Do the different words mean there are two different bargaining obligations? Not really… Read More

Collective Bargaining: The Bone and Sinew of Resistance

September 5, 2016 by

This Labor Day marks the beginning of the end of a long and bitter election season, one that has revealed striking divisions within America’s political parties and stark contrasts in each party’s vision of America. … Read More

Student Teaching and Research Assistants Unite!

September 1, 2016 by

The NLRB on August 23 issued a ruling that private university students who work as teaching or research assistants and who meet the common-law definition of “employee” are no longer excluded from coverage under the… Read More

Expanding Income Inequality: More Evidence That We Need Unions Now More Than Ever

June 28, 2016 by

A new study by the Urban Institute has found that the upper middle class is at its largest and richest. The study defines upper middle class as a household of three earning between $100,000 and… Read More

NLRB and ICE Agree to Prioritize Workers Rights Over Immigration Enforcement

June 22, 2016 by

Federal agencies administer and enforce statutes.  At times, agencies find themselves at cross-purposes, where one agency’s actions interfere with another agency’s enforcement activities. Take, for example, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), which enforces the… Read More