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Labor Law (Public Sector)

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

Public School Teachers Dodge Another Bullet (after Friedrichs) as the Court of Appeal Refuses to Void the Education Code in Vergara v. State of California

April 18, 2016 by

First, as a direct result of Judge Scalia’s unexpected demise, a four-four split on the U.S. Supreme Court granted a reprieve to public sector unions whose agency fees and opt-out provisions were on the chopping… Read More

Court OK’s Single-Issue MMBA Factfinding

April 4, 2016 by

A California Court of Appeal has rejected employer challenges to Meyers-Milias-Brown Act factfinding.  AB 646 enables a union to require an employer to participate in advisory factfinding before an employer can unilaterally impose its last,… Read More

Mandatory arbitration agreements that apply to statutory claims must unambiguously exempt NLRB unfair labor practice charges

February 16, 2016 by

Employer mandatory arbitration agreements that apply broadly to employee statutory claims must include a “sufficiently clear statement that all claims arising under the National Labor Relations Act, without limitation or qualification, are excluded from the… Read More

“A crisis from which we bleed” –Martin Luther King, labor and wealth inequality

January 18, 2016 by

Throughout his life Dr. King recognized the dangers of economic inequality, both because its sting is disproportionately felt by African-Americans and as a barrier to democratic participation.  Dr. King was as concerned with wealth inequality… Read More

Unions Are Good For Kids!

October 21, 2015 by

Intergenerational income mobility is relatively low in the U.S.  For example, a U.S. child born in the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution has a 7.5 percent probability of reaching the top 20 percent… Read More

PERB Affirms Public Employee Right to Strike

April 27, 2015 by

A nagging technical question that has been buried in the bowels of the California court and PERB decisions addressing public employee strikes has now been answered squarely and resoundingly by a PERB decision affirming the… Read More

2015 Legislative Update

February 2, 2015 by

In this year’s legislative session, as has become a tradition for Governor Brown, a number of labor and employment related statutes were signed (and others vetoed).  Some of these new laws are groundbreaking and provide… Read More

A Message to Labor from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 19, 2015 by

Today is an important day to many of us in the labor movement who, like Dr. King, see labor rights, democratic participation and shared prosperity as civil rights to which all are entitled.  In the… Read More

Union Just-Cause Actions: California Supreme Court Grants Arbitrators Authority to Decide Pitchess Motions

December 22, 2014 by

The California Supreme Court has issued a decision making it easier for unions to follow the procedures necessary to obtain disclosure of personnel records for law enforcement officers when they are needed to defend grievants… Read More