Mike and Narendra Secure Fourth Circuit Victory for Union

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s client in Int’l Bhd. of Elec. Workers, AFL-CIO, Local Union No. 289 v. Verizon S., Inc., No. 12-2013, 2013 WL 3770706 (4th Cir. July 19, 2013). The case arose from a dispute surrounding Verizon’s termination of employee Brian Pollard.  Verizon sought to avoid arbitration

NLRB Strikes Blow Against Bans on Class Action Arbitrations

The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled in favor of both union and non-union private sector employees on a significant issue concerning workplace litigation.  At issue were mandatory arbitration agreements signed upon employment that force employees to bring claims one by one in front of an arbitrator and prohibit employees joining as a group to arbitrate their

COA Finds Employment Claims Barred by Union Agreement

In Williams v. American Eagle Airlines, the North Carolina Court of Appeals addressed the interplay between union contracts and employment claims.  In this case, the plaintiff had been a part-time fleet service clerk for American Eagle, where she was a member of the Transport Worker’s Union, and was covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  She

Recent Fourth Circuit Labor and Employment Decisions

The Fourth Circuit has published opinions in three labor and employment cases in recent weeks.  The first case, Sepulveda v. Allen Family Foods, Inc., concerned a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action that was brought on behalf of a class of current and former employees of a chicken processing plant.  The employees claimed, among

Mike Organizes Annual Labor Laywer Meeting with NLRB in Winston-Salem

As part of the Committee on Practice and Procedure under the NLRA (Southern Region (Region VIII) of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Section), Mike Okun helped organize the annual discussion between the labor bar and the NLRB Region 11’s Director, attorneys, and staff.   At today’s meeting at the NLRB office in Winston-Salem, we had the

Study Shows that Unions Help Make Family-Friendly Workplaces

Family-Friendly Workplaces: Do Unions Make a Difference?, written by Jennifer MacGillvary of the Labor Center at the University of California-Berkeley and Netsy Firestein of the Labor Project for Working Families, concludes the unions lead to workplaces that, through policy and practice, promote a healthy and viable balance between work life and home life.   Significantly, the

USW Workers Ratify Goodyear Contract

The United Steelworkers (USW) announced that workers overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year agreement covering about10,000 union members at seven Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plants, including the plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  The new pact provides job security and maintains quality, affordable health care for the union members.  It also provides for a commitment by

Employee Free Choice Act Update — Specter Edition

Senator Arlen Specter has released more details on the EFCA compromise he has been working on, and also declared his confidence that he had 60 votes for the bill.  Instead of the majority sign-up provision, the bill would provide for quicker union elections with some sort of equal-time requirements.  And, the binding arbitration would be