Monthly Archives: November 2010

FLRA allows TSA Security Employees to Vote on Unionization

On November 4, 2010, the Federal Labor Relations Authority rejected the argument that unionization of TSA employees would pose a threat to national security and adopted the position of the AFL-CIO in order to allow passenger screeners, baggage screeners, and lead screeners, of the TSA to be represented by a union for the purpose of […]

Wal-Mart v. Dukes up for SCOTUS cert on November 23, 2010

From the Scotus Blog: Wal-Mart v. Dukes, Docket No. 10-277: Issue: (1) Whether claims for monetary relief can be certified under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(2) and, if so, under what circumstances; and (2) whether the lower court’s order certifying a class conforms to the requirements of Title VII, the Due Process Clause, the […]

Coalition of Immokalee Workers & Florida Tomato Growers Exchange Sign Historic Agreement

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange (FTGE) signed an agreement on November 16, 2010 that will extend the CIW’s Fair Food principles to more than 90 percent of the Florida tomato industry. From the AFL-CIO NOW Blog: “The agreement includes a strict code of conduct, a cooperative complaint resolution […]

Interesting Perspectives on Unemployment

Half in Ten, US Action, the National Employment Law Project, and the Coalition on Human Needs held a webniar yesterday about the extension of unemployment benefits, complete with handouts, that can be found here. Additionally, there was an interesting piece on NPR this morning about who would lose federal unemployment benefits, here.

Paycheck Fairness Act Scheduled for a Vote on 11/16/10

The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes. From the National Women’s Law Center: The Paycheck Fairness Act will: Modernize the Equal Pay Act: Makes the […]

NFL Player’s Association to Affiliate with all AFL-CIO State Federations

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka have been very vocal about the possibility of an NFL lockout in March, 2011 after the NFL owners terminated the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) two years ago.  The owners terminated the CBA in order to re-structure the revenue-sharing arrangement in order to fund new […]

OSHA Cracking Down on Underreporting

From the Labor Law Center Blog: OSHA recently issued a memo requiring local offices to implement more inspections and crack down on employers who underreport accidents in the workplace.  The action specifically targets factories and companies with many workers at one site, who report much lower injury rates than their competitors. Ironically, a workplace safety plan that […]

Call for Articles

The Labor & Employment Law Forum is currently accepting submissions for its Spring, 2011 Edition focused on the intersection of Labor & Employment Law and Immigration Law. Submissions are due January 1, 2011 and if accepted, will be published in April, 2011. Ideal topics include, but are not limited to: Immigration policies affecting employers and […]

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Beyond the Log Cabin Republicans Injunction and the Defense Authorization Act

On November 10, 2010, the Labor & Employment Forum, with a number of American University Washington College of Law Organizations, hosted a panel on the legal, social and policy implications of this legislation, including a discussion of the Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America case, the subsequent injunction issued by Judge Virginia Phillips […]