Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to the long accepted rule that when public sector unions negotiate, they negotiate on behalf of all employees, not just those who are members. A person can work at a union work place, but not be a member of the union. If a worker

Well, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reversed the regional director in Chicago who had ruled that Northwestern University football players could form a union. The ruling from the national level found, instead that allowing union organizing could lead to imbalances in competitive football. See CBS news report. The ruling did not address

The workers at Tesoro Refineries and other refineries have gone on strike. The companies were engaged in talks to avoid a strike, but the talks broke down. Is that surprising? Workers today are exposed to and required to commit illegal or simply unethical acts with some frequency. The refinery workers were required to work overtime

If true, this lawyer deserves the award for the most moxie. According to a recent San Antonio Express News report, Andrew Toscano in effect represented both sides to a lawsuit. In a personal injury lawsuit, R.D. Galvan and Luciano Morin sued the Chili’s Restaurant chain after the two men were in an automobile wreck.

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The Northwestern football players will now cast their votes for or against forming a union. I wrote about this union movement previously here. Only scholarship players may vote. The school has already appealed the NLRB’s decision that the football players are employees and may form a union. The appeal will be

The National Labor Relations Board has decided that college athletes can form a union. To reach that determination, the NLRB had to first find that football players are "employees" of the school. Football players at Northwestern University had sought to form a union.  I first wrote about their request here.

The Northwestern University quarterback

I frequently tell my clients or potential clients that if they want fairness at work, then they need to form a union.  The case of Lt. Joseph Salvaggio of the San Antonio Police Department illustrates why.  Lt. Salvaggio took the exam for promotion to captain in 2010.  One of the instructions was that if a

Every so often, I talk with an employee who has been treated badly by his employer, but for whom there is no lawsuit available.  S/he has no discrimination claim.  The employee is simply treated unfairly, for which there is no remedy in Texas.  So, I typically tell such clients they should form a union if

Federal employees who are members of a union have the right to have a union representative present during an interview with management when the employee believes he will be subject to discipline.  That is an invaluable right when you are "under the gun" and feel like your job is in jeopardy.  Most states that have

As I have discussed before, the National Labor Relations Board has waded deep into the Facebook waters.  See my post here and here.  

The Board recognizes that under the National Labor Relations Act, employees have the right to discuss terms and conditions of their job.  So, when employees post comments on Facebook about