Resident Advisors and Peer Mentors Seek Right to Organize a Union on Campus

Organizing unions on college campuses is en vogue. As followers of Roetzel Recap know, the adjunct professor unionization movement is sweeping the country. Graduate students and some athletes, though to a lesser degree, have joined the movement. Now, resident advisors (RAs) and student peer mentors can be added to the mix of groups of people…
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Unsigned Collective Bargaining Agreements: As Enforceable As Signed Ones

I have had several clients over the past year assume that since they did not sign previous iterations of their collective bargaining agreements that they were not bound to those agreements. If only it was that simple. While I’ve been telling those companies that they must still comply with the contracts, I now have some…
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Seattle Proposes Alternative Collective Bargaining Law for Cab Drivers

One limit of the National Labor Relations Act is that it applies only to employees. Independent contractors are not covered by the Act. A Seattle city council member recently introduced legislation that would bring collective bargaining to cab drivers that work as independent contractors who are not covered by the Act. This is another creative…
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Disney Performers Reinstated After Refusing to Wear “Contaminated” Costumes

Three performers employed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando caused a stir when they refused to wear their unitards for the Festival of the Lion King show. The employees said the unitards had been tainted by other sweaty garments that had accidentally touched theirs. The dirty costume pieces had been on a rack that was…
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Legislation Allowing Unionized Companies to Give Merit Raises Introduced in Congress

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) and Representative Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) introduced legislation in February that would let employers give merit pay increases or bonuses to workers covered by collective bargaining agreements. The Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act to provide that employers are not barred under collective…
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Arbitrator Re-Writes Union Contract to Make Certain Employees Eligible for a Bonus

Seven different unions were negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with a single employer. While bargaining for the 2011 agreement, everyone agreed to exclude newly hired workers from an established pension plan, but did not discuss the “Copper Price Bonus” or workers’ eligibility for it. The bonus was kept in place in the 2011 version of…
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