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Take Two: The Supreme Court Again to Decide the Constitutionality of Public Sector Union “Fair Share Fees”
October 2, 2017
As we previously reported, in July 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided to hear an appeal of a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding the legality of “fair share” fees for public employees. Fair share fees are fees that are proportionate to the union’s costs associated with collective bargaining, contract administration and other activities germane to the union’s duties as the collective bargaining representative. 
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Fired for Kneeling During the Anthem? Maybe Not So Fast…
September 28, 2017
President Trump has spoken (and tweeted) his views loud and clear: it is a privilege to play a sport and be paid handsomely for doing so, and any player (as you know, he actually referred to them by another name) that disrespects the flag or our anthem should be fired. Regardless of your views on that subject, can an owner fire a player for doing so?
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Ninth Circuit Pauses Seattle Ride-Share Union Ordinance, But Uncertainty Remains
September 26, 2017
Recently, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the implementation of Seattle Ordinance 124968, which would allow drivers for ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft to form unions, while a suit over the new law is on appeal. The lengthy court dispute over the Ordinance is just the latest battle front facing companies in the “Gig Economy.”
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Wisconsin’s Right to Work Law Upheld
September 20, 2017
In a decision issued September 19, 2017, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld as constitutional Wisconsin’s so-called “Right to Work” law (Act 1), which outlawed mandatory union membership as a condition of employment.
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What, Did the Judge Draft Ezekiel Elliott for his Fantasy Football Team?
September 14, 2017
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, from the Eastern District of Texas has rewarded risky fantasy football owners all over who used a high draft pick on Ezekiel Elliott.
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Labor Looks for Labor Day Love
August 23, 2017
The song “Looking for Love,” written by Wanda Mallette, aptly describes the circumstances of organized labor on this Labor Day. First celebrated in 1882 to provide a “working man’s holiday,” Labor Day has evolved to include an analysis of the state of labor unions.
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Animal Subcontracting – Getting the Union’s Goat!
August 10, 2017
Western Michigan University has brought in goats to clear areas of the campus. But a union has decided to butt in and has filed a grievance against the University, claiming that the goats were performing “union work."
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