Despite recent NLRB action, union membership continues decline

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual figures on the state of union membership in the United States. Union membership continued its now-typical trend of declining rolls in 2012. The percent of workers who were union members in 2012 was 11.3%, compared to 11.8% in 2011. The overall number of those belonging […]

Right-to-work law

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi and Milwaukee Associate Jesse Dill recently published an article, “Michigan right-to-work law continues to put labor on its heels,” in the December 24 issue of Inside Counsel. In the article, they discuss that Michigan became the 24th state to pass “right-to-work” legislation on December 11, amid scenes of […]

Supreme Court rules against union on “special” collection of fees

“…This aggressive use of power by the SEIU to collect fees from nonmembers is indefensible. …” Knox v. Service Employees, 567 U.S. ____(2012), Slip No. 10-1121. On June 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, held that the Service Employees International Union, Local 1000 (SEIU) impinged on the First Amendment rights […]

Charles W. Pautsch writes on buying a U.S. business with labor issues for Financier Worldwide magazine

Arnstein & Lehr Milwaukee Partner Charles W. Pautsch‘s article “Buying A US Business With A Labour Contract: Opportunities For The Wise And Traps For The Unwary” currently appears online at Financier Worldwide magazine’s website. His article addresses the challenges presented to a foreign or domestic purchaser who is considering buying an American business that has […]

Employers’ Summer of Discontent: Obama Labor Board Pushes Anti-Employer Agenda

While employers have been increasingly worried about a double dip recession, the National Labor Relations Board has had a busy summer proposing and implementing rules and issuing decisions designed to promote the unionization of America’s workforce. The Obama Labor Board has taken over where the President has failed, delivering victories to organized labor at a […]

Federal Law Now Recognizes the Employee-Union Representative Privilege

In a case of first impression, the Northern District of Illinois recently held in Bell v. Village of Streamwood (Case No. 10 C 3263) that an employee-union representative privilege exists as a matter of federal common law. In so holding, the Court reasoned that a union representative’s role is not unlike that of an attorney, […]