The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 174 on Jan. 10. Justices Alito and Thomas might want to use this case to narrow what is considered “protected activity”. That would follow the pattern of the 2018 Janus v. AFSCME decision, which was preceded by another case where Alito disputed the 1977 precedent that public-sector unions may charge nonmembers fees for the costs of representing them.
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The NLRB on Tuesday said employers must compensate workers for "direct or foreseeable" financial harms, such as credit card debt and out-of-pocket medical expenses, that result from illegal firings and other unlawful labor practices.
Whether fighting to unionize or exercising the right to accept or reject negotiated contracts, workers are nurturing democracy where we most need it. If we are to save our political democracy, we must begin by establishing a beachhead for democracy in the workplace.
Aided by a historically tight labor market and a supportive president and National Labor Relations Board, unionized workers have been able to use their newfound leverage to win demands that forward their agenda.
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The budget for the National Labor Relations Board for fiscal year 2022 was $274 million, which might sound like a lot of money. But it is the same amount as the Board’s budget for Trump-era fiscal years 2021 and 2020, and that is a problem.
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