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Split Supreme Court Delivers Victory for Unions

May 09, 2016 by Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP

A guest column written by Robert Boreanaz, senior partner and labor and employment attorney at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, appears in the April 18 issue of the Buffalo Law Journal. In “Labor movement scores victory with split Supreme Court”, Mr. Boreanaz describes a tie vote in the U.S. Supreme Court and the victory it delivered for unions and collective bargaining. On March 29, the Supreme Court reached a 4-4 vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a major labor case on union funding. This tie vote upholds the legality of fair share fees and allows unions to maintain the system they use to collect funds that support collective bargaining and obtaining benefits for workers.

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How Unions Can Research a Company

September 01, 2015 by Joseph L. Guza

It’s imperative that unions know as much as possible about the businesses they are seeking to organize and with which they are bargaining. Company information is necessary to determine the most effective means of placing economic pressure on a company, both in terms of organizing and bargaining tactics. A deep understanding of the company, its leaders and its culture is invaluable for a union whether representing individual members, organizing a new bargaining unit or negotiating a contract with a difficult employer. In short, knowledge is indeed power for unions dealing with their corporate partners and adversaries. What are some of the best resources union representatives can use to find valuable company information?

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