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Sixth Circuit rejects lawsuit against autoworkers union

September 12, 2019

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America violated a collective bargaining agreement.

Unions cannot be liable for the collection of fair-share fees under pre-Janus law

April 2019

A growing chorus of federal district courts have held that unions cannot be held liable for damages for collecting fair-share fees from public employees in accordance with existing state statutes prior to the Supreme Court’s holding that such fee requirements were unconstitutional.

Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s National Team Players’ Association!

July 7, 2019

Congratulations to the members of the U.S. Women’s National Team Players’ Association on their unprecedented fourth World Championship. Go USA!

Musicians succeed on appeal, reversing summary judgment in complex contract dispute

September 10, 2018

In a significant opinion at the intersection of labor law and the interpretation of collective-bargaining agreements, the United States Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling granting summary judgment to Paramount Pictures Corporation on a claim filed by the American Federation of Musicians (“AFM”).  American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 903 F.3d 968 (9th Cir. 2018).

Bredhoff & Kaiser defends inauguration protesters in mass criminal prosecution

Summer 2018

As reported in major media outlets, such as Buzzfeed, Rolling Stone, and The Huffington Post, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia obtained mass criminal felony indictments against demonstrators who gathered to protest the January 20, 2017 inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

Machinists prevail over Boeing in proceedings over appropriate bargaining unit in South Carolina facility

May 21, 2018

The Regional Director for Region 10 of the National Labor Relations Board rejected Boeing’s challenge to the appropriateness of a unit for a representation election involving Flight Readiness Technicians and Flight Readiness Technician Inspectors at Boeing’s South Carolina facility.

Bakery workers prevail in first appellate decision interpreting certain recent amendments to the federal Pension Protection Act

April 26, 2018

In the first Court of Appeals decision interpreting certain recent amendments to the federal Pension Protection Act, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a ruling that candy maker Just Born II, Inc. (“Just Born”), is required to make pension contributions on behalf of newly hired employees at its Philadelphia manufacturing facility and that its defenses were properly dismissed.

Bakery workers win summary judgment against Just Born: decision affirms narrow scope of negotiated no-strike clause

December 29, 2017

Local Union No. 6 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union of America won summary judgment against Just Born, Inc., a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania candy manufacturer that sued the Union claiming that a September 2016 strike violated the collective-bargaining agreement, which Just Born claimed had been orally extended.

Court rejects challenge to pension plan’s rate of interest on unpaid contributions

December 29, 2017

In a matter of first impression, the District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee rejected an employer’s challenge to the interest rate applied by a multiemployer pension plan to overdue contributions and withdrawal liability payments.