Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 19

NLRB Authorizes Charges Against Wal-Mart

http://www.flickr.com/photos/walmartcorporate/sets/On November 18, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it would be pursuing charges against Wal-Mart. The agency’s general counsel reportedly investigated workers claims that Wal-Mart had threatened employees for taking part in walkouts surrounding last year’s Black Friday shopping season. According to the NLRB, in several states, Wal-Mart unlawfully threatened, surveilled, disciplined or terminated employees as a response to or in anticipation of legally protected worker activities. The Wal-Mart stores were in a waide range of states, including: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Washington. Despite authorizing these claims, the NLRB found no merit in other violations alleged. The NLRB found no merit in claims that alleged that worker’s were told to leave private property and changing work schedules. This case will be interesting to see unfold, as Wal-Mart is the largest employer in America, with over 2.2 million employees. 1 Black Friday 2013 is right around the corner and workers are planning other protests of Wal-Marts practices; this authorization of a complaint will give some publicity to the ongoing struggle between Wal-Mart and their employees. 2 For the official release from the NLRB, click here.

Notes:

  1. http://news.walmart.com/walmart-facts/corporate-financial-fact-sheet
  2. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303985504579206412630293566

Nov 12

Professor Gregory in the News

Our own Professor David L. Gregory, executive director of the Center for Labor and Employment Law at St. John’s University School of Law, has been quoted several times in the New York Times in the past week. As a preeminent scholar on labor and employment law issues, Professor Gregory was quoted on varied current events, ranging from all municipal unions in New York City to the recent scandal involving workplace misconduct at the Miami Dolphins Franchise. See the links below for the past week’s articles and feel free to submit any that we might have missed in the comments!


For de Blasio, Contract Talks Offer Problem


N.F.L. Picks Lawyer to Lead Inquiry Into Dolphins

Nov 08

Edwards Wildman Palmer Prize for Students

Adjunct Professor David Marshall has generously created the Edwards Wildman Palmer Prize for the best student paper submitted for the 50th Anniversary of Title VII conference. Professor Marshall is also a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer. Please see below for instructions on entering a submission. The winner will be selected by the St. John’s faculty and awarded at the 50th Anniversary of Title VII, cosponsored by the Center for Labor and Employment and NYU Law School.

**Update! The deadline has been extended to Monday February 17th!