@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 13, 2012

"Solis Emphasizes Strength in Unity; Union Leaders Tie Labor Rights to Civil Rights"Bloomberg BNA (paid)

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis April 12 spoke of the strength that the civil rights and labor rights communities gain by working together in her address to the National Action Network’s annual convention.

Labor leaders speaking at the NAN convention also spoke of the goals the civil rights movement and labor movement share and called for them to close ranks and work together.

Solis, whose father was an International Brotherhood of Teamsters shop steward, said union membership is the best way to get into the middle class. “We have strength when we are together, when we rise and fall as a community,” she said.

"Fired law firm staffers contest dismissals"Sun Sentinel

Eight of the 14 employees fired last month for wearing orange shirts at the Elizabeth R. Wellborn P.A. law firm in Deerfield Beach have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board to contest their termination.

The complaint claims their employer engaged in unfair labor practices by dismissing them.

"GE union vote in limbo"The Hawk Eye

One hundred and seventy production workers at General Electric’s switchgear plant were hoping to have a final decision Wednesday on whether a Communications Workers of America union would represent them at the West Burlington facility.

Instead, the secret ballot election, which took place without a hitch, was a bit anticlimactic, while also creating some suspense.

"AFL-CIO forms a ‘super PAC’ focused on union organization"Los Angeles Times

A "super PAC" created by an influential labor organization will focus its efforts on motivating voters on the ground, rather than financing television commercials.

"It’s not going to be about FEC deadlines, television ads or the usual super PAC activity. It’s about building a new way for workers to connect,” said Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer for the AFL-CIO, at a news conference Thursday morning detailing the super PAC’s strategy.

"Labor board broke federal law on Boeing suit"Washington Examiner

What if there were emails showing Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor coordinating with Attorney General Eric Holder and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on how the Obama administration should fight judicial challenges to Obamacare?

At a bare minimum, Justice Sotomayor would have to recuse herself from the case, she might be impeached, and Holder would face serious ethics questions as well. But such emails do not exist … concerning Obamacare. When it comes to the National Labor Relations Board suit against Boeing, that is a different story.