NLRB Seeks Injunction against Sterling Foods: David Lee of Courthouse News Service writes that the National Labor Relations Board has filed for an injunction in federal court against San Antonio-based Sterling Foods to stop Sterling from firing employees engaged in union activity and from engaging in surveillance among other things.
The National Labor Relations Board claims in court that Sterling Foods took extraordinary and illegal steps to stop union organizing, offering money to spies, surveilling and obstructing union sympathizers and firing six of them within 5 days.
AFL-CIO Pushes ‘American Second Bill of Rights’: Susan R. Hobbs of Bloomberg BNA reports that the AFL-CIO will focus on its "American Second Bill of Rights" in the 2012 political campaign. The "Second Bill of Rights":
has five planks, including the right to full employment and a living wage, the right to full participation in the electoral process, the right to a voice at work, the right to a quality education, and the right to a secure, healthy future.
The AFL-CIO will also increase its "on-the-ground effort to educate the electorate on issues of importance for workers."
Union Asks Regulator to End Lockout: Pete Brush of Law360.com ($) writes that the Utility Workers Union Union of America Local 1-2 is asking the New York State Public Service Commission to terminate Consolidated Edison’s lockout over public safety and service concerns.
New York’s Public Service Commission has never been asked to intervene in such a way. But, according to Strauss [the union’s attorney], examples abound where regulators have determined they possess such authority.
The primary contractual dispute leading to the lockout is whether future union members will get defined pension benefits or whether they will have to settle for skimpier benefits that hinge on the company’s performance.