@LRToday Morning Round-Up: October 4, 2012

Hostess Can Impose New Contract Terms: Reuters reports that Hostess Brands Inc. received court permission to impose a new collective bargaining agreement on its employees represented by the bakery union. The new agreement will cut wages by 8 percent and reduce benefits.

NBPA to File Grievance, ULP over Flopping Fines: Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the National Basketball Players Association plans on filing a grievance and an unfair labor practice charge against the NBA for unilaterally instituting new disciplinary guidelines targeting "flopping." The new rules would find players for flopping, "the practice of tricking the official into calling a foul by exaggerating contact."

While it may seem that the union is opposing something almost everyone else is in favor of — flopping is the bane of our basketball existence — the move by the NBPA was expected and largely procedural. Union officials are not necessarily opposed to putting rules in place to curtail flopping, but are prepared to argue that monetary discipline cannot be imposed outside of the fine schedule for various offenses already contained in the collective bargaining agreement.

Grocery Chain Asks Court to Limit Pickets: Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Ralphs Grocery Co., asked the California Supreme Court to overturn a California law that allows labor unions to picket on a store’s parking lot and private sidewalks as long as they do not interfere with customers.

California goes beyond federal law, however, by expressly allowing union demonstrators on private property outside a store or business. A judge can prohibit labor picketing only to prevent illegal acts that will cause substantial property damage that police are unable or unwilling to prevent.

A ruling is expected within 90 days.