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Women’s National Team Misses Goal in Equal Pay Act Claims

A federal judge has dismissed the Equal Pay Act (EPA) claims filed by 28 members of the U.S. Senior Women’s National Soccer Team (WNT) against the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), finding the WNT players were actually paid more than their males counterparts on the Men’s National Team (MNT) and the pay differences of which...… Continue Reading The post Women’s National Team Misses Goal in Equal Pay Act Claims appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
May 5, 2020

Is Union Organizing Among Tech Workers Ready to Breakout?

White-collar, high-tech workers at Kickstarter in Brooklyn have voted 47-36 for union representation by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. (Five eligible voters did not vote.) The trailblazing win could inspire similar employees in the tech industry to channel their social activism and... Continue Reading
February 29, 2020

Union Launches National Organizing Effort in Gaming and Tech Industries

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has begun a nationwide union-organizing campaign targeting game and tech industry employees, in partnership with Game Workers Unite! (GWU), a so-called “grass-roots” worker group founded in Southern California in 2018 to spur unionization in the gaming industry. As here, such groups typically are founded and funded by established labor... Continue Reading
January 21, 2020

NLRB Members Lean Toward Possible Easing of Restrictions on Off-Duty Employee Access Rules

Two of the four members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have indicated they are willing to rethink a key element of the Board’s more-than-40-year-old precedent regarding employers’ off-duty employee access rules under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Southern Bakeries, 368 NLRB No. 59 (Aug. 28, 2019). Members William Emanuel and Marvin Kaplan, … Continue Reading The post NLRB Members Lean Toward Possible Easing of Restrictions on Off-Duty Employee Access Rules appeared first on Labor & Collective Bargaining.
September 9, 2019

Running Backs NLRB Petition Seeks To “Stiff Arm” NFL Players Association With New Bargaining Unit

An upstart labor organization, the International Brotherhood of Professional Running Backs (IBPRB), has filed a petition with Region 13, the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), seeking to form a separate union for the National Football League’s running backs. The unit clarification petition, NLRB Case No. 13-UC-246227, seeks to sever and create...… Continue Reading The post Running Backs NLRB Petition Seeks To “Stiff Arm” NFL Players Association With New Bargaining Unit appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
August 28, 2019

Ride-Hail Drivers Are Independent Contractors, Not Employees, NLRB GC Concludes

UberX and UberBLACK drivers are independent contractors, not employees, of Uber, the General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined in a recently released Advice Memorandum. The drivers therefore are not employees within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and are not eligible for NLRB-certified union representation or … Continue Reading The post Ride-Hail Drivers Are Independent Contractors, Not Employees, NLRB GC Concludes appeared first on Labor & Collective Bargaining.
July 8, 2019

NCAA In Tune with Dancing With the Stars

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is in step with the television program Dancing With the Stars, and it has decided that the hero of the University of Notre Dame’s NCAA Championship-winning Women’s Basketball Team, Arike Ogunbowale, can compete in the dance competition without violating NCAA amateurism rules. The NCAA has determined that any prize she...… Continue Reading The post NCAA In Tune with Dancing With the Stars appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
April 18, 2018

NLRB Finds Sports Team’s Electronic-Content Workers Employees Eligible To Unionize

The National Labor Relations Board has found the individuals who produce electronic content for viewing during professional basketball games are employees, rather than independent contractors. Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017). The Board reversed the decision of an NLRB regional director and reinstated a representation petition filed by the International Alliance of … Continue Reading The post NLRB Finds Sports Team’s Electronic-Content Workers Employees Eligible To Unionize appeared first on Labor & Collective Bargaining.
September 1, 2017

NLRB Finds Sports Team’s Electronic-Content Workers As Employees Eligible To Unionize

The National Labor Relations Board has found the individuals who produce electronic content for viewing during professional basketball games are employees, rather than independent contractors. Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017). The Board reversed the decision of an NLRB regional director and reinstated a representation petition filed by the International Alliance of...… Continue Reading The post NLRB Finds Sports Team’s Electronic-Content Workers As Employees Eligible To Unionize appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
August 24, 2017

House Bill Spotlights Paid Union Activities By Federal Employees

A House bill would require federal agencies to report annually on the amount of “official time” (i.e., taxpayer-paid time) that federal employees spend on union activities rather than working at their regular job duties. H.R. 1293 (the “Official Time Reform Act of 2017”) was introduced by Rep. David Ross (R-Fla.) on March 1, 2017, and … Continue Reading The post House Bill Spotlights Paid Union Activities By Federal Employees appeared first on Labor & Collective Bargaining.
March 14, 2017

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