Valerie was honored for her tireless efforts on behalf of workers’ rights in North Carolina by the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute at its 40th Annual Awards Banquet and Birthday Celebration. She also spoke at the banquet on the topic of labor and the changing political climate impacting injured workers in the state. Clayola Brown, the national president […]
The Fourth Circuit has published opinions in three labor and employment cases in recent weeks. The first case, Sepulveda v. Allen Family Foods, Inc., concerned a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action that was brought on behalf of a class of current and former employees of a chicken processing plant. The employees claimed, among other things, […]
“Family-Friendly Workplaces: Do Unions Make a Difference?,” written by Jennifer MacGillvary of the Labor Center at the University of California-Berkeley and Netsy Firestein of the Labor Project for Working Families, concludes the unions lead to workplaces that, through policy and practice, promote a healthy and viable balance between work life and home life. Significantly, the study […]
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced that workers overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year agreement covering about 10,000 union members at seven Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plants, including the plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The new pact provides job security and maintains quality, affordable health care for the union members. It also provides for a commitment by Goodyear […]
A new study, “Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers,” shows that employers routinely violate the employment rights of low wage workers, with frequent violations of the wage and hour laws, workers’ compensation laws, and anti-retaliation protections. (The summary of the original study is here.) Here are some of the startling findings: 68 percent of the workers interviewed had […]
The Fourth Circuit affirmed the granting of some injunctive relief to remedy very serious labor violations by a mining company in NLRB v. Spartan Mining Company. The company had illegally discriminated against members of the United Mine Workers.
The Fourth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s decision for the union in United Steelworkers, Local 850L v. Continental Tire. The Court agreed with the union that the dispute over pension and health benefits had to submitted to arbitration.
Valerie Johnson spoke at the 2008 Annual Conference of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC), which was held in Seattle. Valerie’s talk was part of a session concerning health and safety for workers. She presented a paper, written with Narendra Ghosh, titled “How Can Unions Protect Injured Workers?” Summary: This paper discusses some common problems faced […]