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Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Supreme Court/courts

Brief announcement of a 4-4 deadlock of the Supreme Court.  The case involved a claim by anti-union teachers in California that their free speech rights were violated by having to pay union dues.  The deadlock preserves the lower court decision that upheld a 1977 Supreme Court opinion that unions could collect fees from members and nonmembers who benefited from collective bargaining activities.  From the Supreme Court


Major Work Stoppages in 2015

Categories: Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Covers 12 major work stoppages or strikes involving 47,000 workers in 2015. Provides details on length of stoppages and organizations involved. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Union Members 2015

Categories: Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

The union membership rate for 2015 was 11.1%, unchanged from 2014. In 1983, the first year for such data collection, the membership rate was 20.1%. Also covers demographic characteristics of workers who were union members, plus wage and occupation information. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Women in the Labor Force: A Databook

Categories: Disability,Education,Income/Poverty,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Veterans,Women

Tracks women’s historic participation in the U.S. labor force and their earnings. Also covers educational attainment, hours, disability, union membership, and veterans status. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Labor Law Highlights, 1915-2015

Categories: Children,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Women

Highlights important labor law legislation enacted in the past 100 years in the U.S. Includes child labor law, gender and racial equality, working conditions, and union membership. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


The De-Licensing of Occupations in the United States

Categories: Careers,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

Draws some parallels between the decertification of labor unions and the de-licensing of occupations by legislation or court order.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Union Members 2014

Categories: Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Annual report on union membership in the U.S.  Reports that the union membership rate was 11.1% of American workers, down 0.2 from 2013.   Also provides information on private vs public sector rates, median weekly earnings of union versus nonunion workers, union membership rates among states and more.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Harris v. Quinn, Governor of Illinois

Categories: Headlines,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Supreme Court/courts


5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that some state workers in certain activities cannot be required to pay dues to cover a union’s cost of collective bargaining.  The decision affecting home health care workers in Illinois undercuts a 1977 ruling that localities do have the power to require such payments from school employees.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


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