For New York workers in any job, one of the most powerful levers they have in ensuring that they are treated fairly with employee benefits and other issues is their ability to strike. In turn, the union must represent the interests of all union members to maximize their ability to get what they are asking for at the collective bargaining table. The idea of a union is to serve the interests of its members and part of that is to have competent and experienced legal representation.
Unions fight for the rights of members. These rights are spelled out in the collective bargaining agreement. When these rights are trampled or ignored, a grievance must be filed.
The Family and Medical Leave Act is an important part of employment law. There are numerous issues that are dealt with under the FMLA, including when the person who took the allowed time under the law decides to return to work. There are times when people try to get back to work after utilizing FMLA and find themselves marginalized, transferred or face some other unexpected change that might be a violation of labor law. If this does happen, it could be the basis of employment litigation.
Workers in New York and across the U.S. have always been vulnerable to the whims of ownership and management. Union representation has provided layers of protection to workers to keep them from being underpaid, overworked, deprived of rights they are legally entitled to and much more. However, there are still times when employers will try to stop workers from exercising certain rights or will violate those rights. Unions themselves sometimes commit violations. It is in these situations that workers need to be aware of how the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, can help.
Even unions that are perceived to be exceedingly strong need to have legal representation to ensure that their rights are adhered to. Some of the more powerful unions in New York include law enforcement and teachers. When there is a dispute over some issue related to labor law, the National Labor Relations Board is available to help those who believe there has been a violation committed against union members. This is especially important when there are dismissals that are deemed to have been unjust and violated the contract.
Chicago’s Sun-Times newspaper has new ownership, which includes a local labor group. In a purchase completed last month, labor joined with other investors to keep a controversial publishing company from taking over the Windy City’s second largest newspaper, which was established following a merger in 1948.
Even New York State workers who are part of a union and the union itself will need to be protected when contract negotiations are underway. Union representation is a vital part of workers being treated fairly and protected, but if there are mistakes made when negotiations are taking place, it can undo all the hard work that was done in formulating the union in the first place.