Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss the Mulhall v. Unite Here Local 355 case in a lucky break for labor groups. Fellow Moshe Marvit discusses the decision and what it means for unions at In These Times.
“In Mulhall, a Florida casino employee backed by the anti-union National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW) argued that neutrality agreements violate an anti-bribery provision in the Taft Hartley Act of 1947 and therefore constitute a federal crime.
Making neutrality agreements a crime would have struck at the heart of organizing as it is practiced today. The neutrality approach—in which the employer agrees not to oppose an organizing campaign—has been the mode of choice in most union drives since the ‘90s. The employer usually further promises to 'card check,' which means that it will recognize the union if a majority of the employees sign cards stating their desire for union representation.”
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