Virginia Public-Sector Unionization Would Increase Costs, Taxpayer Burden

Local governing bodies in Virginia are grappling with how to comply with a state mandate to consider unionization of government employees, and, at the same time, serve the interests of taxpayers, consumers, and individual workers. The new state law, which became effective May 1, 2021, reversed a decades-old prohibition on unionization of local government employees.[i] […]

Virginia Election May Lead to Closer Scrutiny of Teacher-Unionization Push

Exit polling conducted on election day in Virginia last week indicates that education was a major issue motivating voters.[i] American Federation of Teachers union president Randi Weingarten and other teacher union officials campaigned hard for gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who declared during a debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should […]

Staying Union-Free or Opening Up for Big Labor?

Virginia Localities Face Push to Unionize Public Employees The Commonwealth of Virginia has gone “all-in” to empower organized labor by authorizing cities, counties, towns, and other local government employers to recognize and bargain with union officials over public employees’ employment and service. Revisions to Virginia Code Section 40.1-57.2 became effective on May 1, 2021, reversing […]

NLRB General Counsel Targets Community Rehabilitation Programs for Possible Unionization

For years, union organizers have targeted for unionization individuals with severe disabilities who participate in rehabilitation and training programs. The union organizing often met with little success, but that may change. A new initiative at the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) may give a major boost to union officials’ attempts to unionize valuable community programs […]

Virginia Collective Bargaining Statute

The following resources, organizations, literature, and professionals in the field offer a wide scope of information to localities, and the practitioners advising them, as they face issues arising from the Virginia collective bargaining statute, Va. Code § 40.1-57.2. (2021).    ORGANIZATIONAL RESOURCES  ABA State & Local Government Bargaining & Employment Law Committee  Contact:  Brad HoffmanDirector, ABA Section of Labor and Employment […]

What Employers Need to Know About New COVID-19 Leave Entitlements

The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” which President Donald J. Trump signed into law on March 18, 2020, provides major, temporary expansion of leave entitlements under federal law. The Act includes new bases for employees to obtain paid and unpaid leave for COVID-19-based reasons