Section 302 of the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) is, and always has been, an odd law. Its bare terms — which make it unlawful for an employer to “pay, lend or deliver” money or any “other thing of value” to a labor union or official, or for a union to “request, demand, receive or
Last month, the Eleventh Circuit issued an important ruling in favor of an employee who is accusing his employer and UNITE HERE of violating the Labor Management Relations Act (“LMRA”) by entering into an organizing rights agreement that includes employer neutrality and employee access features. In Mulhall v. UNITE HERE Local 355, No. 11-10594 (11th Cir. January 18, 2012), the Court reversed a lower court decision dismissing Mulhall’s lawsuit. That court had held that Section 302 of the LMRA, which forbids employers from “pay[ing], lend[ing] or deliver[ing]” money or any other “thing of value” to a labor organization, could not be construed to outlaw voluntary agreements between employers and unions that set conditions for union organizing campaigns.
Continue Reading Eleventh Circuit Holds That Employer Neutrality Agreement May Be A “Thing Of Value” Under LMRA; Creates Circuit Split
The Eleventh Circuit recently ruled that an employee had standing to seek an injunction against his employer and a labor union over alleged violations of the Labor Management Relations Act (“LMRA”) in the union organizing context. In Mulhall v. UNITE HERE Local 355, Hollywood Greyhound Track, Inc., d.b.a. Mardi Gras Gaming, (No. 09-12683, September 10, 2010), the Eleventh Circuit reversed the lower court’s dismissal of the case, overruling its decision that the employee lacked a cognizable injury, and remanded the case for further proceedings.
Continue Reading Non-Union Employee Has Standing to Seek Injunction Against Employer and Union Under Labor Management Relations Act