Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

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Dear Reader:

If you like to view labor-management relations as a struggle for supremacy between the forces of labor against company management then it makes sense to keep a tally of victories.That being the case, you could say that each side has scored some recent victories.

Most recently, labor won one when the Ninth Circuit upheld a California law barring companies that receive state funds from spending those funds to deter (or support) union organizing in Chamber of Commerce v Lockyer. On the heels of the Lockyer decision, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited "Kentucky River" rulings, where it established a new test for determining the status of an employee as a supervisor; which many viewed as favoring the management position.

Keeping a simple tally of supposed victories does little justice to the depth and complexity of the issues involved in the current climate of labor-management relations. Issues such as outsourcing, illegal immigration, and homeland security are complex issues that defy simple solutions. …

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