Results 1 to 3 of 3
Like Tree7Likes
  • 3 Post By ABFwife
  • 4 Post By fxstc07

Thread: Thanks to Trump, Workers May Soon Lose the Right to Bring Class-Action Lawsuits

  1. #1
    Taking A Stand!!!

    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Local Union
    492
    Employer
    ABF
    Location
    Albuquerque, NM
    Posts
    40,689
    Rep Power
    892

    Default Thanks to Trump, Workers May Soon Lose the Right to Bring Class-Action Lawsuits

    Oh yah, he is on our side!

    Last fall, a web TV series called Good Girls Revolt debuted. The show was a fictionalized account of forty-six female Newsweek staffers who joined together to bring a sex discrimination case against the magazine in 1970. According to an NPR report, the women were shunted into “researcher” positions, rather than being given the title of “reporter”; they were forced to serve coffee to superiors; and they were denied bylines and other credit for the work they did. But, by engaging in collective legal action, the women were able to bring about change, forcing Newsweek to confront its institutional sexism. This fall, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, that asks whether employers may condition employment offers on workers agreeing not to engage in similar collective legal action. President Obama’s appointees on the National Labor Relations Board, and several circuit courts, have held that these types of waivers are unenforceable. But last month, in a highly unusual move, the Trump Justice Department switched sides in the case and filed a brief backing the employers.

    In our legal system, there are only two things that corporations fear: jury trials and class-action lawsuits. Employers have figured out a way to eliminate both of these risks: prospective employees are told that if they want a job, they must enter into an agreement to arbitrate any potential claims, waiving the right to a jury trial and barring them from joining with other workers in a collective or class-action proceeding. While lawsuits create a public record, arbitration cases take place behind closed doors, so, like Roger Ailes’s sexual harassment victims, workers may never realize that their coworkers have raised similar concerns. The prohibition against collective legal action also makes it easier for an employer to get away with wage theft. For instance, there have been a number of cases where meatpacking workers sought compensation for the time they spend taking protective equipment on and off. For each worker, this might amount to less than ten minutes per day, but when you multiply it by a thousand workers, the stakes are considerably larger, and it becomes much easier to attract a highly skilled attorney to take the case.

    Over the past thirty years, the Supreme Court has been steadily opening the door wider and wider to these mandatory arbitration agreements. Courts have enforced the agreements based on the premise that they are entered into voluntarily, but the Republican Congress has not yet gotten around to repealing the 1932 Norris–La Guardia Act, which recognized that “the individual unorganized worker is commonly helpless to exercise actual liberty of contract and to protect his freedom of labor, and thereby to obtain acceptable terms and conditions of employment.”
    https://www.dissentmagazine.org/blog...c563f-48658197
    2631, fxstc07 and fedexnuno like this.

  2. #2
    I Am Rocking Now

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Local Union
    641
    Employer
    new penn
    Location
    Northeastern PA
    Posts
    23,450
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Thanks to Trump, Workers May Soon Lose the Right to Bring Class-Action Lawsuits

    https://www.dissentmagazine.org/about-dissent-magazine



    “A pillar of leftist intellectual provocation”
    —New York Times

  3. #3
    Retired !

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Local Union
    107
    Employer
    Retired - New Penn
    Location
    South Jersey
    Posts
    15,256
    Rep Power
    333

    Default Re: Thanks to Trump, Workers May Soon Lose the Right to Bring Class-Action Lawsuits

    "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." Thomas Jefferson
    “Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” Albert Einstein
    To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” Theodore Roosevelt
    Smarter men then I. I believe their words.
    2631, ABFwife, 222lifer and 1 others like this.

 

 

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348