Ninth Circuit Agrees With 2014 NLRB Decision Not To Retroactively Apply Its New Standard On Arbitration Deferral
- Written by Jarred Lieber
Back in 2014 the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), in its Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co. (“Babcock”) decision, revised a longstanding standard regarding the NLRB’s deferral to arbitration awards. In that case, a forklift and crane operator, who also served as a job steward for her union, was terminated from her job after about two months because of safety and conduct violations. The union filed a grievance, and pursuant to the applicable collective bargaining agreement, the grievance was submitted to binding arbitration before a joint labor-management subcommittee. The subcommittee denied the grievance and upheld the termination. The union filed an unfair labor charge with the NLRB, which resulted in a complaint being filed. The Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) recommended that the NLRB defer to the subcommittee decision and dismiss the complaint. The NLRB adopted the ALJ’s recommendation but in doing so set forth a new standard for determining whether to defer to an arbitration decision.
- Written by The Saqui Law Group
Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation (SCGGF) Wildfire Relief Fund: A Wildfire Relief Fund has been set up through the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation to collect donations for those who have been impacted by the fires. The fund will serve to assist ag workers who lost their homes in the fires by helping to fund the establishment of new households. The fund has benefited from initial investments from local grape growers and supporters including $25,000 from the John Jordan Foundation and Jordan Vineyard & Winery and $25,000 from American Ag Credit.