Labor and Employment Law Section

The section focuses on all traditional labor relations issues and matters arising in individual employment rights. A continuing legal education seminar on employment law issues is sponsored annually by the section, as is a regular newsletter.

Chair
Frost Brown Todd LLC
150 3rd Ave So Ste 1900
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)251-5594
Immediate Past Chair
Dollar General Corp
100 Mission Ridge
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
(615)855-5157
Vice-Chair
Waller Lansden Dortch Davis
PO Box 198966
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)244-6380

UAW Drops Appeal in VW Vote

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has dropped its appeal of the failed February vote to unionize workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, the UAW announced this morning. At the same time, NewsChannel5.com reported, the union called on Congress to specifically investigate Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s use of federal funds as a part of a $300 million incentive package that his administration appeared to have used as leverage against the UAW. This major development came as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was set to begin hearings on the UAW appeal. The union had wanted the NLRB to order new elections, claiming third-party interference tainted the vote. In the announcement, UAW President Bob King noted that the NLRB process could take months or years. The union also cited efforts by Haslam and U.S. Senator Bob Corker to fight UAW subpoenas requiring them to testify about their involvement in the anti-union effort.

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6th Circuit Reinstates Age Bias Suit

The 6th Circuit on Friday reversed a Nashville court ruling and reinstated the age discrimination lawsuit James C. Pierson vs. Quad/Graphics Printing Corp., et al. The District Court had granted Quad/Graphics summary judgment dismissing the case, but a three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit unanimously disagreed with the lower court, holding that an employee does not need to meet heightened standard of proof for age discrimination during a reduction in force. Business Insurance has more.

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