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
Miller & Martin PLLC
832 Georgia Avenue Suite 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423)785-8320
Immediate Past Chair
Gilbert Russell McWherter Scott...
341 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 230
Franklin , TN 37067
(615)354-1144
Vice-Chair
Ford & Harrison LLP
150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 2010
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)574-6707

One Day Before Whistleblower Protections Signed, Memphis VA Whistleblower Fired

One day before President Donald Trump signed a new law protecting whistleblowers at Veterans Affairs facilities, one such whistleblower in Memphis was fired, The Commercial Appeal reports. The Memphis VA alleges Sean Higgins demonstrated “disruptive behavior,” but Higgins claims the firing was in retaliation from administrators who he had accused of unethical behavior. 
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SCOTUS Decision May Aid UAW in Chattanooga

A U.S. Supreme Court action this week in a labor case involving Macy's department store workers may strengthen a United Auto Workers’ case with Volkswagen in Tennessee, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The automaker is currently appealing a National Labor Relations Board decision that paved the way for a vote among about 160 skilled-trades workers at the plant. The company has refused to bargain with the UAW while it argues that union representation decisions should only be made by the entire hourly workforce. Macy's made much the same arguments in its unsuccessful 5th Circuit appeal and the Supreme Court declined to take the case.

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