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EMPOWERING UNION WORKERS TO TAKE

BACK CONTROL OF THEIR WORKPLACE

EMPOWERING UNION WORKERS TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THEIR WORKPLACE

Marlon Green: A Pioneering African American Airline Pilot

Airlines in America today have a very diverse staff. You will find pilots, flight attendants, and other staff of both genders, from all races, and from all nationalities. However, that was not always the case. The airline industry was notorious for discriminating against African Americans throughout the 1950s and 60s. That is, until Marlon Green came along. Marlon Green was a very accomplished United States Air Force pilot, having logged 3,071 hours in many different types of airplanes. Gr […]

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Vaccine Mandates and the Labor Shortage: Is there a Connection?

You have seen the headlines: “A Record Number of Americans are Quitting Their Jobs,” (CNN, October 12, 2021). To put it in perspective, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), commissioned by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that 2.9% of Americans quit their jobs in August, up from 2.7% in July. This translates to about 4.3 million Americans who left their jobs in August, the most since the survey began in 2000. The report is generally about a month behind, s […]

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The Blame Game

Have you ever made a mistake at work? How about in life? I generally don’t go more than 30 minutes without doing something pretty dumb; so, if you’re anything like me, the answer to both questions is a resounding yes. If you’re human, you make mistakes. Mistakes are one of the most productive ways we learn and adapt. If you’re human and you work, you make mistakes at work. For an employer, that mistake might be costly in a bunch of different ways. It can cost an empl […]

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​FMLA and your Private Medical Information

The other day I explored whether an employer can be liable under the state or federal FMLA laws for disclosing private medical records. The simple answer is yes; however, actually and practically enforcing this protection is a little more complicated. Here in Connecticut, private medical information provided to an employer is protected. In fact, private medical information disclosed to an employer for any reason must be kept in a file separate from the employee’s personnel file, and a […]

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Vaccine Mandates

​The question of mandatory vaccinations has been circulating around the internet, and so has a lot of misinformation. We will focus on private employers in this article, as public employment is a little more complicated. In general, the question has been, “Can a private employer require an employee to be vaccinated against Covid-19?” The simple answer: yes, a private employer can mandate a vaccination and can terminate an employee who does not want to be vaccinated with few exc […]

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A Potential win for Connecticut workers laid off during the Pandemic

On June 9, 2021, the Connecticut State Senate passed SB No. 658. This clears the bill for the Governor’s signature, which will officially make it law. This will be a huge win for Connecticut workers laid off during the pandemic. As we all know, many workers were laid off due to the Coronavirus pandemic starting in March of 2020. At the height of the pandemic, the unemployment rate in Connecticut was somewhere around 8.3%. That is unprecedented. Many workers, particularly in the servic […]

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Emergency Committals and the Seizure of Weapons

Every police officer in the state has the power to commit someone who is believed to be a danger to themselves or others. That authority comes from Connecticut General Statute §17a-503(a). The statue reads, in part, “Any police officer who has reasonable cause to believe that a person has psychiatric disabilities and is dangerous to himself or herself or others or gravely disabled, and in need of immediate care and treatment, may take such person into custody and take or cause such pe […]

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A Beautiful Question

“Always a beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.” – e. e. cummings​Nutmeg hosted a webinar recently which focused on helping folks improve as union leaders. Attorney Eric Brown highlighted the five most common problems union leaders face; the 5th problem he emphasized had to do with listening and questioning. I won’t review the webinar in depth now, but if you’re interested, you can watch a recording here.          […]

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Confusion Over Masking Guidelines

​On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the masking guidelines. Many thought the new guidance was confusing – it’s actually not. The guidelines themselves are very simple. If you are fully vaccinated, meaning it has been two weeks since your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after your one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you no longer have to wear a mask inside or outside, unless required by law. To put it simply, the CDC i […]

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How Do Union Strikes Work?

​There has been some talk in the news lately about a strike involving unionized healthcare workers, specifically healthcare workers employed at state-run nursing and group homes. The reasons cited range from low wages, poor benefits, and working conditions to lack of adherence to coronavirus standards. The union states twenty-four employees have died due to the virus. Some of the union’s more disturbing claims relate to the lack of personal protective equipment, deficient testing pro […]

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