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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Labor Law

Union protection extended to nonunion workers (or “I never promised them a Weingarten”) By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2002 Lawpulse, Page 168 A federal circuit court ruling gives nonunion workers the right to have a coworker present at an employer's investigatory interview.
Are Plant-Shutdown Pension Benefits Protected? By Michael F. Tomasek January 2002 Article, Page 43 Federal courts are split on the issue.
Union Docs: The AMA, the HMOs, and Physicians’ Rights to Collectively Bargain By Todd A. Lyon March 2001 Article, Page 138 Can new labor organizations created by the AMA strengthen the hand of doctors and patients in the face of growing HMO power?.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath February 2001 Column, Page 56 When does may mean must? When it comes to appealing interlocutory orders
Informal requests for intervention to union stewards do not toll the six month statute of limitations under the Labor Management Relations Act July 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 351 On May 24, 1999, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's dismissal of the plaintiff's suit on the basis of a statute of limitations violation.
Part-Time Police Officers “Employed” by a Unit of Local Government May 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 244 On March 3, 1999, the Attorney General published an opinion on two issues: (1) whether the use of the terms "employment'' and "employed'' in the definitions of the phrases.
Representing Workers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Law By Peter S. Rukin April 1999 Article, Page 208 A primer on these important worker protection laws.
“On-call” time at home not considered ``work” for emergency medical technicians under the Fair Labor Standards Act March 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 130 On January 7, 1999, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the holding of the United States District Court finding that hours spent by emergency medical technicians (EMTs) "on-call'' was not considered performing work within the meaning of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Union employee lacks standing to challenge an arbitration award absent allegations that the union breached its duty of fair representation December 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 662 On September 24, 1998, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's holding that a union employee covered by a collective-bargaining agreement does not have standing to challenge an arbitration award in circuit court unless the employee has alleged that the union breached its duty of fair representation.
Six-month statute of limitations period does not apply to unfair labor practice claims under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) November 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 596 On September 18, 1998, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's ruling that a six-month statute of limitations did not apply to the plaintiff's unfair labor practices suit against the defendant labor organization.