The processing of candidates for the Class of 2019 has begun. We are continuing to seek input from all Fellows by asking you to review the complete list of candidates whose nominations have been placed before the Circuit Credentials Committees and, if applicable, call, write or email the chairperson of the Circuit Committee responsible for vetting the candidate with your comments, positive or negative.
The opinions of our Fellows are an important element in deciding who is offered membership and they will be used as a part of the Circuit Committee deliberations and the Board's review of all candidates. It is vital that if you have an opinion, you make it heard. Positive feedback from Fellows could be the determining factor for a candidate who looks good on paper but is not known by any of the committee members.
A listing of the chairpersons for all Circuit Committees, along with contact information, is also attached for your convenience. If you prefer to complete a reference form, you can do so using the link included here, http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/reference-form.php, or contact Susan Wan for the Word version of this document.
The Credentials Committees will submit their recommendations to the Board of Governors on April 23, 2019, so we ask that you be mindful of this date if you intend to submit any comments. As always, if you have any questions regarding a candidate, or the process, please do not hesitate to call Susan Wan.
Several prominent figures from the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike were on hand for a day of interviews and filming on February 9th in Memphis, Tennessee, including Fred Davis, a member of the 1968 Memphis City Council; Frierson Graves, who served as Assistant City Attorney at the time of the strike; Mike Cody, Martin Luther King's attorney and former Tennessee Attorney General; and Elmore Dingleberry, a sanitation worker in 1968.
The Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike presents a rare and excellent opportunity to analyze through the medium of film the importance of state agencies that can resolve both public sector representation and bargaining impasse disputes. This new VHP documentary will highlight the consequences that can result if there is no such agency as was the situation in Tennessee in 1968, and will deal with the abysmal working conditions experienced by over 1,200 sanitation workers, most of whom were African American, which drove their efforts to seek union representation. In the private sector, the issues of recognition and bargaining would have been dealt with by a NLRB's election processes. Indeed, had the sanitation work in Memphis been performed by a private company under the same circumstances, an election petition could have been filed with the NLRB which would then have conducted a representation election. Had the union won, the Board would have ordered the City to recognize and negotiate with the union and could have sought court enforcement of that order, thus obviating the need for a strike to gain recognition. However, the NLRB has no public sector jurisdiction and there was, and is, no Tennessee Labor Relations Board, as is true in many other States. As a result, when the city adamantly refused to recognize the union, the employees were left with only two options; 1) abandon the idea of having union representation to address the items and conditions of their employment; or 2) strike. Neither were or are good choices and it is this problem that will be the focus of the documentary.
Special thanks to Fellow Maurice Wexler, who organized the local efforts in Memphis and served as the interviewer, and to Carol Rosenbaum, the Project's producer/director.
• Fellow Walt Auvil (pictured right) was spotlighted in the January 8, 2019 edition of the West Virginia Gazette in an opinion piece by Joseph Cohen entitled "Estep-Burton's Case Should Inspire Working Class Candidates." Auvil was instrumental in assisting a newly elected State Delegate keep her full-time job while serving in the West Virginia legislature. Read the full article here.
Tenth Circuit Fellows gathered for camaraderie and fellowship in Denver on October 18, 2018. Fellow Len Court won the award for longest distance traveled as he flew in from Oklahoma to attend the regional event.
The College mourns the recent passing of Fellows John Coleman, Jr., Lisa Lichterman and William Radford
Members of the College strive to promote achievement, advancement and excellence in the practice of labor and employment law. These Fellows distinguished themselves as leaders in the field, and the College was proud to have been able to call them Fellows.
Fellows are encouraged to include the College logo on their website or as part of their email signature block. Two different formats are available for download - .jpg or .eps. Please contact Susan Wan if you would like a logo file in a different format.
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