an update for the week of august 20, 2004
Now I long for the morning that they realise
Brutality and unjust laws can not defeat us
But who'll defend the workers who cannot organise
When the bosses send their lackeys out to cheat us?
"There Is Power In A Union" -Billy Bragg
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Unions Create Associate Membership Programs to Help Maintain Their Strength: Although Labor Day has passed, it's still a great time of year to think about the role of organized labor in improving conditions for American workers. Although few will dispute that the role of unions today isn't what it used to be, several unions are making noteworthy efforts to stem the decline by forming associate membership programs. Associate membership programs allow non-union workers to be part of the union movement, and all the workplace fairness issues that unions stands for. While unions of course hope their associate members will be more amenable to workplace organizing efforts than other workers might be, the associate member ranks have the potential to represent a powerful political force in their own right.
this week in the courts
Lust v. Sealy, Inc.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 03-3496)
Decision Date: September 7, 2004
In an employment discrimination case, defendant's contention that no reasonable jury could have found sex discrimination is rejected where, as long as the plaintiff offers evidence of her own, the jury is free to disbelieve the defendant's contrary evidence.
Baker v. Morrell & Co.  (Eighth Circuit; No. 03-2680)
Decision Date: September 3, 2004
Judgment for plaintiff is affirmed where the evidence chronicled years of blatant sexual harassment, which was severe and pervasive enough to create an objectively hostile work environment and was sufficient to prove employment discrimination.
Hillig v. Rumsfeld  (Tenth Circuit; No. 02-1102)
Decision Date: August 30, 2004
In order to succeed in an adverse employment action under Title VII, a plaintiff need only show that the discrimination had a likely effect on future job opportunities.
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