In this post, 2L staffer Emily Allender discusses Harlan County miners’ fight for back wages. Allender addresses the legal challenges these workers face and questions whether big coal companies should profit from uncompensated work.
In this editorial piece, author Neil Kearns discusses a recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that highlights the precarious position miners and their estates find themselves in when seeking compensation under the amendments to the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA). Kearns questions Congress’ inaction and stresses the importance of legislators taking steps to improve the lives of those living in coal country.
The utility industry led the private sector in union membership in 2018, with a relatively high unionization rate of 20.1 percent. In this post, staff editor Zachary Atwell discusses the importance of § 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) to employees and employers, and how the act affects labor disputes involving collective bargaining agreements.