Saturday, December 29, 2007
I just received my 2007 Cumulative Supplement to William W. Osborne, Jr., "Labor Union Law and Regulation." If you practice labor union law, teach labor union law or work for a labor union this treatise is simply a must. This is another great treatise from the good folks at BNA and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. Unlike, the developing labor law and other labor law type treatises, the focus is on the law concerning labor unions. The book and the supplement covers a great many subjects concerning the relationship between and individual and his or her union as opposed to labor management relations. Thus, the book covers such topics as union finances, internal union elections and the LMRDA.
Particularly well written and comprehensive treatment in the supplement is paid to the duty of fair representation. Topics such as the grievants right to an attorney and the grievants presentation of the grievance are covered. Additionally, the supplement contains an entire chapter on ethical and legal issues relating to the practice of union side labor law. Topics such as the attorney client privilege, the importance of identifying the client, conflict of interests and a topic of particular importance to me -whether there is a union representative privilege are covered. As readers of this blog know, I am publishing a law review article on this topic in Berkeley Journal of Labor and Employment Law.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein