July 13, 2011 -- Professor Katherine Stone commented on a Ninth Circuit en banc panel decision reversing a 2010 ruling in a long-running grocery chain employment case. Her comments appear in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article.
Strikes have declined as a union weapon, thanks to the economy and to court decisions like Tuesday's, according to Katherine V. Stone, a professor of labor law at UCLA School of Law. In 1972, unions staged 460 major strikes compared to just five in 2010, she said.
"It's a very big blow to unions," said Stone. "The use of revenue sharing agreements is potentially devastating in markets with several large competitors, such as Southern California grocery chains. Airline unions too have been heavily damaged by airlines' mutual aid pacts. This is a powerful economic weapon that the court has handed over to employers."
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