• John J. Sweeney, President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO has been named a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics for the 2010 spring term. Sweeney will work in the classroom and with faculty, and will be called upon to share his insights from 50 years of experience in the U.S. labor movement.
  • Meredith Jason has been selected as the deputy general counsel of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch in the National Labor Relations Board’s Division of Enforcement Litigation. The Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch conducts federal court litigation involving the enforcement and review of board orders, advises the general counsel and board members regarding litigating positions the agency should take in U.S. Supreme Court cases, and works with the Justice Department and the Office of the Solicitor General in developing the government’s position in Supreme Court cases.
  • The International Association of Machinists has launched a social networking website “UCubed” aimed at curbing unemployment rates. The site offers users the ability to connect with other users by common ZIP codes, thereby allowing users within the same geographic area to help each other find new jobs and collectively push politicians to act on legislation that addresses unemployment. The site includes a “Legislative Action” section allowing users to easily send members of Congress an e-mail regarding the urgency of taking action on a particular bill.
  • Fred Feinstein, a former National Labor Relations Board general counsel, was reprimanded by the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where he is an adjunct professor and senior fellow, for issuing a legal opinion to the Service Employees International Union on University letterhead and failing to disclose the compensation he received from SEIU in exchange for his opinion. The controversial letter was drafted after SEIU members requested Feinstein’s legal opinion regarding the status of members’ collective bargaining agreement if they decertify one union and join another. The letter is being circulated by SEIU’s United Healthcare Workers-West local in a campaign to keep the support of members who have petitioned to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers.