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On April 9, 2016 Joe Pass, Sr. addressed members of Local 85 of the Amalgamated Transit Union to discuss the history of the Local. Joining Joe on the dais was William Barry, a labor historian, who discussed the general labor history of the United States. Read More.


Joe S. Pass and Jim Welker were recently invited by Ed Clowes and Teamsters Local Union 261 to attend and speak at the local’s annual Stewards Appreciation Banquet held in New Castle, Pa on February 19, 2016. Joe spoke about the steward’s important role as the first line of defense in labor relations and Jim spoke about Pa Workers’ Compensation and how the stewards can help their members document work injury claims.


Our firm recently participated in a Stewards Seminar presented to the stewards of Teamsters Local No. 249. The seminar, which was sponsored by Local No. 249, included a presentation by Ed Walter about workers’ compensation and a presentation by Joe S. Pass about the steward’s responsibilities relating to the administration of their labor agreement, dealing with members and management, and the basic laws governing their role as leaders of the local.


2015 Statewide Average Weekly Wage Announced

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Joseph S. Pass Presents At The Amalgamated Transit Union’s Joint Conference Held In Indianapolis, Indiana on August 27-30

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Jim Welker recently presented a workers’ compensation seminar to officers of a union. 

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Supreme Court DUI Blood Test Ruling: Police Must Try To Obtain Search Warrant

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Receipt of Pension Isn't Evidence of Retirement, Justices Say

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Recent Court Ruling Calls Thousands Of Pennsylvania DUI Cases Into Question

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Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 85 Reaches Historic Agreement to Save Transit in Allegheny County

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Ten-Year Battle Continues to Determine Whether University Faculty are Managerial Employees

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Proper Procedure is Vital for DUI Enforcement

Probable cause is an aspect of enforcing DUI laws that should never be overlooked, regardless of final blood test results. One example of the questioning of an officer’s probable cause comes to light in this news item in the Centre Daily Times.

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Doing the Right Thing Is No Guarantee of Coverage

Placing yourself in harm’s way for the benefit of your fellow citizens is no guarantee that benefits will be properly covered should you find yourself sidelined by serious health issues. There can be intricate and lengthy regulations and procedures to navigate to ensure compensation. The Pittsburgh Post gazette recently reported on a veteran firefighter’s struggle to be compensated for sick leave.

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Labor’s next struggle

In a commentary published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a union leader says that “just cause” laws represent the next fight for organized labor. He writes that the United States is the only industrialized country that allows so-called “at will” employees to be terminated for arbitrary reasons.

Click here to read more about the growing push for “just cause” laws.


A new model for organized labor

Although union membership has declined in recent years, the opportunity exists to reverse the trend. In The New York Times, economics columnist Eduardo Porter recently wrote that, for organized labor, learning from the past may ensure a viable future.

Click here to read why he believes that’s the case.


CBO explains SSDI increases

It recently was reported that, between April and June of this year, there were more Americans who enrolled in the Social Security Disability program than Americans who were added to the payrolls.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office attributes the increased enrollment in Social Security Disability to several factors – namely, an aging population, a surge in female workers since 1970 and a struggling economy in which injured workers are struggling to find employment.

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