by Michael Fox
Consistent with the nature of my practice, most of the reports here are on employment as opposed to traditional labor law issues. However, I do enjoy traditional labor work when it presents itself and try to stay abreast of developments. As organized labor's role in the private sector remains at historically low rates, one tactic that has seemed to work for unions is extracting neutrality agreements from employers who have both union and non-union plants. A recent example is Johnson Controls. Robert Gold of the Holland Sentinel has an in depth look at what that promise means to Holland, MI and the 6 Johnson Controls plants located there, which were part of 26 placed on a neutrality list in an agreement between the UAW and Johnson Controls reached last June.