Michael Groebe

Michael Groebe

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Ford UAW Workers Defy Logic Of Ricky Bobby With New Tentative Agreement

If you ain’t first, you’re last. Not so say the Ford UAW workers whose bargaining committee recently reached a new tentative agreement with Ford. While Ford was the last to reach a tentative agreement with the UAW, if the...more

11/13/2015 - Automotive Industry Chrysler Collective Bargaining Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) Fiat Ford Motor General Motors Ratification UAW Unions

UAW Continues to Use Strike Threat as a Powerful Negotiating Tool

In an effort to keep the momentum in its favor, the UAW gave GM a strike deadline of Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 11:59 p.m., to reach a tentative agreement. The UAW’s strategy appears to have worked as the parties reached a...more

10/30/2015 - Chrysler Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) Fiat General Motors Negotiations Ratification Strike UAW Unions

One Down, Two to Go - UAW Ratifies New Contract With Fiat Chrysler

The UAW appears to have learned from its mistakes from the first ratification vote. On October 22, 2015, the UAW announced that a majority of its membership voted in favor of the revised tentative agreement with Fiat...more

10/27/2015 - Chrysler Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) Fiat General Motors Ratification Social Media UAW Unions Wages

The Lessons (and Wisdom) of Rihanna

Everyone these days seems to think they are entitled to more money, from the United States Department of Labor (DOL) claiming that there really are no independent contractors to the thousands of United Automobile Workers...more

10/13/2015 - College Athletes Colleges Deferred Compensation Name and Likeness NCAA NLRB O'Bannon v NCAA Rule-of-Reason Analysis Scholarships Student Athletes Unions Universities Wages

It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

For the second time in just over three weeks, the UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached a tentative agreement on October 7, 2015, narrowly avoiding a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. unilaterally imposed by the UAW. This time, however,...more

10/13/2015 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Chrysler Collective Bargaining Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) Employee Benefits Fiat Medical Benefits UAW Unions Wages

Not So Fast My Friend – UAW Membership Rejects Tentative Agreement

During their press conference on September 15, 2015, UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne appeared satisfied with the tentative agreement reached after months of bargaining. The two friends...more

10/6/2015 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry CBAs Chrysler Collective Bargaining Contract Negotiations Fiat Ford Motor General Motors Strike UAW Unions

Dennis, Tell Them What They’ve Won

After months of negotiations and several hourly extensions beyond the contract expiration date, the UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached a tentative agreement on September 15, 2015. While the full terms of the tentative agreement...more

9/21/2015 - Automotive Industry Chrysler Collective Bargaining Contract Negotiations Fiat UAW Unions

Is This Another Mayweather v. Pacquiao?

At least you did not shell out $100 to watch these negotiations. Back in the middle of July, contract negotiations began between the UAW and the Big 3 with several ceremonial handshakes. Ending the two-tier wage structure and...more

9/15/2015 - Chrysler Collective Bargaining Contract Negotiations Fiat Ford Motor General Motors Strike Teamsters UAW Unions

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

The summer of 2015 should be very interesting for the Big 3 and suppliers alike. The collective bargaining agreements for the Big 3 will expire on September 14, 2015. Initial negotiations with the UAW are scheduled to...more

7/20/2015 - Automotive Industry Chrysler Collective Bargaining Ford Motor General Motors Negotiations Right to Strike Right to Work Temporary Employees UAW Unions Wages

Colorado Supreme Court Plays Debbie Downer for Medical Pot Users

The wait is finally over. Employers in Colorado – and in other states with similar lifestyle laws – can breathe a sigh of relief following a recent ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court. In Coats v. Dish Network, a...more

6/24/2015 - CO Supreme Court Controlled Substances Act Disabled Drug Testing Hiring & Firing Lawful Activities Act Medical Marijuana Non-Work Hours Supremacy Clause Wrongful Termination

Stop. Wait a Minute. I Have a Few Questions Before You Drive Away

With the continued success of the auto industry, comes the increase in employee mobility. Regardless of how great you are as an employer, not all of your employees will stick around forever, especially your most valuable...more

5/8/2015 - Best Management Practices Exit Interviews Former Employee Human Resources Professionals Trade Secrets

Don't Let the Door Hit You … Oh, and I Have a Few Questions Before You Go

Regardless of how great you are as an employer, not all of your employees will stick around forever, especially your most valuable employees. If the employee is valuable to you, you can be sure he or she would be just as...more

4/22/2015 - Best Management Practices Exit Interviews Hiring & Firing Trade Secrets

Three Key Labor and Employment Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2015

While employees are an integral part of the manufacturing process, employment related issues will continue to face automotive suppliers in 2015 including: With many of its recent decisions and actions, the NLRB has...more

2/17/2015 - ADA Auto Parts Automotive Industry Confidential Information Manufacturers NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Unions

Unlike Diamonds, You Cannot Presume Retiree Medical Benefits Are Forever

Last week, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that gives unionized employers in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky greater ability to modify medical benefits they provide to retirees pursuant to current...more

2/4/2015 - CBAs Employer Group Health Plans Employer Healthcare Costs ERISA Health Insurance Retirement SCOTUS Vested Benefits Yard Man

Top Legal Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2015

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this overview of the major trends we see affecting automotive suppliers this year. While not all legal risk can be anticipated, companies that are aware of litigation,...more

1/12/2015 - ADA Antitrust Provisions Auto Manufacturers Auto Parts Automobile Recall Automotive Industry DOJ Employer Liability Issues Export Controls FCPA Manufacturers NHTSA NLRB Suppliers V2V

Discharge for Medical Pot Use Does Not Prevent Receipt of Unemployment Benefits

The prevalence of medical marijuana cards in the worker population in the auto industry has increased significantly since Michigan first passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) in 2008. While a medical marijuana card...more

12/2/2014 - Automotive Industry Drug Testing Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Medical Marijuana Unemployment Benefits

Marijuana Card Saves Unemployment Benefits, Not Job

In the rapidly evolving interplay between federal and state employment laws, state medical marijuana laws, and employer policies seeking to maintain drug-free workplaces, an appellate court in Michigan has just concluded that...more

10/28/2014 - Corporate Counsel Drug-Free Workplace Act Marijuana Termination Unemployment Unemployment Benefits

Staying One Step Ahead of Norma Rae — Tips for Staying Union Free

If you think unions are going away anytime soon based on recent defeats like those suffered by the UAW at Volkswagen in Tennessee, think again. The UAW and others have stepped up their organizing efforts and do not be...more

7/9/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employee Rights Unions

Colorado High Court to Rule on Rocky Mountain High

The issue of medical marijuana continues to make news in Colorado and across the country. Earlier this year, the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the 2013 Colorado Court of Appeals ruling in Coats v. Dish...more

5/14/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Appeals Dish Network Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Medical Marijuana

Have Your Safeguards for Protecting Confidential Information Kept Pace With Your Next-Generation Manufacturing Processes?

Today’s next-generation manufacturing is marked by speed and technology. However, technology can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, technological innovations and advancements have resulted in a manufacturing resurgence in...more


Is Chi-Town About to Become High-Town?

Medical marijuana legally blows into the Windy City and the rest of Illinois in 2014, are employers ready? The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (the “Act”) takes effect on January 1, 2014, carrying with...more

11/27/2013 - Drug Testing Medical Marijuana

Remember to Get Key Employment-Related Agreements Signed

In order to protect their valuable business assets, many employers require key employees to sign employment-related agreements such as non-compete, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements....more

5/29/2013 - Employment Contract Non-Compete Agreements Non-Disclosure Agreement Non-Solicitation Agreements Signatures

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