Miller Cohen, PLC is proud to have represented Alphonse Maddin after he was fired by his employer simply because he valued his own life above that of his cargo. Mr. Madden was forced to abandon the trailer of his truck after the trailer's brakes froze. Mr. Maddin was facing subzero temperatures, with no heat in his cab. He had waited for several hours before his torso got numb, he had trouble breathing and he lost feeling in his feet.
Ground Effects is a modest sized company that is a parts supplier for Ford Rouge production where UAW Local 600 represents the employees. Local 600 decided to organize this non-union shop of about 45 people under the new expedited procedures recently put into effect by the National Labor Relations Board. These expedited elections have been attacked by the anti-union lobby as "ambush" elections because they do not give the employer sufficient time to tell the employees its side of the story.
Workers who seek to organize a union are truly heroes. The workers run real risks that threaten their security and that of their families. The National Labor Relations Board issued new rules to speed up the time from the filing of a petition until the election in order to cut down the time that the employer has to threaten and intimidate workers into voting against the union. Employer's called these new election rules election by "ambush". Even under the rules employer's use their power over the work place to subject workers to great stress. A good recent example is Ground Effects, a supplier to the Ford Motor Company.
Keith D. Flynn, Esq. is a labor-law attorney at the Miller Cohen firm in Detroit.