Union-Relations Privilege Will Catch On After Alaska Ruling

Law360, New York (July 24, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT) -- Alaska's highest court on Friday became the first state supreme court to recognize an implied statutory privilege for communications between unions and employees during a disciplinary or grievance proceeding in a decision that will likely spur other state and even federal courts to recognize a union-relations privilege, attorneys say.

The privilege issue arose during discovery in a wrongful termination suit lodged by former Alaska Department of Labor employee Russell Peterson Jr. after he unsuccessfully challenged his firing through a union grievance process. The state subpoenaed Peterson's...
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