Union Suit Would Force Spying On Workers, Kaiser Says

Law360, New York (March 1, 2013, 5:53 PM EST) -- California-based Kaiser Permanente's hospital and insurance units asked a federal judge Thursday to end a union lawsuit alleging it illegally paid workers advocating for a rival labor group, saying it would have to spy on employees to ensure they weren't campaigning while on the clock.

The Kaiser units, which are accused of breaching a Taft-Hartley Act section restricting employer compensation to union members seeking to represent the company's staffers, say a ban on such payments would force them to engage in "continuous surveillance" that would violate...
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