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November 19, 2012
By Stephanie West


Larry Cary, a Manhattan lawyer, was recently elected president of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, the nation’s premier alumni fundraising group for a public high school. The Foundation expects to soon complete its goal of raising $21 million to support academic excellence at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.  A previous goal of $10 million was met in 2005. The Foundation has a $10 million endowment used to improve technology in the class room, build new laboratories, fund special research projects and foster teacher professional development.

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Supreme Court Takes Aim at Public-Sector Unions

August 2, 2012
By Larry Cary, Cary Kane LLP
This June the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Knox v. SEIU, which will financially weaken public sector unions.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called for a special election in 2005. On the ballot were two referendums intended to attack public sector unions and workers. 

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Recent NLRB Decision Makes Organizing Easier

June 13, 2012
By Larry Cary
Last year, the National Labor Relations Board issued its decision in Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 375 NLRB No. 83, which radically changed the bargaining unit determination rules for the better. Many organizers have not heard about it but they should know that under the new approach, smaller specific segments of an employer’s workforce can now be organized through NLRB certification elections without having to include other employees, which, as a practical matter, may be less likely to vote for unionization.

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Unions Responsible for Employer's Withdrawal Liability If...

April 12, 2012
By Larry Cary
When does a union pay an employer’s withdrawal liability from a pension plan?  A Federal Court says, when the collective bargaining agreement says it will. An Ohio Federal Appeals Court recently ordered Teamsters Local 89 to reimburse an employer, Shelter Distribution, Inc., when the employer became liable to pay the Teamsters Central States Pension Plan $57,000 in withdrawal liability.

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Not So Fast

January 11, 2012
By Larry Cary, Partner, Cary Kane LLP

Before a Union Demands Termination of an Employee for Non-payment of Dues, It Should Consult Its Attorney. This December, a union learned the hard way to take care when it exercises its legal rights regarding members who fail to pay their dues on time.

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Court Rules “No-Layoff” Clause Doesn’t Mean What It Says

November 29, 2011
By Larry Cary, Partner, Cary Kane LLP


When the Village of Johnson City abolished the positions of six firefighters out of budgetary necessity in 2009, the Firefighters union sought their reinstatement contending that the collective bargaining agreement with the Village prohibited layoffs for the life of the agreement. The clause read: “The Village shall not lay-off any member of the bargaining unit during the life of this contract.” Thinking they had a good case, the Union filed for arbitration and twice the lower courts agreed, ordering the Village to arbitrate the dispute. This month, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled otherwise.

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Pensions Needed Now More Than Ever

October 17, 2011
By Larry Cary, Partner, Cary Kane LLP

Retirement pension plans have practically disappeared in private industry during the last thirty years. Today, pension plans are under sharp attack. Other than government programs, they are next to nonexistent. Unless we reverse this trend, and soon, our nation will see a future where the elderly are destitute. Much like the 19th century, retirement security will be measured by the willingness of children to support their older relatives.

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Larry Cary & Walter Kane Recognized as Super Lawyers

October 13, 2011

Larry Cary and Walter Lane, the managing partners of Cary Kane LLP, one of New York City’s outstanding labor law firms, were included in the New York Metro Edition of Super Lawyers magazine for 2011.

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