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Edwin R. Render, University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law


This paper discusses some of the risks of violating criminal laws that union stewards and business agents encounter in connection with representing employees. It is not about RICO. The analysis is particularly focused on the types of crimes they might commit inadvertently in grievance meetings with management, when preparing and presenting cases in labor arbitrations and in representing and advising employees in matters such as worker’s compensation and unemployment compensation proceedings. The potential for criminal liability is discussed for business agents and union stewards in both the public and private sectors. While most business agents or stewards would not intentionally commit most of the crimes found in state penal codes when representing employees, there are several crimes that they may commit or be at risk of committing without realizing the potential for such.

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Edwin R. Render. 2012. "UNION BUSINESS AGENTS" ExpressO
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/edwin_render/1

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