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John A. Klages quoted in article “Wildcats Strike: Ruling One Play in Long Game”

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Should the board affirm Ohr’s decision and the players vote to unionize, the union could then file an unfair labor practice complaint with the NLRB. Northwestern could also appeal the board’s certification of the union to its choice of federal appeals courts.

Once the board affirms its certification of the union, Northwestern could appeal to its choice of a federal appeals court.

John A. Klages, a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, said he expects that the case will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court because it is so high-profile.

He also said the case will provide a look at the members of the NLRB — three Democrats, two Republicans — including four newly sworn in since July.

“President Obama made a lot of promises to the unions out there,” Klages said. “It will be interesting to see where the board comes out on this.”

Originally published in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 27, 2014

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