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Top Heavy Alt-Labor What Unions Fear Most Whistlin’ Dixie (Organizing in the South) Only In A Union, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…
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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson The Perfect Workplace Civility Policy?
* Legal Disclaimer: Pardon the interruption, but I remind you that while I am a lawyer I am not YOUR lawyer. There is a big difference. I am not giving you legal advice. If I were giving you legal advice (which I’m not), I would tell you to ignore the advice in this article because it is a joke. The sample policy suggested below is satirical. It is not intended for actual use in an employee handbook. If you use it you will almost certainly suffer some highly improbable but devastating chain reaction of negative
Continue reading Labor Relations Ink – April 2014
Current charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:
Dianna Woodall – MEBA: $9,836 John Brennan – IATSE: $74,000 Julie Skaggs – IAIW: $51,491 Jeanine Breaux – UBC: Unspecified Andrea Hobgood – IAIW: Unspecified Jesse Morgan – AFSCME: $185,000
by Phil Wilson The Perfect Workplace Civility Policy?
* Legal Disclaimer: Pardon the interruption, but I remind you that while I am a lawyer I am not YOUR lawyer. There is a big difference. I am not giving you legal advice. If I were giving you legal advice (which I’m not), I would tell you to ignore the advice in this article because it is a joke. The sample policy suggested below is satirical. It is not intended for actual use in an employee handbook. If you use it you will almost certainly suffer some highly improbable but devastating chain reaction of negative events that would make a funny cable commercial. You’ve been warned. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Insight article.
Should anyone go to the trouble of writing an employee handbook anymore? Best I can tell, the only people who actually read employee handbooks
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Two days of open discussion regarding the proposed Ambush Elections Rule concluded on April 11th. No surprises in the arguments presented, and we don’t expect any surprises in the final rule.
Former NLRB Chairman Peter Schaumber
NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin intends to make it unlawful for a company to relocate to escape unionized labor costs. Under his proposed change, unions will be given a veto power over an employer’s decision to move all or part of its business to another location. If implemented, the rule could be challenged in court. As former NLRB Chairman Peter Schaumber pointed out in writing for The Hill,
Decades ago, the Supreme Court made it very clear that the Board must respect “management’s
Continue reading Union Bailout Update – April 2014
The debate over the cause of the decline of unions in America has been raging for decades, but unionist and socialist writer Steve Early, places most of the blame squarely on the back of the unions themselves, and more specifically points to the bloated overhead created by layers of Big Labor bureaucracy. In his recent book, Save Our Unions, Early indicates that unions failed to downsize their cumbersome overhead as their membership was shrinking, contributing to a top-heavy, out-of-step union leadership.
To make the picture a little clearer, Early shows the ratio of the union ruling class to membership being 5 times greater than that of Sweden and 6 times greater than Britain!
Continue reading Top Heavy Unions
New York City’s most recent protest for a higher minimum wage included speeches by state and local politicians (many of whom were introduced by an SEIU executive director); a throwback to the “racially charged” 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike with signs that read “I AM A MAN” or “I AM A WOMAN;” and lastly, a staged mock citizens arrest of activists dressed up to represent Ronald McDonald, Colonel Sanders, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Domino’s Pizza.
Sounds like quite an event, doesn’t it. In These Times magazine called it what it was – an SEIU-orchestrated “march on the media.”
Earlier this month, you may have caught the Los Angeles Times headline that read: “Nearly 90% of fast-food workers allege wage theft, survey finds.” The results of
Continue reading Alt-Labor
If there is one thing that union organizers fantasize about, it is that they would never have to compete with the employers side of the story during an organizing campaign.
Organizers use “stealth campaigns” to attempt to sway a workforce before the employer has a chance to respond, and when successful, these often turn into full court presses for card check recognition, even involving strikes prior to becoming subject to collective bargaining representation.
The pinnacle of an organizer’s fantasy would be card check recognition period, without giving employees a chance to vote.
Fortunately for employers, organizing via card check alone has not yet been embodied into law (the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act has been introduced and failed to pass twice). Big Labor has thus begun to target a little lower by working at the state level to outlaw “captive audience meetings,” meaning the employers right to tell its
Continue reading What Unions Fear Most
The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE), an affiliate of SEIU, spent more than $15,000 on season tickets to the Boston Red Sox in 2012 and listed it as “general overhead” on the itemized report.
Fred Wszolek, a Workforce Fairness Institute spokesman, said this discovery is “hardly shocking” when you consider the amount of member dues payments they bring in – not to mention the six figure compensation packages granted to high level officials. Labor experts attribute these kind of high end expenditures to a lack of required transparency within the labor organizations.
“If they had to itemize in great detail, their members would be shocked at how much of their money is spent on the care and feeding of the bosses,” Wszolek said.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke
The big story in the south is dying down as the UAW announced Monday morning it was withdrawing its objection to the recent election results at the Chattanooga VW plant. Perhaps the move by Gov. Haslam and Senator Corker to ask the NLRB to revoke the UAW subpoenas compelling them to testify in the unions challenge led the union to believe their case would collapse.
The VW victory in Chattanooga has been tempered by a recently revealed deal that the city’s mayor cut with another union, the SEIU, signing a memorandum of understanding that makes the union “the authorized representative of all general government employees” of the City of Chattanooga. Mayor Berke is
Continue reading Whistlin’ Dixie (Organizing in the South)
Big Labor’s go-to PR firm, BerlinRosen, has had some pretty successful days over the past year creating big media events for the Service Employees and their organizing drive on fast-food restaurants; and additionally for the Food and Commercial Workers in their attack on Wal-Marts across the country. It appears, however, that their inspiring efforts to make the country believe all these protesting union members are in fact low-wage employees begging for a better life is backfiring.
Recent data from the Labor Department revealed that BerlinRosen received $6 million dollars in income from labor unions in the last two years alone; “fast food workers” have been caught protesting for the SEIU; and the press is getting nearly identical sob stories at rallies that are supposed to be independent of each other, shredding any credibility for the PR stunts.