Labor Union admits Fight for $15 Kills Jobs

It’s refreshing (sort of) when you get the unvarnished truth from labor leaders who know what’s better for everyone – even the workers they admit will be left in the dust with their Fight for $15 campaign. Not to mention all the rest of us who get to pay $20 for a Big Mac and more taxes to pay for all the newly unemployed. Read the tweets and just shake your head.

Huge Legal Victory for Farmworkers Forced Into Union

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If you haven’t been following it, a group of farmworkers in California has been fighting from being forced into a union that abandoned them 25 years ago (before many of the employees were even born). They just won a huge victory. Read the story – you won’t believe this is happening in America (well, it is California, but you know what I mean).

Fast Company Article on #ApproachableLeadership

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This is a great article with terrific #ApproachableLeadership tips from Fast Company.

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Have We Been Wrong About Mackay Radio All Along?

If you are trying to anticipate where the NLRB may be headed next to overturn key labor law precedent, the striker replacement rule is a good candidate. Here’s how they might do it.

Phil on Approachability Concepts in MainSt.com Article

mainst-logo In MainSt.com’s May 4th article titled, “7 Things You Don’t Realize You’re Doing That Demotivate Your Team,” Phil addressed the tendency for managers to “over manage” their employees, attempting to find external ways to motivate them. “That’s just not the way it works,” Wilson says. “People are motivated for their own reasons. The manager’s job is to create an environment where this internal motivation can express itself naturally.”

Check out the article to read Phil’s recommendations for how to effectively motivate your team.

Labor Relations INK April 2015

In this issue:

How To Drive Business Away Dire Straits Teamster Monkey Business at the Zoo Full Of Sound And Fury… SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site.

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Let me start by answering the question that I know is on your mind: did Darth Vader actually build C-3PO?

If you’re like me (thankfully you’re probably not) you’ve been binge-watching the new digital re-masters of the canonical Star Wars films. The last time I saw the “prequels” was in the theater, so watching them all at once with my daughter has been really fun. I’ve caught some things I didn’t notice before. Like the fact that my second-favorite paranoid android (sorry, but Marvin is first place and has a much cooler song) was (mostly) built by the

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Ambush Elections: Use the Force?

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Let me start by answering the question that I know is on your mind: did Darth Vader actually build C-3PO?

If you’re like me (thankfully you’re probably not) you’ve been binge-watching the new digital re-masters of the canonical Star Wars films. The last time I saw the “prequels” was in the theater, so watching them all at once with my daughter has been really fun. I’ve caught some things I didn’t notice before. Like the fact that my second-favorite paranoid android (sorry, but Marvin is first place and has a much cooler song) was (mostly) built by the Dark Lord when he was a child.

There’s other stuff I noticed too. Like how much I hate Jar Jar Binks. And what a bad-ass Yoda is with a light saber. Seriously, is there anything more fun than watching a muppet and Mr. Darkside go at it?

I’m guessing there’s

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Union Bailout Update

ambushAs we knew would happen, Congress’ effort to nullify the Ambush Election rule was vetoed by the President. In preparation for the rule going into effect, the NLRB rolled out training for staff at (no surprise) the New York offices of SEIU local 32BJ. Business groups, spearheaded by the Chamber of Commerce, haven’t given up the fight yet, and have filed yet another motion to invalidate the rule. However, the rule is in effect, and will remain so unless a serious court challenge or additional legislative action intervenes. On April 6, NLRB General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. released a lengthy Guidance Memorandum on the application of the rule.

In another move being touted as the NLRB declaring “war on right-to-work,” the board signaled that it intends to force non-members in Right-To-Work states to pay for

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How to Drive Business Away

After 18 months of uncertainty, members approved a contract negotiated by International Longshoremen Association officials and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore. The agreement is intended to supplement ILA’s upcoming coastwise master contract which addresses automation, outsourcing of work, and health care, among other items. Approval of the contract comes as a relief to customers as well as officials and employers who have dealt with continued strife since the three day strike in October 2013. That relief, however, may not last long.

Last November, Wilbert Rowell was named Trustee of Local 333 when accusations arose that leaders of the chapter had been stacking union rolls in order to win local elections. Upon Rowell’s appointment, he purged the rolls of about 500 recently appointed members.

86 of those employees whose membership was taken away from them, in addition to former Local 333 president Riker McKenzie and former recording secretary

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Dire Straits

Source: http://www.pbgc.gov/

Source: http://www.pbgc.gov/

Teamsters Central States Pension Fund has been in trouble for a long time and it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting out of it anytime soon. Currently serving roughly 410,000 participants, the fund is not making as much as it’s paying out. If the situation continues as is, the fund’s trustees believe it will become insolvent within a decade. In order to stay afloat, Central States is looking to cut the amount it pays out to retirees – you know, the people who paid into it for 30 years and have planned their retirement around it.

This was made possible by a federal law passed last year that allows struggling multi-employer pension funds to cut benefits for retirees younger than 75 by as much as 60 percent. There are currently about 1,400

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