Phil Quoted in Reuters

reutersPhil Wilson is quoted in today’s Reuters article on unions, Uber and the gig economy.

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Phil Featured in AMA Quarterly

AMA Quarterly

AMA Quarterly

Check out Phil’s feature article “Are YOU the Reason Your Employees Are Leaving?” in the Spring edition of the American Management Association’s Quarterly Journal (page 39). The article dives into the research and thought process behind Approachable Leadership.

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Labor Relations INK, April 2016

In this issue:

Quarter Mil Salaries for 448 Union Employees Last Year Decades of Discrimination At This Sheet Metal Local “Gig Economy” Union Deal Goes Bust SEIU Watch, Alt-Labor, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard and more…

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

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson One Year After the Ambush Rule: Why Unions Should Be Worried

The ambush election rule turned one on April 15. We now can look at the true impact of the rule unions wanted so badly to “level the playing field” in union elections. I’ve looked at the numbers and compared this last year to prior years. The bottom line: the rule’s impact has had no impact on what matters most to unions, total petitions and election victories.

When the rule first went into effect the number of union elections spiked nearly 15% over the

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Labor Relations Insight April 2016

by Phil Wilson

The ambush election rule turned one on April 15. We now can look at the true impact of the rule unions wanted so badly to “level the playing field” in union elections. I’ve looked at the numbers and compared this last year to prior years. The bottom line: the rule’s impact has had no impact on what matters most to unions, total petitions and election victories.

When the rule first went into effect the number of union elections spiked nearly 15% over the year prior (while the number of days to an election dropped by 1/3). While many of those elections were in small units, it looked like the rule was going to work exactly how unions hoped it would.

With a full year under our belt it is now clear that the election spike was probably just petitions held back waiting for the new rule. By

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Union Bailout Update

Activity around the recently imposed Persuader Rule is picking up. The House Education and Workforce Committee lambasted the rule and scheduled hearings, while several groups filed suit. Other Republican lawmakers signed a letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to take action against both the DOL and the NLRB.

It appears the chasm through which the “protected concerted activity” can be run through is widening by the day. A foul-mouthed rant against a client between employees in the restroom now qualifies. In another case, badmouthing the company and one of its owners over the company’s two-way radio system is also safe ground for disgruntled workers. In the effort to create the broadest possible interpretation of protected concerted activity, the NLRB continues to defy the courts, especially around class and collective action waivers.

In the independent contractor vs. employee tug-of-war, it seems the courts will

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Quarter Mil Salaries For 448 Union Employees Last Year

Excluding professional athletes’ unions, 448 union officers and employees were paid $250,000 or more last year. Of those union officials, 199 were paid more than $300,000, 55 were paid more than $400,000, and 18 were paid more than $500,000. These figures do not include health and other benefits.

For more details about specific unions, and the list of top 100 paid officials and employees, see this article.

Union bosses paid 250K and up, FY15, DOL.xlsx

SEIU Watch

It’s LM-2 season, which means we get to look at the financial expenditures of labor unions for the previous year. The most compelling bit of information that came from SEIU International’s LM-2 was its contribution to “Political Activities” – $27.7 million in all.

quoteWhat SEIU-UHW’S revealed was quite interesting as well. Despite losing almost 40% of its membership, SEIU-UHW still made $16.6 million in 2015 (a profit margin of 14%). “To put that into perspective, it’s higher than Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola.”

SEIU lost another election to the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The bargaining unit was 300 workers at Oakland’s Hospital and Research Center. 145 votes went to SEIU. 153 to NUHW. 4 voted against representation all together.

SEIU Local 1021 is currently being accused by their

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Decades Of Discrimination At This Sheet Metal Local

smwialogoIn an EEOC lawsuit going back 45 years, Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (northern New Jersey area) and its associated apprenticeship school will pay a combined $1.65 million and provide substantial remedial relief in partial settlement of race discrimination claims. The local has demonstrated a decades-long history of discrimination against African American and Hispanic workers, and this latest settlement was for a 10-year period covering April 1991 through December 2002 (the period prior to April 1991 had already been settled).

Fight For $15

Although it is fairly hidden from the public, those in the world of labor have always understood the end game of the union-funded (particularly by the SEIU) Fight for $15 movement has been about unionization. The SEIU has finally started owning up to the agenda, although it still uses shell organizations to prevent having to file financial documents with the federal government.

It’s made even more obvious when unions fight for exemptions from the very minimum wage laws the movement has helped generate!

Union Power Gone Bad

Patrick Santeramo

Patrick Santeramo

Patrick Santeramo, former president of the Broward Teachers Union, pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud on February 12. This came less than one month after he was convicted by a state jury on “various theft, fraud, money laundering, and campaign finance violations.” Click here for details of the Santeramo schemes that were a decade in the making.

A former member of IBT Local 82 has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay roughly $40,000 for extorting local business and fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits. James Deamicis, 52, worked with two other Local 82 members to shake down businesses by “threatening to interrupt their business if the entities did not give jobs to unionized members.”