The Society for Human Resource Management recently reached out to a variety of experts in the field of labor relations, looking for explanations for the latest decline in union membership, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the article, LRI’s president highlighted on of the causes: “Despite all of the negative PR [public relations] unions like to heap on U.S. businesses, the fact is that most working people do not believe they are mistreated or need the protection of a union.”
The Arbuckle Area SHRM chapter and the Southern Oklahoma Leadership Luncheon came together Jan. 12th to host LRI President Phil Wilson, as he addressed the core leadership skill of follow up and follow through. Phil led the group through one of the learning modules of the Approachable Leadership Learning System, and taught the COPE method – Capture, Organize, Prioritize, and Execute.
We all know to expect changes in labor relations when Trump takes office. But what those changes are remain yet to be determined. While it’s easy to expect him to be more pro-business than the Obama administration, in a recent SHRM article, Phil suggests that we need to be careful not to assume too much.
“The Trump administration won’t necessarily be in lock step with the establishment GOP on labor issues,” he stated.
Click here to dive in.
How will Trump’s expected actions to repeal and replace Obamacare effect small business owners?
That’s what KGOU, an NPR broadcast company in Oklahoma, wants to know. They reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to check it out.
Late last week, Bloomberg published a deep dive article discussing whether or not the DOL’s Office of Labor Management Standards will change its policies once Trump takes the reigns.
What policies? you ask. Well you may remember when the Bush administration created a division within the OLMS to audit large international unions. Then early in the Obama administration, it was disband.
The question now is, will it be reinstated? At least to some degree?
Bloomberg reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to learn more.
For nearly a decade, Professional Janitorial Services has been fighting for justice against the Service Employees International Union. The union was finally found guilty of “wrongfully interfering” in PJS business while targeting them in a union organizing drive.
SHRM asked Phil for comment. Check it out here.
Fortune lends an ear to Phil in this recent article on Volkswagen’s decision to challenge the NLRB’s ruling on organizing via micro-units.
The Auto Workers are leading a charge to allow unions to organize small groups of workers within companies. Volkswagen has bore the brunt of this very controversial strategy.
WHTC in Michigan reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to dive in.
Earlier this month, the first lockout ever in higher education was conducted at Long Island University – Brooklyn. This comes after “five of the last six contract negotiations resulted in strike votes by its faculty.” With classes starting soon after negotiations were expected to begin, the university decided to be proactive in their decision to lockout the faculty and hire temporary teachers until a contract was settled.
Click here to read Phil’s thoughts on the issue on SHRM.org.
Although it is typical for Big Labor to throw all of its support behind the Democratic candidate for president, and for most of union member voters to follow suit, this year could be quite different. Democrat supporters are more squeamish about Clinton, and Trump is just too wild of a wild card to really know whose hearts are being captured by his rhetoric. It does seem clear that this year more than others, union membership are not towing the line behind leadership, which could be particularly crucial in labor-dominated hinge states like Nevada.