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Labor Around The World

Protection contracts are “agreements negotiated between a company and a union that doesn’t legitimately represent workers.”

This is because they’re negotiated with no input from workers at all. It’s all about the union and the company cutting a deal with each other. Often, these arrangements are made before a shop is even open for business – as is the case with a Mexican BMW plant and the country’s largest union confederation, Trabajadores de Mexico. When the shop opens next year, there’s a good chance most workers won’t even know they belong to a union.

Protection contracts are illegal in the U.S.

Child labor is much worse in Turkey than the government’s official data would like people to believe. Last

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson My 10 Top Takeaways from CUE

I am flying back today from the 40th anniversary CUE conference. If you aren’t a member of CUE you are really missing out. It is simply the best conference around for people focused on creating positive workplaces. I enjoyed presenting on two panels around the future of work. And today I had the honor of teaching some incredible leaders the ins and outs of Approachable Leadership.

The two panels on the future of work (and the future of unions) were thought-provoking for both the audience and the panelists. I don’t know what it felt like as the world shifted from an agricultural-based economy to an industrial one, but I think we’re all about to find out. The intersection

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Union Bailout Update

T-Mobile President John Legere

In 2015, T-Mobile established an employee-representative group as a way of securing feedback from front-line employees. The company credited T-Voice, as it called the group, for such changes as free Wi-Fi, mobile phone charging stations, and spa days. The Communication Workers of America (CWA) filed a ULP, and an NLRB judge upheld the charge, claiming the group “unlawfully establishes and maintains a dominated labor organization.” T-Mobile President John Legere has blasted the ruling and declared his intent to fight it.

The NLRB struck down another arbitration agreement. This time the board did not rely on D.R. Horton because there was no explicit provision in the agreement that limited class or collective actions. As the National Law Review article outlines, the agreement was struck down because

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UFCW Reveals Strategy for 2017

In March, the UFCW International Executive Board and Advisory Committee sent a letter to all board and committee members outlining the union’s goals and plans for 2017 in significant detail. Download the document here for the full details.

As this circulates, other unions may develop similar strategies, so this may be a document worth reviewing even if you’re not concerned with the UFCW. Here are the highlights:

“Work For Less” language. Anticipate seeing this language (referring to Right to Work states) over the next few months – they will be holding a number of workshops and events to emphasize this theme. “Value” language. This is another key theme. We’ve been beating this drum for a long time – people just don’t see the value of unions, which is why they are struggling

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Union Leaders And Money – A Bad Combination

Five years ago, the Boilermakers union was called out for its lavish spending on leadership salaries and expenses. In response, the union made a big show of cutting the fluff. And a show was all it was. As reported by the Kansas City Star, in the five years since, the union has quickly gone back to their old ways of

six-figure salaries for officers and their relatives. Fine dining, stays in posh hotels and expensive hunting retreats. Cars as parting gifts for retired employees, and hundreds of thousands spent on promotional events and videos. All while membership continues its downward spiral and the pension fund struggles to stay afloat.

Newton B. Jones

Let us put some numbers to it. The salaries and expenses of President Newton B. Jones and his

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No Opting Out Allowed

Unions spend millions of dollars each year on politics – no surprise there. As the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) reported, Big Labor spent $1.7 billion in the 2016 election season. What is troubling is where unions secure the money it spends on politics. According to Mark Mix of the National Right to Work Committee, $1.3 billion came from general treasury funds. This is where union dues goes upon being siphoned from employee paychecks.

In over half of all states now, union members are supposedly able to “opt-out” of paying any fees to the union for anything except representational activities on their behalf. In reality, all of their “fees” for such work go into the general pot, and the union spends it as it sees fit, even if against the political wishes of those fee payers.

This short article uses the AFSCME LM-2 recently filed to

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Taxpayers Pickpocketed By Unions

As bad as it is that employees of unionized companies are lied to about the money that is forced out of their paychecks and into union coffers, equally disgusting is how much non-union U.S. taxpayers pay for union political and representational activities. According to a recent report by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), government employees working on behalf of unions during work hours (and away from their normal jobs) cost taxpayers $162.5 million in 2014 – up $5 million from 2012.

Another report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute disclosed findings that 700 federal government employees do absolutely no work for which they were hired, and work exclusively for the union. Here’s a quick list of some of the agencies identified and the number of workers who

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SEIU Watch

As is commonly known, the Fight for $15 started with the Service Employees. However, the facts about how much the union spends on this movement are still pretty interesting. Last year, according to the International’s 2016 LM-2, that number was $14 million.

Other revelations brought out by SEIU’s LM-2s showed that Dave Regan has spent upwards of $1 million on legal representation over his failed partnership with California Hospital Association. It is bad enough that Regan has been blowing his members money by first, secretly shafting them in his negotiations with their employer; and second, bankrolling the cost to protect himself from secretly shafting his membership.

BUT, he also pays himself more than the international presidents of two of the largest unions in the country. That’s right. Regan

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Walker Keeps Big Labor On Their Toes

Gov. Scott Walker

Scott Walker dealt another blow to Big Labor this month when he signed legislation that “prevents local governments from requiring contractors to hire union labor for publicly funded construction projects.” This is a huge move forward for many reasons. And Patrick Semmens, vice president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, basically captures it in his recent statement to the Daily Caller:

Project Labor Agreements (PLA) not only drive up the cost of projects because of union featherbedding and inefficient work rules, but they discriminate against the 86 percent of American construction workers who choose not to join a union, by effectively banning companies with nonunion workers from bidding on such contracts.

It’s All Academic

Duquesne University Campus

The NLRB upheld a regional decision stating that Duquesne University must start recognizing the collective bargaining rights of part-time instructors who voted to unionize in 2012. It doesn’t seem like this ruling, however, is going to have much of an actual effect on the actions of Duquesne administration–who wholeheartedly stand by their opinion that the federal labor board has no control over the Catholic university.

A similar situation seems to be playing out at Yale University. However, Yale’s argument has more to do with the union’s strategy for organizing its workers. The administration is still not convinced that Local 33’s micro-unit approach (one that kept 90 percent of the doctoral students out of the vote) was legal.

At Harvard,

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