All Politicians turning backs on Labor Unions?

With the upcoming November Elections just a few months away, both Republicans and Democrats are distancing themselves from Labor Unions. Both parties are “casting the public labor unions as overpaid obstacles to good government and demanding cuts in their often-generous benefits.” And some even question the long term loyalty of the candidates they support, like Bill Halter in Arkansas.

US Representative Says EFCA “Deader than a Doornail”

U.S. Representative Phil Roe recently said in an interview that the card check legislation known as the Employee Free Choice Act is “dead as a doornail.” Although the AFL-CIO is trying to push the bill through before November, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi commented: “Unless the Senate acted on it, she would not bring it to the House floor.” We will have to see if the AFL-CIO has anymore tricks up their sleeves for a final push on their much desired legislation, before the November elections.

GPS For Finding Jerks in Your Company

Want an easy way to locate the jerks in your company? Look for departments with a lot of detractors. Chances are good that the department is run by a jerk.

“But how do I find these detractors,” you say. “And what the heck is a detractor anyway?”

A detractor is someone who actively runs down the company to others. The glass is always half-empty to a detractor. No matter what the company does, the net detractor will have something negative to say about it. This is as opposed to a promoter of the company, who will almost always have positive things to say about the company.

The detractor not only has something negative to say, he or she is vocal about it. The worst detractors will go out of their way to tell coworkers, family, friends and even the general public about the latest transgression of the company.

Every company

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Blanche Lincoln Primary - Labor's Last Stand?

Excellent NYT story on Blanche Lincoln’s runoff election in the Democratic primary in Arkansas on Tuesday. She is in a tough battle against organized labor’s candidate Bill Halter. Some very interesting statistics and quotes:

Unions have knocked on 170,000 doors (3 times as many doors as there are union members in the state…) Unions made 700,000 phone calls (more than 10 times as many union members…) Unions sent 2.7 million pieces of mail (postage and printing costs for that much mail would easily exceed $1 million) Unions spent almost $6 million on television and radio advertising.

There are still a couple of days left, so those numbers should all increase dramatically. Where is all this money and “boots on the ground” coming from. Not Arkansas.

Consider my favorite quote: “We’re sending a message here,” said Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America. “Our members have had

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YouTube Video: NUMMI Auto Workers Denounce UAW Intimidation

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Labor History Month is History…

May was labor history month and the AFL-CIO identified numerous informative labor history resources on its website. It is said that those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. We would note that studying history doesn’t seem to limit mistakes, but we nevertheless agree that it’s a good idea to study it.

Alert to Employers in the State of Washington: The SEIU Is Coming

According to this article the SEIU is gearing up for an organizing blitz in the state of Washington. Now is the time to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your company from an outside blitz.

Don't Be a Jerk

Don’t be a jerk.

Have you ever had a boss that was a jerk? Did you ever have to manage a supervisor who was a jerk? This is the topic of my new book. If you have a story you think might work, submit your story in the comments below. I will use the best examples to help illustrate best and worst practices for managers. If you contribute a story I’ll send you a free copy of the book when it is published, so send me your mailing address. By the way, if you don’t mind attribution let me know. If you want to remain anonymous let me know that as well.

Don’t be a jerk. You can sum up the basics of great management in those four words. If you want to be

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To Debate Or Not To Debate?

In a recent interview, Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln said she would debate primary challenger Bill Halter when he answers one simple question: his position on the Employee Free Choice Act. As Blanch Lincoln says: “My stand on this legislation is the reason D.C. Unions are in Arkansas spending nearly $10 million attacking me and misrepresenting my record.”

Join a Union? You Must Be High!

This is a first. Around 100 employees at medical marijuana dispensary and education hub Oaksterdam University turned in their membership cards to join the UFCW. What’s the over-under on Taco Bell runs during caucuses in negotiations?