The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued a report on job growth as it relates to state employment policies. You can also follow their webcast on the report. The study measures the burden of state regulations that exceed or overlap Federal regulations and the effect of a second layer of bureaucracy on job creation. More laws are not only more costly for employers to navigate they also provide more opportunities for costly litigation. The study weighs the costs, state by state, for minimum wage and “living wage” laws in excess of the Federal minimum, the cost of employment separation and workman’s comp, wage and hour policies and collective bargaining issues including Right to Work.
As we predicted in the March 11 issue of INK labor unions are hard at work trying to turn their moment into a movement. The always trustworthy Huffington Post reports that Working America, the AFL-CIO advocacy group for all the rest of us, signed up 20,000 new members between February and March 15. Working America claims to offer many of the same benefits of belonging to a union (dues, class warfare, the chance to be a part of overthrowing our economic system) without being forced to endure a democratic election or the annoyance of a union contract.
Meanwhile the AFL-CIO is calling for teach-ins and other job actions on April 4, the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King because it’s “a day to stand in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin and dozens of
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It’s been a busy week in Washington for both sides of the fight over workers’ and employers’ rights in remaining union free. In our March 11 issue of INK we mentioned Senator Jim DeMint had introduced a national Right-To-Work bill certain to fail in the Senate. On March 14, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) reintroduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R.972) in the House of Representatives, legislation that would amend the NLRA to guarantee the right to secret ballot union representation elections. On March 21 that bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
H.R. 1047 was also sent to the Labor subcommittee after being introduced on March 11 by freshman Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC). H.R. 1047 would amend the NLRA to protect state requirements for secret ballot elections. The bill
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There’s just nothing like a union turfwar to shed light on how they all really do business. In this very informative video Mark Ayers, president of AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades, hauls off on the Carpenters Union. (It’s also fun counting his creepy Godfather-esque references to “family”!)
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Be sure to visit the LRI Union Free YouTube Channel to view this and other entertaining and informative videos.
In this stunning audio clip, former top SEIU decision maker Stephen Lerner lays out the plan to destabilize the American economy and bring about what amounts to wholesale economic revolution — [flashvideo file=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvlvejSxBVQ /] Until last November, Lerner served as the director of SEIU’s banking and finance campaigns. He was also one of the few highest ranking staff members on SEIU’s executive board. Lerner is credited as the architect of SEIU’s Justice with Janitors corporate leverage campaign strategy and last year’s march on the home of Bank of America executive Greg Baer. Lerner was let go last November by new SEIU president Mary Kay Henry in what was rumored to be a consolidation of power around her.
Watch this and others on our union video YouTube channel.
Check out this YouTube video covering Hyatt’s plea to allow its workers the chance to vote on whether or not they want a union.
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The Competitive Enterprise Institute has issued its first Labor Policy Congressional Scorecard. Current grades are based upon the votes in the current budget package to defund the NLRB, prohibit funding for project labor agreements and prohibit use of prevailing wage laws. The scorecard will be updates in real time after each relevant vote.
The Department of Labor has launched a new website to enable the public to discuss ways to improve the department’s regulatory processes. The website was launched in response to Executive Order 13563, issued in January of this year.
The DOL asks for comments on specific regulations with citations if possible and “in as much detail as possible, an explanation of why a regulation or reporting requirement should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed, as well as specific suggestions of ways the Department can better achieve its regulatory objectives.” Interested parties can submit new ideas and concerns or comment on discussions in progress.
Sodexo USA filed RICO (racketeering) charges yesterday against SEIU over the union’s ruthless coordinated leverage campaign. In yesterday’s press release the company accuses SEIU of an “illegal campaign of extortion” that includes “blackmail, vandalism, trespass, harassment, and lobbying law violations designed to steer business away from Sodexo USA and harm the company.”
Sodexo first entered the purple crosshairs in 2009 when SEIU/Workers United made attempts to raid UNITEHERE Sodexo shops and the company supported UNITEHERE bargaining rights. Since that time the SEIU attacks on Sodexo have grown increasingly more ugly and virulent including threats to Sodexo executives, pressure on public officials to launch investigations against the company or cancel Sodexo contracts and multiple highly publicized protests and boycotts on college campuses around the country.
Last year SEIU created
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The NLRB has posted the amicus briefs on Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, the case that the Becker Board might use to allow “mini-unions”.
Shopfloor has done a great job of identifying and linking to the pro and con briefs from labor unions and employer groups.