Union Membership Slide Continues

As we predicted, last year saw the union rosters decline, maintaining the current downward slide in membership. Private sector membership in 2010 came in at 6.9%, down from 2009’s 7.2%. Even with Big Labor’s push into the public sector, representing 36.2% of workers there, the overall total for the entire workforce declined from 12.3% in 2009 to 11.9% in 2010.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics news release Jan. 21, 2011.

Union Bailout Update

First the latest moves from the pro-union contingent of the nation’s lawmakers. New York handed union organizers in their state a new billy club with a new “Wage Theft Prevention Act,” which imposes stringent notice requirements and enhances penalties for violations of the wage-hour laws.

At the federal level, the NLRB just got extremely creative by deciding that an employer violated Section 8(a)(1) of the Act for terminating an employee before she engaged in protected “concerted activity.” The usual NLRB dissenter, Brian Hayes, said of the Paraxel Industries, LLC, 356 NLRB No. 82 decision,

“I note that finding a Sec. 8(a)(1) motivational discharge violation in the absence of any actual concerted activity is unprecedented, and, at the very least, in tension with Meyers Industries, supra. I have serious reservations about this finding and the potential

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Becker Re-Nominated to NLRB

It appears that Craig Becker will be re-nominated to serve in the NLRB once again as the President sends his nominations to the Senate. For a detailed list click here.

Healthcare Prime Target for Neutrality Agreements

Since the Service Employees International Union and the California Nurses Association called a 2009 truce to their war for healthcare employees, they have made extensive use of neutrality agreements in their attacks against hospitals. Such agreements eliminate much chance for employee input during organizing, but labor “experts” say they believe the loss of democracy is worth it for the gains made in member body count.

Hospitals and other health care facilities appear to be very sensitive to negative publicity, particularly during IPOs or when they are seeking approval for expansion. This may be the reason they seem so willing to sign the neutrality agreements, as the unions typically promise not to launch corporate campaign tactics against them while the agreements are in place.

It appears that neither the SEIU or CNA want the public, or

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Unionized Airport Security?

The National Treasury Employees Union and American Federation of Government Employees Union’s are duking it out to be the union of choice for nearly 40,000 TSA employees. The March 9th election will be the largest in federal government history and will determine if TSA employees want a union, and if so, which union they prefer. Many do not feel this is in the best interest of the country due to possible security issues that may arise, such as sharing critical intelligence with union leaders and the bureaucratic inflexibility common with unionized workforces. “Unionization typically means two things: higher costs for employment and no change in productivity; in fact, maybe even a backsliding in productivity,” said Daniel Griswold, director of the Cato Institutes’s Center for Trade Policy Studies. “Bottom line is we’re going to get less

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Breaking News - Union Membership Plummets While OLMS Announces Witch Hunt for Labor Consultants, Attorneys

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that union membership fell to its lowest level on record, 6.9% in the private sector. You can read the BLS press release here.

What you probably did not hear about is the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) announced yesterday that it will initiate the Persuader Reporting Orientation Program (PROP) to provide “compliance assistance” to employers and labor relations consultants. Under the PROP initiative, the OLMS will compile contact information of “employers and their representatives” based on representation petitions filed with the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) and then send an “orientation letter” about their reporting obligations. The witch hunt for labor consultants, labor attorneys and employers begins.

Not to pat ourselves on the back too hard, but we predicted both of these developments last year. You might want to catch up on the rest of the predictions. It’s already shaping

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INK: January 20, 2011

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In this issue:

Union Bailout Update All Mobbed Up Indoctrinating The Young Scoreboard, Social Media Spotlight, Sticky Fingers and more…

Union Bailout Update Wow – it seems that as soon as the EFCA was put to rest, every government friend of Big Labor, from the halls of Congress to the backrooms of bureaucratic agencies, has opened their toolbox to find every possible way to continue to work on behalf of their benefactors. Fortunately, friends of American Enterprise seem to have stepped up their engagement in the tug-of-war.

Our story below (Public Union Debacle…explains the effort of many state and municipal leaders to reign in costs

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SEIU Watch

SEIU, along with a few of its bully friends, is again going about the business of threatening a private citizen at his home who is simply trying to his job. Walmart is attempting to build a store in D.C., and Pratt Development is leasing land to the company for the store. The union group is circulating a flier with the home address of the head of Pratt Development, to send people to his home to intimidate him – and included on the flyer is a gun range style target.

SEIU also put a halt to the building of an assisted living facility in Falmouth, MA. SEIU Healthcare represents the over 200 Falmouth residents working at Falmouth Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital and the Marine Biology Lab in Wood’s Hole, and the SEIU-driven

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UAW Gasping For Breath

In a blog post yesterday, we mentioned United Auto Worker kingpin Bob King’s forecast that his union’s survival is in serious doubt. This admission makes it easier to understand the UAW’s incredulous posturing against U.S.-based foreign auto makers in recent weeks. We already covered the “set of principles” the union delivered to the auto makers, hoping (beyond hope) that they would succumb to what in essence was a neutrality agreement. The union then stepped up the rhetoric by deputizing itself as the “Human Rights” police, threatening to subject employers who don’t respond as they wish to protests and demonstrations, backed by an $800 million war chest (built from dues extracted from hard-working Americans).

As usual, the UAW knows that it will require all of the political muscle it can muster, and made the familiar pilgrimage to D.C.

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Public Union Debacle Educating America About Unions

One of the most promising side effects of the discourse related to the contribution of public employee unions to various state and municipal budget crises is the growing public awareness of the harmful impact most unions have on their “host” companies, in this case government entities. As many Governors are announcing moratoriums on collective bargaining agreements and proposing public pension fund reform, more private sector employees are waking up to the realities of the destructive nature of union collective bargaining agreements. As the New York Times reported, “Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics.”

Big Labor has recognized the threat. Stewart Acuff, head

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