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WIth all the excitement over the DOL reporting rules this week, we didn’t have time to post another exciting piece of news… LRI’s Phil Wilson was quoted extensively in an article in the Leadership Section on You can view the article at

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Breaking: DOL Persuader Rules PowerPoint Available

We just got a copy of the PowerPoint slides used at the Department of Labor Stakeholders Meeting held on Monday in Washington, D.C. You can download a copy of the DOL persuader presentation here.

The most important slides for employers are pages 9 and 10. The DOL’s position appears to be that the 203(e) exemption for employer reporting conflicts with Sections 203(a)(2) and 203(a)(3) that require reporting of activities of employees under certain circumstances.

We are working on an analysis of this issue for clients. We will keep you posted on the latest developments here.

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In this issue:

EFCA Update CWA Assaults Members UAW Booted, Quality Boosted SEIU Watch, Only In A Union, Scoreboard and more…

Preview what is in this issue:

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EFCA Update

The union-friendly administration is not sitting still. This month, the NLRB invited amicus briefs in two groups of pending cases. One group relates to penalties assessed against businesses (no mention of penalties against unions, of course), and whether those penalties should be increased via the addition of compound interest.

Over at the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), a public meeting was held to

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Union Power Goes To His

Barrette Green’s exploits have now cost the state of Washington (and thus the taxpayers) over $3 million (plus attorney’s fees). The former Western State Hospital official was accused of sexually abusing at least 15 female employees before he was fired in 2003. Green used his position as president of a Washington Federation of State Employees union local to threaten and intimidate the hospital workers. During his tenure he was even given a raise and promotion, becoming the hospital’s risk manager.

One of the victims, Jackie Delgado, accused Green of harassing her repeatedly between 1989 and 2003, pressuring her into a sexual relationship and at one point holding an unloaded gun to her head, pulling the trigger and saying “See how easy a person can die?”

Several employees finally reached their limit, and filed suit against Green. All were settled out of court, and along the way a lawsuit

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Airline Industry Fights Back

We reported that the National Mediation Board implemented rule changes making it easier for unions to organize workers in the rail and airline industries. The Air Transport Association of America trade group did not take the rule-change sitting down and filed suit against the NMB, calling the rule change a violation of law.

Other organizations joining the lawsuit include Delta Air Lines Inc, FedEx Corp, AirTran Airways, JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines, a unit of Alaska Air Group.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also joined the fray, filing a motion to intervene as a third-party plaintiff in the Air Transport Association’s suit.

UAW Booted, Quality Boosted

After a 3-year strike with the UAW, a maker of sought-after musical instruments was able to make major enhancements to production after the union was decertified.

At the Vincent Bach trumpet plant in Elkhart, IN, pre-decertification compensation was based on piece-work quantity with no relation to quality. Becoming unencumbered with the union-driven plan has allowed inventory levels to remain at a just-in-time 3 to 4 day window, rather than an aisle-clogging and capital-consuming 12 months. Quality has risen significantly as a result, since defective parts are detected within 3-4 days, and production issues are pinpointed immediately. The change also allows the manufacturer to quickly fill orders for custom horns.

SEIU Watch

Even with the controversial Andy Stern stepping aside, the SEIU is still more exciting to watch than a good Fourth of July fireworks display. Probably the biggest online media splash was caused by their terrorization of a 14-year-old boy in a weekend assault on a private residence.

The aim of what’s been called a “Ku Klux Klan”-style rally was to intimidate Greg Baer, a senior Bank of America executive, and make him an example to all those who might oppose the Democrats’ new finance bill now headed for conference with the House and Senate.

Although 14 bus loads of SEIU and National Political Action activists totaling around 500 people engaged in a non-permitted and illegally executed protest, they were escorted to the

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I cannot make this stuff up, and this is so good, I’ll quote the original blog post verbatim:

The Teamsters in Oakland, California filed a grievance against Mills College, complaining that the school had violated its collective bargaining agreement by hiring non-union workers to clear brush.

The Teamsters demanded that the college either (1) award backpay to the union members who lost out on the work or (2) require the 500 non-union workers to join the union.

The only problem? The 500 non-union workers were — and we’re not making this up — goats.

“If the college opts to have the goats become members,” said a Teamsters spokesperson, “we intend to represent them in the same aggressive manner as we do every member.”

(Source: Education Intelligence Agency)

12 Union Myths Exposed

In our eighth installment of The Cato Journal’s January 2010 “Are unions good for America?” issue, we cover the eighth myth.

Here is The Homeland Stupidity web site’s synopsis of this myth, and a link to each of the 12 Cato articles.

Myth Number Eight: Public sector unions work for the general prosperity of their members and all Americans.

Fact: Public sector unions dramatically increase the cost of government to unsustainable levels. The cost of employee wages and benefits accounts for half of the $2.2 trillion that state and local governments spent in 2008, and that number is set to grow dramatically as employees retire and generous pension packages kick in. Though, calling them generous is an understatement.

Moreover, according to Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, those pension obligations are grossly underfunded, which will make the fiscal crisis even more acute this

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CWA Assaults Members

In the summer of 2007, a CWA Local 1011 union manager told a Verizon work crew that they only needed to perform 3 “fiber to premises” jobs each day, and they could file for a full work day no matter how much time it actually took. Two employees, Salvatore DiStefano and Sebastian Taravell, refused to participate in the rip-off scheme, and informed other workers, supervisors and union management that the scheme was illegal.

The reward for good business ethics? The two men were bombarded by a physical and psychological campaign of abuse. Union officials encouraged other union members to “do whatever you want with those two guys,” and allegedly announced that company corporate security was never to be called about such issues. “I don’t care if somebody comes to work with a gun saying they’re going to shoot people,

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