A Miami-Dade public school teacher has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the help of the National Right to Work Foundation complaining that Non-union school teachers are not able to seek representation during school investigatory interviews. When unions claim they are not a business it is a good idea to look at how they behave – even though they have a legal obligation to fairly represent all unit members, they only want to represent the ones paying their fees. The problem for unions is that when they actually have to earn their fees (like in a right to work state) nobody thinks it is worth the investment. But union decline couldn’t possibly be explained by something as innocent as that – it must be heavy-handed employer tactics…
Marvin comes up with a new idea for upcoming negotiations.
The New Symbol of the AFL-CIO Union Shop?
Okay, it’s not the whole AFL-CIO, but today the AFL-CIO announced that it is closing its online and physical store. Their announcement reads: “This might be April 1, but this is no joke. After seven years of seeking out the best, most interesting, union-made items in America, we are sad to announce that The Union Shop at the AFL-CIO is closing its doors, offline and online, at the end of April… For the next week, we’re offering 50 percent off every item of clothing in our online store while supplies last.”
If you want to pick up some union schwag you better do it quick – the coupon code is 2CLOSE10.
Marge brags about this year’s contract negotiations.
As we reported over the weekend, Craig Becker received a recess appointment to the NLRB. The key question is what this appointment will mean to employers. Here are my thoughts:
Do look for controversial decisions: The NLRB has not been able to rule on a controversial decision for over two years. There is a significant backlog of cases, all of which deal with controversial issues. After all, the only cases they’ve decided over the last two years are cases that members Liebman and Schaumber can agree on. As things stand now, there will only be panels with a majority of Democratic members. It’s not difficult to see how all of those controversial decisions will turn out (hint: you don’t want to be the company in these cases…). Very soon we should see some of the major decisions of the Bautista Board overturned (i.e. who counts as
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One taxpayer feels his California town is completely owned by Unions. The county government – at the behest of unionized county employees – is implementing a “construction stabilization” plan. It would be nice to think that this kind of stuff only happens in California, but it seems that “leveling” the playing field (i.e. forcing non-union companies out of business while bailing out the unionized ones that fail) is just the way we handle things these days.
UAW Labor Bosses are accused by their own members of nepotism. Supposedly the bosses are hiring friends and family into their high ranking offices. UAW members filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards due to the fact they couldn’t address the issue during Union meetings. In fact, when UAW members tried to probe the issue they were “either escorted from the meeting or yelled at to sit down.” UAW organizers always tell people that the UAW is YOUR union… is that how you’d want to be treated in YOUR union?
President Obama has used a Recess Appointment to place controversial SEIU lawyer Craig Becker as a Board member of the NLRB. This flies directly against the appointment process as the Senate (including 2 Democrats) voted to prevent Becker’s nomination from reaching the Senate floor last month. All 41 Republican Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him not to use the recess appointment to end run the process.
With only two current members sitting on the NLRB, the Supreme Court took oral argument over whether the 2-member panel has authority to hear the most complex cases or perhaps even the smallest of cases. At stake: whether more than 500 previous cases decided by the 2-member panel are valid. While these cases are still very much in play, President Obama may make the question moot in the future by recess appointing Craig Becker to the board, whose confirmation has (so far) been blocked by Senate Republicans.
Labor Relations INK
In this issue:
• EFCA Update • Union Fat Cats • Overflow Crowd At Organizing Bootcamp • SEIU Watch, ER Tip of the Month, and more…
A healthcare bill has passed. That is probably the most significant statement to make about the Employee Free Choice Act and labor law change this week. Although Big Labor had a dog in the healthcare fight, the energy consumed diminished progress on Labor’s more pressing objectives. “The attempt to get a health care bill sort of sucked all the oxygen out of the room,” asserts David Zonderman, a labor history
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