Social Media Organizing Tactics Growing

A social media campaign against Doctor Pepper Snapple during the recent Mott’s strike was so successful (some credit it as bringing the strike to an end) that it will be the focal point of a panel discussion at the November convention of the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA). According to the AFL-CIO blog, “the morning session will feature a special panel on ‘Winning Campaigns with Social Media.’ ” This annual gathering of the country’s labor press focuses on best practices and new tactics for communications in support of Big Labor.

Unions are becoming more effective in using tools like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media venues to pursue their objectives – starting with fomenting pre-campaign angst among a company workforce, to organizing campaigns, to securing the support of local communities during strikes and pickets. With the Continue reading Social Media Organizing Tactics Growing

Facebook Updates Now Protected By Law

Employers will need to review their policies related to social media, after a landmark NLRB decision charging a company of wrongful termination due to a Facebook status update. American Medical Response of Connecticut terminated an employee after she criticized her supervisor on her Facebook page. The board filed a complaint, arguing that workers’ criticisms of their bosses or companies on a social networking site are generally a protected activity and that employers would be violating the law by punishing workers for such statements.

AMR refutes the complaint on the basis that this was just one of several reasons for the termination. However, it will pay to watch this one closely, as it may define how the board will view protected activity in the social media venue. Company policies may need to be amended to more tightly define the “protected

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INK: November 4, 2010

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EFCA Update CNA Delusional? Trial Underscores Mob/Big Labor Connection Labor Relations Insight, ER Tip Of The Month and more…

Labor Relations Insight by Phillip Wilson

The Republicans gave the Democrats a spanking in the mid-term elections this week. Voters rebuked Democrats in an unprecedented manner. The election results raise a number of perplexing questions. What are Democrats planning to do about the Tea Party movement? For that matter, what are Republicans going to do about them (after all, in retrospect the Tea Party probably cost the Republicans control of the Senate by nominating a couple of nit-wits in the Nevada and Connecticut races)? What is going to

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Union Calls This A

In 2006, the Wynn Las Vegas instituted a tips-sharing policy that angered some of the dealers. The result was a union organizing drive by the Transport Workers Union, which landed the dealers in negotiations with the company beginning in 2007. Now, 3 years after contract talks started, the members approved a 10-year contract that retains the supposedly egregious tips-sharing rule! The agreement is identical to the “last and final offer” submitted by the company almost a year ago.

How did the union spin the contract vote? According to Kanie Kastroll, president of Transport Workers Union Local 721, “They [union members] have demonstrated that they truly understand the value of union protection, brotherhood and a labor contract.”

Many of the members saw through the discrepancy of union promises vs. what they delivered, and have filed with the NLRB to decertify the

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Trial Underscores Mob/Big Labor Connection

Although most Americans seem to think that the mob has been out of business for decades, one of the places mob activity seems to surface most often is in its intersection with the operations of unions and union locals, particularly in the northeast. Union operative Joseph Olivieri was found guilty the last week of October of perjuring himself by denying his ties to the Genovese crime family, and still faces four other charges, including conspiracy and fraud.

Olivieri, ex-executive director of the Long Island-based Association of Wall, Ceiling & Carpentry Industries (WC&C), was the alleged point man in a racket enabling union officials and mobsters to siphon around $10 million from scheduled contributions to benefit plans sponsored by New York City-area unions. Olivieri’s Genovese associations included deceased capo Louis Moscatiello, and the mob-murdered Ralph Coppola.

Apparently, efforts to

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Union-Instigated Voter Shenanigans

With Big Labor pinning their survival on political prowess rather than winning hearts in the marketplace, it is inevitable that a little “rule-bending” is sure to occur in most major elections, and this week’s midterms are no exception.

First on the list, this tale of union-member mental health workers taking their mentally disabled charges to the voting booth – and voting for them. Watch the video testimony here.

We already reported on “faulty” election machines in Nevada, serviced by SEIU-members, that had the Democratic candidate pre-selected on the ballot. Watch the video here of this discovery, with the tale of a similar “peculiarity” occurring in North Carolina.

In Arizona, it was reported that Mi Familia Vota, Border Action, and Faith.Hope.Vote! who have direct ties to SEIU, attempted to influence the elections in Yuma County through fraudulent means. Although some attempted

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Union Members Not Happy With Their Leader

In an interesting side bar to this week’s elections, a survey by conducted by long-time pollster Frank Luntz indicated that the majority of union members are dissatisfied that their union leadership chose to spend so much dues money on the political campaigns. Among the findings:

• 60 percent of union members oppose their union bosses’ political spending in the 2010 midterm elections • 60 percent believe that a mostly even balance of power between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill is best for America • 59 percent of union membership would actually vote to replace their own “union leadership” if given a secret ballot election to do so

Download a PDF of the 18-page survey here.

Nurses Union Keeps Head In Sand

Big Labor looks at the world through very heavily tinted economic glasses, and refuses to acknowledge the basics of marketplace realities. In Northern California, the standard union reaction to management market-driven survival strategies are playing out again, as the CNA voices opposition to a hospital selling off several service units in order so save the company $11 million a year.

The nurses union is reacting to the “personal” loss of the dues associated with the potential 69 nurses who may lose their jobs at the hospital due to the move. The CNA is couching its opposition to the move in terms of the loss of services to the community, but according to CEO Bob Merwin, “Hospitals throughout Northern California and the country are exiting renal services and skilled nursing. It has been demonstrated that other community providers who

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Future Forward?

France provides a glimpse of what could be in our near future, if Big Labor continues to receive the largess of its friend in the White House. The plight of union-led multi-employer pensions plans has been highlighted several times in the last few months, along with AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka’s plea to nationalize all private pension programs. With the rise in membership of public (government) unions, and migration of more of the population into shaky union-managed pensions plans, it is not difficult to foresee similar rioting in the streets of the U.S.A.