Florida Update: Things are starting to get very interesting in Florida. While the Sunshine State has never been considered safe for the Republicans since Mel Martinez announced his retirement, the announcement of Governor Charlie Crist to run for the seat was supposed to put the state safely back in Republican hands. But things are starting to heat up and it isn’t just the weather. Some of Crist’s comments last winter and his support of the economic stimulus plan and cap-and-trade have caused a conservative backlash and is seriously boosting the candidacy of former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio.
Moderate Republicans argue that
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The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is moving towards a monopoly in the Healthcare industry. Our government is helping, and why not – SEIU will pony-up the dollars for elections and influence. As it turns out healthcare is their bread and butter in fact they intend to create a “National Health Care Division”. It appears the SEIU will stop at nothing to get achieve their goal. See what this “Whistleblower” has to say.
This is a very interesting project of the SEIU that is worth watching. It is called Qvisory and it is a community site for young working people. I’ve argued for a long time that unions need to re-think their basic purpose in life and reorganize around a service-model for all working people, not just representatives of members in particular companies (here is a post from 2005 where I talk about the idea at some length). Qvisory looks like a baby step in that direction. I’ll be watching this site.
Americans for Tax Reform and the Alliance for Worker Freedom filed an official request with the US Attorney to investigate the potential illegal lobbying efforts of SEIU President Andy Stern. Interesting list of tweets from Stern that appear to describe multiple instances of lobbying.
It is not a secret that the US Postal Service (USPS) is losing money. Your Money I might add. A strong case of why the government is not good at business. Not to mention that they are lousy employers. With the movement of commerce in the balance there are those that believe the USPS should be moved to the jurisdiction of the Railway Labor Act (1926). The reasoning is to protecting America’s supply chain from work stoppage.
Here’s a great video from Reason.TV explaining the National Mediation Board rule changes we posted about earlier. You can find an article about this issue from The National Right To Work Foundation here.
Here is another interesting site on union organizing strategy brought to you by Strategic Organizing.
The most recent article covers some videos on organizing. The site also includes two nice series of posts on organizing strategy. One is on how unions can use statistics to strategically target employers and the second is on successful tactics unions have used to win “underdog” cases.
This is a good site for learning lessons on vulnerability assessment. It also includes some advice on how unions can effectively use their websites and other resources to improve organizing results. Good stuff.
If I heard it once I heard it a million times. Two union members greeting each other “Workin’ hard” say’s one. “Hardly workin” automatically responds the other. Reading “My Life as a Teamster” reminds me that the greeting was much more than a humorous quip. It was a union mans badge of honor. The author of the article talks about a career full of empty promises and disappointments that the Teamster made.
Labor Relations INK
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In This Issue:
• Insight from Phil Wilson • EFCA Update • Boeing Moves To Escape Unions • UAW Leadership Runs Aground At Ford • and more…
Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson
Guest Commentary by Don Wilson
November 2, 2010, a day that could live in infamy. That is the date of the next election to determine the composition of the 112th Congress. This is the Congress that will almost certainly determine the future of labor management relations for years to come. By the time this Congress takes office the future of health care will probably be resolved one way or the other. The recovery will be under
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November 2, 2010, a day that could live in infamy. That is the date of the next election to determine the composition of the 112th Congress. This is the Congress that will almost certainly determine the future of labor management relations for years to come. By the time this Congress takes office the future of health care will probably be resolved one way or the other. The recovery will be under way and unemployment will have bottomed and be showing improvement. That will clear the way for the next major pieces of legislation, those impacting labor management relations, headlined by the Employee Free Choice Act. The composition of the new Senate will clearly determine the outcome of this proposed law. It is likely the Democrats will lose seats in the House as almost always happens in off-year elections, but they are likely to retain their majority. The Senate is a
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