DOL Rolling Back Disclosure

The DOL is rolling back all the disclosure work accomplished during President Bush’s Administration to shine a light on how union member’s dues are spent. Get the details here.

Becker Promises: I Will Be

Becker finally got a hearing on his nomination to be one of three new NLRB members yesterday. When asked about his extremist views on the Board’s ability to get rid of union elections through regulatory action he dismissed them as the “views of a scholar” and instead will issue decisions that have “practical, concrete and important consequences,” and that he “will have a duty to implement the intent of Congress.”

EFCA Alive After All?

Interesting news this weekend from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. He predicted “check card” or Employee Free Choice Act will pass this year right after health care legislation. It has recently been thought that EFCA legislation would be slowed down due to Scott Brown’s winning election that ended democrats filibuster proof majority. Only time can tell, and we will keep you updated.

It's Time for Recess... Here's Your Picket Sign?

Since adults don’t seem too hot on unions these days, why not go after the kids? Organized Labor is trying every avenue possible to turn around its plummeting membership. San Francisco schools are proposing adding a course on Labor and Social Justice.

Maybe it’s just us, but those seem like two very distinct subjects.

UAW Liquidating Black Lake

The UAW is selling Black Lake, the $33 million dollar luxury estate it has owned since 1967. The UAW lost $23 million over the past five years on the property and had to borrow money just to keep it afloat. I’m sure this will come as welcome relief to the rapidly dwindling UAW membership.

INK: January 28, 2010

inkquill22 INK: January 28, 2010 Labor Relations INK

Download a PDF of this issue with links here.

In This Issue:

• Labor Relations Insight • EFCA Update • NLRB Playing Games • PLUS January  Scoreboard, Employee Relations Tip-Of-The-Month, and more…

Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

Special Book Review: The Devil At My Doorstep

Devil Cover cropped INK: January 28, 2010“The Devil At My Doorstep” has a fascinating subtitle: “Protecting Employee Rights.”

That subtitle explains a lot about the book’s author, David Bego. More important, it explains a lot about why David Bego pulled off something that doesn’t happen as often as it should. He kicked the SEIU’s butt in an anti-corporate campaign. His book gets my

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How To Fight the SEIU: Devil At My Doorstep

“The Devil At My Doorstep” has a fascinating subtitle: “Protecting Employee Rights.”

Devil Cover cropped1 How To Fight the SEIU: Devil At My Doorstep

How to Beat the SEIU in an Anti-Corporate Campaign

That subtitle explains a lot about the book’s author, David Bego. More important, it explains a lot about why David Bego pulled off something that doesn’t happen as often as it should. He kicked the SEIU’s butt in an anti-corporate campaign. His book gets my highest recommendation (order your copy at a special price for INK subscribers).

If you want to know what an anti-corporate campaign waged by the SEIU actually feels like, buy this book. The SEIU has taken anti-corporate campaigns to an art form that would make Saul Alinsky proud. David Bego took their best shot and

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How Union Members Killed EFCA

Great article about how Massachusetts union members dealt the death blow to EFCA in 2010 (potentially – remember, EFCA could easily be enacted by regulation).

Becker Re-Nominated… Let the Games Begin

President Obama has re-nominated Becker again for a NLRB Post.

Canadian Auto Worker Leaders Don’t Like Votes Either…

CAW members are refusing to pay dues after Union Leaders refuse to adhere by their own rules – and the demands of more than 70% of the union membership – and hold an election for new union officers:

It is estimated at least a couple of dozen unionized drivers under CAW Local 195 escalated their protest last week by withholding dues because they say the CAW has for months refused to acknowledge resignations of two unit leaders during last year’s strike and stage a new election.

The members say the wishes of a majority of its unit membership for chairman Haidar Aouli and vice-chairman Rick Champagne to step aside have been ignored by CAW president Ken Lewenza and local executives.

The pair submitted their resignation following a no vote on a tentative deal in mid-July during last year’s 103-day strike, but within days had a change of heart

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