Big Labor Says,

For going on 30 years, LRI has been coaching our clients that the key to an effective counter-organizing strategy is to focus on the facts, and take the emotion out of the campaign. The reasons are obvious – union organizing tactics rely almost exclusively on ignoring reality, and agitating employees over perceived “injustices,” to incite them to vote from a purely emotional response.

Big Labor knows that their cause shrivels under the scrutiny of facts, and admonishes labor activists to use the smoky haze of emotion to cloud the facts of their issues.

Starting in Indiana, in the fight over a recently proposed Right To Work law, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce released a study indicating that such a law would increase average per capita income

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Social Media Spotlight

The New Organizing Institute Education Fund is putting on a 2-day conference in Washington, D.C., “Analytics And Optimization Training.” To qualify for the event, you need a year under your belt in on-line organizing, and the focus is heavy on metrics and measurement. The description for the event says,

21st-century organizing isn’t just about people, it’s about data. Gathering good data and knowing how to use it helps you evaluate your work, identify new opportunities, and organize better. NOIEF is bringing together experts from MoveOn, Analyst Institute and other major organizations to lead an in-depth, two-day training covering statistics, experimental design, optimization, data analysis, and everything else you’ll need to make sure you’re running the best campaigns you can.

The NOI web site has a host of free organizing training tools and lessons, including video,

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Shoes Don

Harper’s magazine owner John MacArthur, a typical liberal defender of unions, doesn’t seem to see things quite the same when his own employees decide to seek union representation. MacArthur charged that the editors and assistant editors of his staff didn’t qualify to organize, since they were “management.”

When the shoe’s on the other foot, perhaps it’s not so comfortable after all.

Union Membership Slide Continues

As we predicted, last year saw the union rosters decline, maintaining the current downward slide in membership. Private sector membership in 2010 came in at 6.9%, down from 2009’s 7.2%. Even with Big Labor’s push into the public sector, representing 36.2% of workers there, the overall total for the entire workforce declined from 12.3% in 2009 to 11.9% in 2010.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics news release Jan. 21, 2011.

Union Bailout Update

First the latest moves from the pro-union contingent of the nation’s lawmakers. New York handed union organizers in their state a new billy club with a new “Wage Theft Prevention Act,” which imposes stringent notice requirements and enhances penalties for violations of the wage-hour laws.

At the federal level, the NLRB just got extremely creative by deciding that an employer violated Section 8(a)(1) of the Act for terminating an employee before she engaged in protected “concerted activity.” The usual NLRB dissenter, Brian Hayes, said of the Paraxel Industries, LLC, 356 NLRB No. 82 decision,

“I note that finding a Sec. 8(a)(1) motivational discharge violation in the absence of any actual concerted activity is unprecedented, and, at the very least, in tension with Meyers Industries, supra. I have serious reservations about this finding and the potential

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Becker Re-Nominated to NLRB

It appears that Craig Becker will be re-nominated to serve in the NLRB once again as the President sends his nominations to the Senate. For a detailed list click here.

Healthcare Prime Target for Neutrality Agreements

Since the Service Employees International Union and the California Nurses Association called a 2009 truce to their war for healthcare employees, they have made extensive use of neutrality agreements in their attacks against hospitals. Such agreements eliminate much chance for employee input during organizing, but labor “experts” say they believe the loss of democracy is worth it for the gains made in member body count.

Hospitals and other health care facilities appear to be very sensitive to negative publicity, particularly during IPOs or when they are seeking approval for expansion. This may be the reason they seem so willing to sign the neutrality agreements, as the unions typically promise not to launch corporate campaign tactics against them while the agreements are in place.

It appears that neither the SEIU or CNA want the public, or

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Unionized Airport Security?

The National Treasury Employees Union and American Federation of Government Employees Union’s are duking it out to be the union of choice for nearly 40,000 TSA employees. The March 9th election will be the largest in federal government history and will determine if TSA employees want a union, and if so, which union they prefer. Many do not feel this is in the best interest of the country due to possible security issues that may arise, such as sharing critical intelligence with union leaders and the bureaucratic inflexibility common with unionized workforces. “Unionization typically means two things: higher costs for employment and no change in productivity; in fact, maybe even a backsliding in productivity,” said Daniel Griswold, director of the Cato Institutes’s Center for Trade Policy Studies. “Bottom line is we’re going to get less

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Breaking News - Union Membership Plummets While OLMS Announces Witch Hunt for Labor Consultants, Attorneys

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that union membership fell to its lowest level on record, 6.9% in the private sector. You can read the BLS press release here.

What you probably did not hear about is the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) announced yesterday that it will initiate the Persuader Reporting Orientation Program (PROP) to provide “compliance assistance” to employers and labor relations consultants. Under the PROP initiative, the OLMS will compile contact information of “employers and their representatives” based on representation petitions filed with the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) and then send an “orientation letter” about their reporting obligations. The witch hunt for labor consultants, labor attorneys and employers begins.

Not to pat ourselves on the back too hard, but we predicted both of these developments last year. You might want to catch up on the rest of the predictions. It’s already shaping

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INK: January 20, 2011

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In this issue:

Union Bailout Update All Mobbed Up Indoctrinating The Young Scoreboard, Social Media Spotlight, Sticky Fingers and more…

Union Bailout Update Wow – it seems that as soon as the EFCA was put to rest, every government friend of Big Labor, from the halls of Congress to the backrooms of bureaucratic agencies, has opened their toolbox to find every possible way to continue to work on behalf of their benefactors. Fortunately, friends of American Enterprise seem to have stepped up their engagement in the tug-of-war.

Our story below (Public Union Debacle…explains the effort of many state and municipal leaders to reign in costs

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