Teachers Union Death Threat to NJ Governor?

The Teacher’s Union in New Jersey apparently prayed for the death of Governor Chris Christie based on a memo released this week. They claim it was a joke. Not sure that God intervenes in stuff like this, but maybe they should just stick to praying for better union leadership…

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INK: April 8, 2010

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In This Issue:

• EFCA Update • AFL-CIO Targets Young Workers • Union Funds ATM for Union Official • SEIU Watch, Only In A Union, and more…

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Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

Promoters and Detractors

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Forced Dues Policies Under Legal Assault

The National Right To Work Legal Foundation has been busy defending members of the SEIU and UFCW from illegal forced-dues schemes imposed by the unions.

In West Virginia, SEIU District 1199 enforces an “annual objection” policy, despite legal precedent established in the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Communication Workers of America v. Beck (1988), in which the Court held that union officials can not lawfully compel nonmembers to pay the part of union dues spent for non-bargaining activities like political activism, lobbying, and member-only events. Six employees, with the help of the NRTW Legal Foundation, filed a federal complaint against the local. Patrick Semmens, Director of Legal Information at National Right to Work, said of the action,

“The SEIU District 1199 union officials’ illegal behavior shows they’re just after forced union dues revenue. This blatant disregard for the rights of the workers SEIU bosses claim to represent shows

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Supervisors Are The Linchpin

Supervisor Cards Supervisors Are The LinchpinOne of our key maxims regarding union avoidance goes something like this:

An employees doesn’t choose a union to protect him from the company, he chooses a union to protect him from a supervisor.

Front line supervisors can make or break a company in many ways, including opening the door to the type of unrest that leads to a union organizing drive. Attorneys at Fisher & Phillips recently posted a great article on this issue, focusing on the role of front line managers as part of the management team. Seen in this light, it is imperative to 1) hire properly, 2) train effectively, and 3) assess constantly the dynamics between the workforce and their direct supervisors.

Business guru Tom Peters reiterated the point in this brief video:

Union Funds ATM For Union Official

Curtis Iwatsubo, financial secretary-treasurer of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers (GMP) Local 52 in Santa Clara, CA, used a debit card to withdraw $47,000 from union funds, according to a federal indictment. Iwatsubo is also accused of making false entries into the check account registers of the union, and perjuring himself to DOL investigators to cover his tracks.

Only In A Union

Members of the United Auto Workers had to resort to filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards asking the agency to investigate charges of nepotism by the union’s top officials.

“Your department is being asked to investigate because we (the members) are not allowed to address these issues during union membership meetings,” the complaint said. “A sergeant-at-arms will attempt to usher you out of the meeting or yell for you to sit down. We need someone to look into these findings so the hard working members who work on the line each day will know that our interest is being protected.”

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UAW VP Cal Rapson

UAW Vice President Cal Rapson was singled out in the complaint. 10 UAW-GM Center for Human Resources employees

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SEIU Watch

seiu1 SEIU WatchThe SEIU vs. NUHW court battle is raging on at the moment, and until it has ended, we won’t spend much time covering the blow-by-blow of the contest. It was telling that within the first week of the trial, the SEIU was forced to admit that many of the tactics it was accusing its former local members of, were actually not illegal! To save face, the SEIU dropped many of their accusations, and lowered the damage amount they were seeking from $25 million to around $5 million.

Carl Finnamore, who has been attending the court sessions, had this to say after witnessing the opening sessions:

It is said that clarity emerges the victor when an idea is challenged and submitted to critical examination. We shall see that theory tested after the next two

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AFL-CIO Targets Young Workers

afl cio AFL CIO Targets Young WorkersBig Labor recognizes that most older working adults are not interested in unions. To survive, unions have been spending huge resources to attempt to change the legislative and/or regulatory environment to make union organizing easier.

However, it appears that Big Labor has not put all of their eggs in the law-making basket. Younger workers are entering the workforce in droves at a horrible time economically, and the likelihood that they will become disenchanted with their opportunities is valid. The AFL-CIO sees this as a potential gold mine for future union prospects, and is attempting to spin the conversation in a way that paints unions as the only hope for these high-energy workers.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler is leading a major AFL-CIO young worker initiative designed to enable unions to appeal to young, unorganized

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