Mary Kay Henry Likely Next SEIU President!

Anna Burger, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer has withdrawn her candidacy for union president, all but ensuring that Mary Kay Henry an international executive vice president will become the leader of Andy Stern’s Empire.

LRI Quoted in Biz570.com Article

LRI’s president Phillip Wilson was quoted in the article “Banish the bane of a bad boss” by Christopher Cornell. In the article he cites a couple of the tests Phil offers to tell whether you’re a bad boss. Here is what he says:

Phillip Wilson, president of the Broken Arrow, Okla.-based Labor Relations Institute and author of “The Next 52 Weeks: One Year to Transform Your Workplace” has some tests to find out if you’re a bad boss. “Test No. 1: You constantly feel like you are “out of the loop” and it makes you angry. This is evidence that you probably shoot the messenger (you start running out of messengers after a while…).”

Another test: “You fire a lot of people. This is evidence that you are either a terrible judge of talent or a terrible leader.

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SEIU Cartoon

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YouTube Video: SEIU at My Doorstep 4 of 4

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Unions Remain A Powerful Force

Unions are avoiding the traditional NLRB election but they are focusing heavily on powerful corporate campaign tactics. This article discusses the tactics the SEIU has employed to rapidly grow its membership and to get payback for its 2008 political contributions. Unions will continue to push for every advantage they can get in the current administration.

Positive Employee Relations: Is Authentic Leadership Universal?

All positive employee relations environments require strong, authentic leaders. But is authentic leadership universal? Does it apply across different industries or even different cultures?

Let’s say you’re a functional corporate director with a six-figure income and responsibility for a few million dollars of company business. Part of the people you oversee are hourly employees with high-school education working in one of the business units you oversee. How do you — who they might consider a “stuffed shirt” from corporate — effectively communicate with and coach them?

We run into this situation all the time with our clients. I believe that being “authentic” is the master key to relating, communicating and coaching in the workplace, no matter the environment. Here are 3 tips I give on authentic leadership:

1. It starts with a mirror. While nobody I know thinks of themselves as a “stuffed shirt from corporate” I’ve seen plenty of

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Union Free: 10 Ways to Lose Your Election - Part 4: Sitting On the Bench

Union free elections are won or lost by how well the company communicates. The fourth biggest mistake companies make in union free elections is to sit on the bench. This means not telling employees that you want to keep a direct relationship with them.

In our last article we talked about the TIPS rules. But there are other rules–called the FOE rules–that cover what you should say during a union free election. FOE stands for Facts, Opinion and Examples.

You can always give facts about the company and the union. As we discussed in Part 3 and the bonus TIPS, you cannot promise benefits to employees during a union free campaign. However it is always lawful to discuss the facts about unions during the campaign. You can always “set the record straight” about the promises unions make.

You can discuss the business environment and how the union’s promises are not

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