BREAKING: DOL Persuader Rule Delayed Again

Acoording to Bloomberg the Department of Labor is delaying the final rule on the advice exception to the LMRDA (also known as the “persuader rule”). The DOL spokesperson did not state when the rule might issue and said that an updated time frame would be announced in the next regulatory agenda. There was not reason given for the delay. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.

SEIU's Oscar Performance

The Service Employees International Union rarely misses an opportunity to latch onto big media events – and last night’s Academy Awards proved no different.

Before reaching the red carpet, Hollywood’s A-listers were sure to pass the SEIU protesters who were posted up near the Dolby Theatre. The purpose of the rally was to shed light on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to employ Security Industry Specialists (SIS), a non-unionized security company, for the big event.

SEIU recently accused SIS of “sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and worker intimidation,” in addition to insufficient worker pay and hours. This is typical of SEIU tactics, as we recently mentioned in the last issue of Labor Relations INK.

Tom Seltz, co-president and CFO of SIS, called SEIU’s allegations unsubstantial and made the following statement: “I think the union is looking for dues and I don’t think there

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INK February 2014

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Michigan Union Reacts To Right To Work Manheim Tackles Worker Centers Collective Bargaining Delivers (?) Labor Economics 101 SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson 5 Reasons Why Northwestern Football Players Should Be Allowed to Unionize

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Kain Colter – Source:

The big labor story this month came out of Chattanooga Tennessee. But this month’s other big labor story

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Labor Relations Insight - February 2014

5 Reasons Why Northwestern Football Players Should Be Allowed to Unionize

NOTE: If you don’t have a sense of humor please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this post.

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The big labor story this month came out of Chattanooga Tennessee. But this month’s other big labor story came from the unlikeliest of places: Northwestern University’s football team.

Quarterback Kain Coulter and Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, announced that a majority of the players at Northwestern had signed union authorization cards and had filed a petition with the NLRB to be represented by the NCPA (with backing from the United Steelworkers Union). On February 18 Colter testified at the

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Union Bailout Update – February 2014

ambush 2014 pic 300x225 Union Bailout Update February 2014The comment period for the recently re-issued Ambush Election rule is ending soon, and if you haven’t taken the time to submit a comment, please do so right away.  If you need some guidance on how to submit your comments or what to say, you can find help on this page, including watching the recent webinar we presented on the rule. On this page you will find:

The Publication of Proposed Rulemaking from the NLRB The Dissent (worth reading, especially if you plan to comment) Sample comment to the rule Our comment Video of the webinar, and the slide deck you can download All of the key people to contact with links to their contact pages Other resources to help you prepare for

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Michigan Union Reacts to Right to Work

Intimidation being a preferred tool for labor groups, Operating Engineers Local 324 has responded to the recent advent of Right To Work in Michigan by publishing quarterly a “Freeloaders” list of those who opt out of union membership, including the name and place of employment. Proof once again that Big Labor has no interest in the rights and welfare of American workers, but only in “union power” (and dues).

Manheim Tackles Worker Centers

Manheim cover Manheim Tackles Worker CentersJarol Manheim, best know in labor circles for “The Death of a Thousand Cuts,” his 2000 treatise of union corporate campaign tactics, has put worker centers under the x-ray machine to examine their funding base and network of alliances. The 48-page report is worth a read.

Manheim does a good job of showing the tangle of relationships between unions, private foundations, and worker centers (see the “ball of yarn” diagram below). He also helps to unravel the complexity of the overlap between these groups to help us obtain insight into the significance of the alliances.

The monograph, titled, “The Emerging Role of Worker Centers in Union Organizing: A Strategic Assessment,” was published by the Workforce Freedom Initiative, a project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Collective Bargaining Delivers (?)

roulette wheel Collective Bargaining Delivers (?)Big Labor pitches collective bargaining as a benefit for everyone in the workforce, no matter the industry. One company at a time, they propose the following ideology: “Your voice, as an individual, will be more powerful if you sync it with everyone else’s; thereby allowing us, the union, to bargain on behalf of a single collective whole. We will get you what you want, what you deserve.” It’s actually very persuasive, but here’s what they don’t tell you.

Oftentimes, they only deliver on giving you “what you want, what you deserve” for as long as you are of value to them. That is, as long as the dues money from your institution is still profitable enough to compensate for their efforts. When they deem that it is not, unions tend

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Labor Economics 101

union logic 300x143 Labor Economics 101It is lamentable that most Americans do not understand the basics of economic principles, and because of this, unions are able to use such faulty, emotionally charged arguments as post hoc, ergo propter hoc (see this recent post) and nonequivalent comparisons. This recent article by Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle does a masterful job of exposing the error of this second union machination.

In its usual guise, the nonequivalent comparison goes something like this:

Costco, Trader Joes, and Quik Trip can pay higher wages to their employees and survive (and even thrive), therefore Walmart must be able to do the same.

Ignored in the argument are the realities of the differing business models upon which the various named enterprises are based. Among the factors that impact the business model are:

Target customer (affluent,

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SEIU Watch – February 2014

Dave Regan sure does keep things interesting. At a recent California Public Employees Retirement System meeting, Regan gave a presentation on wellness programs – which are now apparently the determining factor in employee benefit compensation. Specifically, Regan stated that benefits will be cut unless SEIU-UHW members lose weight. The reason for this, he stated, is Kaiser’s unavoidable need to cut costs. Why would Regan eliminate benefits that have been in Kaiser workers’ contracts for  more than 50 years? One pundits conclusion: Regan is either in the

boss’s pocket and working alongside his supposed opponent, Chuck Columbus, who was specifically hired to slash worker benefits, or he is looking for a way to blame workers for cuts that he has already secretly agreed to.

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