Sticky Fingers May 2014

prisoner3 200x300 Sticky Fingers May 2014Current charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:

Jennifer Gent – SMW:  $30,297 Nathan Lee – BMWE:  $3,074 Anthony Davis – LIUNA:  $40,659 Kristie McClarren – UAW:  $152,639 Robert Lewis – AFSCME:  $77,469 Jonathan Smith – UBC:  $40,000 Kenneth Smith – UGSOA:  $21,500 Angela Deleon – IAIW:  $400,000 Ronald Martin – IUOE:  $30,538

http://www.nlpc.org/union-corruption-update

NLRB Invites Briefs on Joint Employer Standard

Last week, the NLRB released a statement inviting briefs on the Board’s current joint employer standard. This, after issues with the ruling in case 32-RC-109684 involving Browning-Ferris Industries.

Click here to review the notice and invitation to file briefs.

NLRB Invites Briefs on Northwestern Case

On March 26, 2014, NLRB Regional 13 Director, Peter Sung Ohr, found that Northwestern University’s grant-in-aid scholarship football players are employees under the NLRA and directed an election to take place.

On April 24, 2014, the day before the election, the Board granted the university’s request to review Ohr’s decision. The election was still held, but ballots have not been counted.

Yesterday, the Board invited both parties and interested amici to file briefs wherein they may address issues with the case.

Click here to read the invitation and notice to file briefs (download the PDF).

Video and Transcript of NLRB Open Meeting Now Available

On April 10-11, 2014, the NLRB held an open forum to discuss the proposed changes to Representation-Case filing procedures (Ambush Election rule). Individual clips of the more than 75 speakers are available for viewing on the NLRB YouTube Channel. Additionally, you may click here to view the full transcripts for both days.

 

Labor Relations Ink - April 2014

In this issue:

Top Heavy Alt-Labor What Unions Fear Most Whistlin’ Dixie (Organizing in the South) Only In A Union, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site.

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson The Perfect Workplace Civility Policy?

* Legal Disclaimer: Pardon the interruption, but I remind you that while I am a lawyer I am not YOUR lawyer. There is a big difference. I am not giving you legal advice. If I were giving you legal advice (which I’m not), I would tell you to ignore the advice in this article because it is a joke. The sample policy suggested below is satirical. It is not intended for actual use in an employee handbook. If you use it you will almost certainly suffer some highly improbable but devastating chain reaction of negative

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Sticky Fingers

prisoner3 200x300 Sticky FingersCurrent charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:

Dianna Woodall – MEBA:  $9,836 John Brennan – IATSE:  $74,000 Julie Skaggs – IAIW:  $51,491 Jeanine Breaux – UBC:  Unspecified Andrea Hobgood – IAIW:  Unspecified Jesse Morgan – AFSCME:  $185,000

http://www.nlpc.org/union-corruption-update

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson The Perfect Workplace Civility Policy?

* Legal Disclaimer: Pardon the interruption, but I remind you that while I am a lawyer I am not YOUR lawyer. There is a big difference. I am not giving you legal advice. If I were giving you legal advice (which I’m not), I would tell you to ignore the advice in this article because it is a joke. The sample policy suggested below is satirical. It is not intended for actual use in an employee handbook. If you use it you will almost certainly suffer some highly improbable but devastating chain reaction of negative events that would make a funny cable commercial. You’ve been warned. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Insight article.

Should anyone go to the trouble of writing an employee handbook anymore? Best I can tell, the only people who actually read employee handbooks

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Union Bailout Update – April 2014

Two days of open discussion regarding the proposed Ambush Elections Rule concluded on April 11th. No surprises in the arguments presented, and we don’t expect any surprises in the final rule.

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Former NLRB Chairman Peter Schaumber

NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin intends to make it unlawful for a company to relocate to escape unionized labor costs. Under his proposed change, unions will be given a veto power over an employer’s decision to move all or part of its business to another location. If implemented, the rule could be challenged in court. As former NLRB Chairman Peter Schaumber pointed out in writing for The Hill,

Decades ago, the Supreme Court made it very clear that the Board must respect “management’s

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Top Heavy Unions

map sweden Top Heavy UnionsThe debate over the cause of the decline of unions in America has been raging for decades, but unionist and socialist writer Steve Early, places most of the blame squarely on the back of the unions themselves, and more specifically points to the bloated overhead created by layers of Big Labor bureaucracy. In his recent book, Save Our Unions, Early indicates that unions failed to downsize their cumbersome overhead as their membership was shrinking,  contributing to a top-heavy, out-of-step union leadership.

britain 251x300 Top Heavy UnionsTo make the picture a little clearer, Early shows the ratio of the union ruling class to membership being 5 times greater than that of Sweden and 6 times greater than Britain!

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Alt-Labor

New York City’s most recent protest for a higher minimum wage included speeches by state and local politicians (many of whom were introduced by an SEIU executive director); a throwback to the  “racially charged” 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike with signs that read “I AM A MAN” or “I AM A WOMAN;” and lastly, a staged mock citizens arrest of activists dressed up to represent Ronald McDonald, Colonel Sanders, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Domino’s Pizza.

Sounds like quite an event, doesn’t it. In These Times magazine called it what it was – an SEIU-orchestrated “march on the media.”

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Earlier this month, you may have caught the Los Angeles Times headline that read: “Nearly 90% of fast-food workers allege wage theft, survey finds.” The results of

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