Phil Wilson quoted in MainStreet.com

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LRI’s Phil Wilson was sought by MainStreet.com for his insight into workplace engagement. In an article entitled “Why Working In a Cubicle Is So Demoralizing and Workers Are Demanding More,” Phil explained how to front-line supervisors can stop the “negative domino effect” of disengagement that can spiral out of control.

Phil recently released “Left of Boom: Putting Proactive Engagement To Work,” and is working on the forthcoming “Approachable Leadership.”

Why do unions seek exemption from anti-stalking laws?

Grover Norquist asks why unions ask for exemptions from anti-stalking laws. Great question: http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/14/why-do-unions-seek-exemption-from-anti-stalking-laws/

Fight for 15 National Day of Action Announced for April 15

Fight for 15 is the large activist group fighting to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. They have staged protests around the country and just announced a national day of action , 2015on Wednesday, April 15. They are asking for protestors to target fast food, Walmart, child care, home care, airports, convenient stores, gas stations, dollar stores and other retail establishments.

Make sure all your locations are prepared to deal with workplace disruptions including internal and external communications, legal issues and most important connecting with associates after a disruption. If your company needs assistance with this let us know.

Is Hell Freezing Over Again? Illinois Governor Backs ‘Right to Work’ Laws in State Address

The New York Times reports that Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is going to go all Scott Walker on Illinois (OK, we added that last part): http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/us/politics/bruce-rauner-governor-of-illinois-takes-aim-at-labor.html

Labor Relations Ink January 2014

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In this issue:

SEIU’s Felony Fiasco Right-to-Work Laws – Reality vs. Myth Annunziata’s Encore Chattanooga Choo-Choo SEIU Watch, 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

union-smileyIf unions are so darn good for you why don’t people join?

If you knew that the only thing standing between you and a happier life was union membership would you want to join?

The New York Times recently reported on a study claiming that people in unions are happier than those who are not. The authors of that study concluded, “union members are more satisfied with their lives than those who are not members and that the substantive effect of union

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Labor Relations Insight – January 2015

union-smileyby Phil Wilson

If unions are so darn good for you why don’t people join?

If you knew that the only thing standing between you and a happier life was union membership would you want to join?

The New York Times recently reported on a study claiming that people in unions are happier than those who are not. The authors of that study concluded, “union members are more satisfied with their lives than those who are not members and that the substantive effect of union membership on life satisfaction is large and rivals other common predictors of quality of life.” (emphasis mine)

If all this were true then why aren’t people joining unions in droves?

I suppose we should start by taking a little closer look at the research than, oh let’s say, the New York Times (I doubt

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Union Bailout Update

The office of the General Counsel of the NLRB issued consolidated complaints against McDonald’s franchisees, and included the franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC as a joint employer. Could this be the opening swell of a tidal wave, or a freshening breeze that will quickly dissipate? At least one district court begs to differ with the NLRB, ruling early this month in Vann v. Massage Envy Franchising LLC that the franchisor is not considered the employer of the individual businesses they contract out to.

The NLRB is going to have to fend off a pair of lawsuits over the Ambush Election rule.  It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce would file suit, and they were joined by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), National Retail Federation (NRF), and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The first suit was quickly

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SEIU’s Felony Fiasco

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Rob Murray – Photo: William Miller

Robert Murray, a top 32BJ SEIU organizer earning a six-figure salary, has been charged with two felony counts and three misdemeanors, including resisting arrest, inciting to riot, and obstruction of governmental administration, for his participation in the December 13 assault of two NYPD police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge.

A week after the incident, Murray turned himself into the police. The union has reportedly put Murray on unpaid leave until the matter is settled. Elaine Kim, a spokesperson for the 32BJ SEIU, said “The union did not organize any official contingent to participate in the protests.”

While that may be true, it is also true that the SEIU has a history of organizing protests without “officially” putting their name on it.

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For What It’s Worth

book-coverUnion membership is at a record low of 11.2 percent of the workforce with only 6.7 percent of those workers in the private sector. When considering why this is the case, Jake Rosenfeld, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington, argues that it is because of What Unions No Longer Do.

So what do unions no longer do? According to Rosenfeld, everything that made them good to begin with. “Unions do not equalize incomes; counteract racial inequality; play a big role in assimilating immigrants; or give lower-income Americans a political voice.” Instead, they look for ways to skirt around government policy.

As we know, there are a number of municipalities across the country that have invoked a higher minimum wage than required by the federal government. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative, a

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Right-to-Work Laws – Myth vs. Reality

Since right-to-work laws have been in the spotlight for the last year or so, this recent article highlighting some of the misunderstandings (read: union arguments) about such laws is a welcome refresher. In sum, the 6 myths (and the related truths) are:

Myth: Right-to-work laws prohibit unions.

Reality: Right-to-work laws make union dues voluntary.

 

Myth: Right-to-work laws undermine unions.

Reality: Right-to-work laws make unions work to earn worker’s support.

 

Myth: Right-to-work laws allow nonunion members to “free ride” on the benefits of union representation without paying its cost.

Reality: Unions voluntarily represent non-members.

 

Myth: Representing non-members costs exclusive representative unions a lot of money.

Reality: Unions often spend little on representational activities.

 

Myth: Right-to-work laws provide no economic benefits.

Reality: Companies consider right-to-work laws a major factor when deciding where to locate.

 

Myth: Right-to-work laws lower wages.

Reality: Workers have the same or higher

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