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Cities in California have been amongst the most active in promoting the Fight for $15 movement, with many going ahead and initiating city-wide raises. Others are looking into implementing a wage hike, but are hesitant to make the move as support is still quite divided.

Most cities that have yet to make a decision are hoping to have the problem resolved at the state level. California has two separate $15 minimum wage proposals on the ballot in February (both submitted by SEIU locals). Ara Najarian, Mayor of Glendale, said “I hope there’s some action statewide…It would really take the pressure off us as a city.”

West Virginia To Join Ranks Of Right-To-Work States

WV-flagIt appears West Virginia will become the 26th state to pass Right-to-Work legislation. Although expecting a veto from Governor Tomblin, a simple majority is all that is needed to override, and the bill passed by a vote of 54-46.

In the run up to the vote, the AFL-CIO attempted to make the tired argument that union workplaces are safer. Unfortunately, the statistics are against Big Labor on this point, and indicate that in states where Right-to-Work laws have been recently passed, nonfatal occupational injury rates have declined. Not only that, but in many cases right-to-work states are statistically safer than forced unionization states.

In Alabama – already a right-to-work state – legislators are working to add an amendment to the state’s constitution that would declare the state as a right-to-work state. Unions

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Labor Around The World

A bill was introduced in the House of Commons in Great Britain last month requesting changes to the law which requires unions to disclose how they spend members’ dues money.

China has been cracking down on labor activists that “disrupt social order.” Three such leaders were arrested on December 3, 2015. Zhu Xiaomei of the Panyu Workers’ Center was finally released on bail February 2nd.

Argentine public sector workers are expected to strike on February 24th to protest the layoff of approximately 10,000 state workers since the beginning of 2016.

Sticky Fingers

prisonerCurrent charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:

Edward Mason – AFGE: $21,102 Christopher Headlee – UGSOA: $10,972 Sharon Williams-Savage – AFGE: $1,500 Jerry Vincent – IBT: $22,251 Donn Pendergrass – USW: $33,435

http://nlpc.org/index.php?q=union-corruption-update

State AGs Stand Up Against Proposed Persuader Rule

13 State Attorney Generals signed and submitted a letter to Howard Shelanski, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, earlier this month. The letter details their objections to the proposed Persuader Rule.

The AGs state that the new rule would:

“undermine [the protections of the LMRDA] by requiring the reporting of advice related to persuasion of employees, regardless of whether the lawyers who provide the advice communicate with anyone other than their clients;” put lawyers “in an ethical dilemma: An attorney must either risk professional disciplinary action by disclosing employer confidences or risk liability under the LMRDA by refusing to disclose employer confidences;” “cause particular harm to small businesses” that can’t afford in-house counsel (the proposed requirement applies specifically to outside consultants); and finally “have a chilling effect on attorney-client confidentiality and employers’ fundamental right to counsel.

To read the letter in full and see the list of

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Political Survey Features Labor's Decline

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Last month, Working America, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, released a report that examined Donald Trump’s appeal to working-class voters. The goal? To reveal the issues, information, and the type of messenger needed to counter the Trump version of the conservative message that has taken America by storm.

Of the 1,689 prospective voters canvassed during this study, 53 percent said they were still currently undecided about the presidential race. However, among the decided, 38 percent favored Trump, while only 22 percent favored Clinton and 12 percent favored Sanders. Even more, the study found that Trump supporters were strikingly loyal – with one-third stating they wouldn’t vote for anyone else if Trump wasn’t on the ticket.

What’s particularly interesting about this study is that the Americans surveyed held household incomes of $75,000 or less. Households with these demographics would, historically, go along with an agenda in line with the AFL-CIO (although

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The Infinite ROI of Talent Development

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“Training pays.”

Seth Godin says this in his recent article on “the infinite return on investment” of talent development and training. He provides this example:

Imagine a customer service rep. Fully costed out, it might cost $5 for this person to service a single customer by phone. An untrained rep doesn’t understand the product, or how to engage, or hasn’t been brought up to speed on your systems. As a result, the value delivered in the call is precisely zero (in fact it’s negative, because you’ve disappointed your customer).

On the other hand, the trained rep easily delivers $30 of brand value to the customer, at a cost, as stated, of $5. So, instead of zero value, there’s a profit to the brand of $25. A comparative ROI of infinity.

And of course, the untrained person doesn’t fall into this trap once. Instead, it happens over and over,

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Daily Caller Quotes Wilson…Sort Of

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 9.03.38 AMWe appreciate it when we are contacted by the media to present our perspective on a topic, or when they quote from one of our articles. And while we appreciate the Daily Caller attempting to bring a wider audience to Phil’s latest Labor Relations Insight article on the impact of the Ambush Rule, it would be preferable for the author to read the article thoroughly, get the facts and numbers correct, and focus on the key point.

Hopefully, readers were industrious enough to click the link to read the actual article and understand the real story behind the “facts.”

Labor Relations INK January 2016

In this issue:

New Blood Operating Engineers Blackballs Employee CWA Throws In The Towel At IBM Mixed Media 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 with Phil Wilson

The Real Impact of Ambush Elections

In just a couple of months we will have one year of experience under the NLRB’s ambush election rule making. This is one of the most significant changes in US labor law since… Ever. It has slashed the amount of time employees have to consider their decision about whether or not to choose representation. More important, it has fundamentally altered how decisions about who is included (and excluded) from bargaining are made.

But what are the actual “on the ground” differences? Let me start with the latest statistics. First, number of days till an election. Here

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

The Real Impact of Ambush Elections

In just a couple of months we will have one year of experience under the NLRB’s ambush election rule making. This is one of the most significant changes in US labor law since… Ever. It has slashed the amount of time employees have to consider their decision about whether or not to choose representation. More important, it has fundamentally altered how decisions about who is included (and excluded) from bargaining are made.

But what are the actual “on the ground” differences? Let me start with the latest statistics. First, number of days till an election. Here is what has happened since the rule went into effect:

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You can see from the chart, election periods are substantially faster since the rule went into effect. The

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