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beautiful-rising

Beautiful Rising is a digital toolbox that has been in the making since 2014. Its purpose is to give guidance, action planning tips, and, in essence, a platform for organizers of social movements across the Global South.

While in places like Bangladesh, Uganda, Mexico, and the Middle East this tool could be a just what underprivileged or suppressed peoples need to stand up to mistreatment and government regimes without those spearheading the movement being caught in the line of fire, it is also something that we should be aware of when facing union organizing attempts here at home.

This is the future of organizing.

Click here to check out the Beautiful Rising platform yourself.

Fight For $15

Fight for $15 workers had a big win earlier this month when the Seattle City Council passed “secure scheduling” legislation. This legislation requires large food and retail companies to do two things.

Create schedules at least two weeks in advance; and Pay workers extra when they’re on call and/or when management makes last-minute changes to those schedules.

This article provides a great infographic that outlines the details even further.

While this new piece of legislation is a seemingly great step forward for fast food workers as individuals, the Fight for $15 movement is having a negative on the industry as a whole. Some analysts are even noting the beginning of what they’re calling a “restaurant recession.”

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Earlier this month Don Pablo’s filed for bankruptcy.This is the nation’s second-largest Mexican restaurant

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Labor Around The World

Canadian auto union, Unifor, has been renegotiating contracts with the Big Three automakers for the past several months. In late September, a deal was reached with GM. Just a couple of weeks ago, Fiat Chrysler avoided a strike when they settled with Unifor. The GM and FCA agreements are pretty similar. Ford workers are still holding out for a better deal on wages.

Prime Minister May

Prime Minister May

Trade Union Congress (TUC) is a federation of trade unions in Britain and Wales (similar to our AFL-CIO. They have called for the prime minister to require worker representatives be put on the boards of all companies. Mrs. May, Prime Minister, apparently made this pledge when running for office. TUC would like her to pony up.

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Sticky Fingers

Current charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:prisoner

Bradley Crostreet – UBC: $10,311 Dennis Gardner – UBC: $15,000 Robert Gutierrez – UBC: $19,771 Aaron Vaughan – UBC: $13,000 Joshua Westfall – UBC: $6,380 John VonFricken – UA: $54,600 Marchelle Harvey – USW: $10,095 Todd Culley – USW: $95,026 David Sager – USW: $380,000 John Springer – IAF: $30,316 Jeanette Bowman – NALC: $16,347 Michael Bennett – USW: $4,500 Jennifer Cruise – IBEW: $12,750 Wanda Rosenboro-Correa – AFGE: $1,000 Brian Cisek – NALC: $500 Rocco Miranti – IBT: $1,000,000 Johnnie Miranti – ALPW: $138,500 Louis Smith – IBT: 151,481 Roger Martinez – TWU: $5,500

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

Wilson Quoted in Fortune Article on VW/UAW Debate

fortuneFortune lends an ear to Phil in this recent article on Volkswagen’s decision to challenge the NLRB’s ruling on organizing via micro-units.

 

Phil Cited on Volkswagen's Challenge to

whtc-logoThe Auto Workers are leading a charge to allow unions to organize small groups of workers within companies. Volkswagen has bore the brunt of this very controversial strategy.

WHTC in Michigan reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to dive in.

Wilson Quoted on First Ever Lockout in Higher Education

shrmEarlier this month, the first lockout ever in higher education was conducted at Long Island University – Brooklyn. This comes after “five of the last six contract negotiations resulted in strike votes by its faculty.” With classes starting soon after negotiations were expected to begin, the university decided to be proactive in their decision to lockout the faculty and hire temporary teachers until a contract was settled.

Click here to read Phil’s thoughts on the issue on SHRM.org.

Labor Relations INK, September 2016

In this issue:

Education Taking Big Hits The Six Percent Solution Unions Urban Impact SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard 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

Today is the first day of fall. This is my favorite time of year. School starts back up and things tend to get into a more normal routine. The weather begins to cool off. The hiking trails around here get much more bearable (not to mention beautiful). And football season is in full swing (Go Blue! And Go Team Big House – my fantasy football team).

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While I really enjoy this time of year, it is not without its downsides. Last weekend I personally witnessed another favorite team,

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Labor Relations INSIGHT

by Phil Wilson

Today is the first day of fall. This is my favorite time of year. School starts back up and things tend to get into a more normal routine. The weather begins to cool off. The hiking trails around here get much more bearable (not to mention beautiful). And football season is in full swing (Go Blue! And Go Team Big House – my fantasy football team).

bright-autumn-road-popular-trees

 

While I really enjoy this time of year, it is not without its downsides. Last weekend I personally witnessed another favorite team, Oklahoma, get pounded by Ohio State. For a Michigan fan that was double punishment. This is also the heaviest time of year for my business travel. Seems like every group I know holds a conference in the fall,

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Union Bailout Update

It was apparent from the beginning that the new “Blacklist” rule instituted by Executive Order was nothing more than a handout to unions. A recent Teamsters blogpost confirms exactly how Big Labor plans to use this gift. To quote from the post:

Using the Order

The Executive Order gives unions unprecedented new leverage against companies and institutions that contract with the federal government. Unless the Order or its implementing regulations are overturned by the courts (employers have promised lawsuits) or revoked by a future president (wonder who), unions should be able to significantly increase their bargaining power by the simple expedient of filing meritorious charges with the NLRB, OSHA, the EEOC, or the DOL.

Consider a union that strikes an auto plant for a new contract. Soon after workers hit the bricks, the union president has the following conversation with the general manager:

Morris, we are two weeks

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