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

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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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Union Bailout Update

The NLRB has continued to move against mandatory arbitration provisions in employment contracts, and in fact, has been extraordinarily focused on the issue. In the last two months, the Board has decided twenty seven separate cases surrounding employment policies that prohibit workers from bringing collective legal actions. As board Chairman Mark Pearce clarified in the Solar City case, “The board made it clear an employer may lawfully maintain an arbitration agreement that requires arbitral proceedings to be conducted individually, but only so long as the employer leaves open a judicial forum for class and collective claims.”

The Board is at odds with the Fifth Circuit court, which ruled in Murphy Oil in October, 2016, that the Federal Arbitration Act trumps the NLRA. The Board viewed the Fifth Circuit’s decision as based on a misunderstanding of the right at stake, and appears to be working to push the issue

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New Blood

bela-lugosi-dracula-ftrUnions are getting creative in their attempt to stem their declining membership roles. While they still have not made inroads in some of their recent high-profile targets, such as big box retail stores and fast food restaurants, they have found some new blood in some interesting places.

A handful of notable digital media companies succumbed to organizing pressure last year. Although print newspapers have been churning out union members for decades, the move into the world of online media is recent.

Tech company shuttle drives in the San Francisco Bay area and bike share companies across the country have begun to migrate into the union fold as well. Although small, these first three groups all represent the young, hip and tech savvy. The trend might be worth

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