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Seattle is one of the most progressive cities in the country. They were the first to implement a $15 wage. They led the state of Washington in recreational Marijuana reform. Seattle has been successful at these kinds of efforts because they are able to rally various groups together around such issues.

They’re doing it again, except this time they’re focused on organizing the city’s for-hire drivers (Uber, Lyft). It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. If the coalition of groups brought together says anything – from big labor unions to environmentalists, immigrant organizations, faith leaders and more – it’s sure to be a scene to watch.

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Unions On The Campaign Trail

One of the biggest bits off the campaign trail this month was the announcement of both parties’ running mates.

Gov. Mike Pence

Gov. Mike Pence

Clinton went with Tim Kaine and Trump with Mike Pence. While Pence’s stance on labor issues are pretty much what you’d expect – tough on unions, pro Trans-Pacific Partnership, right-to-work supporter – Kaine’s relationship with labor is a bit more interesting. In fact, it’s pretty similar to Pence. He’s long defended his home state of Virginia’s right-to-work laws and, in the past, he’s also stood up for looser banking regulations and the TPP.

Senator Tim Kaine

Senator Tim Kaine

The AFL-CIO will no doubt

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Labor Around The World

Undated image released Sunday Nov 25, 2007 by the Petrofac company of the Thistle Alpha oil platform in the North Sea. A major evacuation operation was launched after a fire broke out on a North Sea oil rig on Sunday. Ninety of the 159 people on board the remote platform, 120 miles(190km) north-west of Shetland, were airlifted to safety following the blaze. There were no casualties and the crews were returning to the rig, a spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/ Petrofac HO) ** HANDOUT UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE **

Just days ago, 400 oil platform workers in the North Sea stopped working for 24 hours. This is the largest industrial action the North Sea has seen in the last 28 years. Also this month, Han Sang-gyun, leader of

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Sticky Fingers

prisonerCurrent charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:

Bernadine Bell – IATSE: $73,000 Michelle Clifton – IAHFIAW: $23,014 Kenneth Brissette – IATSE: Extortion Carlton Woodcox – AFGE: $32,787 Steve Hartman – ACT: $2,173 Nereida Norris – APWU: $31,056 Eric Gonzalez – Lynwood Employees Association: $27,000 Alan Shaffer – SMART: $8,563 Charles Nelson – NCSP: $140,000

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

How to Talk Intelligently About Union Organizing

shrmCheck out Phil’s co-authored piece on SHRM.org.

The article discusses why leaders should stop avoiding union talk at work. Phil and co-author, Marie LaMarche, provide three quick tips for discussing union organizing with your team.

Labor Relations INK June 2016

In this issue:

Big Labors Version of the Facts Auto Workers Lying Low Verizon Strike Ends Could Trump Trump Big Labor? SEIU Watch, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers and more…

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

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Union Bailout Update

As you should already know if you opened the earlier email from us, there is some big news on the Persuader Rule front. The DOL has grandfathered in all engagements – including multi-year or long-term – that exist prior to July 1, eliminating the need for reporting where such agreements exist. If you missed that email and want to get this covered, send an email to us and we’ll get you taken care of.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Speciality Healthcare decision allowing micro units, in a challenge that has spanned 4 years. This is the fourth

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Union Bailout Update

As you should already know if you opened the earlier email from us, there is some big news on the Persuader Rule front. The DOL has grandfathered in all engagements – including multi-year or long-term – that exist prior to July 1, eliminating the need for reporting where such agreements exist. If you missed that email and want to get this covered, send an email to us and we’ll get you taken care of.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Speciality Healthcare decision allowing micro units, in a challenge that has spanned 4 years. This is the fourth time an appeals court has enforced the rule. The Fifth Circuit also upheld the Ambush Election rule in a case originating in Texas and brought by a coalition of business groups.

In another appellate court action, the Seventh Circuit, in a decision contrary to two other

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Big Labors Version Of The Facts

Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 3.30.34 PMThe AFL-CIO released another episode of its PayWatch report, purporting to highlight the discrepancy between the pay of the S&P 500’s CEOs and the employees of those companies. According to the document, the “average S&P 500 CEO” earned $12.4 million in total compensation.

As is often the case with facts and figures wielded by Big Labor, the facts about the pay discrepancy between CEOs in the US and the “average nonsupervisory worker” is vastly different than made out to be.

The Big Labor propaganda paper claims a 335 to 1 ratio. However, the PayWatch document is only using the top-paid executives on the S&P 500 list, rather than the average pay of all chief executives in the U.S., which clocks in at

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Auto Workers Lying Low

Two UAW leaders were shot outside their union hall. This, after being reelected to their positions in the bargaining unit of Local 551. Both were shot in the leg. The offender has been identified and arrested.

In much less exciting news, the lockout continues at Honeywell with no real end in sight.

unifor-logoAfter wrapping up negotiations with the Auto Workers at the end of last year, the Detroit Three are prepping for their show in Canada. Unifor, the Canadian union that “represents about 23,500 autoworkers at plants operated by the Detroit Three and another 16,000 employed by automotive suppliers,” will begin negotiations with the Detroit Three soon. While faced with many of the same issues – most notably moving production to Mexico – Unifor is taking a slightly different tactic than UAW. They’ll be

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SEIU Watch

As we relayed last month, SEIU and AFSCME are considering a merger. This goes back to Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Before Justice Scalia died, it looked probable that Rebecca Friedrichs was going to win her case against CTA. This would have set a precedent prohibiting public sector unions from collecting representation dues from nonmembers who worked alongside union members.

SEIU and AFSCME, who together represent 3 million public sector workers, knew this would present a problem for them and began the discussion of joining forces. Though the merger isn’t as imminent as it might have been (with the Supreme Court ruling against Friedrichs), the discussion is still on the table. At SEIU’s Convention last month, a resolution was presented calling for collaborative effort to continue exploring this option.