SEIU Watch

A tentative agreement for a three-year contract between SEIU-UHW and Daughters of Charity has been ratified. The problem, according to one member is:

“Despite reports from all hospitals that there was an overwhelming no vote, the yes votes appeared by magic in the ballot boxes and the deed was done.”

Dave Regan

Dave Regan

Most people believe Dave Regan rigged the vote; and it doesn’t help his case that he’s done it before (in 2012 at Chapman Medical Center). It makes sense that he’s not taking no for an answer when you take into account the massive number of members he’s lost recently. First, when Mary Kay Henry created a new local with half of his members (about 60,000); and again just last month when SEIU-UHW lost another 700 workers to National Union of Hospital Workers.

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Labor Around The World

On November 12, nearly 25,000 protesters in Athens, Greece participated in the first general strike in the country since its current government came to power in January. The issue at center involved a new round of “bailout-related tax hikes and spending cuts.”

After a three-week-long strike, Brazilian oil workers finally ended their protest against state-run oil producer Petróleo Brasileiro’s planned divestment program. The stoppage cost the company 2.29 million barrels of oil production.

The Connecticut AFL-CIO voted last month to join the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers in their support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS). BDS is a Palestinian movement that encourages people to boycott Israeli business and enterprises until they comply with international law and Palestinian rights.

On November 11, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Republic of Ecuador entered into an agreement to “ensure workers and employers of

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Sticky Fingers Nov. 2015

prisonerCurrent charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:

William Davis – AFGE: $120,000 Robin Pirrello – IBEW: $22,184 Michelle Misso – Ironworkers: $47,161 Dawn Colley – USW: $7,201 David Deitrick – USW: $8,993 Thomas Flaherty – IBT: $22,011 James Coffee Jr. – USW: $7,098 Alton Alexander – USW: $1000 Anthony Frederick – LIUNA: $1,700,000 Mark Durinski – AFGE: $53,544 Cynthia Angulo – SPFPA: $61,200

Breaking News: Congress Passes Tribal Sovereignty Bill

The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 (H.R. 511) was passed by the House today by a vote of 249 to 177. The bill prevents the NLRB from “exerting jurisdiction over tribal businesses on tribal lands.”

Read the full press release here.

House of Representative Votes on Tribal Sovereignty

The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 hits the House of Representatives this week. If approved, the measure will prevent the NLRB from wrongfully interfering in Native American affairs. The main assertion behind the proposal is:

“Tribal leaders should be free to set labor policies they determine are best for their workplaces.”

We will keep you posted on the outcome. Click here to read the full announcement from Education and the Workforce Committee.

Big Labor Grasping at Straws

Last week, Al Jazeera posted an interesting article on the revitalization of the labor movement. Simply put, it over-glorifies millennial support of organized labor. While it’s true that millennials currently have the most favorable view of unions, the fact is that most of the major worker movements right now (Fast Food Forward, Black Lives Matter, and campaigns in higher education) aren’t about being able to unionize. They are about rallying together for change. This is different than shelling out money for third party representation. It’s about representing yourself. If anything, what millennials are proving right now is that you don’t have to be a part of a union to effect change.

The face of labor is changing and unions know it. They’re struggling to remain relevant, and hoping that they will find some way to monetize their efforts on the back end.


Wilson On Radio: UAW in Chattanooga

logo_fidLRI’s President Phil Wilson was interviewed by Chattanooga radio station WUTC on the UAW’s newest union drive for a group of maintenance workers and the unusual situation of the UAW plant there. Click here to listen to the 8-minute interview. Phil explains why the plant workers are probably feeling that the UAW is “kicking them while they’re down.”

The Convenience of Fraudulence

On October 1, 2014, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers enacted a policy that requires members to bring a written request and proof of identification to the union hall if they wish to opt out of membership or dues deduction. This, they say, is due to “a history of members losing their membership through fraudulently submitted paperwork.”

In a move that surprised many, the NLRB General Counsel alleged this policy to be unlawful stating that the NLRA “prohibits any union from prescribing any particular method for resigning membership or revoking a dues check-off authorization.”

Administrative Law Judge David I. Goldman disagreed – ruling on October 25, 2015 that while the application of the rule “may not survive scrutiny,” the rule itself simply provides a “manner and place” for resignation and does not prevent the act of resigning for any member at any time.

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Phil Wilson Quoted on Approachability and Retention

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 9.26.01 AMThe Daily Independent of Ridgecrest, CA, reached out to Phil this week to discuss the problem of employee retention.

The problem was summarized by a quote from Andre Lavoie, CEO of talent management firm ClearCompany:

“With so many employees looking to leave their current position for one that better suits their needs, it’s clear that employers aren’t taking enough time to get to know individual employee needs, interests and goals.”

Phil provided additional clarity:

“Retention is always a challenge, but the simple fact is that employees don’t leave companies – they leave managers,” said Wilson, explaining that if an organization is experiencing a high turnover rate, it is likely that their leadership team is failing in one way or another.

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BFI Joint Employer Decision Gets Invoked on Microsoft

On August 27, the NLRB announced its decision in the joint employer case of Browning Ferris Industries. This ruling – that BFI was in fact a joint employer with its contracted company, Leadpoint, and is thus responsible for and included in the bargaining negotiations with the union – has left businesses across the country bewildered. This is because the criteria the Board set in place to determine joint employer status is just vague enough that determination has more to do with the opinion of Board members, rather than direct and distinct guidelines.

Many believe that this decision is further proof of the NLRB’s effort to help boost union numbers. If the bargaining unit of a company that does contract work for a larger company is “technically” a part of that larger company, then the union has just weaseled its way into a bigger pool without the larger company’s

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