The New York State Teamsters Conference Pension and Retirement Fund is expected to file an application today to reduce benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014. According to the last 5500 filing in 2014, this plan was 46.5% funded. In a letter on February 5th to the plan’s 34,639 participants, fund trustees estimated that the plan will go insolvent within the next 19 years.
The Teamsters application to the Treasury Department follows two other applications submitted by the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers Locals 5 and 7.
Meanwhile, Congress is considering legislation that would use taxpayer dollars to bail out the “overpromised, underfunded pension plan of the United Mine Workers of America.” This article gives a great synopsis of why that’s a terrible idea. Here’s a quick quote:
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Senator Tim Kaine
One of the reasons Tim Kaine was such an interesting pick as running mate for Hillary Clinton was his stance on right-to-work laws. As Governor of Virginia, Kaine supported his state’s decision to establish right-to-work. Apparently now Hillary has clarified that while Kaine supports the States’ right to choose, he opposes the establishment of right-to-work on the federal level.
This was a necessary clarification for the Clinton campaign as Hillary looks to bring home the union vote. It’s not a hard get when you look at the history. Here’s a fun fact:
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French National Assembly member Christian Hutin
The UAW just won’t back down when it comes to the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi. After years of no success attempting to organize that plant, the Auto Workers are teaming up with allies in Europe, specifically the French government—who is Nissan’s largest shareholder. One French parliamentarian is expected to visit the plant himself in order to “persuade” Nissan to support unionization at the plant.
A little further north in Kentucky, the Steelworkers are working on getting employees at Pilkington North America’s Versailles plantContinue reading Whistlin’ Dixie
Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel
Unions don’t like right-to-work laws, but most still accept it as the law of the land once it’s passed. Apparently that’s not the case in Wisconsin. Attorney General, Brad Schimel, has had to remind unions of that fact twice this month. This comes after unions in the state filed an appeal of the right-to-work decision, saying that it violated the Fifth Amendment of the United States. Right-to-work law will remain in effect in the state until the appeals court issues a ruling.
Big labor is finding a little more success in West Virginia where a temporary injunctionRight To Work
The full economic effects of Brexit remain to be seen. But as many countries continue to sort through how they’ll deal with it, Scotland has a plan in place that unions jumped behind to support. If you’re wondering why, the plan involves accelerating planned capital projects. In other words, taking on perilous levels of debt to build public works, for which the unions provide labor. Economists are concerned about the risk of accelerating the debt while future revenue commitments remain uncertain.
The three main Eurostar railway unions are in the midst of industrial action against the railways with five big strikes. One company representative, Chris Grayling, said: “I’m very disappointed that unions keep on calling strike action over what always appear
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Current charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:
Devon Madray – SPFPA: $20,000 Joan Dutton & Tatia Clark – USW: $15,935 Michael Schofield – BMWE: $31,850
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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson NLRB Sets its Sights on Unionized Companies
Over the last 8 years we’ve witnessed a constant barrage of pro-union decisions from the NLRB. Revamped election rules shrunk election periods by nearly one-third. Countless other decisions intend to tilt the election playing field in their favor. In spite of this union membership remains at its all-time low, as unions continue to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. They are organizing new members at a tepid pace that is just barely keeping up with
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by Phil Wilson
NLRB Sets its Sights on Unionized Companies
Over the last 8 years we’ve witnessed a constant barrage of pro-union decisions from the NLRB. Revamped election rules shrunk election periods by nearly one-third. Countless other decisions intend to tilt the election playing field in their favor. In spite of this union membership remains at its all-time low, as unions continue to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. They are organizing new members at a tepid pace that is just barely keeping up with lost members. This may explain why the NLRB has recently turned its attention to unionized employers.
In May the General Counsel issued Memorandum GC 16-03 which essentially takes away the right of an employer to “withdraw recognition” from a union that loses majority status. As you probably know, an employer is only allowed to bargain with a union that has proven it
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In another effort to facilitate the ease of union organizing, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) returned to the Sturgis standard in the recently decided Miller & Anderson, Inc. case. This now allows contracted employees to be grouped with the employer’s owned employees for the purposes of an appropriate bargaining unit. Here is a piece of sound advice from the National Law Review:
employers utilizing temporary employees supplied by another should carefully review the agreement under which such temporary employees are supplied and, most importantly, the terms and conditions under which such temporary employees are employed, managed, and controlled.
As you already know from the email we sent you at the time, a Federal District Court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction against the Persuader Rule. If you missed our first post, you can read more details here.
New advice from the NLRB Associate General Counsel to
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Leave it to the small but ever aggressive IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) to look for bread crumbs in odd places. In an attempt to organize prisoners who are employed by private contractors, the IWW organized prison labor strikes in five states, demanding the right to form a union. To further their objective, the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee has called for a nationwide prison strike on September 9th.
It will be interesting to see how unionized security guards feel about their inmates also organizing, and how labor solidarity plays out in this context could be quite a spectacle.