SEIU Watch June 2014

OnPhoneWhileDriving 300x199 SEIU Watch June 2014SEIU is perhaps the champ when it comes to raiding other unions, and the more than 11,000 employees of San Bernadino County was just too fat a target to be ignored. The San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) secured a restraining order to prevent SEIU from running a decertification campaign against the SBPEA.

County employees are upset that the SEIU is harassing them at their homes (via mail and phone) as well as on their cell phones, and are upset about how the union obtained their personal information, which has yet to be disclosed.

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Unions At Odds With Market Competition

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The union representing Boston taxi drivers is up in arms against the ride sharing service Uber. In a recent protest outside Uber’s Boston offices, they issued a statement that included this smoke-and-mirrors rhetoric while hinting at the truth:

“Every day these unlicensed Uber-for hire vehicles and drivers operate on the streets of Boston, it puts at risk residents, tourists and business passengers, who assume that these drivers and vehicles are safe and the rates are fair.”

Ah – “rates that are fair.” The union model cannot abide what is best for the consumer (including its members), only what is best for the union, market capitalism and competition be damned!

Uber’s response:

“Rich taxi medallion owners should

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Teamster Beat June 2014

A lawyer for the Teamsters asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to put an end to 25 years of federal oversight. In reply, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara La Morte wrote to the judge, claiming “corrupt and undemocratic practices persist at all levels of the union,” and that federal prosecutors would be willing to scale back government control, but not completely eliminate oversight.

The initiation of the federal oversight stems from a 1989 consent decree, the result of a racketeering lawsuit brought against the union the previous year. In that suit, then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani alleged the union had made a “devil’s pact” with the Mafia by allowing it to control officer elections. Eighteen members of the union’s executive board, along with 26 alleged organized-crime members, had been named as defendants. Twenty five of those organized-crime members had been convicted of crimes such as

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Sticky Fingers June 2014

Current charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:prisoner2 Sticky Fingers June 2014prisoner2 Sticky Fingers June 2014prisoner3 200x300 Sticky Fingers June 2014

J.D. Richey – BMWE:  $7,300 Juan “Alex” Cedeo – USW:  $95,000 Udean Forbes-Payton – UAW:  $5,562 Fred Correll – IBT:  $10,000 Ryan Sherard – IBT:  $9,635 Robert Vargeson – CWA:  $6,373

http://www.nlpc.org/union-corruption-update

Organizing in the 21st Century

apps1 Organizing in the 21st CenturyDouglas Williams with hacktheunion.org did some research recently on labor organizations and their presence in the App Store. What he discovered is that there isn’t much of one; and what is there is sorely outdated and not focused on features that benefit the process of organizing. The Communications Workers (CWA), Machinists (IAMAW) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) all have apps with a few features someone beneficial to Big Labor’s purposes.

Alt-Labor is probably taking the lead with app functions more useful to organizing.  Restaurant Opportunity Centers United (ROC) has an app that rates restaurants on four criteria: “membership in the ROC’s Restaurant Industry Roundtable, wages, paid sick days, and the opportunity for employee advancement.” It also lets you know if the workplace is engaged in

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Labor Relations Ink - May 2014

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In this issue:

UAW Rolls On Alt-Labor Momentum Just A Little Arm-Twisting The Union Redistribution Program SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

The Low Information Voter

Are you an LIV?

LIV stands for “low information voter” and they are important. Low information voters are people who vote based on “hueristics” or cues – like voting for a candidate because he likes the same kind of food you do. In lieu of getting educated on the facts LIVs will instead make a quick decision based on a gut-reaction, rule of thumb or maybe even a stereotype.

Because LIVs are

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

The Low Information Voter

Are you an LIV?

LIV stands for “low information voter” and they are important. Low information voters are people who vote based on “hueristics” or cues – like voting for a candidate because he likes the same kind of food you do. In lieu of getting educated on the facts LIVs will instead make a quick decision based on a gut-reaction, rule of thumb or maybe even a stereotype.

Because LIVs are not really educated or committed to one candidate in particular they can be extremely important in elections. Research suggests that they are more moderate and willing to “split-ticket” or just stay at home on election day. They often swing elections.

Labor unions do all they can to take advantage of the “LIV factor” when they organize. For example, the ambush election rule is all about restricting access to quality

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Union Bailout Update May 2014

Schiffer 1024x576 Union Bailout Update May 2014The NLRB is continuing to stay busy, probably hoping to promulgate as much union-favorable change as possible before member Schiffer’s term expires in December.

The board demonstrated once again that strict adherence to rules trumps intent every time in government work. When nine employees unanimously voted to decertify their union, in their zeal to be rid of the union they sent individual letters to the union after the vote, but 10 days prior to the certification of the vote by the board. The union claimed never having received proper notification, and NLRB ordered that the employees continue paying dues to the union for another year!

The NLRB is dead set on meddling in an ever expanding array of arenas. Recent rulings on social media policies,

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UAW Rolls On

It’s no secret that the Auto Workers have been having a rough go of it recently, but let’s not forget, they are the UAW and they are hell-bent on increasing their membership numbers – which is why they withdrew their appeal of the February VW election. Stay with me here.

During the campaign, it was suggested that if the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant organized, they would lose VW’s new crossover to Mexico. Now that the Auto Workers have withdrawn the appeal and the election has been certified, if Chattanooga doesn’t get the crossover, Tennessee politicians will take the hit. Additionally, UAW could gain from a false perception that their main concern truly is for the well-being of the employees.

It’s a pretty smart play. Now they can sit back and wait for the perfect opportunity to strike again, which they will do according to UAW Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams who pointed

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Teamsters Beat

teamsters Teamsters BeatThe Teamsters are not shy about bringing their game into corporate boardrooms, even across oceans. On May 8th, the union presented a shareholder resolution at Republic Services’ annual shareholder meeting, while the following week Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa lead a group to Birmingham, England to corner the National Express Group PLC Board of Directors about “the company’s poor worker rights record at its North American subsidiaries.” Unions are convinced that the “right to form a union” falls in the realm of a “human right,” and continue to use such rhetoric to pressure companies to stop communicating to their employees management’s viewpoint on union representation. In England, the Teamsters were joined by the British union Unite, the International Transport Federation and British National Express workers to turn up the heat on National

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