SEIU Watch

People join unions because they want “representation.” The union tells them that when the going gets tough, we’ll be here to fight for you. For your respect. For your working conditions. The list goes on.

But what about when your union doesn’t fight for you? After years of paying dues for representation, that’s exactly what happened to Starla Rollins.

Rollins is a member of SEIU-UHW and served as a Ward Clerk at Dignity Health’s Community Hospital of San Bernardino for over 20 years. In 2012, Dignity Health issued a “reduction in force” and Rollins was laid off.

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Unions are huge on seniority (the people who have been here the longest are the last to get laid off and the first to get promoted, they make the most money, etc.). This system

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Teamster Beat

Teamsters Sec-Treas Ken Hall

Teamsters Sec-Treas Ken Hall

The Teamsters union has a history of corruption. It’s the reason why, until last year, the Independent Review Board overlooked “all” union affairs for more than a quarter-century. Though the decree has been lifted, the union found itself involved in another investigation earlier this year. And that investigation is making everyone think maybe that decree should have stayed in place.

Late last month, a court-appointed independent investigator alleged:

“Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, the union’s second in command, withheld e-mails and other documents from review earlier this year. The obstruction was intentional and happened while Hall knew about the investigation of ‘current high ranking Teamsters officers, fund trustees and union employees, including Hall.’”

Between this and so many Teamsters retirees losing

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UAW Attempting To Make Hay

It was hard to ignore the unexpected support union members showed toward Donald Trump throughout the election, but it’s especially hard to ignore now after seeing the exit polls. (For more on this, check out Phil’s Insight article above, or the video of the labor update here.)

Some of the swing states that put Trump over the edge are heavily UAW-represented areas (Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania). Being the opportunists that they are, unions – especially those in manufacturing industries – will attempt to hold Trump to campaign promises related to trade and infrastructure.

UAW President Dennis Williams

UAW President Dennis Williams

One thing UAW President Dennis Williams claims to be excited about concerning President-Elect Trump’s reign in office is his commitment to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement

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Labor Around The World

Americans know all too well about the struggles that plague the public education system. Unfortunately, so do Mexicans.

A recent teachers strike in the country addressing a 2013 education reform, appears to address a bigger problem amidst unions as a whole in the country. Specifically, the government’s relationship with labor unions. Click here for a deeper dive.

And in good news for all involved, negotiations between the Detroit Three and Unifor, Canada’s auto workers union, are officially completed with Ford being the final piece of the puzzle.

Sticky Fingers

prisonerCurrent charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:

Adele Dewey – USW: $4,224 Aaron Contreras – CWA: $43,293 Michell Clifton – IAHFI: $23,014 Coralee Stotler – IBT: $10,000 Robert Smith III – ILA: $1,000,000+ John Bickerstaff – IAHFI: $70,659 William Winecke – Soo Line Locomotive & Car Foreman’s Association: $41,036 Roberto Gracia – ILA: $30,000

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

Phil Quoted in SHRM Article on SEIU's $7.8 Million Fine

shrmFor nearly a decade, Professional Janitorial Services has been fighting for justice against the Service Employees International Union. The union was finally found guilty of “wrongfully interfering” in PJS business while targeting them in a union organizing drive.

SHRM asked Phil for comment. Check it out here.

Kline Releases Statement on Blacklisting Rule

Last Monday, a Federal Judge filed a preliminary injunction on the DOL’s “blacklisting” rule. This rule would “require federal contractors and subcontractors bidding on jobs of $500,000 or more to publicly report any resolved, pending or alleged violations of 14 labor laws.”

Rep. John Kline released the following statement in response to the injunciton.

This decision is good news for workers, employers, and taxpayers. It reaffirms that the administration’s extreme blacklisting regulation is fundamentally flawed and will do more harm than good. The administration has spent significant time and taxpayer resources concocting this regulatory scheme, when they should have been focused on enforcing existing policies designed to hold federal contractors accountable. The best way to ensure fair pay and safe workplaces is to enforce current protections, and in light of this decision, it’s time for the administration to do just that.

Labor Relations INK October 2016

In this issue:

Another Union Business Dies Union Pickpockets Unions On The Campaign Trail SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers and more…

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

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Come November…

Election day is (mercifully) just around the corner. While I hesitate to make predictions this election season it looks very much like Hillary Clinton will win the White House and based on everything I’ve read there is a much better than 50% chance Democrats will gain control of the Senate. Barring a complete wipeout in down ballot races it looks like Republicans will maintain narrow control over the House of Representatives.

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What do results like this mean for labor professionals? The easiest answer is “more

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Right To Work

Taking right-to-work up a notch, Alabama and Virginia will strive to become the eleventh and twelfth states to protect right-to-work into their state constitutions in November. The two states have had right-to-work laws in place for decades. Arkansas was the first state to enshrine right-to-work in its constitution in 1944, and Oklahoma the most recent in 2001. Business leaders in Alabama, which has twice the union density as its neighbors, believes the state must protect right-to-work to remain competitive and to attract additional auto and aerospace manufacturing jobs.

 

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson Come November…

Election day is (mercifully) just around the corner. While I hesitate to make predictions this election season it looks very much like Hillary Clinton will win the White House and based on everything I’ve read there is a much better than 50% chance Democrats will gain control of the Senate. Barring a complete wipeout in down ballot races it looks like Republicans will maintain narrow control over the House of Representatives.

hillary-clinton

What do results like this mean for labor professionals? The easiest answer is “more of the same.” That is a safe bet. But if Hillary Clinton manages to pull off a landslide in the electoral college (vey possible) she will be in a stronger position to get at least some legislative work done in her

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