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Right To Work

Wisconsin has been a right-to-work state for about a year now; but in a bold move last month, Judge William Foust of Wisconsin suspended it. Foust found that “forbidding unions from collecting fair share payments from non-members who benefit from their services is an unjust taking.” The International Union of Operating Engineers locals 139 and 420 had filed suits claiming the law violates the NLRA. The ruling was revoked yesterday by a state court of appeals judge. Wisconsin is right-to-work again…for now. We’ll see if the same thing happens in West Virginia…

After becoming the 26th state to pass right-to-work legislation earlier this year, the West Virginia AFL-CIO and the state’s unions are taking the decision to court.

It makes sense why unions hate right-to-work so much – it allows people who don’t want to be union members to opt out. However, Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor

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Unions On The Campaign Trail

In an interesting preface to the 2016 presidential campaign, a Republican candidate may do more to drive a wedge between unions and their members than the usual automatic Big Labor support of liberal candidates generally provokes. Although 40% of union households generally vote Democratic, a current poll by the AFL-CIO shows that of the union households who have already decided on a candidate, 18% have selected Trump, while Clinton and Sanders have secured only 19% support combined!

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Big Labor sent about $420 million in political contributions to liberal interests between 2012 and 2014, and rank and file union members who supply those funds are beginning to express their ire. The union leopard won’t change its spots as election “funding” season continues, but the heat in the kitchen is starting

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Labor Relations INK February 2016

In this issue:

Propping Up A Dinosaur When In Trouble, Ask For A Raise! Union Pension Shipwreck West Virginia to Join Ranks of Right To Work States Teamster Beat, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight 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 5 Steps to Prepare for the Persuader Rule

If you believe the rumors out of Washington (I do), the so-called persuader rule is on track to go from “proposed” to “final” by the end of next month. It could slip into April but at this point it looks like it is going to happen. After more than 5 years the rule will no longer be a hypothetical. Are you ready?

Most companies I talk to (not to mention most consultants and law firms) still treat this rule as a potential threat, versus a

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Political Survey Features Labor's Decline

Last month, Working America, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, released a report that examined Donald Trump’s appeal to working-class voters. The goal? To reveal the issues, information, and the type of messenger needed to counter the Trump version of the conservative message that has taken America by storm.

Of the 1,689 prospective voters canvassed during this study, 53 percent said they were still currently undecided about the presidential race. However, among the decided, 38 percent favored Trump, while only 22 percent favored Clinton and 12 percent favored Sanders. Even more, the study found that Trump supporters were strikingly loyal – with one-third stating they wouldn’t vote for anyone else if Trump wasn’t on the ticket.

What’s particularly interesting about this study is that the Americans surveyed held household incomes of $75,000 or less. Households with these demographics would, historically, go along with an agenda in line with the AFL-CIO (although

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Labor Relations Ink May 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 3.47.45 PMIn this issue:

Labor Leaders Cash In on Workers’ Dues The Good Life… Grasping At Straws? Is Militancy In Health Care Good For You? 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

Surprising New Data on Ambush Elections

This may come as a shock, but the question I get asked most these days isn’t about where I get my haircut (it doesn’t take long – although getting that “trees running away from the forest” look just right isn’t as easy as it looks). It’s not even about whether I think Rey is the daughter of Han Solo and Leia in The Force Awakens.

Nope.

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Union Bailout Update

The Ambush Rule is having the impact intended (by the unions and their NLRB supporters). According to a random sampling of 42 elections filed since the rule went into effect, the new average time between the date of filing and the election is 23.5 days, which is a 14.5-day decrease to the average prior to the rule. Additional results of the survey include:

A high of 35 days from filing to election. A low of 10 days from filing to election. 3 cases with 13 days or less. 7 cases with 19 days or less.

It’s too early to gage the impact on the winning percentages, but once we have enough data to make an assessment we’ll let you know. Although Congress made noise that they were going to attempt to nullify the rule, they ended up tabling the maneuver, perhaps realizing they couldn’t get past a presidential

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Labor Relations INK March 2015

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In this issue:

Right-to-Work Rolls On Alt-Labor Who Knew? Own Worst Enemy SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight 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

These days calling an NLRB case scary is kind of like calling Kevin Durant injured: it’s just understood. But occasionally you see a case that stands out in what seems like an ocean of pro-union decisions. That’s what the Grand Canyon Education decision felt like to me the first time I heard about it.

Grand Canyon Education is a recent NLRB decision that found an unfair labor practice when an HR manager questioned an employee about how she felt about her supervisor.

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Right-to-Work Rolls On

chi-states-with-righttowork-laws-map-20150313Wisconsin became the 25th state to enact a Right-to-Work law, following the 2012 moves by Michigan and Indiana. The AFL-CIO and a couple of unions immediately filed suit, calling the law unconstitutional. The noise from Big Labor is likely to fall on deaf ears, as the court upheld those in Michigan and Indiana from similar assaults.

In Kentucky, where statewide efforts to secure Right-to-Work have failed, 10 counties have enacted Right-to-Work legislation with 6 more pending, taking perhaps the most unique approach to protecting the state’s workforce from forced union dues. Missouri and Illinois seem headed for a fight. The Missouri Senate is debating a bill approved by the House while the Governor has stated he doesn’t intend to sign. Illinois is now almost surrounded

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Labor Relations Ink December 2014

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In this issue:

Japanese Firm Blinks UAW Strife in the South Union Pensions on the Ropes SEIU Has Dirty Hands in Ferguson Teamsters Beat, Sticky Fingers, Insight and more…

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

Note from the editor:

Due to INK releasing a week early for the holidays, we don’t have all of the data in for a complete Scoreboard. We will release a separate email with the December Scoreboard when the data is available. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

My favorite new movie (at least until this one comes out) is Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s action-packed, has great special effects, and is a thrill

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Alt-Labor

15“A newly published National Bureau of Economics Research paper confirms what most of us already know: minimum wage increases harm the earnings and job mobility of low-skill workers.”

By looking at the effects of the 2007 to 2009 change in the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25, University of California economics professors Jeffrey Clemens and Michael Wither found that a $15 minimum wage would not only hurt the individuals it proposes to help, but would substantially reduce the national employment rate. Factual knowledge such as this does little to stop the United Food and Commercial Workers or the Service Employees from pushing onward in their jaded attempts to increase their dwindling membership numbers.

The AFL-CIO reported “an estimated 1,600 actions and strikes at Walmart locations around the country” during the Black Friday protests.

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