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Union Bailout Update

Alex Acosta

The DOL under new head Alexander Acosta has withdrawn two memos (or administrative interpretations) originally posted by the Wage & Hour division related to independent contractor and joint employer status. Although such action does not change any law, it does signal the administration’s possible intention to backtrack up the slippery slope of joint employer issues.

The administration also revoked a 2013 Letter of Interpretation which allowed non-employee union members to attend OSHA inspections, even when no employees at the targeted company were represented by a union.

The DOL has also signaled that it intends to revoke the Persuader Rule, publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will take public comment on rescinding the rule altogether.

Acosta apparently

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UNIFOR All In! Campaign

Canadian super union UNIFOR is presenting a nicely designed image with their latest All In! Campaign Toolkit booklet. If you’ve got operations in Canada, take a look here.

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Interesting Toronto Star article on a union drive at The Trump Hotel

The Toronto Star recently published a story about a “quickie election” (5-day election) in Toronto Canada. There are a number of interesting points in the article. I really thought this article illustrates some key Left of Boom points.

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Whistlin’ Dixie

uaw-mercedesThe Auto Workers will stop at nothing to organize Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Volkswagen plant. Before the representative election was held last February wherein UAW lost the vote by a 716-626 margin, they signed a neutrality agreement with VW that stated: “Unless otherwise agreed to by the parties, if the UAW does not receive a majority…the UAW shall discontinue all organizing activities at the Chattanooga plant and all other Volkswagen Group of America facilities and locations for a period of not less than one year…”

As we reported in July, the UAW has since established a new “members only” local with no dues requirements. Their hope is that if they can get enough employees to become members of Local 42, VW will be forced to recognize the union as the representative of its

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Union Corruption Beyond Borders

canadian_flagCorruption claims are toppling over each other as Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission bosses fight to keep the current disclosure laws in place. If they can’t, they’ll be forced to show records that many believe would prove that the union funded the rebuilding of a biker strip club, that they regularly adjust to cover up to $4,000 a day in executive expense reports, and to top it off – that they have a hand in organized crime.

83% of working Canadians believe that unions should be required “to publicly disclose detailed financial information on a regular basis.” This begs the question – if the union’s job is as they claim, to represent the working people, why then are they actively fighting against showing the people how their dues money is being spent? There’s only one possible answer here. They don’t want the people to

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Canadian Corruption

Raynald Desjardins

Raynald Desjardins

A current court case involving Quebec’s largest construction organization makes clear that ties between organized crime and labor unions is a universal issue. The Federation des travailleurs et travailleuses de Quebec (FTQ) and its international, Provincial Council of Construction Trades were recently exposed for criminal activity by a former executive, Ken Pereira. Pereira first took notice of the corruption when reviewing receipts of high level employees. Upon taking the obvious discrepancies in the financial data to his superiors, he was laughed at.

What Pereira would ultimately discover is that FTQ was not being run by Jocelyn Dupuis, former director of the union, but rather by Raynald Desjardins, a reputed Mafia enforcer currently awaiting trial for murder.

New Canadian “Superunion”

Canadians have borrowed from the playbook of U.S. Big Labor, combining two recent strategies: merging two or more fairly prominent unions together, and seeking to include those not traditionally eligible for union membership.

The action will merge the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers with the Canadian Auto Workers, representing 320,000 workers across some 20 industries. In addition to hoping to merge with other unions as well, the superunion also hopes to attract students, seniors, and the unemployed – really, anyone else they can think of that is not already affiliated with a union.

The Canadians borrowed more than just strategy. Commenting on the move, CAW President Ken Lewenza used recent “Occupy” marketing hype, stating, “We’d be more than glad to represent the 99 percent of Canadians and take on

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Canadians Say "No Thanks!"

A poll by Nanos Research of employed Canadians found that 8 out of 10 of those who do not belong to a union have no desire to join one. The Canadian LabourWatch Association commissioned the survey, titled “The State of Unions 2011.” Other findings include:

Eighty-three percent said Canadian law should require both public and private sector unions to be financially transparent with the public Seventy-three percent were against union dues being used to pay for political attack ads Only fifty-four percent of currently or formerly unionized respondents said they believed their union dues were well-spent