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Labor Relations INK July 2016

In this issue:

Scraping The Bottom Of The Barrel Organizing Tool In Your Employees’ Pockets Stockholders Not Eager To Partner With Unions SEIU Watch, Alt-Labor, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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

View the web-based version of this newsletter (including links and graphics) by visiting:

http://lrionline.com/labor-relations-ink-january-2016

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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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Labor Relations INK - August 2015

In this issue:

Growing Support for Unions Another One Bites The Dust Desperate Ploy Clear As Mud 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

Lately my family’s been watching – okay, binge-watching – the BBC series Sherlock. These brilliant retellings of the classic Conan Doyle tales are set in modern-day England. Every one grabs me, even though I already know the basic plot. Benedict Cumberbatch was born to play the socially inept but brilliant “consulting detective” Holmes. Martin Freeman, who plays Holmes’ friend and sidekick John Watson, is every bit as good as Cumberbatch. They are a much more entertaining duo here than when they played Bilbo and Smaug.

Watching Holmes make incredible deductions from evidence nobody else even sees never gets old. His detective

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Labor Relations INK February 2015

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In this issue:

Fraudulent Finances Steelworkers Strike Oil Industry Unions Funding Illegal Political Activities? Whistlin’ Dixie 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

It’s that time of year again. The prognosticators are pouring over all the latest statistics. Some teams look like they are making gains – others seem headed for the bottom of the pack. Every year the speculation is even more intense than the last. Sometimes I think it is getting a bit much. You know what I mean?

Oh, I’m not talking about the NFL Draft (I think they’re just scratching the surface of what they can cover there,

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Whistlin’ Dixie

111229_uaw-vw_hmed_0738pWhen the UAW lost an election at the Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen plant by a slim margin last year, they almost immediately set up an office practically next door and again started gathering signatures of VW employees that wanted UAW representation. Meanwhile, Volkswagen established a new policy called Community Organization Engagement, which “allows any union that can prove it represents at least 15% of the carmaker’s workers the ability to meet with management on a regular basis and represent workers.”

This is very similar to EFCA’s “card check” proposal. “Card check” would have completely removed the secret ballot election; instead, only requiring that a majority of the workforce sign cards of interest to establish a union as the sole collective bargaining representative of that group of employees.

UAW currently claims to

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Japanese Firm Blinks

blinkIn an update to our earlier story about the IBEW using an environmental law to arm-twist a Japanese manufacturer, it appears that the company caved to IBEW demands. In the announced deal, there were no mentions at all of any moves taken by the company to fulfill any environmentally related shortfalls. Instead, the deal provides “card check” organizing for the IBEW. Once the IBEW got what it wanted, any threats related to the California Environmental Quality Act were dropped completely, irritating some environmentalists.

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 not

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Labor Relations Ink - April 2014

In this issue:

Top Heavy Alt-Labor What Unions Fear Most Whistlin’ Dixie (Organizing in the South) Only In A Union, 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 The Perfect Workplace Civility Policy?

* Legal Disclaimer: Pardon the interruption, but I remind you that while I am a lawyer I am not YOUR lawyer. There is a big difference. I am not giving you legal advice. If I were giving you legal advice (which I’m not), I would tell you to ignore the advice in this article because it is a joke. The sample policy suggested below is satirical. It is not intended for actual use in an employee handbook. If you use it you will almost certainly suffer some highly improbable but devastating chain reaction of negative

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Bill Would Limit NLRB Power

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has introduced a bill to limit the power of the NLRB. Under H.R. 2118 the Board would retain the authority to sue individuals and companies, enforce or defend its own orders and appear in federal appeals courts. It would lose the ability to sue a state on the grounds that a state action conflicts with the NLRA. The bill is in response to the Board’s actions against Utah, Arizona, South Carolina, and South Dakota for voter approved resolutions that ban “card check” and require secret ballot elections.

“Deciding whether or not a state action violates federal law should be made by the DOJ, not a board of union friendly, politically motivated appointees,” Chaffetz said.

 

UFCW vs Arizona

UFCW local 99 has filed a federal complaint against the state of Arizona claiming legislation passed last month violates the Constitution. The new law bars unions from picketing only to coerce an employer into unionization and makes it easier for a business to sue a union for defamation. Union members can now immediately stop dues deduction as the new law nullifying union rules that require dues payments for a set time period or until a contract expires. The UFCW was joined in the complaint by a Plumbers and Pipefitters union local.

The UFCW contends the new law is only retaliation for the union’s aggressive campaign against Bashas grocery store chain in 2008. The local ran an nasty smear campaign, using a front organization to accuse the grocery

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Card Check on Chavez Day

On Cesar Chavez Day last week, the California Senate approved “card check” legislation for California farm workers. The bill, sponsored by the United Farm Workers Union, would also create stiffer financial penalties for employers who engage in unfair labor practices but not for union organizers who break the law in obtaining signed union cards. “What this bill seeks to do is to change the playing field because getting those cards signed, the so-called card check, really tilts the playing field toward the union,” said Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Solana Beach.

Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, whose engineering firm is unionized, warned that allowing a process besides the secret ballot “opens the door to worker intimidation, coercion and bullying” from union leaders. Supporters dismissed that argument, saying employers already have significant influence compared to agricultural

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