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Labor Relations INK March 2017

In this issue:

It’s All Academic AFL-CIO Headquarters Staff Dwindles Longshoremen Union Out of Step with Membership Insight, Fight for $15, SEIU Watch and more…

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

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

The Clash, The Beatles and Lafe Solomon

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The Supreme Court at last issued its decision in National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. The Court found that Lafe Solomon’s stint as Acting General Counsel to the NLRB violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (“FVRA”). While Chief Justice Roberts took pains to make clear its decision is not “the son of Noel Canning” it at least qualifies as a first cousin.

Unless you have

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Labor Relations INK, April 2016

In this issue:

Quarter Mil Salaries for 448 Union Employees Last Year Decades of Discrimination At This Sheet Metal Local “Gig Economy” Union Deal Goes Bust SEIU Watch, Alt-Labor, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard 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 One Year After the Ambush Rule: Why Unions Should Be Worried

The ambush election rule turned one on April 15. We now can look at the true impact of the rule unions wanted so badly to “level the playing field” in union elections. I’ve looked at the numbers and compared this last year to prior years. The bottom line: the rule’s impact has had no impact on what matters most to unions, total petitions and election victories.

When the rule first went into effect the number of union elections spiked nearly 15% over the

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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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Union Bailout Update

The National Labor Relations Board is relentless, like water eroding rock one drop at a time.

Although it seems a slight alteration, the NLRB changed a 50-year-old standard when it ruled recently that unions and employers can’t hold mass representation campaign meetings 24 hours before ballots are to be mailed to workers in mail-ballot elections. The prior restriction was 24 hours after ballots were mailed.

The board is also chipping away at the definition of supervisors, making it easier for unions to include them in bargaining units. This latest ruling does have some subtle clues for organizing supervisory work in such a way that you can stack the deck in your favor.

The DOL announced that it will finally implement changes to overtime requirements as of July 2016, impacting particularly white collar exemptions from federal overtime requirements. The DOL (along with the NLRB) continues to attack the

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Labor Relations INK January 2016

In this issue:

New Blood Operating Engineers Blackballs Employee CWA Throws In The Towel At IBM Mixed Media 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 with Phil Wilson

The Real Impact of Ambush Elections

In just a couple of months we will have one year of experience under the NLRB’s ambush election rule making. This is one of the most significant changes in US labor law since… Ever. It has slashed the amount of time employees have to consider their decision about whether or not to choose representation. More important, it has fundamentally altered how decisions about who is included (and excluded) from bargaining are made.

But what are the actual “on the ground” differences? Let me start with the latest statistics. First, number of days till an election. Here

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Labor Relations INK December 2015

In this issue:

Tension In The UAW Whistlin’ Dixie Media Overtaken By Big Labor? Teamster Beat SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, 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 back. After a several year hiatus, the Department of Labor (DOL) resurrected the so-called “persuader” rulemaking. This month they asked the Office of Management and Budget to approve the proposed rule that sat dormant for years. It looks like the rule will go into effect this spring.

Most people haven’t thought about this rule for several years, so here’s a quick reset: The Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) passed in 1959. That law focused primarily on union corruption. It outlawed and required reporting of certain transactions between unions and companies. The purpose of these restrictions is to disclose, and hopefully eliminate,

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Union Bailout Update – December 2015

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren

As if the Fight for Fifteen wasn’t enough, the retail, food service and cleaning industries face another spectre in the form of the “Schedules That Work Act” introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Under the bill, employees are given the “right” to have more say in:

The number of hours the employee is required to work or be on call The times when the employee is required to work or be on call The location where they work The amount of notification the employee receives for schedule assignments Minimizing fluctuations in the number of hours scheduled on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Work schedules or schedule changes must be provided in writing 14 days in advance, and there are financial penalties

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Tension In The UAW

You heard us say last month that the UAW’s success pushing through their collective bargaining agreements with the Big Three, eliminating the two-tier wage system, has some people expecting those same companies to move auto production to Mexico. Today, we’d like to dive a little further into what the reasoning is behind that.

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Will Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and GM move all auto production to Mexico? No. However, just as all vehicles have a different tag price, so does their cost of labor. Cheaper cars are cheaper to manufacture. More expensive vehicles – trucks and SUVs – are, you guessed it, more expensive to manufacture. Truck and SUV manufacturing may be able to support these higher wages; however, production costs associated with, say, the Ford Focus can’t.

Charles

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Phil on UAW Win at Volkswagen Chattanooga

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In a Times Free Press article, published yesterday, Phil addresses the question: “What does the UAW vote mean for VW and auto manufacturing across the country?”

His response addresses the fact that UAW’s fight is not over. The determining factor in whether or not this win is a success comes in the contract negotiations – and the pressure is on. If they can’t land a deal that gives autoworkers pay and benefits that are significantly better than what they currently enjoy, it will be hard to convince other VW workers to join.

BFI Joint Employer Decision Gets Invoked on Microsoft

On August 27, the NLRB announced its decision in the joint employer case of Browning Ferris Industries. This ruling – that BFI was in fact a joint employer with its contracted company, Leadpoint, and is thus responsible for and included in the bargaining negotiations with the union – has left businesses across the country bewildered. This is because the criteria the Board set in place to determine joint employer status is just vague enough that determination has more to do with the opinion of Board members, rather than direct and distinct guidelines.

Many believe that this decision is further proof of the NLRB’s effort to help boost union numbers. If the bargaining unit of a company that does contract work for a larger company is “technically” a part of that larger company, then the union has just weaseled its way into a bigger pool without the larger company’s

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