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Labor Relations INK September 2015

In this issue:

New Tool for Organizing Leverage Political Season & Labor Talk Tax Payers Subsidizing Union Labor Debunking Union Myths 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

Harry Johnson’s NLRB term expired on August 27th. It was way too short. Thankfully Member Johnson was able to leave a few parting shots before he departed. There have been so many important changes over the last few weeks it is impossible to cover them all. These are the things I’ve been asked about most and a few thoughts about the implications:

Who is going to replace Harry Johnson? I haven’t seen much buzz on this so far. The only rumor I’ve seen suggests Roger King. Roger would be a terrific choice – he’s among the sharpest labor

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NLRB Reverses Yet Another 50-Year-Old Precedent

So Browning-Ferris wasn’t the only shady decision made by the NLRB last Thursday – they also ruled that employers must continue to deduct union dues from employee paychecks even after the collective bargaining agreement with management expires. The case was between SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin and Lincoln Lutheran of Racine.

The Board ruled that it was unlawful for Lincoln Lutheran to stop automatically withdrawing dues from its employees’ paychecks when their contract with the union expired. According to the Board, the employer must continue to deduct the dues “until the parties have either reached a successor collective-bargaining agreement or a valid overall bargaining impasse permits unilateral action by the employer.”

When asked to explain the decision, an NLRB spokesperson said the ruling was made in an effort to support the “goal of promoting collective bargaining.”

This ruling reverses a more than 50-year-old precedent. The Board originally ruled to overturn the

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Labor Relations INK June 2015

In this issue:

Organizing Hotspots Tribal Gaming Claims a Victory Young People More Supportive of Unions 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 NLRB Should Stop Protecting Racial Hatred

The NLRB has a chance to take a stand against racism and racial hatred. I hope they make the right choice. I don’t think they will. But we will get to that in a minute.

First, a quick update on ambush elections. We now have a little over two months under our belt and the impact of the new rule is starting to emerge. There was a fair amount of concern last month about the big increase in NLRB petitions. It looks like after two months the number of petitions overall is starting to look more like it

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Tough Negotiations Ahead

uawThe United Auto Workers will begin formal negotiations with the biggest automakers in the U.S. next month. Though General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automotive will enter into negotiations first, July 13 and 14 respectively, the UAW hopes its negotiations with Ford, which begin July 23, will lead the way in setting the bar for wages and benefits. This tactic is also called “pattern bargaining.”

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Source: WLFI

After agreeing to a two-tier wage system with Ford in 2011, UAW’s primary goal in these negotiations is to close that gap. Ford has stated, however, that the lower tier designed for entry-level employees has been critical to “its ability to hire more than 15,000 U.S. workers since 2011.”

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Labor Relations INK April 2015

In this issue:

How To Drive Business Away Dire Straits Teamster Monkey Business at the Zoo Full Of Sound And Fury… 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

Let me start by answering the question that I know is on your mind: did Darth Vader actually build C-3PO?

If you’re like me (thankfully you’re probably not) you’ve been binge-watching the new digital re-masters of the canonical Star Wars films. The last time I saw the “prequels” was in the theater, so watching them all at once with my daughter has been really fun. I’ve caught some things I didn’t notice before. Like the fact that my second-favorite paranoid android (sorry, but Marvin is first place and has a much cooler song) was (mostly) built by the

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How to Drive Business Away

After 18 months of uncertainty, members approved a contract negotiated by International Longshoremen Association officials and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore. The agreement is intended to supplement ILA’s upcoming coastwise master contract which addresses automation, outsourcing of work, and health care, among other items. Approval of the contract comes as a relief to customers as well as officials and employers who have dealt with continued strife since the three day strike in October 2013. That relief, however, may not last long.

Last November, Wilbert Rowell was named Trustee of Local 333 when accusations arose that leaders of the chapter had been stacking union rolls in order to win local elections. Upon Rowell’s appointment, he purged the rolls of about 500 recently appointed members.

86 of those employees whose membership was taken away from them, in addition to former Local 333 president Riker McKenzie and former recording secretary

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Labor Relations INK October 2014

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In this issue:

Getting Creative SEIU Hires…Contractors? “Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste” More Lessons From Market Basket Whistlin’ Dixie, 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 Question

One of my favorite bands is the Old 97s. They’re awesome. If you ever get a chance to see them do it. You won’t regret it.

The Old 97s played last week at the Cain’s Ballroom (if you ever get a chance to see any band at the Cain’s Ballroom do it. You won’t regret that either). Well, at the show they played one of their classic songs “The Question

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Labor Relations Ink September 2014

In this issue:

Strategy Rising Want My Cake and Eat It Too It Pays to Fight Back Union Dues Hard At Work Teamster Beat, Sticky Fingers, 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:

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

Should union organizing be a civil right?

Representatives Keith Ellison and John Lewis (not that John Lewis, but still) think it’s an idea whose time has come.

Ellison and Lewis recently proposed the Employee Empowerment Act. The idea is that union organizing should be treated as a civil right, like the right to be free from discrimination based on race, sex, or religion. The proposed legislation simply allows any employee alleging an unfair labor practice against an employer to bring a discrimination claim

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Big Hissy Fit

cwa-logoAfter four months of fruitless negotiations with the Communication Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, FairPoint Communications Inc. has declared an impasse to which the unions responded with a “red meat” rally in Portland, Maine.

“We’ve been at the bargaining table since April. When the unions say they want FairPoint to come back, what they really mean is that they want FairPoint to abandon its final positions on issues that are critical to the future of the company. This we won’t do,” FairPoint spokeswoman, Angelynne Amores Beaudry said.

The positions she is referring to are financial ones. In 2007, FairPoint purchased Verizon’s northern New England landline business – a decision that inevitably led to a declaration of bankruptcy in 2011. Since then, the company continues to struggle to regain the

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Labor Relations Ink – August 2014

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In this issue:

Between A Rock and a Hard Place? Who’s Got Your Back? Same Song, Different Verse Bending Over Backwards 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

Fast Food Strikes, the NLRB and the One Lesson of Economics

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Credit: RaiseUpMKE.org

Fast food workers protested across the country today in favor of a $15 per hour minimum wage (and “union rights” – which of course they already have). It is always hard to separate the facts from

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