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Labor Relations Ink May 2015

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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…

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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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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…

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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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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…

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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. The first

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Union Bailout Update

For only the second time in history, both houses of Congress used the Congressional Review Act to approve a disapproval resolution for a federal regulation, this time the Ambush Election rule promulgated by the NLRB. The House passed the measure by a 232-186 vote, but the Senate’s 53-46 tally is 14 votes short of the ability to override the sure-to-come veto. Interestingly, the first time this strategy was used in 2001 was to bury a another labor rule, from the outgoing Clinton administration.

The NLRB meanwhile began training regional office employees March 16 to manage affairs under the new rule, and is also holding educational meetings for labor law practitioners March 23 through April 13.

The Supreme Court handed the DOL and NLRB (and other federal agencies) a huge victory in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association, potentially opening the floodgates to speedy rule changes or additions. Prior

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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…

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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, right?). I’m

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Labor Relations Ink January 2014

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In this issue:

SEIU’s Felony Fiasco Right-to-Work Laws – Reality vs. Myth Annunziata’s Encore Chattanooga Choo-Choo SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

union-smileyIf unions are so darn good for you why don’t people join?

If you knew that the only thing standing between you and a happier life was union membership would you want to join?

The New York Times recently reported on a study claiming that people in unions are happier than those who are not. The authors of that study

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Union Bailout Update

The office of the General Counsel of the NLRB issued consolidated complaints against McDonald’s franchisees, and included the franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC as a joint employer. Could this be the opening swell of a tidal wave, or a freshening breeze that will quickly dissipate? At least one district court begs to differ with the NLRB, ruling early this month in Vann v. Massage Envy Franchising LLC that the franchisor is not considered the employer of the individual businesses they contract out to.

The NLRB is going to have to fend off a pair of lawsuits over the Ambush Election rule. It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce would file suit, and they were joined by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), National Retail Federation (NRF), and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The first suit was quickly

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Labor Relations INK November 2014

In this issue:

West Coast Gridlock Changes In Labor Law To Come? IBEW Steps In It, Big Time For What It’s Worth SEIU Watch, Social Media Spotlight, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

FullSizeRenderA little over a year ago we took a spring break trip down to Austin, TX. I know, I know, touring the LBJ Presidential Library is a questionable spring break activity (it was straight out of “Nerds Gone Wild”). But while on the trip I bought one of those little garden gnomes dressed up like a Michigan fan. I thought it would bring some good luck to the team.

We got the “good luck” gnome home just in time for the NCAA basketball tournament. He promptly delivered an epic last-second

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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…

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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” where Rhett

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Union Bailout Update

Protected concerted activity took another leap forward with the NLRB’s ruling in the Dover Energy, Inc.,Blackmer Division ruling. A steward, with no authority for negotiating contracts, twice placed requests for voluminous documents related to company financial and payroll information. When the company responded the second time with a verbal warning, an Administrative Law Judge sided with the company since the steward was not a union negotiator, his requests were not authorized by the union, and there was no indication he acted on anyone else’s behalf. Typically, the board saw it differently and reversed the judge’s ruling.

Another issue likely to follow the winding trail through the legal process to higher courts involves the rules surrounding successorship. In Pressroom Cleaners Inc., the Board increased successor liability when a successor fails to hire employees of its predecessors in an attempt to avoid union representation, overturning precedent established in 2006 in

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