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Union Bailout Update June 2014

As an employer, what would be your response to an employee who exploded in your face in a rage of profanity, threatening you and daring you to fire him? According to the NLRB, firing him is not an option! The decision went back and forth between the ALJ and the board, but was finally decided in favor of the employee for the following reasons:

the outburst occurred in a closed-door meeting in a manager’s office away from the workplace; the subject matter concerned the employee’s protected conduct; and the employee’s conduct was “provoked by the employer’s unfair labor practice” of inviting the employee to quit if he did not like the employer’s policies.

Board member Johnson summed up the “NLRB standard” for workplace behavior in his dissent:

“By this standard, employees … will be permitted to curse, denigrate, and defy their managers with impunity during the course of otherwise

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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 really educated or committed to one candidate in particular they can be

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Endangered Species?

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The Washington Examiner produced a five-part special report about unions, titled Out Of Touch With America: Are Unions Obsolete?  It is a well-organized walk through history, up to current events and trends. You can also secure the e-book version of the report.

To give you an idea of the scope, here is the table of contents.  It is also nicely illustrated with pictures, and helpful charts and graphs.

Chapter 1: Big Labor’s identity crisis

Big Labor’s identity crisis The decline of the labor union Diana Furchtgott Roth: Public employees unions help boost state debt crisis

Chart8Chapter 2: Unions and the Democratic Party

Democrats know better than to bite the Big Labor hand that feeds them Steven Malanga: When unions use non-member dues to finance political activities

Chapter 3:

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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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INK March 2014

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In this issue:

UAW-VW Aftermath Pennsylvania Union Members Can Flaunt The Law Worker Center Scrutiny Continues Congress Members Subpoenaed in SEIU Extortion Case SEIU Watch, Only In A Union, Insight & 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

Wildcat Strike: Northwestern Football Players Allowed to Unionize

The floodgates are open: Northwestern University football players will soon vote on whether or not to join a union. In a groundbreaking decision Peter Sung Ohr, Regional Director of Region 13 in Chicago, found that Kain Colter and about 84 other scholarship football teammates are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act. These players will therefore be allowed to vote in an NLRB supervised election in a few weeks.

The decision is

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Union Bailout Update – March 2014

The running story of note for the next few months will most likely remain the implementation of the Ambush Election rule. Parties from both camps are weighing in on the issue. At a recent hearing, the House Education and the Workforce Committee heard from business owners, human resource professionals, and labor lawyers. April 10 & 11 have been schedule as the dates for a public hearing before the NLRB on the rule.

The other proposed regulation that everyone has been watching closely is the DOL’s Persuader Rule. Originally scheduled to be go into effect this month, the implementation has been postponed yet again, with no specific date set.

NLRB General Counsel Griffin released a memo at the end of February revealing the board’s priorities for prosecution.  Issues that will be in the NLRB crosshairs include:

The use of employer email systems for Section 7

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INK February 2014

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Michigan Union Reacts To Right To Work Manheim Tackles Worker Centers Collective Bargaining Delivers (?) Labor Economics 101 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 5 Reasons Why Northwestern Football Players Should Be Allowed to Unionize

NOTE: If you don’t have a sense of humor please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this post.

Kain Colter - Source: ChicagoNow.com

Kain Colter – Source: ChicagoNow.com

The big labor story this month came out of Chattanooga Tennessee. But this month’s other big labor story came from the unlikeliest of places: Northwestern University’s football team.

Quarterback Kain

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INK January 2014

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In this issue:

Penchant For Violence Union Corruption: A Year In Review Crystal Ball Gazing Big Labor’s “Fight for Scraps” 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

Post Hoc, Ergo Proptor Hoc

As my friend Steve likes to say, I am folicularly challenged. In other words I’m losing my hair.

I’m not a huge fan of the “trees running away from the forest” hairstyle so I’ve tried for a while to convince my wife and daughter to let me shave my head. They think I’ll look like a cross between Lex Luthor and Dr. Evil. I guess that’s not a good look, so for now I am stuck.

I’ve always blamed my

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NLRB Notice Posting Rule Dead

The NLRB’s “poster” regulation is definitively dead. From the NLRB yesterday:

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has decided not to seek Supreme Court review of two U.S. Court of Appeals decisions invalidating the NLRB’s Notice Posting Rule, which would have required most private sector employers to post a notice of employee rights in the workplace.

The NLRB remains committed to ensuring that workers, businesses and labor organizations are informed of their rights and obligations under the National Labor Relations Act. Therefore, the NLRB will continue its national outreach program to educate the American public about the statute.

The regulation would have required employers to post a poster containing somewhat one-sided information about employee rights under the NLRA. Furthermore, the rule called for an unfair labor practice charge to be filed against any employer who chose not to hang the poster as evidence of that employer’s “anti-union animus.”

Controversial from the start, the Board has been going back and forth with the

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INK November 2013

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In this issue:

Slugging It Out In The South Approachability – Part II You Said What?! Union Corruption Beyond Borders SEIU Watch, Social Media Spotlight, 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

Let me start by saying, “thanks.” Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It focuses us on something that is in short supply today: gratefulness. I am grateful for all of our readers and supporters, so thank you!

I am also grateful for our incredible clients who invite us into their companies to help them create positive places to work for hundreds of thousands of people. I am grateful for the amazing LRI team (our home office team and our second-to-none consultants) without whom we could never accomplish our

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