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Union Bailout Update

The right-to-work movement took a minor hit in early September when an Indiana Superior Court determined that the state’s newly minted right-to-work law violated the state’s constitution. The decision will head to the state’s supreme court where it will likely be overturned.

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court recently upheld the Speciality Healthcare decision, further embedding micro-unit organizing into the union playbook. Since the original decision, the new “overwhelming community of interest test” has been applied in almost 90 cases, and most of the time the employer has been unsuccessful in attempting to increase the size of the unit petitioned.

The NLRB determined in Fresenius USA Manufacturing (358 NLRB No. 138) that employees may use vulgar, offensive and threatening statements without fear of reprimand or dismissal, as long as the context involves union or concerted activity.

In Waugh Chapel South, LLC v. UFCW (4th Cir. 2013), the U.S.

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INK September 2013

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In this issue:

Culinary Workers vs. UFC Fight for 15: Cool…or What? AFL-CIO Dumped by ILWU Merger Mania SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Can String Theory Explain NLRB Inaction at VW’s Chattanooga Plant?

My favorite shiny object this week (so far – it’s only Tuesday) is an incredible video where a freaky-smart and talented guy explains his master’s physics thesis in a YouTube video. The kicker is that his explanation of String Theory is set to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Go ahead and watch it now, I’ll be here when you get back.

String Theory (as I understand it – which is probably

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Union Bailout Update

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As the new empaneled NLRB settles in, the tug-o-war between labor and business interests continues in various venues.

In mid-August, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed Specialty Healthcare, upholding micro-targeting.

The NLRB’s General Counsel’s Office’s Division of Advice gave unions another pass to break laws that the rest of us must abide by. In an Arizona case, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Carpenters Local 1506 commanded its members to follow non-union drywall workers from their main office to various jobsites. Taking a lead from The Fast and the Furious, the union minions pursued their prey in very aggressive displays of driving, including the running of red lights, in order to keep up with their targets. The employer filed a ULP, which was dismissed

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AFL-CIO Party

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“The AFL-CIO quadrennial 2013 convention in Los Angeles was a flurry of exciting activity that promises to remake the labor movement in the United States and build a movement for all working people…” This “surprising” news from the AFL-CIO NOW website. It is no surprise that the all of the resolutions passed at the convention were simply a rehash of the usual extreme left / socialist drivel that has been the stock and trade of the trade federation for some time now.

Big Labor’s “hail Mary pass” to suck in as many non-union-affiliated working Americans as possible was probably the only new twist on the same-ole’, same-ole’ antics at the recent convention. As we have been

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INK July 2013

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In this issue:

Foreign Threat Adds to Volkswagen Organizing Effort Defections, Mergers, and Global Expansion (oh my!) IAM Levies Over $1 Million in Fines Union Strategy: Harness the Young & Inexperienced Insight, SEIU Watch, ULP Charge of the Month and more…

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

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

This has been quite an eventful month for the NLRB. For the first time in over a year and a half the NLRB is about to go back to full (Senate confirmed) 5-member strength. This after the Senate narrowly avoided the so-called “nuclear option” when Democrats agreed to remove the controversial nominations of Susan Block and Richard Griffin in exchange for Republicans agreeing

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

This has been quite an eventful month for the NLRB. For the first time in over a year and a half the NLRB is about to go back to full (Senate confirmed) 5-member strength. This after the Senate narrowly avoided the so-called “nuclear option” when Democrats agreed to remove the controversial nominations of Susan Block and Richard Griffin in exchange for Republicans agreeing to approve the nominations of Richard Cordray (Consumer Protection), Tom Perez (Labor), and a new 5-member NLRB panel.

In consultation with the AFL-CIO Democrats agreed to confirm a new NLRB consisting of Democrats Mark Pearce (chair), Nancy Shiffer (associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO), Kent Hirozawa (chief counsel to NLRB chairman Mark Gaston Pearce) along with the two Republican nominees Harry Johnson and Phil Miscimarra. The full vote on those nominees should occur by the end of the week.

In what

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Labor Relations INK June 2013

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In this issue: Ten Year Strike Proves Futile The IRS Scandal No One Is Talking About When Unions Fight Unions Union Threatens Release of Company Information SEIU Watch, ULP Charge of the Month, 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 Happy National Employee Freedom Week

This week was the first National Employee Freedom Week. The week is dedicated to educating unionized workers about their rights to opt out of union membership or being forced to pay money for things like union political activities. This week LRI joined numerous other organizations to support this very important work.

National Employee Freedom week is

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BREAKING NEWS: Congressmen Issue Joint Statement to Drop Proposed Advice Exemption Changes

In a joint statement, Congressmen John Kline (R-MN) and Phil Roe (R-TN) requested that the DOL abandon the proposed changes to the advice exemption of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.  Kline chairs the House Education and Workforce Committee, and Roe chairs the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP).  Read the press release here.

 

Labor Relations INK, May 2013

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In this issue:

The Fight for 15 – or What? Former NLRB Chair Speaks Out Right To Work: An Excuse For Union Intimidation? SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…[based on current issue]

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

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http://lrionline.com/ink-may-2013

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Why Union Members Should be Up In Arms Over “Alt-Labor”

This month has been a big one for alt-labor. Alt-labor, for the uninitiated, stands for alternative labor groups. Unlike traditional unions who focus on organizing companies, alt-labor groups focus more on organizing worker populations independent from companies.

While these groups have been around a long

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Union Bailout Update

The recent nomination for the post of Labor Secretary fits the Obama administration’s trend of disregard for rule of law and promotion of blatant progressive agendas. This Cato Institute article summarized several of Thomas Perez’s controversial actions:

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Source: Don Ryan / AP, file

Interference with the Supreme Court case of Magner v. Gallagher, getting the City of St. Paul to dismiss its appeal to prevent what would’ve been a sharp (and probably unanimous) rebuke to the federal government regarding its use of “disparate impact” racial theories in housing policy, to the detriment of minorities and poor people everywhere; Refusal to comply with subpoenas from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Dismissal of the Justice Department’s already-won prosecution of the Black Panthers for voter intimidation

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