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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.


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.


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

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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

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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.


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

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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

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INK November 2013


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.


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

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Senator Reid

Senator Reid

Reid and the Senate Democrats just trampled another of the founding father’s beautifully crafted methods of preventing runaway government by enacting the “nuclear option” and all but eliminating the opportunity to block presidential appointments. The union-friendly President cannot now be stopped from appointing just about anyone he wants to critical court vacancies. The repercussions of this move may be felt for decades to come, since court appointments are long term.

The Ambush Election rules are now back on the agenda of the full-member NLRB. “There is a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning representation procedures which is still pending before the board, and the chairman has said a number of times that it is one of his top priorities to have that proposal disposed of one way or

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INK October 2013

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In this issue:

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em – Ruin ‘Em The Quest for the “One Ring” of Leadership Pass The Salt Jesse James to Teach Ethics Class 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

Willie Brown

Willie Brown

BART Strike Irony

In case you hadn’t heard, the BART strike in San Francisco is over. This 4-day strike (the second strike after a negotiated “cooling off” period which obviously failed) tragically included the deaths of 2 BART workers repairing a track. Both sides

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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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