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Labor Relations INK ~ February 2013

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In this issue:

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson Union Bailout Update LRIOnline 2013 Annual Report Feature Love You or Leave You by Eric Vanetti SEIU Watch, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers, and more…

 

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

 Labor Relations INK ~ February 2013Unions love to hate companies, especially publicly traded ones. After all, attacking big companies lets unions combine some of their favorite pastimes. They get to rail against the 1%, hang out with politicians and celebrities, get on TV and, perhaps most important of all, bring out The Rat.

Scabby the Rat

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SEIU Watch

SEIU Top Secret21 300x237 SEIU WatchTrending more than ever among scorned and alienated SEIU members, is the instinct to fight back against their oppressor – by becoming key players in the Big Labor arena through the creation of new unions.

The California League of City Employee Associations (CLOCEA), which was formed by Bill Shawhan in 2011 after an SEIU Local fired him, recently won a nearly two-year battle for a contract for Kings County employees.

According to Shawhan, CLOCEA doesn’t get involved in partisan politics and does not financially support politics in Sacramento or Washington, D.C.

Sal Rosselli started the trend in 2009 when he split from SEIU and founded the NUHW which recently joined forces with the California Nurses Association (CNA), and is about to embark on a long-awaitedContinue reading SEIU Watch

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Could Right to Work Save the Labor Movement?

R.I.P. 300x300 Labor Relations Insight by Phil WilsonUnions are dead. Kaput. Finished. At least that’s what you’d think if you spent much time reading the labor press the last few weeks.

First, Michigan went right-to-work. Then, this week, the Department of Labor announced that union membership declined to its lowest level since the Roosevelt administration. And I’m not talking about the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration (who adopted the National Labor Relations Act). I’m talking about Teddy Roosevelt. You actually have to go back to 1901 to find a time when unions represented 6.6% of private sector workers – the same percentage they represent today.

Predictably, most of the articles (and all of the pro-union quotes) blame our ineffective labor laws, aggressively pro-union state governments and the slow economic recovery

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Democracy, Union-Style

Guilty 300x300 Democracy, Union StyleSteelworkers Local 1104 demonstrated the union brand of “democracy” during a recent election for a variety of the local’s offices, including: president, vice president, financial secretary, recording secretary, treasurer, three trustee positions, guide, inside guard and outside guard. One month prior to the election, the union decided to apply a bylaw that had not been used for the last 3 elections, effectively eliminating 95% of all union members from qualification for office, leaving almost every race uncontested.

When a member complained to the International, the local action was upheld. The member then contacted the Department of Labor, which investigated the case and ruled against the local. They called for a new election, stating that a labor violation had taken place, “denying members in good standing the right to be nominated and

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Social Media Update

1984 George Orwell unabridged retail Blackstone Audio 273x300 Social Media UpdateThe Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has dramatically increased their investigation of restaurants and hotels regarding tips, uniform deductions, proper overtime compensation and more. In addition they are starting investigations with no or very little notice at best, requiring liquidated “double damages” payment to resolve the investigation, or assessing civil money penalties.

Even more outrageous is the Department’s new tactic of “shaming” (that’s their word, not ours) of employers under investigation through press releases and social media. The DOL is issuing press releases and making this information available to the general public through a social media application called Eat, Sleep, Shop, which is designed for consumers to shop the application for restaurants, hotels and retailers. In the app, consumers can read

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Government Oversight or Union Favoritism?

 Government Oversight or Union Favoritism?The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently reported that the DOL’s Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS), overseen by Secretary Solis, is failing in their duty to effectively administer and oversee the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), a law meant to promote transparency within labor organizations.

The LMRDA requires labor unions to file annual financial reports with the OLMS. A primary purpose of the law is to help union members keep an eye on the union officials’ management of the union’s finances. Unfortunately, if the OLMS’s annual compliance audits fall short, the purpose of this requirement is then moot.

The OIG, acting as a watchdog, reported that not only have the OLMS audits been ineffective, but the agency also can’t properly measure their

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INK ~ October 4, 2012

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In this issue: Union Bailout Update Unions May Lose Power If Prop. 32 Passes In California Lafe Solomon Being Investigated SEIU To Mug Healthcare Employees Into Fitness Social Media Spotlight SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, and more… **********

 

Union Bailout Update

3017125306 ed6aea0a1f n2 199x300 INK ~ October 4, 2012It’s been a quiet few weeks on the national scene where government largess to Big Labor is concerned. Maybe the left/union/progressive front is waiting for the furor to die down over the Chicago teachers strike … maybe they’ve been told to lay low for the rest of the presidential

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SEIU Watch

original 300x221 SEIU WatchIn early September, clerical workers staged a lunchtime picket of the SEIU’s headquarters after Mary Kay Henry, SEIU president, demanded a three-year wage freeze for the office workers – a deal which the workers voted down.

“If SEIU was hurting financially, things would be different,” said Virginia Rodino, Chief Steward for the picketing workers. “But they just got done at our national convention saying how well they’re doing, so to demand a 3-year wage freeze just feels like a slap in the face to staff who are so dedicated to the union and to the movement.”

148 of the SEIU’s clerical staff are members of OPEIU Local 2, which represents professional, technical and clerical workers at SEIU and SEIU’s pension fund. Contract negotiations are still in progress, but workers have

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Union Bailout Update

Zipped+Lip+Fotolia 20843360 XS 300x163 Union Bailout UpdateIt’s sure has been a quiet summer over at the NLRB – especially compared to the drama of last summer — and most Board watchers have expected at least a revote on the quickie election rule long before now. Instead, the Board has contented itself with tidying up and looking busy.  It’s almost as if they were straining to find something – anything – to rule on that wouldn’t attract too much negative media attention.  Some observers even say the NLRB is churning out rulings just to stay relevant.

For example, take the third report in nine months on social media policy, offered up as if Lafe Solomon actually believes social media organizing works.  Wouldn’t one 24-page federal report on social media policy have sufficed?  Can’t

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INK May 24, 2012

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In this issue:

Union Bailout Update Becker Returns to His People Target Election Gets Tossed IBT Organizers Honored to Remain Union-Free   SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers and more…

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3017125306 ed6aea0a1f n1 INK May 24, 2012Union Bailout Update

It’s been almost two weeks of uncertainty since a U.S. District judge declared the NLRB quickee election rules invalid and we still have no official word from the board on what happens next.  On May 14 Judge James Boasberg ruled that the board did not have a legal quorum when Members

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