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DOL: Fighting For Workers "Documented or Not"

Actor Jimmy Smits, Obama’s Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America union and Democratic Socialists of America member Dolores Huerta have all joined forces on a video asking workers to report labor violations whether they are “documented or not.” The three appear in a video explaining what to do if you are an undocumented worker and have an issue with wage discrimination.

First, let’s be clear. It is illegal for employers to hire undocumented workers and to violate labor laws, and those violations should be reported and corrected. However, it is interesting that the DOL is reaching out to undocumented workers for help reporting these violations, especially given the fact that DOL is partially in charge of enforcing the rules against hiring undocumented workers in the first place. Not only that, but during the Clinton administration these investigations turned into “shake-down”

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INK: June 24, 2010

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In this issue:

• EFCA Update • Nurses Union Wants Its Cake, And to Eat It To! • Political At Heart • SEIU Watch, ER Tip-Of-The-Month, Scoreboard, and more…

EFCA Update

Blanche Lincoln INK: June 24, 2010Just as some are discussing the Employee Free Choice Act “obituary” after Big Labor lost their political battle in Arkansas (over Blanche Lincoln), the political wheels in Washington just keep on turning, churning out additional ways to benefit unions.

As we reported, the NLRB floated a request for input on setting up a remote, electronic-voting procedure for NLRB elections. Business groups

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INK: June 10, 2010

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In This Issue:

EFCA Update Blunt Talk About Unions IAM Organizing Drive Goes “Net” Labor Relations Insight, ULP Charge of the Month, and more…

Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

Have Unions Lost Their Political Mojo?

Blanche Lincoln INK: June 10, 2010Mini Super Tuesday is now in the books, and unions have got to be feeling a little hung over after the $10 million dollar bender they just finished in Arkansas. So far the strategy to rescue their friends (aka Arlen Specter) and punish their foes (aka Blanche Lincoln) has notched a big goose egg on the scoreboard for 2010.

Spector INK: June 10, 2010The Specter debacle wasn’t really that bad. To be honest,

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Breaking: DOL Persuader Rules PowerPoint Available

AdviceRulemakingStakeholderMeeting 300x233 Breaking: DOL Persuader Rules PowerPoint AvailableWe just got a copy of the PowerPoint slides used at the Department of Labor Stakeholders Meeting held on Monday in Washington, D.C. You can download a copy of the DOL persuader presentation here.

The most important slides for employers are pages 9 and 10. The DOL’s position appears to be that the 203(e) exemption for employer reporting conflicts with Sections 203(a)(2) and 203(a)(3) that require reporting of activities of employees under certain circumstances.

We are working on an analysis of this issue for clients. We will keep you posted on the latest developments here.

Breaking: DOL Meeting to Squelch Employer Free Speech

Earlier today the Department of Labor (DOL) held an “open forum” to discuss proposed rule changes to consultant, attorney and now employer reporting of “persuasion and advice” activities regarding unions.  The changes will require Law Firms and Consulting Firms to report many so-called “advice” activities as “persuasion” under section 203(c) of the Labor Management Reporting Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA).

In addition the DOL wants to change section 203(e) of the LMRDA to require employers to report when supervisors and managers speak about union issues to employees. That was part of the DOL presentation and remains a real possibility. It is important to note that failure to report these activities is a crime punishable by both fine and imprisonment.

We made the point that the employer requirement will be impossible to monitor in most companies and that there is no reason for the rule. The main reason

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INK: April 22, 2010

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In this issue:

EFCA Update Stern Signs Off Truth & Disclosure SEIU Watch, ULP Charge Of The Month, Scoreboard and more…

EFCA Update

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Claire Mccaskill

Speculation continues to spiral in just about every direction about the likelihood that “EFCA” will come to pass, either as legislation or as regulatory changes via the National Labor Relations Board. On the legislative side, Senator McCaskill (D – MO) summed up the legislative school of thought: “I don’t think that card-check is going to come up,” referencing the current session of Congress. However, as we have mentioned before, various elements of the original

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DOL Members Picketing Against Secretary Solis

Labor Secretary Solis’ DOL Members Picketing Against Secretary Solis

Labor Secretary Solis

Frustrated Department of Labor (DOL) union members will launch an informational picket on April 20th to protest what they see as inconsistent behavior between Labor Secretary Solis’ actions as an employer and her words. The picket comes as a result of Secretary Solis’ alleged lack of follow through on President Obama’s vision of implementing family-friendly work policies. Sounds like Solis could use some good labor relations consulting…

DOL Members Picketing Against Secretary Solis

Solis1 DOL Members Picketing Against Secretary SolisFrustrated Department of Labor (DOL) union members will launch an informational picket on April 20th to protest what they see as inconsistent behavior between Labor Secretary Solis’ actions as an employer and her words. The picket comes as a result of Secretary Solis’ alleged lack of follow through on President Obama’s vision of implementing family-friendly work policies. Sounds like Solis could use some good labor relations consulting…

INK: April 8, 2010

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In This Issue:

• EFCA Update • AFL-CIO Targets Young Workers • Union Funds ATM for Union Official • SEIU Watch, Only In A Union, and more…

Preview what is in this issue:

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Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

Promoters and Detractors

Stressed+out 1727 18802195 0 0 9206 300 INK: April 8, 2010Your ear is still ringing. It’s been several minutes since the last call, but you can’t bear to count how many pink message

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Only In A Union

Members of the United Auto Workers had to resort to filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards asking the agency to investigate charges of nepotism by the union’s top officials.

“Your department is being asked to investigate because we (the members) are not allowed to address these issues during union membership meetings,” the complaint said. “A sergeant-at-arms will attempt to usher you out of the meeting or yell for you to sit down. We need someone to look into these findings so the hard working members who work on the line each day will know that our interest is being protected.”

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UAW VP Cal Rapson

UAW Vice President Cal Rapson was singled out in the complaint. 10 UAW-GM Center for Human Resources employees

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