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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.


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 an

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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



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]

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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 time,

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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:

Source: Don Ryan / AP, file

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

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Noel Canning vs. NLRB Goes to Supreme Court

This directly from the NLRB today:

The National Labor Relations Board has determined not to seek en banc rehearing in Noel Canning v. NLRB, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held that the January 4, 2012 recess appointments of three members to the Board were invalid. The Board, in consultation with the Department of Justice, intends to file a petition for certiorari with the United States Supreme Court for review of that decision. The petition for certiorari is due on April 25, 2013.

Rather than ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to rehear the case with a full bench, the board will instead ask the Supreme Court to review the ruling.

Labor Relations INK ~ February 2013

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…



Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Unions 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 is

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SEIU Watch

Trending 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

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Could Right to Work Save the Labor Movement?

Unions 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

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Democracy, Union-Style

Steelworkers 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

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Social Media Update

The 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 both

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