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Should Prospective Members See Union Finances?

 Should Prospective Members See Union Finances?According to Congressional testimony last week by union defender John Logan, Director of Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State, the answer is no. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions in a hearing on union accountability and transparency Logan called only upon his experience running a labor study center in San Francisco to conclude that all American union members want to know about their union’s finances can be found in the barebones pre-Bush LM-2.

Logan then went on to cite LRI’s use of the new more detailed LM-2  in union campaigns as one compelling reason to revoke the new standards.  Logan writes, “One of the largest union avoidance firms in the nation, Labor Relations Institute, Inc. (LRI), tells employers that, ‘Facts

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GAO Report: Taxes Wasted on Poor DOL Davis-Bacon Calculations

 GAO Report: Taxes Wasted on Poor DOL Davis Bacon CalculationsThe Government Accounting Office will release a report today slamming the methods used by the Department of Labor to determine the prevailing wage required by law on government projects. If  “prevailing wage rates are too high, they potentially cost the federal government and taxpayers more for publicly funded construction projects,” according to the report. The report criticizes the DOL for using data from projects with six or fewer workers and for not collecting data frequently enough to accurately reflect changes in economic conditions. The GAO also cites a lack of transparency in how the DOL calculates rates.

Representative John Kline, a Minnesota Republican and a member of the workforce protections subcommittee, said lawmakers aren’t sure federally funded projects paid wages that were accurate or fair. “We

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The DOL Wants Your Input on Regulations

BlowOffSteam 297x300 The DOL Wants Your Input on RegulationsThe Department of Labor has launched a new website to enable the public to discuss ways to improve the department’s regulatory processes. The website was launched in response to Executive Order 13563, issued in January of this year.

The DOL asks for comments on specific regulations with citations if possible and “in as much detail as possible, an explanation of why a regulation or reporting requirement should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed, as well as specific suggestions of ways the Department can better achieve its regulatory objectives.” Interested parties can submit new ideas and concerns or comment on discussions in progress.

Have fun.

INK: February 25, 2011

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In this issue:

Union Bailout Update New, Useful Websites Say Goodbye To More NJ Teamsters Scoreboard, Social Media Spotlight, Only In A Union and more…

Union Bailout Update

union bailout INK: February 25, 2011The fur is beginning to fly as new administrations, both in D.C. and in many of the states, begin to tie union issues to budget problems, and work to unravel the choke hold that Big Labor has had on legislative and regulatory processes the last few years. The NLRB backed down when 4 state Attorneys General rebuffed the NLRB General Counsel’s threat to sue. In a letter back to the

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INK: November 4, 2010

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In this issue:

EFCA Update CNA Delusional? Trial Underscores Mob/Big Labor Connection Labor Relations Insight, ER Tip Of The Month and more…


Labor Relations Insight by Phillip Wilson

GOP INK: November 4, 2010The Republicans gave the Democrats a spanking in the mid-term elections this week. Voters rebuked Democrats in an unprecedented manner. The election results raise a number of perplexing questions. What are Democrats planning to do about the Tea Party movement? For that matter, what are Republicans going to do about them (after all, in retrospect the Tea Party probably cost the Republicans control of the Senate by nominating a couple of nit-wits in the Nevada

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INK: September 9, 2010

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In this issue:

EFCA Update Labor Day Salute to Labor Hypocrisy Healthcare Employers Under Pressure Labor Relations Insight, Only In A Union and more…


Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson Week Of “Decisions”

NLRB Logo1 INK: September 9, 2010The NLRB issued two historical “decisions” last week. I put decision in quotes because neither one really counts as a “decision.” The only thing they decided (by a 3-2 party line vote on member Schaumber’s last day in office) was to punt two controversial “decisions” until they could get some feedback from experts in the field.

The first case they seek comment on is the Dana case

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Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Yours!

Unions may not have the physical size they used to, but they remain able to pack a huge punch with influence. For example, in the 2008 election unions donated over $400 million dollars to help elect Democratic candidates and President Obama. While Obama and Big Labor allies have not been able to deliver the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), he has nominated political appointees at the NMB, NLRB and DOL who have already taken steps to make it easier for unions to organize. The administration has already gone a long way toward paying back the donations received by the unions with labor friendly policies. In fact, “Obama asked Congress for another $50 billion, on top of what the stimulus already provided, to prevent states from firing employees.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is still the leading supporter for EFCA and claims it will pass during the lame duck

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DOL Rulemaking

dol DOL RulemakingThis week the Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on the form LM-30, the form unions file to report receipts from employers and disbursements to outside entities, as required by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). These disclosures are intended to provide information to union members and the general public that can help them identify conflicts of interest.

reporting DOL RulemakingCurrently the LM-30 rules are inadequate. While they were tightened in July of 2007, there were still a number of areas where large expenditures would go unreported (or could be lumped together without specific reporting). Not to mention the countless cases where union leaders simply don’t report the expenditures at all – but that’s a completely different problem altogether.

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INK: July 22, 2010

inkquill22 INK: July 22, 2010 Labor Relations INK

In this issue:

EFCA Update Corruption Runs Rampant In Carpenters Union Organizing Tactics Never Die… Scoreboard, SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers and more…

EFCA Update

congress INK: July 22, 2010Enthusiasm does not seem to be dissipating on either side of the EFCA struggle. The Big Labor/Dem camp had to duck hard as a national campaign strategist prophesied the loss of the House in the upcoming elections, inspiring incentive for pushing labor-agenda bills through the lame-duck Congress later this year.

Big Labor has been flexing its muscle with expanding use of shareholder resolutions, and it is expected to continue with such assaults, especially as a Continue reading INK: July 22, 2010

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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