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Labor Relations INK – February 2017

In this issue:

Union Membership Drops Yet Again Just Another Lazy Union Afternoon… Union Pension Turmoil Insight, Right-to-Work, Sticky Fingers and more…

The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site.

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Is there a “Trump Effect” on Union Organizing?

Just about every call I’ve had since Donald Trump’s November surprise gets around to THE question. Will Donald Trump’s election mean the end for labor unions? Or will unions rise like a phoenix from the ashes and organize like never before as a reaction to the new administration? Or maybe something in between?

I’ve mostly answered this question the way lawyers tend to answer questions (sorry): “It depends.” But we are now beginning to get some data that is shedding light on the “Trump Effect” on labor unions. And for unions the data is not looking good.

First,

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Union Bailout Update

Alex Acosta

All employers will be able to breathe more easily once the union-friendly DOL officials have been swept from the administration. Case in point: DOL General Counsel Richard Griffin’s January memo claiming that football players at all 17 private schools in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) are employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), conflicting with an earlier decision by the NLRB in which it declined to exercise its jurisdiction over a representation petition filed by a union seeking to represent Northwestern University’s scholarship football players. Rep. Virginia Foxx, head of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, called on Griffin to “abandon his partisan agenda or step down immediately.”

With the nomination of Alex Acosta to head the Dept of Labor, and the appointment of

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Labor Relations INK January 2017

Union Membership Shrinks Again! New App for Bargainers and Union Members Union Leadership Manipulation of Election Results Another Innovation Stifled by Big Labor SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard and more…

The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site.

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

How carefully do you craft messages to your employees? Have you ever announced something and then wished you’d said it a different way?

We recently ran across a messaging document posted on Facebook originally produced by the PR firm Park Street Strategies for the United Food and Commercial Workers. (Memo to self: The Google sees ALL the web pages).

According to their 2015 LM-2, the UFCW payed

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Election Ripples

It is too early to make any real judgments about exactly how Trump’s presidency will impact the world of labor relations. Phil has already addressed the possible impact on the NLRB specifically, but if you want to review a few other prognostications, here’s a recent list. We won’t spend much time on theory, but will keep you apprised once words become actions.

Chicago Tribune: How will the workplace change under Trump? Here are a few clues, issues

International Labor Rights Forum: Trump’s Pro-Worker Rhetoric: Reality or Ruse?

National Law Review: What to Expect From a “Trump” NLRB

Washington Examiner: Labor awkwardly promises to work with Trump

Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder

Labor Relations INK December 2016

In this issue:

Big Labor Perplexed Is A Dangerous Pension Bailout Precedent On The Way? Auto Workers Fail to Represent Strategy+Tactics Insight, SEIU Watch, Scoreboard and more…

The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site.

 

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How a Trump Administration Could Fix the NLRB

Bob Dylan may have skipped the Nobel Prize ceremonies, and I doubt he’ll be at the inauguration, but I’m sure he’d agree that “the times, they are a changin.”

In just a few days Donald Trump will be inaugurated as America’s 45th President. His transition has felt a lot like his campaign: unconventional, messy, and always interesting to watch.

The list of things Americans want the incoming Trump administration to fix grows longer each day. My guess is aren’t up there at the top of the list of priorities. But I do think there are

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Union Bailout Update

The 5th Circuit court has granted the DOL’s request for an expedited review of the DOL’s appeal of the nationwide injunction against the overtime rule. The injunction was ordered by a District judge in Sherman, Texas in late November, as the rule was due to take effect on Dec. 1. Briefs are due by the end of January, and oral arguments will be scheduled after that date.

Judge Cabranes

Judge Cabranes

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Speciality Healthcare micro-units decision, and provided an additional framework for application. Judge Jose Cabranes, writing for the court, explained the two parts as (a) identifying shared interests among members of the petitioned-for unit, and (b) explaining why excluded employees have meaningfully distinct interests…that outweigh similarities with unit members. To

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Will Trump Bring Back the Union-Auditing Office? Phil Weighs in.

bloombergLate last week, Bloomberg published a deep dive article discussing whether or not the DOL’s Office of Labor Management Standards will change its policies once Trump takes the reigns.

What policies? you ask. Well you may remember when the Bush administration created a division within the OLMS to audit large international unions. Then early in the Obama administration, it was disband.

The question now is, will it be reinstated? At least to some degree?

Bloomberg reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to learn more.

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson Trump’s Labor Agenda

The labor relations world could not look more different than it did just two weeks ago.

This is my first Insight article since Donald J. Trump shocked everyone (perhaps even himself) and became the 45th President of the United States. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to my post-election webinar last week I gave my first impressions about what to expect in more detail. But here are the highlights.

Union Households Delivered Trump the Presidency

Trump rewrote the election map on his run to the White House. Ironically he did this by tearing down a wall – the “blue wall” states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Check out this map:

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After unions spent millions of dollars and hundreds of

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Labor Relations INK October 2016

In this issue:

Another Union Business Dies Union Pickpockets Unions On The Campaign Trail SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers and more…

The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site.

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Come November…

Election day is (mercifully) just around the corner. While I hesitate to make predictions this election season it looks very much like Hillary Clinton will win the White House and based on everything I’ve read there is a much better than 50% chance Democrats will gain control of the Senate. Barring a complete wipeout in down ballot races it looks like Republicans will maintain narrow control over the House of Representatives.

hillary-clinton

What do results like this mean for labor professionals? The easiest answer is “more

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Union Bailout Update

McDonald’s has become the poster child for testing the breadth of impact of joint employer status. In a recent sexual harassment case, the EEOC has indicated it plans to follow the reasoning of Browning-Ferris, allowing it to “apply new legal standards” if it confirms the allegations.

The NLRB just made “on-premises” restrictions to picketing activity a more slippery slope in the Capital Medical Center ruling. Off-duty employees could not be constrained from picketing peacefully near the entrances of the hospital. The board applied a balancing test weighing employee’s Section 7 rights against the employer’s property rights, and since the picketers were not disrupting healthcare operations, they were allowed to continue.

The NLRB General Counsel is attempting to expand protection to striking workers, asking regional directors and officers to change precedent and take a new legal direction outlined in a model brief for use with intermittent and partial

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