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Labor Relations INK July 2016

In this issue:

Scraping The Bottom Of The Barrel Organizing Tool In Your Employees’ Pockets Stockholders Not Eager To Partner With Unions SEIU Watch, Alt-Labor, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson NLRB Sets its Sights on Unionized Companies

Over the last 8 years we’ve witnessed a constant barrage of pro-union decisions from the NLRB. Revamped election rules shrunk election periods by nearly one-third. Countless other decisions intend to tilt the election playing field in their favor. In spite of this union membership remains at its all-time low, as unions continue to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. They are organizing new members at a tepid pace that is just barely keeping up with

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Labor Relations INK – October 2015

In this issue:

Political Season Turmoil In The Land Of Solidarity Portland Port Woes SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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

Labor Relations Update

by Phil Wilson

I just got back from the CUE conference in Denver. As usual it was a terrific event (if you don’t go to CUE you should). We delivered two oversold sessions of the Approachable Leadership workshop to attendees as a pre-conference workshop. We really enjoyed the opportunity to spread the word about Approachable Leadership.

I haven’t been to Denver in a while. Now that they’ve legalized pot it reminds me a lot of Ann Arbor, where I went to law school. After Michigan’s stunning last second defeat to the Spartans I’m guessing Ann Arbor looked (or at least smelled) a lot like Denver after the game.

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Political Season

There is some noise among the media outlets about Big Labor’s unrest in endorsing a candidate, particularly Hillary Clinton. Our take: it mostly just that – noise. When the primaries are over, the spigot’s will continue to fill the Democrat coffers. The Teamsters for Trump – really?


As with the Employee Free Choice Act during the original Obama campaign season, new labor bills are surfacing. This time, both sides of the aisle are throwing new bills on the table designed to take labor law in complete opposite directions.

The Employee Rights Act has been out for a while and is designed to protect employees by ensuring a secret vote, providing for union recertification, and many other reforms to outdated labor law. Recently, Big Labor shill

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Labor Relations INK - August 2015

In this issue:

Growing Support for Unions Another One Bites The Dust Desperate Ploy Clear As Mud SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, 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

Lately my family’s been watching – okay, binge-watching – the BBC series Sherlock. These brilliant retellings of the classic Conan Doyle tales are set in modern-day England. Every one grabs me, even though I already know the basic plot. Benedict Cumberbatch was born to play the socially inept but brilliant “consulting detective” Holmes. Martin Freeman, who plays Holmes’ friend and sidekick John Watson, is every bit as good as Cumberbatch. They are a much more entertaining duo here than when they played Bilbo and Smaug.

Watching Holmes make incredible deductions from evidence nobody else even sees never gets old. His detective

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Labor Relations Ink - April 2014

In this issue:

Top Heavy Alt-Labor What Unions Fear Most Whistlin’ Dixie (Organizing in the South) Only In A Union, Sticky Fingers, 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 The Perfect Workplace Civility Policy?

* Legal Disclaimer: Pardon the interruption, but I remind you that while I am a lawyer I am not YOUR lawyer. There is a big difference. I am not giving you legal advice. If I were giving you legal advice (which I’m not), I would tell you to ignore the advice in this article because it is a joke. The sample policy suggested below is satirical. It is not intended for actual use in an employee handbook. If you use it you will almost certainly suffer some highly improbable but devastating chain reaction of negative

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What Unions Fear Most

If there is one thing that union organizers fantasize about, it is that they would never have to compete with the employers side of the story during an organizing campaign.

Organizers use “stealth campaigns” to attempt to sway a workforce before the employer has a chance to respond, and when successful, these often turn into full court presses for card check recognition, even involving strikes prior to becoming subject to collective bargaining representation.

The pinnacle of an organizer’s fantasy would be card check recognition period, without giving employees a chance to vote.

Fortunately for employers, organizing via card check alone has not yet been embodied into law (the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act has been introduced and failed to pass twice). Big Labor has thus begun to target a little lower by working at the state level to outlaw “captive audience meetings,” meaning the employers right to tell its

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Union Bailout Update

The numbers are out, and unions lost another 400,000 members last year. Union membership in the private sector dropped to 6.6 percent for 2012, sustaining the historic downward trend of the last couple decades. A couple of key highlights from the data:

Almost half of all union members work in just seven states – California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio – though these states employ only about one-third of the U.S. workforce. Union membership increased in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Of these, only five added more than 10,000 members (California, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas).

Pro-union politicians are still flailing away, attempting to bolster

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Union Bailout Update

In our webinar last month,we covered many of the more prominent actions expected of the Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for the next term. Be careful not to become fixated on the “big issues,” as the NLRB, along with the big-spending unions, are constantly chipping away at the fringes while at the same time going after the jugular.

Example: the NLRB is apparently working on a new rule to force companies to turn over private employee information to the unions, including phone numbers, email addresses and shift times. We reported in the last issue of INK that unions got away with posting such personal information publicly in retaliation for workers resigning from a union in a right-to-work state. This new

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Petition for EFCA

Unionistas are wasting no time now that they’ve won the white house for a second term. They have created a petition calling on the President to bypass the constitutional process and enact EFCA by Executive Order. They are also demanding that Obama outlaw Right To Work laws (ironically, in the name of protecting individual rights), and enforce the stagnated Section 7 rights posting law. Here’s the wording of the petition:

we petition the obama administration to: Sign into Law by Executive Order: EFCA as Originally Written; mandatory posting of NLRB Employee Rights; Prohibit RTW.

Popular support for the Employee Free Choice Act was over 70% when Congress had the chance to enact it. It is needed now more than ever to combat the abuses being suffered at the hands of CEO’s and Corporations. President Obama knows that Right to Work laws do not promote a healthy economy; in

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Union Bailout Update

The November election will have consequences for those of us in the labor arena, but the news wasn’t all gloom and doom. (We announced our predictions on a webinar Thursday and we’ll send you a link to the recording in a couple of days, in case you missed it.)

Yes, Trumka was strutting like a peacock, claiming the Employee Free Choice Act will rise from the dead (at least after the mid-term elections in 2014), but in Michigan, unionistas took one to the chin when Proposition 2, which we wrote about in the last issue of INK, was soundly defeated. The proposition was an attempt to amend the state constitution, prohibiting the state legislature from passing laws that, “limit the ability to join unions and

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