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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.


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.


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

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Unions On The Campaign Trail

One of the biggest bits off the campaign trail this month was the announcement of both parties’ running mates.

Gov. Mike Pence

Gov. Mike Pence

Clinton went with Tim Kaine and Trump with Mike Pence. While Pence’s stance on labor issues are pretty much what you’d expect – tough on unions, pro Trans-Pacific Partnership, right-to-work supporter – Kaine’s relationship with labor is a bit more interesting. In fact, it’s pretty similar to Pence. He’s long defended his home state of Virginia’s right-to-work laws and, in the past, he’s also stood up for looser banking regulations and the TPP.

Senator Tim Kaine

Senator Tim Kaine

The AFL-CIO will no doubt

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Could Trump Trump Big Labor?

hillary-clintonIt will come as no surprise as Hillary Clinton begins lining up union endorsements. Those that have already jumped on the bandwagon include:

The AFL-CIO The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers union (BCTGM) The Auto Workers (UAW)

If there is any doubt that Clinton and Big Labor are hand-in-glove, the former national political director of SEIU (Brandon Davis) was appointed as the general election chief of staff at the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and reports to Clinton’s campaign.

trumpMeanwhile, Donald Trump is making many Big Labor officials very nervous. There is already a divide developing in some quarters of Democratic contingency as many, especially in the trade

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Unions On The Campaign Trail

In an interesting preface to the 2016 presidential campaign, a Republican candidate may do more to drive a wedge between unions and their members than the usual automatic Big Labor support of liberal candidates generally provokes. Although 40% of union households generally vote Democratic, a current poll by the AFL-CIO shows that of the union households who have already decided on a candidate, 18% have selected Trump, while Clinton and Sanders have secured only 19% support combined!


Big Labor sent about $420 million in political contributions to liberal interests between 2012 and 2014, and rank and file union members who supply those funds are beginning to express their ire. The union leopard won’t change its spots as election “funding” season continues, but the heat in the kitchen is starting

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Who Knew?

An analysis of data from the National Labor Relations Board and the Census Bureau shows that less than ten percent of currently unionized employees ever voted for their unions! As Richard Berman argues in one of his latest articles, this is a solid argument for the Employee Rights Act that would require an automatic vote to recertify a union after half of voters in the initial election had transitioned out of their jobs and guarantee employee secret ballots on unionization.

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

FullSizeRenderA little over a year ago we took a spring break trip down to Austin, TX. I know, I know, touring the LBJ Presidential Library is a questionable spring break activity (it was straight out of “Nerds Gone Wild”). But while on the trip I bought one of those little garden gnomes dressed up like a Michigan fan. I thought it would bring some good luck to the team.

We got the “good luck” gnome home just in time for the NCAA basketball tournament. He promptly delivered an epic last-second victory over a scrappy Tennessee squad in the Sweet Sixteen. I had visions of an NCAA basketball championship followed up by a berth in the first college football tournament.

Unfortunately that was the pinnacle of the

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National Labor Relations Board (Mal)Function

USC1008872_cover_NLRB_300x200pxHere is an interesting story tying the sequester to another egregious NLRB tactic. A friend of ours, who works in a hospital setting, sent us an email describing this recent event. He has two facilities about 30 minutes apart, with a small unit of security guards that cover both facilities. A petition for union representation election was filed on behalf of the unit, and the NLRB said that due to the sequester, the election will be accomplished by mail ballot because they don’t have enough board agents to handle the case.

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

The Election I’ll Be Watching Next Tuesday

I don’t know if you’ve heard about this yet, but there’s going to be a pretty important election next week. The outcome of this election will have huge implications for labor practitioners throughout the country. It is no exaggeration to say that this election could hold the key to saving the union movement from complete collapse.

Oh, not THAT election. I’m talking about the vote on Proposition 2 in Michigan.

Proposition 2 (dubbed the Protect Our Jobs Amendment – by the same people who gave us the Employee Free Choice Act) is an amendment to the Michigan constitution that, if enacted, would prohibit the state legislature from passing laws that, “limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and

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Union Bailout Update

The great recession appears to have hit everything, including presidential politics. After two decades of blockbuster elections, the 2012 version has a very John Carter feel to it. We’ll grant that we haven’t even gotten to the conventions, but we’re not looking forward to an election that at this point looks like will boil down to a slap-fight over who’s killed more jobs over their career. At this point it looks like it will come down to how many years Mitt Romney worked at Bain Capital, although Obama still has a few months to pad his numbers.

You know presidential politics has hit a lull when Richard Trumka (the one-percenter to rule all the 99-percenters) announces that the AFL-CIO is focusing more on who it will back in

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INK May 24, 2012

In this issue:

Union Bailout Update Becker Returns to His People Target Election Gets Tossed IBT Organizers Honored to Remain Union-Free SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers and more…

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Union Bailout Update

It’s been almost two weeks of uncertainty since a U.S. District judge declared the NLRB quickee election rules invalid and we still have no official word from the board on what happens next. On May 14 Judge James Boasberg ruled that the board did not have a legal quorum when Members Becker and

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