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Labor Relations INK July 2015

In this issue:

Criminals & Bullies Will Labor Issues Figure Prominently in the 2016 Campaign Season? High Tech and New Media Employers Beware Exposé of Union Fat-Cats 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

One of my audience members became so bored and distracted that he shoved both his hands down the front of his pants. And that’s when I knew I may have bitten off more than I could chew.

Maybe I should back up a bit. I volunteered to help my daughter’s school start a debate team this year. I know what you’re going to say – just think of it as my nerdy version of playing catch with my kid. In order to get these middle schoolers up to speed the speech teacher and I

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SEIU Watch

Mendocino County employees have set up a website in an effort to gather enough signatures to approve a decertification vote. Ross Liberty, leader of the drive, said all SEIU has done for them is make things worse.

“Union negotiators have created an adversarial relationship between employees and county officials that is beneficial to neither…I think that’s the nature of unions. They need to keep their members in a constant state of fear and loathing. That’s how they get the employees to part with their dues.”

The situation for home care workers in Minnesota is even more interesting – they didn’t realize they were a part of the union until they saw dues being deducted from their check. Here’s what went down. Employees signed a card that as far as they knew simply meant they supported the decision to hold an election. SEIU, however, had included a note in Continue reading SEIU Watch

Labor Relations Ink May 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 3.47.45 PMIn this issue:

Labor Leaders Cash In on Workers’ Dues The Good Life… Grasping At Straws? Is Militancy In Health Care Good For You? SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

Surprising New Data on Ambush Elections

This may come as a shock, but the question I get asked most these days isn’t about where I get my haircut (it doesn’t take long – although getting that “trees running away from the forest” look just right isn’t as easy as it looks). It’s not even about whether I think Rey is the daughter of Han Solo and Leia in The Force Awakens.


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Is Militancy In Health Care Good For You?

CNA Nurses

Last month the National Nurses United called for strikes at eight California hospitals along with the University of Chicago Medical Center. This decision followed a slew of fights between management and the union. Management claimed the union was demanding more money on top of the yearly raises already offered by the hospital. The union claimed the hold-up was entirely due to staffing issues. Two days before the strike was set to take place, the union called it off claiming that it found victory in negotiations.

According to Ken Jacobs, chair of the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California at Berkeley, this sort of controversy is not abnormal for NNU. “National Nurses United is a more militant union in general, in terms of how they’ve decided to carry out their work,” he said.

Labor Relations INK February 2015

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In this issue:

Fraudulent Finances Steelworkers Strike Oil Industry Unions Funding Illegal Political Activities? Whistlin’ Dixie 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

It’s that time of year again. The prognosticators are pouring over all the latest statistics. Some teams look like they are making gains – others seem headed for the bottom of the pack. Every year the speculation is even more intense than the last. Sometimes I think it is getting a bit much. You know what I mean?

Oh, I’m not talking about the NFL Draft (I think they’re just scratching the surface of what they can cover there,

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Labor Relations INK November 2014

In this issue:

West Coast Gridlock Changes In Labor Law To Come? IBEW Steps In It, Big Time For What It’s Worth SEIU Watch, Social Media Spotlight, 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

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

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SEIU Watch – Nov 2014

SEIU may represent the largest majority of healthcare workers, but recent activities prove that fact has less to do with the union’s faithful representation of their members and more to do with the backroom deals it makes with employers. At least that has been the case since they signed a corrupt deal with California health care corporations a few months ago in return for the companies’ support in organizing 60,000 health care workers.

As a stipulation of that deal, SEIU “agreed to prohibit its members from participating in ‘communications that degrade or attack a signatory hospital or health system or the hospital industry as a whole includ[ing] communications raising concerns about hospital pricing and executive compensation in healthcare.’”

Dr. Prem Reddy

Dr. Prem Reddy

Proposition 45 in

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Healthcare Happenings

broken-arm-graphicHealth care unions have found Montgomery and Fulton counties in New York to be a hotbed of unhappy healthcare workers. Most of the upheaval is tied to companies trying to reduce costs as they attempt to satisfy requirements put in place by the Affordable Care Act.

Teamsters Local 294 garnered 60 new members this week when healthcare workers at River Ridge Living Center voted in favor of union representation. There are more than 400 additional healthcare employees in the area who are either looking to unionize as well or are currently caught in the middle of negotiations between their union and company.

Across the country, 57 percent of the employees at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, California voted against the California Nurses Association.


SEIU Watch - August 2014

236929258-seiu-775-nonmember-appeal 00001The Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision has created somewhat of a domino effect for the Service Employees. Local 775 in Washington State has decided to abandon its forced dues scheme of home health care workers, opting instead for a proactive approach wherein they sent a misleading letter to all 40,000 providers they represent in the state. The majority of the letter consists of help-us-help-you statements, and asks that the letter be returned with the providers’ signature to show their support of the union. There is just one small statement in the fine print, however, that releases the union from having to pay back the dues they unlawfully took from these members, and further informs the members that if they sign this document,

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INK November 2013


In this issue:

Slugging It Out In The South Approachability – Part II You Said What?! Union Corruption Beyond Borders SEIU Watch, Social Media Spotlight, 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

Let me start by saying, “thanks.” Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It focuses us on something that is in short supply today: gratefulness. I am grateful for all of our readers and supporters, so thank you!

I am also grateful for our incredible clients who invite us into their companies to help them create positive places to work for hundreds of thousands of people. I am grateful for the amazing LRI team (our home office team

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