Learn more about


good coherency and largely actionable information
C. Milum

Always informative; useful infomation and savy applications/implementation; clever packaging

Superb structure and content advisory for the LM avalanche approaching. I particularly liked the tripwire commentary and redirection to the Jump team. Then there are those masterful remarks in the communications tips, especially the employee-centric point.. Liked the set up to the toxic employee in a compressed time period...should be appealing to most managers.
W. Moyer

Labor Relations Insight December 2016

by Phil Wilson 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 BIG (or should I say huge) opportunities to improve the way the NLRB does business.

I’d like to take this opportunity to suggest four things the new administration should add to the priorities list. Most of these could be implemented right away and

Continue reading Labor Relations Insight December 2016

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 of the same.” That is a safe bet. But if Hillary Clinton manages to pull off a landslide in the electoral college (vey possible) she will be in a stronger position to get at least some legislative work done in her

Continue reading Labor Relations Insight

Labor Relations INK, September 2016

In this issue:

Education Taking Big Hits The Six Percent Solution Unions Urban Impact SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard and more…

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


Labor Relations INSIGHT by Phil Wilson

Today is the first day of fall. This is my favorite time of year. School starts back up and things tend to get into a more normal routine. The weather begins to cool off. The hiking trails around here get much more bearable (not to mention beautiful). And football season is in full swing (Go Blue! And Go Team Big House – my fantasy football team).


While I really enjoy this time of year, it is not without its downsides. Last weekend I personally witnessed another favorite team,

Continue reading Labor Relations INK, September 2016

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Blacklisting and The Offer You Can’t Refuse

don-vitoDon Vito Corleone famously suggested the way you get a guy to do what you want is to, “make him an offer he can’t refuse.” This week the Department of Labor finally issued its rules for enforcing the “blacklisting” regulation. And unions are ready to use the new regulation to take a page out of the Corleone playbook.

The Obama administration is heading into the home stretch and pushing to get as many labor rulings and regulations out the door as possible. If your company is a government contractor, the blacklisting rule is probably the most significant one of the year.

Originally proposed by Executive Order in 2014, the rule gives the DOL the power to discourage and even bar a federal agency from

Continue reading Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

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 lost members. This may explain why the NLRB has recently turned its attention to unionized employers.

In May the General Counsel issued Memorandum GC 16-03 which essentially takes away the right of an employer to “withdraw recognition” from a union that loses majority status. As you probably know, an employer is only allowed to bargain with a union that has proven it

Continue reading Labor Relations Insight

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson I’ve Been Everywhere, Man…

I am home for the first full week in a month and looking forward to a holiday weekend before I hit the trail again. Traveling can get old, but there are parts of it I really enjoy. It is great to meet new people. Of course I like to talk about what’s going on the world of labor relations and approachable leadership. But traveling also gives me a great opportunity to learn and grow too.

I thought for this month’s insight I’d take readers on a quick tour of the last month, along with what I learned along the way. Who knows, maybe you’ll pick up a thing or two yourself?

My first swing took me to Green Bay, Denver, Washington DC, and Minneapolis. This trip included doing labor relations training and updates for HR leaders and a C-Suite group, an approachability workshop,

Continue reading Labor Relations Insight

Labor Relations Insight April 2016

by Phil Wilson

The ambush election rule turned one on April 15. We now can look at the true impact of the rule unions wanted so badly to “level the playing field” in union elections. I’ve looked at the numbers and compared this last year to prior years. The bottom line: the rule’s impact has had no impact on what matters most to unions, total petitions and election victories.

When the rule first went into effect the number of union elections spiked nearly 15% over the year prior (while the number of days to an election dropped by 1/3). While many of those elections were in small units, it looked like the rule was going to work exactly how unions hoped it would.

With a full year under our belt it is now clear that the election spike was probably just petitions held back waiting for the new rule. By

Continue reading Labor Relations Insight April 2016

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

Persuader: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

goodbadugly2The persuader rule went final today. I’ve read the rule. All 446 pages (I don’t have a life so you can have one). Okay, I may have skimmed a few pages. Here is what you need to know about the new rule.

The Good

Here’s the good news: This rule is much improved over the proposed rule from 2011.

The Department of Labor deserves some credit for listening to its regulated community. They rolled back a number of proposals from the original rule. People who provide employee surveys or draft handbooks are (mostly) off the hook. You’re not going to have to report your association dues or conference fees. I’m just cynical enough to believe that many of these items were originally proposed

Continue reading Labor Relations Insight

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

5 Steps to Prepare for the Persuader Rule

If you believe the rumors out of Washington (I do), the so-called persuader rule is on track to go from “proposed” to “final” by the end of next month. It could slip into April but at this point it looks like it is going to happen. After more than 5 years the rule will no longer be a hypothetical. Are you ready?

Most companies I talk to (not to mention most consultants and law firms) still treat this rule as a potential threat, versus a clear and present danger. That’s all about to change.

Here’s a quick recap for those who have had their head under a pillow hoping that this thing was just a bad dream.

The proposed rule vastly increases the number of activities that qualify as reportable “persuasion” activity to the Department of Labor (DOL).

Continue reading Labor Relations Insight

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

The Real Impact of Ambush Elections

In just a couple of months we will have one year of experience under the NLRB’s ambush election rule making. This is one of the most significant changes in US labor law since… Ever. It has slashed the amount of time employees have to consider their decision about whether or not to choose representation. More important, it has fundamentally altered how decisions about who is included (and excluded) from bargaining are made.

But what are the actual “on the ground” differences? Let me start with the latest statistics. First, number of days till an election. Here is what has happened since the rule went into effect:


You can see from the chart, election periods are substantially faster since the rule went into

Continue reading Labor Relations Insight