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Labor Relations INK August 2017

In this issue:

National Employee Freedom Week New Study: Private Sector Unions Do Not Raise Employee Pay Union Pension Turmoil Insight, Teamster Beat, SEIU Watch, 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 Unions and the Corporate “Death Spiral”

A friend of mine recently interviewed for a big promotion to a top HR role. His final interview was with his future boss and 2 operations leaders. The interview was winding down and my friend started to relax a little – he was feeling pretty good. Then his

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Union Bailout Update

Marvin Kaplan

It’s as if the DOL is running through a pool of oatmeal. The Senate finally confirmed Marvin Kaplan to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, providing a temporary 2-2 Republican/Democrat split, while Phil Miscimarra (Republican) has decided to decline a second term. William Emanuel, the pending pro-business appointee, won’t face Senate confirmation until after the August recess, so there may actually be a a couple of months of a 3-2 pro-business board composition until Miscimarra steps down Dec. 6th. Then we’re back to a 2-2 tango and will have to wait for another appointee and confirmation process.

Peter Robb

It appears the DOL

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Fight For $15

Despite some recent success in places like Kansas City where voters approved a ballot measure this month to increase the minimum wage, it seems the movement itself is losing steam.

Source: www.tonyskansascity.com/

So far in 2017, Fight for $15 has “staged protests in just 30 cities… down from more than 600 in 2016.” Of course, much of that could be a loss of financial contribution to the movement now that we’re past an election year. We’ll have to wait until next year’s LM-2’s come out to know for sure. But we do know that last year, SEIU spent $19 million on the movement and failed to make any real progress unionizing the 7.88 million workers in the franchise industry.

Even in places like Kansas City,

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Right To Work

Missouri is fighting to keep its newly enacted right-to-work law in place, and Big Labor recently achieved a victory in the courts that paved the way to bring the issue to a public vote. Due to go into effect on Aug 28, opponents have collected more than 300,000 notarized signatures, 3 times the minimum required to push the measure to the ballot box in November 2018.

While Big Labor continues to fight against right-to-work laws with its right arm, the left arm is starting to pull the ballot lever for right-to-work! In Maine, the Maine State Employees Association (an SEIU local) agreed to eliminate the requirement that state employees who choose not to join the union pay a mandatory fee to the union for collective bargaining and other services, in exchange for a 6 percent pay increase over the next two years. Union loyalists of course are

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Labor Around The World

Increased levels of automation in the workforce are inevitable. However, one thing that isn’t certain is just how much these AI developments are going to impact job quality and availability for human workers. In Japan, the leading country for robots per 10,000 workers in the auto industry, the effects are muted due to low birth rates and fears of an impending labor shortage. Click here to read more.

South Korea has laid out a new five-year plan to combat the growing economic inequality in the country. Namely, “it calls for sharply increasing the minimum wage and unemployment benefits and imposing bigger fines for unfair labor practices.”

Similarly, France is working on its own major labor transition. Here, new president Emmanuel Macron is taking

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Labor Relations INK July 2017

In this issue:

Philly Building Trades Council Head Under Investigation Union Goats? Alt-Labor Sticky Fingers, Insight, Scoreboard, SEIU Watch and more…

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

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson Employee Handbooks: Finally, a Little Sanity

Every summer my family visits Dodgeville, Wisconsin to camp with my great friend Greg and his family. And almost every year we make the pilgrimage to Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio just up the road in Spring Green.

If you don’t know much about Mr. Wright here are some highlights. He was a genius. His architecture work was at least 50 years ahead of his time. Like a lot of geniuses, he was a

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Union Bailout Update

If you belong to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (you should!) you received their Labor, Regulation, and Employee Benefits Division Labor Update. For those of you that don’t, just a taste of what the report contains, speaking of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018:

“The bill would also fund the National Labor Relations Board at $249 million, which represents a decrease in funding of $25 million (the Board is currently funded at $274 million). The legislation contains the following funding limitations with respect to the NLRB:

Prohibits the use of ‘any new administrative directive or regulation’ with respect to electronic voting in representation elections conducted by the Board; Prohibits the NLRB from asserting jurisdiction over Native American employers; Bars the Board from using funds to

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Labor Relations Ink June 2017

In this issue:

Mafia/Union Ties Still Strong Union Wrestling Match Pensions On The Ropes Insight, SEIU Watch, Fight for $15 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

Three Things Congress Can Do to Fix Labor Law Today

It’s been another month and we remain not one step closer to a Republican majority National Labor Relations Board. I suppose you could say the Administration took a quarter-step when it announced this week its “intention to nominate” Marvin Kaplan to the Board. That’s a quarter-step in the right direction, but a better step would be officially nominating both Kaplan and Bill Emmanuel, so that the Senate can start the

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson Three Things Congress Can Do to Fix Labor Law Today

It’s been another month and we remain not one step closer to a Republican majority National Labor Relations Board. I suppose you could say the Administration took a quarter-step when it announced this week its “intention to nominate” Marvin Kaplan to the Board. That’s a quarter-step in the right direction, but a better step would be officially nominating both Kaplan and Bill Emmanuel, so that the Senate can start the process of getting them confirmed.

Due to the congressional calendar (and the likelihood Democrats will be playing the four-corners offense the next two years) it’s all but certain that the we won’t have a Republican majority before the August recess. And there is no guarantee that Phil Miscimarra will continue on as

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Union Bailout Update

Alex Acosta

The DOL under new head Alexander Acosta has withdrawn two memos (or administrative interpretations) originally posted by the Wage & Hour division related to independent contractor and joint employer status. Although such action does not change any law, it does signal the administration’s possible intention to backtrack up the slippery slope of joint employer issues.

The administration also revoked a 2013 Letter of Interpretation which allowed non-employee union members to attend OSHA inspections, even when no employees at the targeted company were represented by a union.

The DOL has also signaled that it intends to revoke the Persuader Rule, publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will take public comment on rescinding the rule altogether.

Acosta apparently

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