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Although I do not own a company any more, and never did have more than four employees, I never had a good interaction with a union. I appreciate this site because it's good to know that business owners can get help in dealing with unions. I believe that in spite of some good results from union efforts in our nation's history, the bottom lien score for unions overall are about a minus-5 on a scale of minus 10 to plus 10. If I had a large company here in Florida, I'd be watching out for unions very much, because our Governor is on the make for a presidential bid, and he's a RINO. Even though our state is RTW, that can change. It is good to have a resource like the Labor Relations Institute for companies that need help, especially when our so-called President has never seen a law he won't break for his own advantage.
R. Canary

Had an opportunity to meet and listen to Phil in this week's CUE Conf. His presentation was an absolute home run - which is very appropriate for the host city - home of the Louisville Slugger. This information clearly focuses on "preventive medicine" which should eliminate or greatly minimize the risk of any serious "illness" - Left of The Boom is a great way to show importance of being pro active and what happens when we wait to react. Great job !
S. Bloom

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B. Lulias

Phil Explains LM-2 Treasure to SHRM Readers

In a recent article for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website, Phil describes how to research a union using the LM-2 form, which all unions must provide to the government.

 

Clear As Mud

Not only has the Michigan Education Association been shady with their handling of right-to-work opt out procedures, they have been less than transparent on their financial disclosures to the federal government.

MEA Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz

MEA Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz

The LM-2 form that unions must file has multiple sections with various categories to report all receipts and expenditures. One such category is “All Other Receipts.” This is for income that was received in quantities less than $5,000 and don’t fit into any other category on the form. Most unions report less than one percent of their income on this line – most unions except the MEA.

On their 2014 report, MEA categorized $30 million, 30% of their income, under “All Other Receipts.” In order for this to make sense

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Union Free YouTube Video: NRtW Sues DOL Over Transparency

National Right to Work President Mark Mix appeared on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” to discuss Hilda Solis’s efforts to undermine union transparency by rolling back LM-2 requirements.

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Be sure to visit the LRI Union Free YouTube Channel to view this and other entertaining and informative videos.

Hilda Solis: Will She Tackle Union Corruption?

Hilda Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor this week. After a bumpy confirmation process in which her nomination was held up by questions about her role as a lobbyist for the Free Choice Act while also serving in Congress, she was approved overwhelmingly by the Senate.Unions are happy with Solis, who served on the Board of American Rights at Work, a non-profit, union-funded lobbying organization whose purpose is to garner for the Free Choice Act. Businesses are wary for the same reason. I’m sure she is anxious to get to work. She has big shoes to fill.

The Department of Labor under Elaine Chao did an excellent job, especially on the union democracy and transparency front. Among the highlights:

More than 1,000 convictions and over $100 million in restitution for union members whose hard-earned dues payments were misappropriated by union officials. A complete overhaul of the LM-2 reporting requirements

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Union Corruption – House to Gut Anti-Corruption Budget?

Congress is about to gut the budget to stop union corruption. This may happen as soon as today, so your urgent help is needed.

Last month I wrote you about the Free Choice Act, which thankfully failed to get the votes required to stop a filibuster. Now organized labor’s friends in Congress are at it again.

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is the agency that is charged with finding and prosecuting union corruption. They are the group that changed the LM-2 form to make it more useful to union members and then put all the union financial reports up on the internet.

I testified twice in Congress several years ago while the OLMS was trying to get the LM-2 forms changed. We fought the AFL-CIO tooth and nail to get those changes made.

But unions aren’t stupid. They know that the rules don’t matter if there is nobody

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