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Labor Relations INK January 2017

Union Membership Shrinks Again! New App for Bargainers and Union Members Union Leadership Manipulation of Election Results Another Innovation Stifled by Big Labor SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard and more…

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

How carefully do you craft messages to your employees? Have you ever announced something and then wished you’d said it a different way?

We recently ran across a messaging document posted on Facebook originally produced by the PR firm Park Street Strategies for the United Food and Commercial Workers. (Memo to self: The Google sees ALL the web pages).

According to their 2015 LM-2, the UFCW payed

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Labor Relations Ink May 2016

In this issue:

What The Uber Settlement Means Unions And Modernization Don’t Mix Treasury Determined to Bilk Taxpayers In Pension Demise Another Union Marriage Ends In Divorce Scoreboard, SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers and more…

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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

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Labor Relations INK September 2015

In this issue:

New Tool for Organizing Leverage Political Season & Labor Talk Tax Payers Subsidizing Union Labor Debunking Union Myths SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

Harry Johnson’s NLRB term expired on August 27th. It was way too short. Thankfully Member Johnson was able to leave a few parting shots before he departed. There have been so many important changes over the last few weeks it is impossible to cover them all. These are the things I’ve been asked about most and a few thoughts about the implications:

Who is going to replace Harry Johnson? I haven’t seen much buzz on this so far. The only rumor I’ve seen suggests Roger King. Roger would be a terrific choice – he’s among the sharpest labor

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Labor Relations INK June 2015

In this issue:

Organizing Hotspots Tribal Gaming Claims a Victory Young People More Supportive of Unions SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

The NLRB Should Stop Protecting Racial Hatred

The NLRB has a chance to take a stand against racism and racial hatred. I hope they make the right choice. I don’t think they will. But we will get to that in a minute.

First, a quick update on ambush elections. We now have a little over two months under our belt and the impact of the new rule is starting to emerge. There was a fair amount of concern last month about the big increase in NLRB petitions. It looks like after two months the number of petitions overall is starting to look more like it

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Union

iamJohn Lehman and Ryan Hastings, employees at Spirit Aerosystems’ Wichita manufacturing plant, were well-known critics of their two IAM Local representatives – often finding themselves in the crosshairs of the union officials. When the two shared a video of a safety violation at the plant with colleagues, it ultimately ended up in the hands of their union rep who, rather than discussing this newfound knowledge of the safety hazard with management, chose to forward the video to Spirit’s leadership in an effort to get Lehman and Hastings fired. They succeeded

Leman and Hastings filed an unfair labor practice charge against the union for misrepresentation and last month an NLRB judge ruled in their favor, ordering the union to:

Cease and desist from: Attempting to cause or causing Spirit Aerosystems to discharge employee-members because of their dissident union and/or other protected concerted activities.

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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.

Nope.

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Whistlin’ Dixie

After losing the election to organize Volkswagen employees at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant last year, the UAW set up an office just down the road to begin its efforts anew. Their hope has been that once they gather enough signatures, they will be approved as the bargaining representative through card check rather than another secret-ballot election. Currently, they claim to have signatures from about 55 percent of the employees.

ACEThe American Council of Employees, the other union looking to organize VW Chattanooga, believes those numbers to be unsubstantiated and urges all parties involved not to make any decision on labor representation without a secret ballot election.

Just south in Alabama the Auto Workers are having far less success. In fact, 80 percent of the employees at Renosol Seating, an extension of Lear Corp., recently signed

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Dire Straits

Source: http://www.pbgc.gov/

Source: http://www.pbgc.gov/

Teamsters Central States Pension Fund has been in trouble for a long time and it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting out of it anytime soon. Currently serving roughly 410,000 participants, the fund is not making as much as it’s paying out. If the situation continues as is, the fund’s trustees believe it will become insolvent within a decade. In order to stay afloat, Central States is looking to cut the amount it pays out to retirees – you know, the people who paid into it for 30 years and have planned their retirement around it.

This was made possible by a federal law passed last year that allows struggling multi-employer pension funds to cut benefits for retirees younger than

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Labor Relations INK October 2014

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In this issue:

Getting Creative SEIU Hires…Contractors? “Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste” More Lessons From Market Basket Whistlin’ Dixie, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

The Question

One of my favorite bands is the Old 97s. They’re awesome. If you ever get a chance to see them do it. You won’t regret it.

The Old 97s played last week at the Cain’s Ballroom (if you ever get a chance to see any band at the Cain’s Ballroom do it. You won’t regret that either). Well, at the show they played one of their classic songs “The Question

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Whistlin’ Dixie

industriallIt’s been a difficult and largely unsuccessful task organizing automakers in the South, but the Auto Workers are persevering with the help of groups like IndustriALL Global Union and the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan. The three groups told reporters that Nissan supervisors have been holding meetings with employees at their Canton, Mississippi plant during which they threatened employees with wage cuts or plant closings if the employees choose to unionize.

Nissan manager of Government Relations, Camille Young, called the allegations unfounded, stating: “Our history reflects that we respect the right of employees to decide who should represent them…Nissan employees in Canton enjoy jobs that are among the most secure in Mississippi and offer some of the highest manufacturing wages in the state, strong benefits, a working environment that exceeds industry standards

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