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Hi Phil, I would like to thank your team on our recent victory over the IAFF in our election on Friday. We won with about 2/3 of the votes in our favor. I could not have done it without the great work of Scott. He got to the root of the problem almost immediately and got me headed in the right direction. Thanks again for your expert help.
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Arianna Huffington has publicly supported her employees’ right to organize since negotiations around their eligibility first began in October 2015. In a letter to staff earlier this month, Huffington Post management announced that they have reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGEA) to voluntarily recognize the union, pending a count of signed authorization cards. Perhaps HuffPost will have better luck than Al Jazeera.

Two weeks ago, Al Jazeera America CEO, Al Anstey, announced that the company will be closing its doors on April 30.

“[O]ur business model is simply not sustainable in light of the economic challenges in the U.S. media marketplace,” Anstey told staff in a memo.

This comes just months after staff members of the digital newsroom voted to unionize under the News Guild of New York (CWA).

Labor Relations INK December 2015

In this issue:

Tension In The UAW Whistlin’ Dixie Media Overtaken By Big Labor? Teamster Beat SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, 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 back. After a several year hiatus, the Department of Labor (DOL) resurrected the so-called “persuader” rulemaking. This month they asked the Office of Management and Budget to approve the proposed rule that sat dormant for years. It looks like the rule will go into effect this spring.

Most people haven’t thought about this rule for several years, so here’s a quick reset: The Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) passed in 1959. That law focused primarily on union corruption. It outlawed and required reporting of certain transactions between unions and companies. The purpose of these restrictions is to disclose, and hopefully eliminate,

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Insight Article Big Hit on LinkedIn

linkedin2Phil’s Labor Relations Insight article for November received almost 13,000 views when it was included as an Editor’s Pick in LinkedIn’s Pulse news feed. If you missed it, you can catch it again here. If you skipped over the article because you aren’t interested in the topic of Joint Employer, I encourage you to read it, as the title can be misleading to the key point.

Media Overtaken By Big Labor?

media-logosAs the largest digital newsroom yet looks to unionize, we should probably start asking when enough momentum in this media-organizing trend will begin to impact the nature of online journalism.

The HuffPost campaign is just another in a recent spate of online newsroom organizing campaigns, including successes at Gawker, Salon, Vice, ThinkProgress, The Guardian, US and Al Jazeera America.

Because the media typically leans left, it has tended to treat Big Labor kindly. But it brings up some new questions about conflict of interest, when the typical union constitution disallows any dissent or disparagement by its members against the union. Should we consider these newly minted union members extracted from the ranks of “unbiased” journalists? How much farther will this trend go before the impact in reporting is noticeable?

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…

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


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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The Longshoreman's Long Shot

The feud between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 and United Grain Corp. has done nothing but escalate since the company first locked out 44 union members in February 2013 – so much so that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has stepped in and filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against both organizations.

The charges against United Grain Corp. describe the company’s decision to lockout ILWU workers last February as unjustified because the company failed to offer Local 4 the conditions they needed to avoid a lockout. A spokesman for United Grain countered that the allegations of the charge are not congruent with current law.

The charges against ILWU are more egregious, and include:

Local 4 members “threatened to rape the daughter of one of the employer’s managers;” caused permanent eye damage to a security officer after shining lights at vehicles driving in and out of the

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SEIU's Oscar Performance

The Service Employees International Union rarely misses an opportunity to latch onto big media events – and last night’s Academy Awards proved no different.

Before reaching the red carpet, Hollywood’s A-listers were sure to pass the SEIU protesters who were posted up near the Dolby Theatre. The purpose of the rally was to shed light on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to employ Security Industry Specialists (SIS), a non-unionized security company, for the big event.

SEIU recently accused SIS of “sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and worker intimidation,” in addition to insufficient worker pay and hours. This is typical of SEIU tactics, as we recently mentioned in the last issue of Labor Relations INK.

Tom Seltz, co-president and CFO of SIS, called SEIU’s allegations unsubstantial and made the following statement: “I think the union is looking for dues and I don’t think there

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How to Avoid Costly HR Mistakes

Small companies often are not well prepared to handle human resource issues and such shortcomings could mean big trouble for small-businesses which are rarely equipped to financially sustain themselves through even a single lawsuit. In today’s uncertain economy it is more important than ever for small-business owners to focus their entrepreneurial spirit toward educating and training themselves to avoid having disasters tomorrow. It is in this spirit that LRI President Phil Wilson, who has experienced firsthand the challenges of running a successful small business, chose to share some of his own wisdom with other small-business owners and entrepreneurs on “How to Avoid Costly HR Mistakes.”

The article, written by Sheryl Nance-Nash, is published on Intuit Small Business Blog.

Russ Brown, Featured in American Spectator

Ameican_SpectatorRuss Brown, an LRI vice-president, has been hard at work, spreading the truth about so-called “worker centers” and “social justice groups,” particularly that they are merely vehicles for unions to circumvent Labor law. Brown’s article, “200 Miles of Blisters and Deceit,” recently appeared in the American Spectator.

“Officially, it [CIW] is a “worker center,” which allows it to circumvent oversight and disclosure rules under the National Labor Relations Act and the Labor Management Reporting Disclosure Act,” Brown wrote.

LRI's Russ Brown, on C-SPAN 2 Book TV


Recently, LRI’s own Russ Brown was featured on C-SPAN 2’s Book TV, along side David Bego, author of, “The Devil at My Doorstep: Protecting Employee Rights,” and Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute, to discuss the pressure and intimidation tactics in use by unions in America today. The event was hosted by the Washington, DC, based, Heritage Foundation.

“I want to talk about some of the social justice groups that are out there, that are really nothing but unions by any other name,” Brown said before listing some of the more well-known groups and whose bankrolls fund such masquerades. “Their mission, on all these groups, is very simple. It’s name and shame. And truth and justice has absolutely nothing to do with it.”

In this hour-long video, Brown, Bego and others share stories of personal experience which include a number of horrifying and downright moralless

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