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This is a very important website. I am a Union worker but an American First and the idea of open/non-private voting is repugnant to me. It flies in the face of American tradition where your vote is and should be CONFIDENTIAL. Most Union employees feel as I do and they need to know what this is all about. As far as I know, I hope, this sort of thing is not happening in the Union to which I belong. If I find out it is I will protest. All I can say is keep up the good work. I will pass this around to everyone I can. They cannot intimidate me.

Will Trump Bring Back the Union-Auditing Office? Phil Weighs in.

bloombergLate last week, Bloomberg published a deep dive article discussing whether or not the DOL’s Office of Labor Management Standards will change its policies once Trump takes the reigns.

What policies? you ask. Well you may remember when the Bush administration created a division within the OLMS to audit large international unions. Then early in the Obama administration, it was disband.

The question now is, will it be reinstated? At least to some degree?

Bloomberg reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to learn more.

INK ~ October 18, 2012

In this issue:

Alabama Seeks Secret Ballot Amendment Union Goons Have Had Their Heyday – Or Have They? NLRB Ruling Changes Union Stance One Move Left in the Great Twinkie Debate Teamsters Beat, Score Board, SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, and more…
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********** Alabama Seeks Secret Ballot Amendment

We mentioned in our last issue that a pro-union group in Michigan is attempting to

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Government Oversight or Union Favoritism?

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently reported that the DOL’s Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS), overseen by Secretary Solis, is failing in their duty to effectively administer and oversee the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), a law meant to promote transparency within labor organizations.

The LMRDA requires labor unions to file annual financial reports with the OLMS. A primary purpose of the law is to help union members keep an eye on the union officials’ management of the union’s finances. Unfortunately, if the OLMS’s annual compliance audits fall short, the purpose of this requirement is then moot.

The OIG, acting as a watchdog, reported that not only have the OLMS audits been ineffective, but the

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Breaking News - Union Membership Plummets While OLMS Announces Witch Hunt for Labor Consultants, Attorneys

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that union membership fell to its lowest level on record, 6.9% in the private sector. You can read the BLS press release here.

What you probably did not hear about is the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) announced yesterday that it will initiate the Persuader Reporting Orientation Program (PROP) to provide “compliance assistance” to employers and labor relations consultants. Under the PROP initiative, the OLMS will compile contact information of “employers and their representatives” based on representation petitions filed with the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) and then send an “orientation letter” about their reporting obligations. The witch hunt for labor consultants, labor attorneys and employers begins.

Not to pat ourselves on the back too hard, but we predicted both of these developments last year. You might want to catch up on the rest of the predictions. It’s already shaping

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INK: August 13, 2009

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In This Issue:

• Insight from Phil Wilson • “Time For Payback” Say Union Bosses • SEIU Watch • Coercion Beyond Cards • and more…

Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

Can Employee Satisfaction Surveys REALLY Predict Union Organizing?

Employee satisfaction surveys are a pain.

They are tough to administer. If you get administration wrong you may get sketchy results. You get piles of data that can be hard to interpret. In the worst cases companies get “paralysis of analysis” and don’t report results back to employees. In these cases a survey can actually create frustration instead of fix it.

Which all begs the question: Why do an employee satisfaction survey in the first

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INK: February 12, 2009

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SEIU / UHW-West Conflict Erupts

SEIU’s Andy Stern final pulled the trigger and put the large (150,000 member) California-based local into trusteeship. United Healthcare Workers-West president Sal Rosselli, and 17 other elected officers, were ousted, and SEIU and moved to seize control of the local’s offices.

In what some observers called “trench warfare,” the UHW-West leadership first refused to vacate their offices, and then opened a new union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, to rival SEIU for the membership of the local, petitioning for elections in 62 hospitals and healthcare facilities.

The west-coast dispute was INK: February 12, 2009

INK: November 18, 2008

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Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

Why Campaigns Matter

I received the following email today from someone who got my “Unions: The 7 Lies You Must Know” email series. I thought I would share it. My response follows. Here was the email from “localunion21”:

Hello Philip I have read your seven lies and have a question for you. I work non-union in Omaha Nebraska making $17.00/hr with no health benefits for my family and no plan for retirement.

I was approached by a union organizer and he did use some of the info you provided.

read the rest of the article here…


Boeing Strike The Last Straw?

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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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