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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…

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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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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 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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Right To Work

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court upheld Wisconsin’s 2015 Right-To-Work law. A similar battle is playing out in Kentucky, where Governor Matt Bevin has asked a judge to dismiss a suit filed by the Kentucky State AFL-CIO and Teamsters Local 89 against Kentucky’s recently enacted law.

In Michigan, the UAW and Harsco Rail ran afoul of that state’s right to work law when they illegally reduced a welder’s wages after he opted out of the union. According to the contract in place, the journeyman welder was entitled to an $0.75 premium, but when he opted out of union membership, the UAW revoked his journeyman card in retaliation and instructed the employer to pay him accordingly.

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…

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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 INK April 2017

In this issue:

UFCW Reveals Strategy for 2017 Union Leaders & Money – A Bad Combination No Opting Out Allowed Taxpayers Pickpocketed By Unions Sticky Fingers, SEIU Watch, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

My 10 Top Takeaways from CUE

I am flying back today from the 40th anniversary CUE conference. If you aren’t a member of CUE you are really missing out. It is simply the best conference around for people focused on creating positive workplaces. I enjoyed presenting on two panels around the future of work. And today I had the honor of teaching some incredible leaders the ins and outs of Approachable Leadership.

The

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No Opting Out Allowed

Unions spend millions of dollars each year on politics – no surprise there. As the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) reported, Big Labor spent $1.7 billion in the 2016 election season. What is troubling is where unions secure the money it spends on politics. According to Mark Mix of the National Right to Work Committee, $1.3 billion came from general treasury funds. This is where union dues goes upon being siphoned from employee paychecks.

In over half of all states now, union members are supposedly able to “opt-out” of paying any fees to the union for anything except representational activities on their behalf. In reality, all of their “fees” for such work go into the general pot, and the union spends it as it sees fit, even if against the political wishes of those fee payers.

This short article uses the AFSCME LM-2 recently filed to

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Labor Relations INK March 2017

In this issue:

It’s All Academic AFL-CIO Headquarters Staff Dwindles Longshoremen Union Out of Step with Membership Insight, Fight for $15, SEIU Watch and more…

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

The Clash, The Beatles and Lafe Solomon

Radio DJ Wolfman Jack

The Supreme Court at last issued its decision in National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. The Court found that Lafe Solomon’s stint as Acting General Counsel to the NLRB violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (“FVRA”). While Chief Justice Roberts took pains to make clear its decision is not “the son of Noel Canning” it at least qualifies as a first cousin.

Unless you have

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Right To Work

Right-to-Work has gained quite a bit of momentum in recent years, up from 22 states and 41% of the nation’s population living in right-to-work jurisdictions in 2011 to 28 states and 52% of the population today.

Additionally, House Republicans introduced the National Right-to-Work Act in early February. This act would “repeal federal labor law provisions that permit firing workers who refuse to pay union dues.” While similar bills have been introduced in the past, this is the first time it’s been done while the GOP hold control of the White House and both houses of Congress.

Similarly, we’ve been seeing success on the local level. For example, before right-to-work became state law in Kentucky, twelve counties had already passed some form of right-to-work provisions. Those provisions were upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals late last year.

Labor Relations INK – February 2017

In this issue:

Union Membership Drops Yet Again Just Another Lazy Union Afternoon… Union Pension Turmoil Insight, Right-to-Work, Sticky Fingers and more…

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Is there a “Trump Effect” on Union Organizing?

Just about every call I’ve had since Donald Trump’s November surprise gets around to THE question. Will Donald Trump’s election mean the end for labor unions? Or will unions rise like a phoenix from the ashes and organize like never before as a reaction to the new administration? Or maybe something in between?

I’ve mostly answered this question the way lawyers tend to answer questions (sorry): “It depends.” But we are now beginning to get some data that is shedding light on the “Trump Effect” on labor unions. And for unions the data is not looking good.

First,

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