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Right To Work

Taking right-to-work up a notch, Alabama and Virginia will strive to become the eleventh and twelfth states to protect right-to-work into their state constitutions in November. The two states have had right-to-work laws in place for decades. Arkansas was the first state to enshrine right-to-work in its constitution in 1944, and Oklahoma the most recent in 2001. Business leaders in Alabama, which has twice the union density as its neighbors, believes the state must protect right-to-work to remain competitive and to attract additional auto and aerospace manufacturing jobs.

 

Labor Relations INK, September 2016

In this issue:

Education Taking Big Hits The Six Percent Solution Unions Urban Impact SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard and more…

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

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Labor Relations INSIGHT by Phil Wilson

Today is the first day of fall. This is my favorite time of year. School starts back up and things tend to get into a more normal routine. The weather begins to cool off. The hiking trails around here get much more bearable (not to mention beautiful). And football season is in full swing (Go Blue! And Go Team Big House – my fantasy football team).

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While I really enjoy this time of year, it is not without its downsides. Last weekend I personally witnessed another favorite team,

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Union Bailout Update

It was apparent from the beginning that the new “Blacklist” rule instituted by Executive Order was nothing more than a handout to unions. A recent Teamsters blogpost confirms exactly how Big Labor plans to use this gift. To quote from the post:

Using the Order

The Executive Order gives unions unprecedented new leverage against companies and institutions that contract with the federal government. Unless the Order or its implementing regulations are overturned by the courts (employers have promised lawsuits) or revoked by a future president (wonder who), unions should be able to significantly increase their bargaining power by the simple expedient of filing meritorious charges with the NLRB, OSHA, the EEOC, or the DOL.

Consider a union that strikes an auto plant for a new contract. Soon after workers hit the bricks, the union president has the following conversation with the general manager:

Morris, we are two weeks

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Right To Work

Senator Tim Kaine

Senator Tim Kaine

One of the most interesting aspects of this election (aside from Hillary and Trump in general) was Vice-Presidential candidate, Senator Kaine’s stance on right-to-work. As governor of Virginia, he stood up for the law in his state – “a refreshingly rare position taken by a Democratic leader.” However, in the time since he’s joined the Clinton campaign his spokespeople are doing their best to claim that Kaine has always been opposed to right-to-work.

Rebecca Freidrichs (yes, that Rebecca Freidrichs) dives into Kaine’s sudden abandonment of right-to-work in this article on The Hill.

Labor Relations INK – August 2016

In this issue:

Joint Employer Status Between A Rock And A Hard Place Do As I Say, Not As I Do Another Merger To Save A Union SEIU Watch, Insight, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard and more…

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

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

Blacklisting and The Offer You Can’t Refuse don-vitoDon Vito Corleone famously suggested the way you get a guy to do what you want is to, “make him an offer he can’t refuse.” This week the Department of Labor finally issued its rules for enforcing the “blacklisting” regulation. And unions are ready to use the new regulation to take a page out of the Corleone playbook.

The Obama administration is heading into the home stretch

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Right To Work

Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel

Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel

Unions don’t like right-to-work laws, but most still accept it as the law of the land once it’s passed. Apparently that’s not the case in Wisconsin. Attorney General, Brad Schimel, has had to remind unions of that fact twice this month. This comes after unions in the state filed an appeal of the right-to-work decision, saying that it violated the Fifth Amendment of the United States. Right-to-work law will remain in effect in the state until the appeals court issues a ruling.

Big labor is finding a little more success in West Virginia where a temporary injunctionRight To Work

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…

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

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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Right To Work

Wisconsin has been a right-to-work state for about a year now; but in a bold move last month, Judge William Foust of Wisconsin suspended it. Foust found that “forbidding unions from collecting fair share payments from non-members who benefit from their services is an unjust taking.” The International Union of Operating Engineers locals 139 and 420 had filed suits claiming the law violates the NLRA. The ruling was revoked yesterday by a state court of appeals judge. Wisconsin is right-to-work again…for now. We’ll see if the same thing happens in West Virginia…

After becoming the 26th state to pass right-to-work legislation earlier this year, the West Virginia AFL-CIO and the state’s unions are taking the decision to court.

It makes sense why unions hate right-to-work so much – it allows people who don’t want to be union members to opt out. However, Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor

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Labor Relations INK, April 2016

In this issue:

Quarter Mil Salaries for 448 Union Employees Last Year Decades of Discrimination At This Sheet Metal Local “Gig Economy” Union Deal Goes Bust SEIU Watch, Alt-Labor, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard and more…

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson One Year After the Ambush Rule: Why Unions Should Be Worried

The ambush election rule turned one on April 15. We now can look at the true impact of the rule unions wanted so badly to “level the playing field” in union elections. I’ve looked at the numbers and compared this last year to prior years. The bottom line: the rule’s impact has had no impact on what matters most to unions, total petitions and election victories.

When the rule first went into effect the number of union elections spiked nearly 15% over the

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Union Bailout Update

Activity around the recently imposed Persuader Rule is picking up. The House Education and Workforce Committee lambasted the rule and scheduled hearings, while several groups filed suit. Other Republican lawmakers signed a letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to take action against both the DOL and the NLRB.

It appears the chasm through which the “protected concerted activity” can be run through is widening by the day. A foul-mouthed rant against a client between employees in the restroom now qualifies. In another case, badmouthing the company and one of its owners over the company’s two-way radio system is also safe ground for disgruntled workers. In the effort to create the broadest possible interpretation of protected concerted activity, the NLRB continues to defy the courts, especially around class and collective action waivers.

In the independent contractor vs. employee tug-of-war, it seems the courts will

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