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Labor Relations INK October 2016

In this issue:

Another Union Business Dies Union Pickpockets Unions On The Campaign Trail SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers 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

Come November…

Election day is (mercifully) just around the corner. While I hesitate to make predictions this election season it looks very much like Hillary Clinton will win the White House and based on everything I’ve read there is a much better than 50% chance Democrats will gain control of the Senate. Barring a complete wipeout in down ballot races it looks like Republicans will maintain narrow control over the House of Representatives.

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What do results like this mean for labor professionals? The easiest answer is “more

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SEIU Watch

pjs-logoSelf-inflicted wounds are the topic of today’s SEIU Watch.

SEIU has been ordered by a Texas judge to pay $7.8 million to Professional Janitorial Services for use of “hardball tactics” during an organizing campaign. This is a rare win for a company going up against such a politically connected union. And it only took 9 years.

And the hits just keep coming from the secret partnership deal Dave Regan made in 2014 with the California Hospital Association. CHA has sued SEIU-UHW over the millions of dollars that are currently locked up in a separate organization, Caring for Californians. Caring for Californians was set up and financed by Regan and CHA’s Duane Dauner to carry out joint projects.

It’s being rumored Regan will not be running for re-election as SEIU-UHW’s president

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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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SEIU Watch

As we reported last month, Mary Kay Henry was protested against at the national Fight for $15 convention for not allowing her own employees (Fight for $15 organizers) to join SEIU’s Staff Union. The irony continues with the fact that none of these organizers are paid $15 an hour. One Wall Street Journal article takes SEIU’s hypocrisy even further by paralleling SEIU’s organizers with McDonalds’ franchise employees.

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Over the past year, SEIU has vehemently proclaimed that McDonalds and other franchises should be considered joint employers over employees at their franchisees across the country. We disagree. The franchise model is a staple of small business development. Nonetheless, this is what’s so interesting about SEIU’s attempt to not take responsibility for the Fight for $15 organizers who are

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Fight For $15

wi_jobs_nowWisconsin Jobs Now began in 2011 with SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin’s support of nearly $1 million in that first year. This was at the beginning when Fight for $15 was still beginning to try to become a movement. 5 years later and Wisconsin Jobs Now has decided to dissolve its affiliation with the Fight for $15 movement. While the official announcement states this to be a mutual decision between WJN and SEIU, only time will tell the real reasons behind it.

Meanwhile, the Fight for $15 movement has developed a religious stance – one that says if you support this movement, you stand on morally “higher ground.” The Higher Ground Moral Declaration is available for any and all to sign. It equates supporting a $15 minimum wage with the

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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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SEIU Watch

Mary Kay Henry

Mary Kay Henry

Mary Kay Henry, SEIU International President, has been busy. Earlier this month, she placed local 73 under a trusteeship and removed two principal leaders from office. Then just last week at the National Fight for $15 convention she was protested against for her refusal to allow SEIU organizers to join SEIU’s staff union. Not only that, but many SEIU employees don’t even make $15 an hour. Click here to see a video of the protest.

Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, vetoes two SEIU-sponsored bills this month. The first bill, Senate Bill 2536, would have instituted a required yearly training for child care providers who fall under the Child Care Assistance Program. The second would have done the same except with the focus being on home health care providers and

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Alt Labor

BlackLivesMatterUnions really began embracing their alt-labor organizing approach back in 2012. Groups like Our Walmart and Fight for $15 are the most well-known today. While they continue to claim to be a grassroots effort, began out of the sheer desire of working people to demand more, they weren’t. Unions provided the organization and funding. Now they are moving out of the workplace and into the community (e.g. Black Lives Matter) protesting things like police brutality, racial injustice, and the cyclical cycles of poverty. And now that the veil has been removed, unions are less concerned with covering up their association.

Take the Future Fighters for example. This group

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Labor Relations INK July 2016

In this issue:

Scraping The Bottom Of The Barrel Organizing Tool In Your Employees’ Pockets Stockholders Not Eager To Partner With Unions SEIU Watch, Alt-Labor, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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

View the web-based version of this newsletter (including links and graphics) by visiting:

http://lrionline.com/labor-relations-ink-january-2016

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson NLRB Sets its Sights on Unionized Companies

Over the last 8 years we’ve witnessed a constant barrage of pro-union decisions from the NLRB. Revamped election rules shrunk election periods by nearly one-third. Countless other decisions intend to tilt the election playing field in their favor. In spite of this union membership remains at its all-time low, as unions continue to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. They are organizing new members at a tepid pace that is just barely keeping up with

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SEIU Watch

Earlier this month was the deadline to submit signatures for statewide ballot initiatives to be voted on in the November election. One initiative that Washington State voters should expect to see is Initiative 1501. Proponents of the bill say that it is a “measure to protect senior citizens from financial crimes.” However, the Freedom Foundation says differently:

It’s the latest step in an ongoing fight over the same issue, and that being whether the state has to disclose to the Freedom Foundation the list of SEIU 775-represented individual providers, or IPs.

SEIU 775 represents individual providers, or people who get paid through Medicaid to care for those with disabilities or the elderly. The Freedom Foundation has been trying to get a list of those IPs so they could make sure the caretakers knew that they do not have to pay the union dues automatically deducted from their check if

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