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Labor Relations INK March 2016

In this issue:

Union Pension Woes Continue Only The Names Have Changed… Fighting Back Labor Around the World Insight, SEIU Watch, Labor Around the World, and more…

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

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

Persuader: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

goodbadugly2The persuader rule went final today. I’ve read the rule. All 446 pages (I don’t have a life so you can have one). Okay, I may have skimmed a few pages. Here is what you need to know about the new rule.

The Good

Here’s the good news: This rule is much improved over the proposed rule from 2011.

The Department of Labor deserves some credit for listening to its regulated community. They rolled back a number of

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SEIU Watch

CHA-vs-SEIUUHWIn the continuing saga of the legal dispute between the California Hospital Association (CHA) and SEIU-UHW (Dave Regan’s organization), the judge in the case recently handed a victory to the CHA, ordering Regan’s UHW to submit to binding arbitration. The legal squabble continues to highlight the fact that the union focuses on what is best for the union organization and its staff (collection of dues) versus what is best for union members and/or consumers, which is what unions purport to do. As examples, the “sweetheart deal” under contention states that the SEIU-UHW would not “sponsor or support legislation, initiatives, or regulatory action adverse to the California hospital industry,” nor would the SEIU-UHW make any comments “raising concern about… executive compensation in health care.” In other words, as long as the CHA

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Labor Relations INK February 2016

In this issue:

Propping Up A Dinosaur When In Trouble, Ask For A Raise! Union Pension Shipwreck West Virginia to Join Ranks of Right To Work States Teamster Beat, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight 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 5 Steps to Prepare for the Persuader Rule

If you believe the rumors out of Washington (I do), the so-called persuader rule is on track to go from “proposed” to “final” by the end of next month. It could slip into April but at this point it looks like it is going to happen. After more than 5 years the rule will no longer be a hypothetical. Are you ready?

Most companies I talk to (not to mention most consultants and law firms) still treat this rule as a potential threat, versus a

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Fight for 15

Fight-for-15The Service Employees are finally bringing their internal drama into the Fight for $15 movement. As California’s SEIU State Council leads a proposed ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West is doing the same thing. Both groups propose minimum wage increases, but vary on mandates for sick leave. All endeavors combined, the Service Employees have spent an estimated $80 million on the movement over the last three years.

The mayor of Syracuse raised the wage for city employees to $15 an hour last month; a Beacon Hill committee voted in favor of a $15 minimum wage in Boston by 2018; and, as we all know, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to bring the minimum wage in NYC to $15 by 2018

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SEIU Watch

A tentative agreement for a three-year contract between SEIU-UHW and Daughters of Charity has been ratified. The problem, according to one member is:

“Despite reports from all hospitals that there was an overwhelming no vote, the yes votes appeared by magic in the ballot boxes and the deed was done.”

Dave Regan

Dave Regan

Most people believe Dave Regan rigged the vote; and it doesn’t help his case that he’s done it before (in 2012 at Chapman Medical Center). It makes sense that he’s not taking no for an answer when you take into account the massive number of members he’s lost recently. First, when Mary Kay Henry created a new local with half of his members (about 60,000); and again just last month when SEIU-UHW lost another 700 workers to National Union of Hospital Workers.

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Labor Relations INK – October 2015

In this issue:

Political Season Turmoil In The Land Of Solidarity Portland Port Woes 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 Update

by Phil Wilson

I just got back from the CUE conference in Denver. As usual it was a terrific event (if you don’t go to CUE you should). We delivered two oversold sessions of the Approachable Leadership workshop to attendees as a pre-conference workshop. We really enjoyed the opportunity to spread the word about Approachable Leadership.

I haven’t been to Denver in a while. Now that they’ve legalized pot it reminds me a lot of Ann Arbor, where I went to law school. After Michigan’s stunning last second defeat to the Spartans I’m guessing Ann Arbor looked (or at least smelled) a lot like Denver after the game.

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SEIU Watch

seiuThe Service Employees haven’t been looking too hot lately. Here’s a few of the high points:

We all know that Quinn v. Harris had a huge impact on SEIU, especially in the healthcare industry. The blows continue to come. Local 925 labor filings recently revealed that their membership fell from approximately 7,000 to 4,000. That’s 42% of their membership that opted out of the union once they could.

This explains why SEIU prefers to keep the option under wraps. A recent example comes out of California. In a complaint filed at the National Labor Relations Board, Guillermo Cornejo, a nurse at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, reported that SEIU United Healthcare Workers West failed to notify him of his option to opt out of the union when he was hired in 2012. The Board has since filed an official charge against

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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.

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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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NLRB Reverses Yet Another 50-Year-Old Precedent

So Browning-Ferris wasn’t the only shady decision made by the NLRB last Thursday – they also ruled that employers must continue to deduct union dues from employee paychecks even after the collective bargaining agreement with management expires. The case was between SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin and Lincoln Lutheran of Racine.

The Board ruled that it was unlawful for Lincoln Lutheran to stop automatically withdrawing dues from its employees’ paychecks when their contract with the union expired. According to the Board, the employer must continue to deduct the dues “until the parties have either reached a successor collective-bargaining agreement or a valid overall bargaining impasse permits unilateral action by the employer.”

When asked to explain the decision, an NLRB spokesperson said the ruling was made in an effort to support the “goal of promoting collective bargaining.”

This ruling reverses a more than 50-year-old precedent. The Board originally ruled to overturn the

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Labor Relations INK - August 2015

In this issue:

Growing Support for Unions Another One Bites The Dust Desperate Ploy Clear As Mud SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight 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

Lately my family’s been watching – okay, binge-watching – the BBC series Sherlock. These brilliant retellings of the classic Conan Doyle tales are set in modern-day England. Every one grabs me, even though I already know the basic plot. Benedict Cumberbatch was born to play the socially inept but brilliant “consulting detective” Holmes. Martin Freeman, who plays Holmes’ friend and sidekick John Watson, is every bit as good as Cumberbatch. They are a much more entertaining duo here than when they played Bilbo and Smaug.

Watching Holmes make incredible deductions from evidence nobody else even sees never gets old. His detective

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