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The Teamsters have been picketing Chicago’s Navy Pier tourist attraction. A new security contractor has allegedly made plans to replace the Teamster security personnel, who now make $24 an hour, with personnel provided by SEIU Local 1 at a wage rate of $13 per hour. Seems ironic, since SEIU is leading the national Fight for $15 charge.

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Some may remember that on April 24, 2013, a garment factory complex collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,130 workers and injuring 2,500. Since then, global clothing companies and U.N. agencies have been working with the Bangladesh government to improve safety standards. One of the main regulations established includes a disclosure agreement. However, at this time, only 17 companies are now meeting the minimum disclosure standards. And only “29 of 72 recently contacted companies are releasing information about how they source their products in Bangladesh.”

Jordan saw a 22 percent rise in labor protests in 2016. One report, released by the Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies stated:

“The concentrated number of labor protests reflects the deep socioeconomic crisis which Jordan is going through. These are indications of the continuing deterioration of decent work conditions, of low and fluctuating salaries, of the evasion of health insurance and

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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…

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

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

The Clash, The Beatles and Lafe Solomon

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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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Auto Workers

After nine months, the Honeywell lockout has finally come to an end. 300 workers at Honeywell International Aerospace in South Bend, Indiana voted on Saturday, February 25 to ratify a five-year contract. The big story here was the concessions pushed through by UAW. Although the workers rejected a couple of early concession-laden agreements, at the end of the day they had no choice – the UAW could do nothing further for them.

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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Between A Rock And A Hard Place

afscmeIn a vivid example of one of the risks associated with union membership, employees of the State of Illinois may face a choice between complying with an AFSCME-called strike, with the potential loss of up to $8000 per month in wages and benefits, or be fined $5000 by the union for crossing the picket line. In an uncharacteristic move, the States website instructs workers how to opt out of the union and acquire fair share payer status, thereby being allowed to work without fear of union retaliation.

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The full economic effects of Brexit remain to be seen. But as many countries continue to sort through how they’ll deal with it, Scotland has a plan in place that unions jumped behind to support. If you’re wondering why, the plan involves accelerating planned capital projects. In other words, taking on perilous levels of debt to build public works, for which the unions provide labor. Economists are concerned about the risk of accelerating the debt while future revenue commitments remain uncertain.

Jerry Dias - President of Unifor

Jerry Dias

The three main Eurostar railway unions are in the midst of industrial action against the railways with five big strikes. One company representative, Chris Grayling, said: “I’m very disappointed that unions keep on calling strike action over what always appear

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Labor Relations INK June 2016

In this issue:

Big Labors Version of the Facts Auto Workers Lying Low Verizon Strike Ends Could Trump Trump Big Labor? SEIU Watch, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers and more…

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

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Union Bailout Update

As you should already know if you opened the earlier email from us, there is some big news on the Persuader Rule front. The DOL has grandfathered in all engagements – including multi-year or long-term – that exist prior to July 1, eliminating the need for reporting where such agreements exist. If you missed that email and want to get this covered, send an email to us and we’ll get you taken care of.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Speciality Healthcare decision allowing micro units, in a challenge that has spanned 4 years. This is the fourth

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Verizon Strike Ends

cwa-logoAfter six weeks of striking, nearly 40,000 Verizon employees returned to work earlier this month. Verizon and the unions involved in the strike, Communication Workers (CWA) and Electrical Workers (IBEW), reached a tentative deal that includes a 10.5% raise in worker wages over the next four years, 1,400 added call center jobs, and an increase in pensions. In exchange, the unions agreed Verizon could make changes to its healthcare plans to reduce costs.

Now that Verizon has its workforce back, it intends to focus primarily on boosting their wireless business to keep ground with competitors (details on that here).

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Unfortunately for France, things didn’t settle down much this month. Last week, the police reported at least 75,000 protesters in Paris. Some of which threw stones and makeshift firebombs at police, ultimately causing the police to fire teargas.

The timing couldn’t have been worse as protests really picked up in the middle of the country preparing to host the UEFA Euro 2016 Futball tournament. As some workers rallied, cutting off fuel supplies, other workers were simply hoping they’d be able to get ahold of the fuel they needed to maintain and prepare the fields.

In other international news:

Ekiti (in north Nigeria) workers are protesting their government after the State hasn’t been able to pay their salaries in more than five months. A Netherlands union is being accused of knowingly hiding the fact that one of the factories their members worked in was exposing workers to

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