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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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Unions And Modernization Don’t Mix

Nearly 40,000 workers from Massachusetts to Virginia entered their sixth week in the strike against Verizon yesterday, making this the largest work stoppage since 2011. The workers are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communication Workers of America. Workers are being paid from a union fund while on strike.

Unlike most strikes, the main area of contention here is not about workers getting raises, it’s about keeping Verizon from changing their business model. “Over 99 percent of the striking workforce work on the wireline side of its business.” It’s called Fios and it offers subscribers Internet, voice and video service.

There’s another side to Verizon’s business – wireless. Think 4G. This part of the business requires less linemen and service providers. It’s also “where the future growth is,” according to Jan Dawson, an independent technology analyst for Jackdaw Research. Verizon as a company is

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SEIU Watch

SEIU and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are considering a merger. This partnership, which will be voted on first by SEIU members and then ratified by AFSCME members, will result in establishing the largest labor union in the country. SEIU votes on Sunday. Stay tuned.

Assemblywoman Shannon Groves

Assemblywoman Shannon Groves

California Assemblywoman Shannon Groves had two bills on deck for SEIU Local 1000 members – AB 2753 and AB 2754. The first would require California’s public employee unions “post an itemized version of its budget online, making it accessible for its members.” The second would “require public unions to hold an election every two years to determine if the current labor union should continue to represent its members.” Both these bills were

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Labor Around The World

Earlier this month Greek workers walked off the job to protest the country’s proposed pension cuts and tax increases. This work stoppage “halted public transportation services, shut down government offices and closed schools.” The strike, combined with additional weeks of sit-ins, has left trash piling up and blocked national highways.

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Protestors in Greece

On Wednesday, representatives from Greece, the International Monetary Fund, and the Eurogroup agreed upon “a series of loose measures to help restructure Greek debt when the country’s bailout deal concludes in 2018.” The country’s labor unions have not spoken out on these resolutions yet.

The French Cabinet has given Prime Minister Manuel Valls the go-ahead to push through highly-controversial labour reforms. These would make it easier for employers to hire and

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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…

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 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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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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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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Labor Relations INK January 2016

In this issue:

New Blood Operating Engineers Blackballs Employee CWA Throws In The Towel At IBM Mixed Media 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 with Phil Wilson

The Real Impact of Ambush Elections

In just a couple of months we will have one year of experience under the NLRB’s ambush election rule making. This is one of the most significant changes in US labor law since… Ever. It has slashed the amount of time employees have to consider their decision about whether or not to choose representation. More important, it has fundamentally altered how decisions about who is included (and excluded) from bargaining are made.

But what are the actual “on the ground” differences? Let me start with the latest statistics. First, number of days till an election. Here

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Labor Relations INK December 2015

In this issue:

Tension In The UAW Whistlin’ Dixie Media Overtaken By Big Labor? Teamster Beat SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, 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

It’s back. After a several year hiatus, the Department of Labor (DOL) resurrected the so-called “persuader” rulemaking. This month they asked the Office of Management and Budget to approve the proposed rule that sat dormant for years. It looks like the rule will go into effect this spring.

Most people haven’t thought about this rule for several years, so here’s a quick reset: The Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) passed in 1959. That law focused primarily on union corruption. It outlawed and required reporting of certain transactions between unions and companies. The purpose of these restrictions is to disclose, and hopefully eliminate,

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Tension In The UAW

You heard us say last month that the UAW’s success pushing through their collective bargaining agreements with the Big Three, eliminating the two-tier wage system, has some people expecting those same companies to move auto production to Mexico. Today, we’d like to dive a little further into what the reasoning is behind that.

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Will Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and GM move all auto production to Mexico? No. However, just as all vehicles have a different tag price, so does their cost of labor. Cheaper cars are cheaper to manufacture. More expensive vehicles – trucks and SUVs – are, you guessed it, more expensive to manufacture. Truck and SUV manufacturing may be able to support these higher wages; however, production costs associated with, say, the Ford Focus can’t.

Charles

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