The 5th Circuit court has granted the DOL’s request for an expedited review of the DOL’s appeal of the nationwide injunction against the overtime rule. The injunction was ordered by a District judge in Sherman, Texas in late November, as the rule was due to take effect on Dec. 1. Briefs are due by the end of January, and oral arguments will be scheduled after that date.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Speciality Healthcare micro-units decision, and provided an additional framework for application. Judge Jose Cabranes, writing for the court, explained the two parts as (a) identifying shared interests among members of the petitioned-for unit, and (b) explaining why excluded employees have meaningfully distinct interests…that outweigh similarities with unit members. To
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How will Trump’s expected actions to repeal and replace Obamacare effect small business owners?
That’s what KGOU, an NPR broadcast company in Oklahoma, wants to know. They reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to check it out.
Late last week, Bloomberg published a deep dive article discussing whether or not the DOL’s Office of Labor Management Standards will change its policies once Trump takes the reigns.
What policies? you ask. Well you may remember when the Bush administration created a division within the OLMS to audit large international unions. Then early in the Obama administration, it was disband.
The question now is, will it be reinstated? At least to some degree?
Bloomberg reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to learn more.
by Phil Wilson Trump’s Labor Agenda
The labor relations world could not look more different than it did just two weeks ago.
This is my first Insight article since Donald J. Trump shocked everyone (perhaps even himself) and became the 45th President of the United States. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to my post-election webinar last week I gave my first impressions about what to expect in more detail. But here are the highlights.
Union Households Delivered Trump the Presidency
Trump rewrote the election map on his run to the White House. Ironically he did this by tearing down a wall – the “blue wall” states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Check out this map:
After unions spent millions of dollars and hundreds of
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Education Taking Big Hits The Six Percent Solution Unions Urban Impact SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard and more…
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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).
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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Although it is typical for Big Labor to throw all of its support behind the Democratic candidate for president, and for most of union member voters to follow suit, this year could be quite different. Democrat supporters are more squeamish about Clinton, and Trump is just too wild of a wild card to really know whose hearts are being captured by his rhetoric. It does seem clear that this year more than others, union membership are not towing the line behind leadership, which could be particularly crucial in labor-dominated hinge states like Nevada.
Last month, Working America, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, released a report that examined Donald Trump’s appeal to working-class voters. The goal? To reveal the issues, information, and the type of messenger needed to counter the Trump version of the conservative message that has taken America by storm.
Of the 1,689 prospective voters canvassed during this study, 53 percent said they were still currently undecided about the presidential race. However, among the decided, 38 percent favored Trump, while only 22 percent favored Clinton and 12 percent favored Sanders. Even more, the study found that Trump supporters were strikingly loyal – with one-third stating they wouldn’t vote for anyone else if Trump wasn’t on the ticket.
What’s particularly interesting about this study is that the Americans surveyed held household incomes of $75,000 or less. Households with these demographics would, historically, go along with an agenda in line with the AFL-CIO (although
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