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Labor Relations INK – February 2017

In this issue:

Union Membership Drops Yet Again Just Another Lazy Union Afternoon… Union Pension Turmoil Insight, Right-to-Work, 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

Is there a “Trump Effect” on Union Organizing?

Just about every call I’ve had since Donald Trump’s November surprise gets around to THE question. Will Donald Trump’s election mean the end for labor unions? Or will unions rise like a phoenix from the ashes and organize like never before as a reaction to the new administration? Or maybe something in between?

I’ve mostly answered this question the way lawyers tend to answer questions (sorry): “It depends.” But we are now beginning to get some data that is shedding light on the “Trump Effect” on labor unions. And for unions the data is not looking good.

First,

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Auto Workers

According to UAW President Dennis Williams, the union is preparing a Buy American ad campaign urging consumers to buy U.S.-made cars and trucks. First, from union facilities (of course). But second, from non-union facilities still made in the U.S. Williams hasn’t said when the ad campaign will begin.

It is evident Williams has not thought through the unintended consequences of his admonition that “If it’s not built in the United States, then don’t buy it.” He’s telling people to buy a U.S.-made Toyota Camry over a Mexican-made Ford Fusion. We’re not so sure the Detroit automakers will appreciate his point of view.

It also looks like the union has picked out their next big fish—Tesla in California. We’ll keep you posted as that campaign is sure to be an interesting one.

Labor Relations INK December 2016

In this issue:

Big Labor Perplexed Is A Dangerous Pension Bailout Precedent On The Way? Auto Workers Fail to Represent Strategy+Tactics Insight, SEIU Watch, Scoreboard and more…

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

 

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How a Trump Administration Could Fix the NLRB

Bob Dylan may have skipped the Nobel Prize ceremonies, and I doubt he’ll be at the inauguration, but I’m sure he’d agree that “the times, they are a changin.”

In just a few days Donald Trump will be inaugurated as America’s 45th President. His transition has felt a lot like his campaign: unconventional, messy, and always interesting to watch.

The list of things Americans want the incoming Trump administration to fix grows longer each day. My guess is aren’t up there at the top of the list of priorities. But I do think there are

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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.

hillary-clinton

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

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Union Bailout Update

McDonald’s has become the poster child for testing the breadth of impact of joint employer status. In a recent sexual harassment case, the EEOC has indicated it plans to follow the reasoning of Browning-Ferris, allowing it to “apply new legal standards” if it confirms the allegations.

The NLRB just made “on-premises” restrictions to picketing activity a more slippery slope in the Capital Medical Center ruling. Off-duty employees could not be constrained from picketing peacefully near the entrances of the hospital. The board applied a balancing test weighing employee’s Section 7 rights against the employer’s property rights, and since the picketers were not disrupting healthcare operations, they were allowed to continue.

The NLRB General Counsel is attempting to expand protection to striking workers, asking regional directors and officers to change precedent and take a new legal direction outlined in a model brief for use with intermittent and partial

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Wilson Quoted in Fortune Article on VW/UAW Debate

fortuneFortune lends an ear to Phil in this recent article on Volkswagen’s decision to challenge the NLRB’s ruling on organizing via micro-units.

 

Phil Cited on Volkswagen's Challenge to

whtc-logoThe Auto Workers are leading a charge to allow unions to organize small groups of workers within companies. Volkswagen has bore the brunt of this very controversial strategy.

WHTC in Michigan reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to dive in.

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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Education Taking Big Hits

The unintended consequences to allowing graduate students to organize under the protection of the NLRA are bound to come home to roost, and sooner rather than later. Here are three examples that go beyond the obvious “benefit” of collective bargaining:

university honor codes and other university policies regulating the conduct of students are likely going to have to be tossed into the circular file the elimination or substantial alteration to graduate student councils the university’s academic relationship with the graduate students

Just consider that last one for a moment. Supposed a grad student, while in the process of seeking to organize a union, receives a poor grade. Will the student claim retaliation, and will the NLRB find its docket filled with grade challenge cases?

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Auto Workers

President Borack Obama speaks to crown at rally on Labor Day in Detroit, Michigan September 5 2011. UAW local 909 president Ghana Goodwin-Dye introduces President Obama. Richard Trumpka, President AFL-CIO and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis address crowd. Dennis Williams addresses crowd at rally for President Obama photo by Rebecca Cook

UAW President Dennis Williams photo by Rebecca Cook

Volkswagen has officially been ordered by the National Labor Relations Board to begin bargaining with the Auto Workers at their Chattanooga plan. Volkswagen has stood firm in its stance to only bargain with UAW if and when they represent all 1,400 production workers at the factory in Chattanooga. When the UAW failed to organize all workers, and instead carved out a micro-unit, the NLRB consented.

VW has filed

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