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Always interested in hearing how the Forced Choice Act is progressing. I realy do not like allowing unions access to employees on company property.
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Excellent, direct, relevant and well written
D. Morris

I am delighted to inform you that I was successful in our decertification against AFSCME Council 5, St. Paul, MN. This was a grass roots effort by three employees of Anoka County who felt we did not need union representation. I believe we were successful because of the valuable esource of LRI. Please feel free to share this with your staff. I would be happy to speak with anyone from LRI if it would be helpful. Thanks Again!!!
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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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Labor Around the World

One of the world’s largest ever industrial actions occurred earlier this month in India. Tens of millions of public sector workers, from state bank employees to power station workers to school faculty, protested against government policies.

Relationships continue to remain dicey in France over recent labor law changes that give employers more control over scheduling and layoffs. Last week, approximately 13,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Paris. While most participants were peaceful, sporadic violence broke out amongst some small groups and police officers.

uniforIn Australia, one union is trying to exempt itself from a national anti-bullying policy because they say their union “is not a constitutionally covered business.” The case involves claims against a senior union official who accused of “bullying and harassing” a coworker. The ruling on this could potentially “exclude

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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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Whistlin’ Dixie

French National Assembly member Christian Hutin

French National Assembly member Christian Hutin

The UAW just won’t back down when it comes to the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi. After years of no success attempting to organize that plant, the Auto Workers are teaming up with allies in Europe, specifically the French government—who is Nissan’s largest shareholder. One French parliamentarian is expected to visit the plant himself in order to “persuade” Nissan to support unionization at the plant.

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Labor Around The World

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 July 2016

In this issue:

Scraping The Bottom Of The Barrel Organizing Tool In Your Employees’ Pockets Stockholders Not Eager To Partner With Unions SEIU Watch, Alt-Labor, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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

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http://lrionline.com/labor-relations-ink-january-2016

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson NLRB Sets its Sights on Unionized Companies

Over the last 8 years we’ve witnessed a constant barrage of pro-union decisions from the NLRB. Revamped election rules shrunk election periods by nearly one-third. Countless other decisions intend to tilt the election playing field in their favor. In spite of this union membership remains at its all-time low, as unions continue to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. They are organizing new members at a tepid pace that is just barely keeping up with

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Stockholders Not Eager To Partner With Union

A recent Forbes article looked at Wall Street’s disinterest in General Motors. In spite of the company’s consistently large dividends and improving financials, GM’s stock is still failing to catch up with the rest of its competitors and the overall market in general. This begs the question – “Why are investors staying away from GM’s stock?”

Panos Mourdoukoutas, Forbes Contributor, lists three possible reasons:

Reason one: “The state of the global economy and the prospect for higher interest rates down the road – could hurt cyclical sectors like the automobile industry.”

Reason two: “Pent down demand – the pushing of future sales forward – which has created a market saturation in the automobile market.”

uawReason three (and the most fundamental, in his opinion and ours): “Investors are reluctant to partner with United Auto Workers (UAW).” UAW is a primary stakeholder in GM.

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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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Auto Workers Lying Low

Two UAW leaders were shot outside their union hall. This, after being reelected to their positions in the bargaining unit of Local 551. Both were shot in the leg. The offender has been identified and arrested.

In much less exciting news, the lockout continues at Honeywell with no real end in sight.

unifor-logoAfter wrapping up negotiations with the Auto Workers at the end of last year, the Detroit Three are prepping for their show in Canada. Unifor, the Canadian union that “represents about 23,500 autoworkers at plants operated by the Detroit Three and another 16,000 employed by automotive suppliers,” will begin negotiations with the Detroit Three soon. While faced with many of the same issues – most notably moving production to Mexico – Unifor is taking a slightly different tactic than UAW. They’ll be

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