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Just Another Lazy Union Afternoon…

Just another day at the docks for the International Longshoremen’s Association as they shut down a shipping terminal at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina, while another Virginia ILA official was sentenced to 3 ½ years in federal prison for defrauding his union members of $1 million. Robert Smith, a former business agent for the dockworkers, pleaded guilty last October.

Meanwhile, the UFCW demonstrated their method for dealing with employees bold enough to speak out against discrimination and harassment. When Chula Vista-based UFCW organizer Anabel Arauz filed a complaint against beleaguered UFCW boss Mickey Kasparian, the single mother was sent to frigid Utah and demoted to handling paperwork and grievance filings. Arauz said Steven Marrs, president of the Federation of Agents and International Representatives (FAIR – an offshoot of the UFCW) told

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Labor Relations INK January 2017

Union Membership Shrinks Again! New App for Bargainers and Union Members Union Leadership Manipulation of Election Results Another Innovation Stifled by Big Labor SEIU Watch, Insight, Scoreboard and more…

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

How carefully do you craft messages to your employees? Have you ever announced something and then wished you’d said it a different way?

We recently ran across a messaging document posted on Facebook originally produced by the PR firm Park Street Strategies for the United Food and Commercial Workers. (Memo to self: The Google sees ALL the web pages).

According to their 2015 LM-2, the UFCW payed

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Union Leader Faces Two Lawsuits

Two former employees have sued Mickey Kasparian, president of Food and Commercial Workers Local 135. While the two cases themselves are very different in substance, one theme is a constant among them both. Kasparian created a hostile work environment and used intimidation to discourage employees from reporting acts against them.

Specifically, Kasparian has been accused of forcing one woman to carry on a sexual relationship with him for years. He has also been accused of wrongly firing another woman when she was “incorrectly suspected of being on the wrong side of a political issue.”

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…

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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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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

What makes people believe in unions? “Unions protect the rights of working Americans,” is a typical response. But what about when they don’t?

mseaEarlier this month, the NLRB ruled that one union violated federal labor law in the “actions it took against its own employees” who are, in fact, members of another union. The Michigan State Employees Association (MSEA) is being held accountable for “illegal firings and discipline and refusals to turn over information” to the Central Office Staff Association (COSA). COSA is the union that represents MSEA employees.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has been on the front lines of the Fight for $15 movement, spending members’ dues money on the Fight for $15 movement since the beginning. However, in recent contract negotiations with Kroger, UFCW agreed to set starting

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Labor Relations INK – October 2015

In this issue:

Political Season Turmoil In The Land Of Solidarity Portland Port Woes SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Update

by Phil Wilson

I just got back from the CUE conference in Denver. As usual it was a terrific event (if you don’t go to CUE you should). We delivered two oversold sessions of the Approachable Leadership workshop to attendees as a pre-conference workshop. We really enjoyed the opportunity to spread the word about Approachable Leadership.

I haven’t been to Denver in a while. Now that they’ve legalized pot it reminds me a lot of Ann Arbor, where I went to law school. After Michigan’s stunning last second defeat to the Spartans I’m guessing Ann Arbor looked (or at least smelled) a lot like Denver after the game.

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Turmoil In The Land Of Solidarity

ufcwOUR Walmart is a UFCW front group that has been trying to organize Walmart employees for years. The employees working for OUR Walmart are non-union, and apparently, UFCW would like to keep it that way. When a group of Seattle-based OUR Walmart workers reached out to the union that represents other UFCW employees, they were fired. One of the ousted workers claimed that the UFCW “is all for workers’ rights yet it denied its own staff union contracts and didn’t pay us overtime and eventually fired us for reaching out to a union.”

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Sal Rosselli

When Sal Roselli and his SEIU local split

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Labor Relations INK July 2015

In this issue:

Criminals & Bullies Will Labor Issues Figure Prominently in the 2016 Campaign Season? High Tech and New Media Employers Beware Exposé of Union Fat-Cats SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight

By Phil Wilson

One of my audience members became so bored and distracted that he shoved both his hands down the front of his pants. And that’s when I knew I may have bitten off more than I could chew.

Maybe I should back up a bit. I volunteered to help my daughter’s school start a debate team this year. I know what you’re going to say – just think of it as my nerdy version of playing catch with my kid. In order to get these middle schoolers up to speed the speech teacher and I

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Alt-Labor

Things are heating up in Missouri. Kansas City became the first city in the state to increase its minimum wage. Beginning August 24, 2015 minimum wage will increase to $8.50 an hour, up from $7.65, with the goal being to reach $13 by 2020. Enforcement will prove to be the most difficult part as many business owners question the legality of the decision. Nonetheless, expect St. Louis to make a similar move in the near future as SEIU has been focusing a lot of their resources in the area – more specifically, $2.3 million in the last two years. In Massachusetts, home health care workers won a starting wage increase to $15 an hour, up from $13.38.

Unfortunately, emotion rather than reason drives voter responses to issues like this. Economic studies, such as the one conducted by California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office, found that raising the minimum

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Labor Relations INK April 2015

In this issue:

How To Drive Business Away Dire Straits Teamster Monkey Business at the Zoo Full Of Sound And Fury… SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Let me start by answering the question that I know is on your mind: did Darth Vader actually build C-3PO?

If you’re like me (thankfully you’re probably not) you’ve been binge-watching the new digital re-masters of the canonical Star Wars films. The last time I saw the “prequels” was in the theater, so watching them all at once with my daughter has been really fun. I’ve caught some things I didn’t notice before. Like the fact that my second-favorite paranoid android (sorry, but Marvin is first place and has a much cooler song) was (mostly) built by the

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