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Informative on current events, trends and pending actions of unions, congress, NLRB, Administration and business community (Chamber, etc.). Helpful for small business owners and management who don't have the time for a daily "watch" of the critical players in this milieu.

good coherency and largely actionable information
C. Milum

Superb structure and content advisory for the LM avalanche approaching. I particularly liked the tripwire commentary and redirection to the Jump team. Then there are those masterful remarks in the communications tips, especially the employee-centric point.. Liked the set up to the toxic employee in a compressed time period...should be appealing to most managers.
W. Moyer

Labor Relations Ink June 2014

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In this issue:

A Hearty UFCW “Welcome” to New England Grocer Unions At Odds With Market Competition Big Labor Pulls a Statue of Liberty Play Democracy UAW Style SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

ambush-election-coverHow to Win an Ambush Election

Today’s article has one simple purpose. I want you to download (and read) our latest White Paper How to Win (And Prevent) an Ambush Election. We just released it today. If you want to save some time you can skip reading this article and download the

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Labor Economics 101

union-logicIt is lamentable that most Americans do not understand the basics of economic principles, and because of this, unions are able to use such faulty, emotionally charged arguments as post hoc, ergo propter hoc (see this recent post) and nonequivalent comparisons. This recent article by Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle does a masterful job of exposing the error of this second union machination.

In its usual guise, the nonequivalent comparison goes something like this:

Costco, Trader Joes, and Quik Trip can pay higher wages to their employees and survive (and even thrive), therefore Walmart must be able to do the same.

Ignored in the argument are the realities of the differing business models upon which the various named enterprises are based. Among the factors that impact the business model

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The Real Gamble to the Gaming Industry

FLBetween Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, FL ranks at the top in family-friendly tourism. It comes as no surprise that the city’s tourism businesses are opposed to Spectrum Gaming Group’s proposed construction of Las Vegas-style casinos in Florida. However, their reasoning is not what you might think.

More important to Florida than the effects a gambling industry might have on their family-friendly environment is the effect it might have on the amount of organized workers in their tourism hotspots. The substantial amount of organized employees in the gaming industry leaves no doubt that any new casinos would be petitioned for unionization. This has led to a fear that the organizing activity would naturally spread over to other tourism businesses

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INK ~ March 2013

Labor Relations INK ~ March 2013


Labor Relations INK


In This Issue:

Happy Michigan Right to Work Day! – Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson Union Bailout Update National Labor Relations Board (MAL)Function Union Shifts Attention To Small Shops SEIU Watch, Scoreboard, Eye on the Teamsters, Sticky Fingers, and MORE…


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As I sit down to write this month’s insight it just happens to be the day that Michigan officially becomes the 24th Right to Work state in the country. So happy Michigan Right to Work Day

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Labor Relations INK ~ February 2013

In this issue:

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson Union Bailout Update LRIOnline 2013 Annual Report Feature Love You or Leave You by Eric Vanetti SEIU Watch, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers, and more…



Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Unions love to hate companies, especially publicly traded ones. After all, attacking big companies lets unions combine some of their favorite pastimes. They get to rail against the 1%, hang out with politicians and celebrities, get on TV and, perhaps most important of all, bring out The Rat.

Scabby the Rat is

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Labor Relations Institute 2013 Annual Elections FREE Preview

The CEO pops into your office (it’s 5:30PM, of course) and mentions that the Board of Directors wants a quick labor strategy update for tomorrow’s Board meeting. They’re especially interested in the latest on union activity and what that means to the company’s major expansion plans.

Gulp. Looks like another night of quality time with your laptop instead of dinner, homework and time with the family.

But what if you had a comprehensive, easy to understand report full of charts and graphs that basically is your presentation, right at your fingertips? You could hand it off to your assistant, get copies printed up for the Board and head home for the evening, knowing you can review the report after the kids are to

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NLRB Posting Rule Response

Poster-Proof Your Company!

As you probably know by now, Aug 25th the NLRB released their final rule regarding the placement of a new required poster which provides a “roadmap” for your employees to organize a union. Just today we provided a webinar explaining the final rule, but more importantly outlining a strategy to Poster Proof your company against the repercussions of this posting.

We are providing a FREE counter-posting designed to put up next to the NLRB-required poster, and have put together some hugely discounted packages on the few key tools required to inoculate your employees against union encroachment.

Get your FREE poster, and check out these specials now at:


PS. If you missed the webinar, go to the page below to register and we’ll notify you when we have the recording posted:

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LRI President Quoted in SHRM

LRI president Phil Wilson is quoted extensively in the latest edition HR Magazine from The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

“The stories people tell around the water cooler become the culture. The organization is the stories everybody tells each other. It doesn’t matter what you have on the wall. One of my favorite first questions is, ‘If I were to hang out in the break room for a day or two, tell me a story I would hear about this place.’ ”

Wilson promotes the use of “real-life examples and real stories where we’ve done great things…Have discussions around those different behaviors. Reinforce them with internal communications. Have a consistent drumbeat about the things we value.”


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What You Tolerate, You Teach

LRI president Phil Wilson is quoted in the latest edition HR Magazine from The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

“Values are squishy… If it’s your goal to create a culture, promote a particular set of behaviors. Different behaviors reinforce different cultural norms, and they vary from organization to organization. This is how you create the kind of company you strive to be…What you tolerate, you teach.”

Evaluating Values Vol. 56 No. 4. (registration required)

INK: January 07, 2011

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In this issue:

Union Bailout Update Storm Center Over Wisconsin Unions, Crime, and the Mob Labor Relations Insight, Social Media Spotlight, Sticky Fingers and more…

Labor Relations Insight by Phillip Wilson

EFCA, we hardly knew ye.

With this issue of INK we finally officially lay the Employee Free Choice Act to rest. While the writing’s been on the wall for a while unions continued to threaten action on the bill during the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress. With the swearing in of the 112th Congress this week, I think even the strongest EFCA supporters must now admit it is officially dead.

If you’ve been reading INK recently you know that EFCA

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