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Labor Relations INK, April 2016

In this issue:

Quarter Mil Salaries for 448 Union Employees Last Year Decades of Discrimination At This Sheet Metal Local “Gig Economy” Union Deal Goes Bust SEIU Watch, Alt-Labor, 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 One Year After the Ambush Rule: Why Unions Should Be Worried

The ambush election rule turned one on April 15. We now can look at the true impact of the rule unions wanted so badly to “level the playing field” in union elections. I’ve looked at the numbers and compared this last year to prior years. The bottom line: the rule’s impact has had no impact on what matters most to unions, total petitions and election victories.

When the rule first went into effect the number of union elections spiked nearly 15% over the

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“Gig Economy” Union Deal Goes Bust

airbnb-logoIt appears that a controversial deal between Airbnb and the SEIU that would have marked the first-ever formal collaboration between a major firm in the “gig economy” and a labor union has fallen apart. Airbnb was poised to encourage vendors who provide services to homeowners on the Airbnb platform to pay their staff at least $15 per hour. However, SEIU backed down after taking heat from rival union Unite HERE. Most labor and housing activists are troubled by the impact on housing in markets where Airbnb operates. In an interesting plot twist, Andy Stern, former president of the SEIU, was negotiating the deal with SEIU on behalf of Airbnb.

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Labor Relations INK March 2016

In this issue:

Union Pension Woes Continue Only The Names Have Changed… Fighting Back Labor Around the World Insight, SEIU Watch, Labor Around the World, and more…

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

Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson

Persuader: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

goodbadugly2The persuader rule went final today. I’ve read the rule. All 446 pages (I don’t have a life so you can have one). Okay, I may have skimmed a few pages. Here is what you need to know about the new rule.

The Good

Here’s the good news: This rule is much improved over the proposed rule from 2011.

The Department of Labor deserves some credit for listening to its regulated community. They rolled back a number of

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SEIU Watch

CHA-vs-SEIUUHWIn the continuing saga of the legal dispute between the California Hospital Association (CHA) and SEIU-UHW (Dave Regan’s organization), the judge in the case recently handed a victory to the CHA, ordering Regan’s UHW to submit to binding arbitration. The legal squabble continues to highlight the fact that the union focuses on what is best for the union organization and its staff (collection of dues) versus what is best for union members and/or consumers, which is what unions purport to do. As examples, the “sweetheart deal” under contention states that the SEIU-UHW would not “sponsor or support legislation, initiatives, or regulatory action adverse to the California hospital industry,” nor would the SEIU-UHW make any comments “raising concern about… executive compensation in health care.” In other words, as long as the CHA

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Labor Relations INK January 2016

In this issue:

New Blood Operating Engineers Blackballs Employee CWA Throws In The Towel At IBM Mixed Media SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

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

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Labor Relations Insight with Phil Wilson

The Real Impact of Ambush Elections

In just a couple of months we will have one year of experience under the NLRB’s ambush election rule making. This is one of the most significant changes in US labor law since… Ever. It has slashed the amount of time employees have to consider their decision about whether or not to choose representation. More important, it has fundamentally altered how decisions about who is included (and excluded) from bargaining are made.

But what are the actual “on the ground” differences? Let me start with the latest statistics. First, number of days till an election. Here

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Union Makes List of Scariest People in 2015

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Watchdog.org is a non-profit organization that works to expose government waste, fraud and abuse of power. At the start of this year, they posted a list entitled, “Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015.”

Guess who made it all the way up to Number 5?

No, it wasn’t Dave Regan. Nice try though.

It was the whole Philadelphia Federation of Teachers organization. Here’s why.

Every year, there are up to 63 designated “ghost teachers” working within the School District of Philadelphia. They’re called ghost teachers because they are permitted to leave the classrooms to work full-time for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Meanwhile, they still accrue seniority and receive salary, benefits, and pensions (paid for by the state, which means by the taxpayers).

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Labor Relations INK December 2015

In this issue:

Tension In The UAW Whistlin’ Dixie Media Overtaken By Big Labor? Teamster Beat SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Insight 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

It’s back. After a several year hiatus, the Department of Labor (DOL) resurrected the so-called “persuader” rulemaking. This month they asked the Office of Management and Budget to approve the proposed rule that sat dormant for years. It looks like the rule will go into effect this spring.

Most people haven’t thought about this rule for several years, so here’s a quick reset: The Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) passed in 1959. That law focused primarily on union corruption. It outlawed and required reporting of certain transactions between unions and companies. The purpose of these restrictions is to disclose, and hopefully eliminate,

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Labor Relations INK November 2015

In this issue:

Right-To-Work Takes the Spotlight Steelworkers Learning The Hard Way Detroit News Labor Around The World SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight 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

Big Labor’s $6.6 Billion Payday

Big Labor has a lot to be thankful for in 2015. Let’s face it. If you’re counting blessings the National Labor Relations Board offered quite a few. From the Ambush Election Rule to expanded online organizing to the Browning Ferris joint employer decision, unions received a lot of gifts this year.

In spite of these gifts, Big Labor is still running in place. For example, unions got the NLRB to rewrite how it conducts union elections – slashing the average election time by nearly one-third (from 38 to around 25 days). But unions have conducted nearly the

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Labor Relations Insight – November 2015

by Phil Wilson Big Labor’s $6.6 Billion Payday

Big Labor has a lot to be thankful for in 2015. Let’s face it. If you’re counting blessings the National Labor Relations Board offered quite a few. From the Ambush Election Rule to expanded online organizing to the Browning Ferris joint employer decision, unions received a lot of gifts this year.

In spite of these gifts, Big Labor is still running in place. For example, unions got the NLRB to rewrite how it conducts union elections – slashing the average election time by nearly one-third (from 38 to around 25 days). But unions have conducted nearly the exact same number of new organizing drives they did during the same period in 2014.

Some argue it is too early to judge how unions will profit from these changes. They say unions are just figuring out how to take advantage of the new election

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Whistlin’ Dixie

The UAW attack of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga took another turn when the union decided on a carve-out strategy, selecting a group of 162 maintenance employees. The NLRB agreed to the micro-unit election, scheduled to begin on Dec. 3rd. The group comprises about 12% of the total plant workforce.

Mike Cantrell, president of UAW Local 42, characterised the move this way: “There are multiple paths to collective bargaining, and this is a step in the right direction.”

igmetallIn an interesting move, IG Metall, Germany’s largest union, is opening a joint office with the UAW in Spring Hill, TN, a suburb of Nashville. The office will be located near a General Motors plant. According to the German union, over 100,000 Americans work for German-owned automotive companies, most of them not represented by unions.

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