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Perception & Reality

In a tug-of-war of polling results, Gallup and OdinText came to two different conclusions. According to Gallup’s latest data, union approval is now at 60% – up from the 48% low in 2009.

On the flip side, on Labor Day OdinText ran a text analytics poll, asking 1500 Americans “What are your thoughts and impressions of Workers Unions?” As the image below indicates, only 40% indicated they were in favor of unions, with 25% indicating they were not in favor of, and the remaining 35% being indifferent. Text analytics polls supposedly do a great job of quantifying the reasons behind the results, and we suggest visiting the article for the details.

Interestingly, Gallup summed their results in this fashion: “Americans remain more pessimistic than optimistic about unions’

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Wilson Quoted on Unions and the Gig Economy

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Insurance Journal took to Phil’s expertise in their recent article on unions, Uber, and the gig economy. Check out the article here.

Labor Relations INK - August 2015

In this issue:

Growing Support for Unions Another One Bites The Dust Desperate Ploy Clear As Mud 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

Lately my family’s been watching – okay, binge-watching – the BBC series Sherlock. These brilliant retellings of the classic Conan Doyle tales are set in modern-day England. Every one grabs me, even though I already know the basic plot. Benedict Cumberbatch was born to play the socially inept but brilliant “consulting detective” Holmes. Martin Freeman, who plays Holmes’ friend and sidekick John Watson, is every bit as good as Cumberbatch. They are a much more entertaining duo here than when they played Bilbo and Smaug.

Watching Holmes make incredible deductions from evidence nobody else even sees never gets old. His detective

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Another One Bites The Dust

A&PBy now the news is widespread – A&P Supermarkets, also known as Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co, is filing bankruptcy for the second time in their 156 years of business. The majority of media outlets are spewing competition and debt as the sole cause of the collapse of a company that at one point had 14,000 stores. That’s not the whole story.

Following the trajectory of Detroit’s auto industry and Pittsburgh’s steel companies, unions had a role to play in their demise. The increased expense associated with collective bargaining contracts and legacy costs makes it difficult, often impossible, for the company to make ends meet. Of A&P’s remaining 30,000 workers, 15,000 will be lucky to keep their jobs.

Growing Support for Unions

According to a recent Gallup poll, support for labor unions is at its highest point in the last 7 years, and up 10 points from its all-time low in 2009 of 48% approval.

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It also seems folks would like unions to have a bit more influence, although barely over a third of the population falls into this category.

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Here’s how Gallup interprets the results:

With the economy continuing to do better than it did during the recession and the 2008 government bailout of two of the Big Three American auto companies — for which unions’

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SEIU Learns Nothing From Harris v. Quinn

For those who missed this article in our July edition of INK Links, here’s the scoop.

Remember when the Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn last year that individual home care providers were not considered full-fledged employees of the state, thus not required to join a union or pay union dues? Apparently SEIU doesn’t.

This hidden camera video captured one alleged SEIU representative misleading a provider into thinking that she was in fact a member of SEIU and owed union dues.

Who Knew?

An analysis of data from the National Labor Relations Board and the Census Bureau shows that less than ten percent of currently unionized employees ever voted for their unions! As Richard Berman argues in one of his latest articles, this is a solid argument for the Employee Rights Act that would require an automatic vote to recertify a union after half of voters in the initial election had transitioned out of their jobs and guarantee employee secret ballots on unionization.

Labor Relations INK November 2014

In this issue:

West Coast Gridlock Changes In Labor Law To Come? IBEW Steps In It, Big Time For What It’s Worth SEIU Watch, Social Media Spotlight, 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

FullSizeRenderA little over a year ago we took a spring break trip down to Austin, TX. I know, I know, touring the LBJ Presidential Library is a questionable spring break activity (it was straight out of “Nerds Gone Wild”). But while on the trip I bought one of those little garden gnomes dressed up like a Michigan fan. I thought it would bring some good luck to the team.

We got the “good luck” gnome home

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Labor Relations INK October 2014

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In this issue:

Getting Creative SEIU Hires…Contractors? “Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste” More Lessons From Market Basket Whistlin’ Dixie, 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

The Question

One of my favorite bands is the Old 97s. They’re awesome. If you ever get a chance to see them do it. You won’t regret it.

The Old 97s played last week at the Cain’s Ballroom (if you ever get a chance to see any band at the Cain’s Ballroom do it. You won’t regret that either). Well, at the show they played one of their classic songs “The Question

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Union Job Protection

Big Labor should at some point give up touting their ability to “protect jobs” (unless, of course, we are talking about the jobs of union officials and staff), or forever lose credibility with the American workforce.

Take, for instance, the 1,100 Teamster-represented employees of Associated Warehouse, Inc. The company filed a bankruptcy petition on Sept. 9th proposing to sell all of its assets to C&S Wholesale Grocers. The last time C&S inherited 1,000 Teamster members in 2011, they fired all those workers and transferred the business to non-union sites. The same is likely to happen to the 1,100 AWI warehouse workers if the sale goes through.

In Atlantic City, members of UNITE HERE Local 54 are at risk of losing their jobs at the Taj Mahal Casino because of the union and company failing to come to terms on a contract. So far in 2014, four of Atlantic City’s

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