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Labor Relations INK February 2016

In this issue:

Propping Up A Dinosaur When In Trouble, Ask For A Raise! Union Pension Shipwreck West Virginia to Join Ranks of Right To Work States Teamster Beat, 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 5 Steps to Prepare for the Persuader Rule

If you believe the rumors out of Washington (I do), the so-called persuader rule is on track to go from “proposed” to “final” by the end of next month. It could slip into April but at this point it looks like it is going to happen. After more than 5 years the rule will no longer be a hypothetical. Are you ready?

Most companies I talk to (not to mention most consultants and law firms) still treat this rule as a potential threat, versus a

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Labor Relations Ink January 2014

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In this issue:

SEIU’s Felony Fiasco Right-to-Work Laws – Reality vs. Myth Annunziata’s Encore Chattanooga Choo-Choo 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

union-smileyIf unions are so darn good for you why don’t people join?

If you knew that the only thing standing between you and a happier life was union membership would you want to join?

The New York Times recently reported on a study claiming that people in unions are happier than those who are not. The authors of that study

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Labor Relations Ink December 2014

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In this issue:

Japanese Firm Blinks UAW Strife in the South Union Pensions on the Ropes SEIU Has Dirty Hands in Ferguson Teamsters Beat, Sticky Fingers, Insight and more…

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

Note from the editor:

Due to INK releasing a week early for the holidays, we don’t have all of the data in for a complete Scoreboard. We will release a separate email with the December Scoreboard when the data is available. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

My favorite new movie (at least until this one comes out) is Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s action-packed, has great special effects, and is a thrill

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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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Fight For 15 Exposed

At the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference, Kendall Fells, an SEIU Representative, finally confirmed the union’s true intentions with the Fight for $15 movement:

Just to be clear, this is not a minimum wage campaign, these fast food workers are not trying to raise minimum wage. They want to sit down with the $200 billion fast food industry and get the money out of their pockets and negotiate a union contract with them.

In addition, the referendum known as Proposition 1 that took effect in January “gives employers a break from the minimum wage, the paid sick days and other employee protections – as long as the business is unionized.”

So SEIU has forced an increase in minimum wage in order to convince the employers to unionize so they don’t have to abide by those wages. This means that the very fast food workers SEIU recruited

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Labor Relations Ink – August 2014

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In this issue:

Between A Rock and a Hard Place? Who’s Got Your Back? Same Song, Different Verse Bending Over Backwards 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

Fast Food Strikes, the NLRB and the One Lesson of Economics

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Credit: RaiseUpMKE.org

Fast food workers protested across the country today in favor of a $15 per hour minimum wage (and “union rights” – which of course they already have). It is always hard to separate the facts from

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Labor Relations Ink - May 2014

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In this issue:

UAW Rolls On Alt-Labor Momentum Just A Little Arm-Twisting The Union Redistribution Program 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

The Low Information Voter

Are you an LIV?

LIV stands for “low information voter” and they are important. Low information voters are people who vote based on “hueristics” or cues – like voting for a candidate because he likes the same kind of food you do. In lieu of getting educated on the facts LIVs will instead make a quick decision based on a gut-reaction, rule of thumb or maybe even a stereotype.

Because LIVs are not

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INK January 2014

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In this issue:

Penchant For Violence Union Corruption: A Year In Review Crystal Ball Gazing Big Labor’s “Fight for Scraps” 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

Post Hoc, Ergo Proptor Hoc

As my friend Steve likes to say, I am folicularly challenged. In other words I’m losing my hair.

I’m not a huge fan of the “trees running away from the forest” hairstyle so I’ve tried for a while to convince my wife and daughter to let me shave my head. They think I’ll look like a cross between Lex Luthor and Dr. Evil. I guess that’s not a

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Social Media Spotlight

facebookFacebook “likes” are now considered a form of free speech protected under the First Amendment, as ruled by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. This all came to light after six former employees of the Hampton, Virginia, Sheriff’s office were not reappointed after an election because during the campaigning phase they supported, via a Facebook “like,” the opponent of their current Sheriff. The take away: employers can’t fire employees for something they “liked” on the Book. In addition, this case “shows once again that free speech principles set in an old media age easily fit with a new media technology.”

Another reason to be uneasy about the effects of social media in your organization is the light it may shed on some of your more private business affairs. In a

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INK December 2013

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In this issue:

Worker Center Waltz Union Insiders Aghast At Big Labor Antics Same Song, Different Verse Auto Workers Union in the Hot Seat SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, and more…

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

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Union Bailout Update

In a shrewd move, the National Labor Relations Board has voluntarily dismissed its appeal of a Chamber of Commerce lawsuit designed to block the implementation of the 2011 ambush election rule. With this pending suit out of the way, the fully constituted board is now free to re-issue the rule as it sees fit. Plus we anticipate the Department of Labor will finally issue the other high-profile labor rulemaking (the “persuader” rule)

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