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LIUNA Takes Up Right To Work Fight In Ohio

The Laborers union paid for anti-right-to-work billboards to be posted in Ohio, as part of the Not In Ohio campaign against the measure. LIUNA is also behind the Not In Ohio website through their labor trust, LECET.

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Labor Relations INK May 2019

In this issue: Union Dues Drained Into Politics Unions Stifle Community Economic Development The Company Unions Keep Whistlin’ Dixie, Sticky Fingers, Insight and more… The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site. ********** Labor...

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson The son of EFCA is back, and it is MUCH worse than the original. The PRO Act (Protecting the Right to Organize Act) was introduced in Congress on May 2, 2019. They have already held a hearing to consider the bill in the House and it already has 134 (all...

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Union Bailout Update

Yesterday the NLRB released its rulemaking agenda. In addition to proceeding with its rulemaking regarding the joint-employer standard—the board will consider rulemaking in the following areas: The Board’s current representation-case procedures. The Board’s current...

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Union Dues Drained Into Politics

As the Democratic 2020 presidential contenders begin tossing their hats in the ring, it’s a good time to for a quick update on union political spending. According to the nonprofit National Institute for Labor Relations Research, which collated data from multiple...

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Unions Stifle Community Economic Development

In a scenario seen frequently in California, unions are holding hostage a crucial development project in a town much in need of revitalization. The Alameda County Planning Commission approved in February the building of a 163-unit apartment complex on the site of an...

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AI, Technology and Labor

It’s not just robots anymore.  The technological impact at work is coming increasingly from software and data. From employee scheduling software to room cleaning apps, workers lives are frequently directed by programs and algorithms. Unions are starting to pay...

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Industrial & Manufacturing

Ford Motor Company announced that it will be laying off up to 7,000 workers worldwide by the end of August. The first round of layoffs is expected to start this week in Dearborn, Michigan. This comes as the American auto industry stands united in opposition to Trump’s...

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It’s All Academic

The National Education Association is ramping up efforts to keep local chapters from leaving the national union. It started back in March with a bylaw, outlining a number of hurdles, that ultimately make it harder for locals to secede should they choose. Now, the...

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The Company Unions Keep

Unions have a track record of unlawful behavior, and though some would pass off such activities as from “days gone by,” several recent stories reinforce the fact that breaking the law and bilking American companies and tax payers are still a part of the Big Labor...

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Minimum Rising

Starting next month, eight Church’s Chicken restaurants will offer a next day payment of 50% of an employees’ earned wages. Other restaurant chains are even offering same-day payment. Proponents of the shift say instant pay is "almost a requirement” for the dining...

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Union Pension Turmoil

Members of the Western Pennsylvania Teamsters and Employers Pension Fund will vote soon on a 30% benefit cut to their pension plan. This, after the U.S. Department of Treasury approved the Fund’s request to cut benefits. The plan represents about 17,000 retirees and...

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Right To Work

Illinois legislators decided to head things off at the pass, signing into law the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act, which prohibits local governments from passing laws establishing right-to-work in their jurisdictions. This was a strategy used in other states when...

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Whistlin’ Dixie

The battle between the Auto Workers and Volkswagen remains at a standstill as the NLRB continues to hold the UAW’s current petition until all pending issues in regard to previously filed petitions and elections at the facility have been resolved. Follow this link for...

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Transportation & Logistics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon begin a three-year pilot program to determine whether 18-20 year-olds should be allowed to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. A new report by the Citizens Budget Commission is calling on...

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Labor Around The World

Mexico’s Congress voted this month to expand domestic workers’ labor rights. This legislation includes things like limited work hours and paid vacation and affects more than two million of the country’s cooks, cleaners, babysitters, gardeners, caretakers, and others...

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Labor Relations INK April 2019

In this issue: The Changing Face of Labor Activism UAW Turns Scrappy To Survive AI, Technology and Labor Mickey & Minnie Object To Teamster Local Leadership Healthcare, Insight, Scoreboard, and more… The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post...

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks? A few weeks ago I took a wonderful trip down memory lane. I visited my old law firm offices, where I got started in this business a quarter-century ago (good lord that last part was hard to type). In the years since...

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Union Bailout Update

Associate Deputy Labor Secretary, Michael Avakian, resigned from his position in early April due to a possible ethics violation. Avakian had been suspended without pay earlier when he continued legal work against the Ironworker’s union after joining the agency....

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Union Political Spending Highlighted

The Center for Union Facts has put up a new website that tracks the political spending of public unions.  Although most of the unions on the site won’t be of interest to business leaders, what is evident from the site is the huge partisan disparity of union spending -...

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