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Joint Employer Podcast

Phil was the guest on a recent episode of HR Break Room, addressing the proposed Joint Employer rule from the NLRB, and what it might mean for employers. Click the image to listen in to the 23-minute discussion:...

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Labor Relations INK September 2018

In this issue: Misguided Affections? Is Bigger Better? Prying Off SEIU Claws Auto Workers, Fight For $15, Insight, Scoreboard and more… The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site. View the web-based version of this newsletter...

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson Iron Sharpens Iron: CUE Fall 2018 I just returned last night from the CUE Conference in Minneapolis. Once again the conference was a big success. Mike Vandervort, the Board of Directors, and the program chairs really outdid themselves. If you are an...

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Union Bailout Update

Coming as no surprise, Mark Pearce was nominated to serve a third term on the NLRB. As much as the business community was opposed to the move, the Democrats allegedly tied Pearce’s re-nomination to a package of other pending approvals across several departments. NLRB...

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Misguided Affections?

For as little of the population as actually has experience belonging to a union, it is interesting how many think favorably of unions. Although only 10.7% of all wage earners (and only 7.6 percent in the private sector) belonged to a union in 2017, yet 55% of all...

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SEIU Watch

The 15-year president of the union local he founded, David Rolf has been prevented by term limits in the union’s constitution from further holding the position, handing the post to his protegé, Sterling Harders. Rolf turned Local 775 into a fund-raising machine for...

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Is Bigger Better?

Two UFCW locals have merged, creating the largest UFCW local in a five-state area. Local 653 in Brooklyn Center, MN joined with Local 1161 in Worthington, MN. The new Local 663 represents 13,000 members. That’s one way to keep your membership roster...

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It’s All Academic

After two years of organizing attempts at Harvard University, graduate students at the campus officially voted to unionize late last semester. Harvard agreed to honor the vote. With their first meeting at the bargaining table just around the corner, the newly formed...

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Teamster Beat

Two former Teamsters officials, who were also husband and wife, have been sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement after being found guilty of fraud and embezzlement against the Teamsters local where they served as president and office...

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Fight For $15

Things are happening on the minimum wage front this month. Here are the highlights: Disney workers approved a contract that will raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour in three years. The Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division reminded everyone that, in...

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Prying Off SEIU Claws

We’ve reported for several years on the SEIU scheme to steal money from home health care workers in multiple states. Even after the Supreme Court ruled in Harris vs. Quinn (2014) that the practice was unconstitutional, that didn’t prevent the state of Washington and...

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Auto Workers

Late last month, The Center for Union Facts launched a new website, UAWAccountability.com. This site is in response to the Fiat Chrysler scandal (one of the worst in UAW history) and is meant to give members “an easy way to comb public records detailing how the union...

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Labor Around The World

Since 2000, $80.5 million of taxpayer money has been given to unions or union affiliates by the Ontarian government for the purposes of ‘bargaining expenses.’  This, despite the fact that “it is absolutely not normal practice for an employer to reimburse unions for...

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Labor Relations Ink August 2018

In this issue: Big Labor, Big Money, Big Trouble Planned Parenthood and Union Now Seeing Eye-to-Eye Auto Workers SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Insight and more… The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site. ********** Labor Relations...

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

The Deal-Maker in Chief is about to make one of the worst deals ever. Reports suggest the White House is seriously considering re-nominating Mark Pearce to the NLRB. Yes, the same Mark Pearce who ran the NLRB while it overturned over 4,500 years of legal precedent and...

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Union Bailout Update

The NLRB General Counsel’s office has apparently begun the “restructuring” announced earlier by GC Peter Robb. A July 30th memo announced the creation of committees within the various NLRB Regions that will be responsible for drafting pre-election decisions. The memo...

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Big Labor, Big Money, Big Trouble

Money (as opposed to worker’s rights) has always been Big Labors god. Witness the stealing of Medicaid funds from caretakers in states across the nation (that theft amounted to more than $150 million in 2017 alone, and from 2000 totals $1.4 billion). Those whose...

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SEIU Watch

SEIU is known for deducting dues money from individuals who are not actually members of the union. They did it for years with home health care workers in Washington State. And now, in the wake of the Janus decision, the union could be forced to return up to $100...

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Planned Parenthood & Union Now Seeing Eye-To-Eye

After months of fighting the unionization effort at 14 of Planned Parenthood’s 24 locations, the company has finally changed their tune and is now standing arm-in-arm with the Service Employees union. While it’s always interesting, but not necessarily surprising, to...

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Union Pension Turmoil

Late last month, a group purporting to represent 22,000 Teamsters retirees sued the federal government for approving a benefit reduction plan that reduced retiree benefits by 29%. Members would like the federal government to reimburse them the benefits they have been...

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