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Labor Relations Ink November 2017

In this issue: Troubled Waters A Tale of Micro Units Shoot Yourself In The Foot Insight, SEIU Watch, Scoreboard and more… The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site. ********** Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson Learn the rules...

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson A problem well put is half solved. John Dewey We finally have a full, Republican-majority National Labor Relations Board! And a Republican General Counsel! That’s the good news. The bad news? The excitement will wear off in about 2 weeks, when Chairman...

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Union Bailout Update

As was expected, Peter Robb was confirmed as the NLRB General Counsel early this month. The Senate vote fell along partisan lines, and it is anticipated that Democrats will take a more aggressive stance once Phil Miscimarra’s replacement nomination comes to the fore,...

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Troubled Waters

“Union dues are being appropriated, stolen, embezzled and converted from the union coffers to inflate the pensions of Carpenters’ officials without the consent of the union members.” So says Jonathan Gould, floorlayer and former compliance officer for the St....

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A Tale Of Micro Units

Precision Castparts, a Portland manufacturer for the aerospace, medical, nuclear and other industries, had successfully defeated several attempts to organize their workforce over the last few years. The Machinists union decided to take a different tack, and carved out...

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Shoot Yourself In The Foot

Not everyone has the option that Joe Ricketts chose, but unionistas would probably do well to tread more carefully. Ricketts owned the news websites DNAinfo and Gothamist, and when writers and editors in the New York offices unionized, Ricketts shut down the web...

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SEIU Watch

Employees at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East are petitioning the NLRB to overturn a decision made by Dennis Walsh, an NLRB regional director. Walsh approved a request by the Service Employees to declare all workers at the non-union facility members of SEIU. The...

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Alt Labor

A new coalition of “workers in and around the tech industry, labor organizers, community organizers, and friends” has popped up in the San Francisco area. The group is relying heavily on social media to connect and communicate, including Slack, Facebook, Twitter, a...

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It’s All Academic

Big Labor has a habit of attempting to defend the status quo against technology or other innovation that will improve the delivery or lower the cost of goods and services to consumers. A fresh example appeared in academic circles recently over the implementation of...

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Successorship Slip-up

VIUSA, Inc., ran aground due to a failure to properly navigate successorship issues, causing an NLRB negotiated settlement of $21.6 million on behalf of the Teamsters. At issue were a group of yard workers at a Ford plant, employed by Auto Handling, Inc. and...

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Fight For $15

Early this month, Montgomery County Council, one of the largest and most affluent jurisdictions in Maryland, voted unanimously to implement a $15 minimum wage beginning in 2021. This makes Montgomery the first and only jurisdiction to enact its own wage mandate in the...

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Right To Work

Gov. Bruce Rauner had a big win late last month when the Illinois House failed to override his veto of a bill that would have prohibited right-to-work laws involving local municipalities. The vote was expected to be a nail-biter considering some of Rauner’s recent...

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Auto Workers

Four months ago, news broke that a couple UAW leaders allegedly worked with Fiat Chrysler officials to siphon money–millions, in fact–out of one of the union’s training funds. This money was then used at the whim of the those involved, “buying everything from luxury...

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Labor Around The World

Since the UK’s vote to leave Brexit last year, many have been left wondering what the country will do to keep their economy in balance. Wonder no more. Just a few days ago, the UK government unveiled their new Industrial Strategy. The plan focuses heavily on...

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Labor Relations Ink October 2017

In this issue: What Have You Done For Me Lately? Another Union Financial Scandal Weinstein, SEIU Style Are Supervisors The Next Micro Unit? Insight, Scoreboard, Teamster Beat 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 Labor and employment law rarely jumps into the “real news” headlines. But Harvey Weinstein’s sex harassment assault allegations dominated the news of the last several weeks. So many pixels have already been spilled on this horrific situation. I want to...

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Union Bailout Update

First item in the update is the demise of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations, a sop to government unions created by executive order in 2009 by President Obama. The objective of the Council was to expand the topics that could be considered for...

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What Have You Done For Me Lately?

Several stories from the last few weeks may perhaps inspire many union members to wonder just who the union is working for. One of the more spectacular headlines of recent weeks is the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. Someone finally realized that “no...

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Surprise, Surprise! Trumka Re-elected

At the AFL-CIO convention recently held in St. Louis, Trumka and two other top executives ran unopposed and were elected to a third four-year term at the top of the labor...

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Another Union Financial Scandal

Following on the heels of the much publicized UAW financial scandal, a small nurses union in Pennsylvania finds it is not immune to the same corruption that plagues larger high-profile unions. Executive Director William P. Cruice has filled the post since the...

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