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Can Employees Fire Their Union

Phil lays out the 5 Steps to Decertification. He also reminds leaders in an HR role how to best handle the situation if a member of your team approaches you about decertification.

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Do Right To Work Laws Impact Politics?

A recently released research paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests some intriguing effects when states pass right to work laws.  Below is the abstract, and the paper can be purchased for $5. Labor unions play a central role in the Democratic...

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Phil Quoted on Raytheon Decision

The December 15th NLRB decision in Raytheon Network Centric Systems will make the work of HR professionals easier in unionized companies, but Phil recommended caution when considering unilateral changes. The SHRM article highlights the import of the decision as the...

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Labor Relations Ink January 2018

In this issue: A Revealing Admission Follow The (Dues) Money It’s All Academic SEIU Watch, Alt Labor, Fight For $15, 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...

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson The 2018 Outlook for Unions I think this year will be one of the most important in the history of the labor movement. That may sound like hyperbole. But hear me out. 2018 already started out weird. January petition activity is dramatically lower than...

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Follow The (Dues) Money

Each month we provide a tally of new union embezzlement stories (our Sticky Fingers feature), and in recent months we’ve touched on some of the larger scandals, such as millions siphoned off in the UAW training center charade. A recent Town Hall article pointed to...

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Union Bailout Update

In our November INK Insight article, Phil highlighted key areas that he either expected the newly constituted board to focus on or suggested that they should. As retiring board member Miscimarra’s term rolled to an end, several of those wish-list items can be checked...

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A Revealing Admission

The possibility of a pro-employee ruling in the Janus vs. AFSCME case has evoked this admission from a pro-union media outlet: But what if you’re caught in a union that hasn’t been doing a good enough job? What if your union doesn’t communicate much with members, or...

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It’s All Academic

More than a year after the initial election, the NLRB has finally completed a conclusive count in the vote to organize graduate students at Harvard University. The results came out as 1,526 students against and 1,396 in favor. Despite the fact that more students voted...

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SEIU Watch

Things aren’t so hot right now for the Service Employees. We’ll start with Local 73. After being under a trusteeship for the past year and half, members of the local have filed a lawsuit against Mary Kay Henry, SEIU President. The lawsuit asks that the trusteeship be...

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Alt Labor

Traditional union organizing hardly works anymore. We’ve known this for a while. That’s why we’ve seen the development of worker centers and an increased interest in low-wage (namely, fast food) employees. But what’s interesting is that, in their efforts to reach...

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Teamster Beat

Rome Aloise, IBT International Vice President, has been found guilty of accepting bribes from companies to negotiate “sham” contracts. That is, to not represent the members that provide the means with which to pay his salary. Aloise has been banned from engaging with...

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Fight For $15

On January 1, 18 states and 22 U.S. cities raised their minimum wage. These increases are expected to affect roughly 3.9 to 4.5 million workers nationwide. They will not, however, boost U.S. salaries more broadly, economists say. What will? Well the answer to that is...

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Auto Workers

The UAW is promising a healthier work environment and better work-life balance to the Tesla employees it is attempting to organize in California. Those employees would be wise to pay attention to the various lawsuits the union is facing across the country. In Chicago,...

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Labor Around The World

The union outlook in France isn’t much different than the one here in the U.S. One of the country’s biggest unions, Confederation Generale du Travail (CGT), for example, used to be able to bring the country to a standstill when they rallied the troops. Now, their...

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Phil on Leveraging Learning Outcomes

The question isn’t just, “Can these learning outcomes be measured?” It’s also, “Once measured, what is the correlation between those results and our desired business goals?”

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The “December Misciree”

What a week. Chairman Phil Miscimarra left office last week but he went out with a bang. Unions must be calling this the December Misciree (I know, it’s a groaner, but don’t blame me – blame Arlo Guthrie). Bottom line: the first Republican-majority NLRB in...

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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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