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Labor Relations INK July 2018

In this issue: Millennials and Unions Another Band-Aide To The Union Pension Crisis? SEIU Watch Insight, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard and more… The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site. ********** Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson...

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

How (and How Much) to Train Rapid Responders? “How do I keep my response team trained and keep their skills fresh (without having to go through a union election)?” It’s one of the most common questions I get from clients. Do you struggle with this? Join the club. This...

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Union Bailout Update

The addition of a new member to the Supreme Court always has ramifications for labor. In general, as a conservative, Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a pro-business record, and according to this detailed profile, “Kavanaugh generally brings a pragmatic approach to...

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SEIU Watch

Now that Janus is officially passed, many people who have been forced to pay for union representation are wondering, “Can I get my money back?” SEIU is one of the first unions to have a lawsuit filed against them in this regard. Freedom Foundation is leading the...

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Millennials & Unions

Although it has been posited that Millennials are more likely to be progressive/liberal in political mindset, they are pragmatic in their view toward the trajectory of their work life. This seems to be lost on unions, who rather than spend money to woo this infusion...

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Another Band-Aide To The Union Pension Crisis?

Big Labor leaders and Democrats are still trying to use taxpayer-funded means of salvaging soon-insolvent union multi-employer pension plans. They are finding it a hard sell even to their in-house crowd. The proposed Butch-Lewis Act of 2017 would create a new agency...

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Teamster Beat

Last month, the NLRB ordered Teamsters Local 385 to reimburse dues money that the union continued to deduct from employee paychecks, even after those employees requested their union membership to be cancelled. This, in the midst of current allegations that these local...

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Fight For $15

San Francisco has officially become the first city with a $15 minimum wage for all businesses. While this sounds like a great big step for low-wage workers, it’s important to recognize it in context. San Francisco’s cost of living is one of the highest in the country....

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Auto Workers

Monica Morgan, wife of the late UAW President General Holiefield who was involved in the Fiat Chrysler Scandal, has officially been sentenced for her involvement in the case. She will serve 18 months in...

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Labor Around The World

India’s textile and garment industry is worth $40 billion per year. And yet, forced labor, sexual harassment, and dangerous working conditions and abuses are common practice. In an effort to combat these worker injustices, two international groups were formed:...

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Labor Relations Ink June 2018

Labor Relations Insight By Phil Wilson It’s been a week since the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state public sector unions may no longer compel employees to pay money to them as a condition of employment. As I said last week, this is the most important labor decision...

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Labor Relations Insight

by Phil Wilson It’s been a week since the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state public sector unions may no longer compel employees to pay money to them as a condition of employment. As I said last week, this is the most important labor decision in the last...

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Union Bailout Update

NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb issued a memo in June loosening the standards by which employee handbooks should be judged. The memo was the outcome of the recent Boeing ruling in December, that established a new standard for evaluating employer rules that balances...

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Union High-Rollers

Since Big Labor is constantly lamenting the salaries and perks of the country’s highest paid executives (running companies that create millions/billions of dollars in economic value), it is useful occasionally to take a close look at the salaries of union executives,...

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The Ride-Hailing Drivers Saga Continues

With the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling about what classifies a worker as an employee vs. an independent contractor, Lyft and Uber are in a hard place. Although the U.S. Supreme Court just upheld arbitration clauses, precluding the filing of a class action...

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Social Media Spotlight

Electronic signatures are here to stay, and Big Labor is doing its best to take advantage.  This new site, UnionSignUp.com, offers a subscription service to unions to create online signup forms for the distribution and legal signing of authorization “cards.” Employees...

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SEIU Watch

SEIU announced this month that it will be laying off its last health and safety staffer. This national department is the one whose job it is to lobby the Labor Department and other federal agencies to enact stricter workplace provisions. The decision to prioritize...

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Can I Get A Job Like That?

How would you like to get paid for 27 hours of work per day, 365 days of every year?  If you are a longshoreman working at the Port of New York and New Jersey, it is entirely possible! These “favored jobs” are typically filled by people connected to union leaders or...

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Teamster Beat

The longest labor case in history has finally wrapped up. What started in 1989 when David and Shirley Pirlott filed a federal case against the Teamsters for not allowing them to opt out of membership, ended this month – nearly 30 years later. The verdict? IBT owes...

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Fight For Fifteen

Proponents for an increased minimum wage should be happy with this month’s developments. The Massachusetts legislature passed a $15 minimum wage bill. If signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, the bill would nullify several ballot initiatives that were headed toward a...

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