The number of hours worked and the gig economy?

This blog post is a Monday Musing. I was reading a post about the gig economy and how more and more people are employed by it. From that I thought about writing a post on the fact that I feel we have always had a gig economy, but as I investigated more I got into …

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If you use Independent Contractors are you free from union trouble?

The logical answer to that question would normally be “yes.” Unions are groups of employees that have gathered to provide them the opportunity to deal with wages, hours and working conditions, but if you have been paying attention you know the National Labor Relations Board has been working hard to extend their domain into non-union …

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Is passion necessary in your job?

There is a line in an animated film called Robots that says “See a need, fill a need.” It is what drives Rodney Copperbottom to be successful. It is a good story, but it also has a lesson in it. The lesson is similar to the lesson you will find in this video of Mike …

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The NLRB delivers a big kick in the pants to employers

The National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling on December 12, 2014 that substantially changed procedures for unionization in the US. Fulfilling a long sought after promise to the unions the NLRB has shortened the time to run an election (quickie elections) and given unions access to employee email address they did not have before. …

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Unions lose a Big Battle so is your small company a target now?

In November of last year I wrote Unions Push South as the Supreme Court Rules on Organizing Tactics were I described a stated effort on the part of unions to try to organize workers in the Southeast, particularly focused on Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and the Carolinas. The UAW and the SEIU have made a “southern …

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New NLRB rules coming, protests on the rise

  Today’s guest post, while I am recovering from surgery, is by Michael Vandervort. Michael is highly sought after as a speaker on labor, HR and social media use. He can be found at The Human Race Horses.  Ambush Elections and Flash Mobs Just last week, the National Labor Relations Board announced its intention to reissue …

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The How and Why Labor Day Came to Be

  Headlines in the papers tell us of striking fast food workers taking to the streets for higher wages. Unions are supporting them. For the first time in a long time there is something current that aligns with the original intent of Labor Day. Today, Labor Day is not really about what it was originally …

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Change-to-Win losing to the AFL-CIO produces strange alliance

  In the SHRM instructional material one of the modules discusses the changing face of labor in the US with the formation of Change-to-Win, a coalition of unions that was seen as an alternative to the AFL-CIO. The Change-to-Win coalition thought they could reenergize the labor movement. Well the face of labor is changing again …

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Take that NLRB Poster Down!

Last year the U.S. Court of Appeals delayed the implementation of the NLRB’s poster on employee rights that the NLRB was trying to require all employers to post. If you made the mistake of posting it on your bulletin board then take that NLRB poster down! It is a matter of freedom of speech Last …

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History of Labor Day- Updated

My local paper has a headline that reads “On Labor Day, U.S. workers insecure” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sunday, September 02, 2012.) The article deals with the state of the economy and the losses that workers of all ilk have suffered. With multiple generations, global pressures, deregulation of industries, and the decline of unions “a lot …

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