Will “Right-to-Work” become Federal law?

I have written a number of times on the subject of “right-to-work”. Here and Here. To quote myself “The concept of “right-to-work” is that you cannot force an employee to have to belong to a union and pay union dues in order to keep his/her job. In a non-RtW state, after a probationary period, an …

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Compulsory union memberships died a little bit more

On January 7, 2017, the ability of unions to force people to pay dues against their wishes died another bit when Kentucky passed Right-to-work legislation. This brings the number of states that allow employees to make a choice about belonging to a union to 27. Another indication of the decreasing influence unions have on politicians. …

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Is the Fight for $15 self-defeating?

As I write this the employees at O’Hare Airport are on strike in conjunction with multiple Fight for $15 rally’s spread across the country. Bolstered by support from unions, particularly the SEIU, workers are trying to get increases to $15 per hour. Is it working? Or are they shooting themselves in the foot? Who is …

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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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Can you ban political discussions in the workplace?

We are but three months away from knowing who will be the new chief executive in the White House. Given the political discourse to date that could end up being a long three months. Both sides have been vocal, physical at times, and most workplaces would not be the appropriate forum for those kinds of …

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Did you know that temporary workers can now join a union in your company?

The thought that a temporary worker could become a member of a union or union organizing attempt should strike fear into the heart of employers and be a cause of rejoicing for many unions. It may provide a way for unions to bolster their membership numbers. NLRB reverses a previous decision In a 2004 case …

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The NLRB trashes positive workplaces as being unfriendly to unions

In what can only be described as an absurd decision the NLRB has punished a company for having a “positive workplace” statement in their employee handbook. T-Mobile’s language This case involved the communications company T-Mobile which has union employees. According to attorney Christopher Grey, of  Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. “The NLRB has …

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A history of Labor Day- It is not about hotdogs

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 intended. …

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Could temporary workers become a hot bed of union activity?

The National Labor Relations Board recently rendered a decision that has many management side attorneys shaking their heads and wondering if this might open the door to union activity in some companies via their use of temporary staffing agencies. The case Browning-Ferris Industries, or BFI, runs a recycling operation that employees union workers. They also …

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