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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Why is the work day eight hours long?

  Have you ever wondered why we work an eight hour day? Where did that concept come from? In our agrarian days people would work sun-up to sun-down working the fields. As civilization increased and developed jobs developed that were not controlled by the need to be in the fields and work settled into a …

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Five Great posts to read to make you a better HR Manager

  I wanted to point out to your five great blog posts that I think you should read. These posts will educate you, make you a better Human Resources professional and may even answer a question you have. They will certainly prepare you to answer some questions in the future. First up is a post …

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Future Friday: A Lesson in the Value of Social Media Connections

On a futuristic TV program called Almost Human a recent episode called “Disrupt” featured a story about a boy who was killed in an accident involving a “smart house.” His mother was distraught and told the police that she knew of no one that would want to kill him. He was a “loner” and had …

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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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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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When Talking About Unions You Cannot Avoid Talking About Politics

  I occasionally get a critique from students on my “political” views about unions. But it is hard to talk about unions without being somewhat political, at least not in today’s current environment. It is no secret that unions are political. They overwhelmingly support Democrat party candidates over Republican. They gave overwhelming monetary support to …

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What is the Pronoun Used at Your Company?

You may look at that title and thing “how does the question “what is the pronoun used at your company?’ apply to human resource?” (First, for those of you that can’t quite remember what a pronoun is in English the are I, you, he, she, it, we, and they. To quote Sean Connery’s character in …

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Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers: Revisted

In May of 2009 I wrote a post about Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers. It was very popular and has gotten a good number of comments both pro and con. I am reproducing that post here because unions are still having an impact on business, jobs and the economy.  The National …

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Labor and the NLRB Try to Dictate Boeing Location

The Boeing Company is in a spat with their labor union. According to a story in an Investment U newsletter, entitled Boeing’s Free Labor Union Battle Rages On… , in 2009 Boeing was firming up plans to build another plant dedicated to building a new airplane. Although not required to management sat down with the …

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