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21 Apr 2017 Union Body Count and Big Spending

  Last year, some of the country’s biggest unions continue to hemorrhage membership, while others spent big dollars on organizing for modest gains in membership. In 2016, the union membership body count was not insignificant. According to LM-2 filings:   Steelworkers lost 20,000 members United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) lost nearly 14,000 members Teamsters lost almost 5,800 members Machinists lost nearly 5,500 members   This continues a trend seen over the last decades. The…

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09 Feb 2017 Missouri Adopts Right-to-Work, Are the Feds Next?

  This week, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law Missouri’s new Right-to-Work Act. At roughly the same time, Republican Reps. Steve King of Iowa and Joe Wilson of South Carolina introduced the national Right-to-Work Act that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to remove language allowing unions to require membership as a condition of employment.   Republicans, including King and Wilson in 2015, have tried to push a…

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04 Nov 2015 IBEW Rule Requiring Photo ID to Resign Upheld by NLRB Judge

The NLRB has been opposing union rules which make it difficult for union members to resign their membership and withdraw dues deduction authorizations. In Sulkowski v. UAW, 07-CB-140311, NLRB Region 7 issued a complaint against the UAW for requiring members to resign in person, with proper identification, and then not effectuating the resignation until these procedures had been met. After Region 7 issued a complaint, the UAW settled.   The Board also brought an action…

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31 Jul 2015 Michigan Supreme Court Throws Out Public Employee Agency Shop Fees

In a 4-3 opinion released this week, the Michigan Supreme Court invalidated a State Civil Service Commission rule which allowed for public sector collective bargaining agreements to require collection of a mandatory service fee, also known as an “agency shop fee,” from union-eligible employees who opted out of union membership.  A copy of the opinion can be found here.   In sum, the majority found the imposition of the agency shop fee (even though paid…

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27 Jan 2015 U.S. Union Numbers Continue Their Decline – Reach 100 Year Low

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its annual report on unionization data in the United States, and the numbers continue to be on the decline for unions as a whole. Membership in unions nationally dropped from 11.3 percent in 2013 to 11.1 percent in 2014. Other interesting data points in the report include:   Public-sector workers had a union membership rate of 35.7 percent, more than five times higher than that of private-sector…

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25 Mar 2013 Sharp Decline in Indiana Union Membership

Indiana union membership is at its lowest level since the 1980’s. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union members made up 9.1 percent of Indiana’s workforce in 2012, down from 22 percent in 1983. The full story from the Indiana Business Journal can be found by clicking on the link below. Indiana Business Journal – “Indiana Union Membership at Lowest Level in 24 Years” btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at…

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