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23 Feb 2018 Revoking Dues Check-offs – You’ve Got to Follow the Card

  The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has delivered the latest reminder to those attempting to stop paying union dues – you have to follow the language on your dues check-off card and you have to follow it precisely.   In Ohlendorf et al. v. United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, Local 876, the plaintiffs had signed checkoff authorization forms, which like most dues check-off forms, declared that they could not be revoked by…

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15 Feb 2018 ‘Mean Girls’: Union Violated Labor Law By ‘Ostracizing’ and ‘Humiliating’ Its Own Members On Facebook, Says NLRB GC

  In what reads like a storyline from a movie portraying bullying at a high school, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has just released an Advice Memo from its General Counsel’s office finding that Teamsters Local Union 610 violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by setting up a “secret” Facebook group that ostracized and humiliated some if its own members.   At issue in the case was a facility where the Teamsters had negotiated…

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12 Feb 2018 Tweet This: Twitter Becoming More Prevalent In Union Organizing Efforts

  Unions are turning to social media more and more in an effort to expand their ranks. Twitter, in particular, is a platform big labor is utilizing in hopes of spurring interest among younger workers, according to a new report from Bloomberg BNA. Unions increasingly are using the platform to launch or help further unionization campaigns.   According to the report, “And unions need more young workers to fill their ranks if they’re going to…

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02 Feb 2018 Supreme Court to Decide Whether “Fair Share” Fees Violate Free Speech

  On February 26, 2018, the United States Supreme Court is set to hear arguments regarding whether public employees who decide to not join their designated union may still be charged “agency fees” in support of collective bargaining in the case styled as Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The Court’s 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education allows unions to charge fees to non-members for collective bargaining, but…

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02 Feb 2018 UPDATE: How Will the Booming Economy, Corporate Tax Cuts, and Healthcare Uncertainty Affect Labor Negotiations in 2018?

  2018 is underway, and we now have our first preview of how the economy, corporate tax cuts, and healthcare may be affecting labor agreement negotiations this year – at least in terms of wage settlements. Bloomberg BNA released a report on findings from a survey of 46 recently ratified union contracts that summarizes data on agreed-to wage scales.   Based on the report, it’s a mixed bag thus far. According to a summary offered…

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26 Jan 2018 Kentucky’s Right-to-Work Law Upheld by Court

  A Kentucky state court judge has granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Teamsters’ Local 89 from Louisville, which claimed that Kentucky’s new Right-to-Work Act constituted a “taking” by the state in violation of the Kentucky Constitution.   The state’s constitution prohibits the state from “taking … private property for public use without compensation.” The Teamsters argued that the new law constituted a “taking” because it allowed “freeloaders” to have the benefit…

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25 Jan 2018 Indiana’s Union Membership Falls 12.5 Percent

  Is Indiana’s Right-to-Work Act adversely affecting union membership throughout the state? That seems to be the logical conclusion based upon statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).   According to the recently released BLS numbers, Indiana had 266,000 dues-paying union members in 2017, down from 304,000 union members in 2016. That’s a 12.5 percent decline in union membership.   Those 266,000 union members are 8.9 percent of Indiana’s total 2017 workforce. In…

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17 Jan 2018 How Will the Booming Economy, Corporate Tax Cuts, and Healthcare Uncertainty Affect Labor Negotiations in 2018?

  Bloomberg BNA recently published a report predicting that labor unions will be seeking to score more in wages and benefits in their 2018 collective bargaining agreements than in recent years. This is in light of the relative hot economy and significant corporate tax cuts going into effect. The fact that many non-union companies have publicly announced higher wages and bonuses for their employees based on the tax overhaul may encourage the unions to be…

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10 Jan 2018 Dirty Money: Report Shows Union Corruption Still Widespread

  Unfortunately, union corruption continues across the country. According to a recent report by the Detroit Free Press, “U.S. Department of Labor documents obtained by the Free Press show embezzlement from hundreds of union offices nationwide over the past decade. In just the past two years, more than 300 union locations have discovered theft, often resulting in more than one person charged in each instance, the records show. Two UAW incidents uncovered in 2017, one…

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09 Jan 2018 Union Retirees Win Certification In Class Action Regarding Lifetime Medical Insurance Benefits

  Retiree benefits are a huge issue for many employers – from pure economic cost to administrative burdens. Accordingly, some companies have moved to limit or cut such benefits entirely. Of course, when doing so, companies need to navigate various legal issues, including under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and, to the extent a union is in the picture, the National Labor Relations Act and/or Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA). A federal court…

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