"Inside Edge" Newsletter

Strikes

Strikes

An Examination of Strikes in the US throughout History to Today

It seems that almost every day, we hear about more labor strikes and threats of strikes across the US, and around the world. I always preach to anyone who will listen that it is important to be educated on union and social movements and tactics that could affect your company and employees; very few union actions are spontaneous. Join me as I explore the history of strikes and labor disputes in the US, examine Labor's origins in Anarchism, offer a structural analysis of the current state of unions, explain why strikes are making a come-back, and conclude with suggestions on how to avoid them in your organization.

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CWG has Democratic Candidates up against the Wall

CWG has Democratic Candidates up against the Wall

And They Can't Say "No"!

This could easily blow up in organized labor's face. When I was a Union Official, we considered organizing political campaign staff, but realized that it would ultimately be a mistake. How could we continue to support "pro-labor" candidates that mistreat their campaign staff?

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Insurgent Organizing

Insurgent Organizing

Union organizing campaigns are all about discovering the opponent's weaknesses. Once the union has delved their vulnerabilities, they then use them again their target in every possible way.

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The Strength of True Diversity

The Strength of True Diversity

Partnered with Positive Rhetoric

As a former Union Official and National Organizing Director, I spent many years looking for the correct approach to diversity; not just to affect the outcome of organizing campaigns, but also within the structure of the union itself. I combined implementing true diversity with various persuasion techniques to influence potential members and to introduce power and discipline within the structure of the organized units. This formula resulted in my success in 97% of the elections I organized.

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UAW Organizing Failures

UAW Organizing Failures

Reviewing the Nissan/Canton Campaign

Did the UAW learn anything from Volkswagen? Apparently not, as they allowed themselves to be defeated by an even larger margin at Nissan.

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Strikes – Another Slash in Death by a Thousand Cuts

Strikes – Another Slash in Death by a Thousand Cuts

The Newest Attack from the NLRB’s Campaign against Management

Labor and management have consistently struggled to overturn the balance of power between them. Throughout every industry, since guilds first formed to benefit artisans through to today's bloated and top-heavy labor unions, both sides have circled each other, probing the other's weaknesses in order to prepare to either implement or fight work stoppages (strikes).

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Could the NLRA Become a Pro-Union Manifesto?

Could the NLRA Become a Pro-Union Manifesto?

Yes, If 106 Professors Get Their Way

Earlier this year, 106 professors and academics submitted a pro-union manifesto gag rule petition to the NLRB that could turn the NLRA into a completely pro-union document. Read on to find out just how dangerous such a move would be to employers First and Fifth Amendment rights. Please read this article's companion Confessions of a Union Organizer, which explores captive-audience meetings from the union's perspective.

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A Former Union Official's Perspective on the Quickie Election

A Former Union Official's Perspective on the Quickie Election

And a Preview of What Is to Come

The "quickie" election countdown has concluded and the rule should be considered permanent. April 14, 2015 arguably witnessed the most sweeping changes ever implemented by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) since labor law was transformed by its very creation.

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The Year of the Quickie Election

The Year of the Quickie Election

Preparing for 2015

Now that the NLRB has a fully-staffed and unchallenged Board, the era of the Quickie Election has commenced. Read on to discover our InsideEdge insights into how to prevent unionization in the upcoming environment.

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Unions Hit the Jackpot in Indian Casinos

Unions Hit the Jackpot in Indian Casinos

A Peek Inside Labor Strategy and Organizing History

Due to unions' long-term planning, even companies that think they are in "safe" industries can never quite tell if they will eventually become targets of organizing campaigns. A perfect example is provide by Indian gaming: after prolonged union pressure, even sovereign Indian nations are now subject to the NRLA and union organizing.

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Disconnect

Disconnect

The Knockout Blow You Never Saw Coming

National union leadership is disconnected from their rank-and-file members. This serves as one of the most significant reasons that unions have been unsuccessful in re-growing their membership. While I was working at the George Meany Labor College, we unsuccessfully attempted to energize the membership into organizing successes by making the unions accountable to the membership through transparency in the organizing process. Think about it: We had millions of union members, each with their own connections, energy and resources.

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An Intriguing Year for Big Labor in 2014

An Intriguing Year for Big Labor in 2014

2014 is off to a fast start with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

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