"Inside Edge" Newsletter

Employee Handbooks

Employee Handbooks

Firewall against Unions or an Open Invitation to Organize?

Our guest author this week is James Reid, IV, Employment Attorney at Maddin Hauser. Please join us to read his discussion of employment policies that should be reviewed for compliance with the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act). James can be reached via email at jreid@maddinhauser.com or phone at (248) 351-7060.

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Immigration Gamble

Immigration Gamble

In this issue, Rick provides companies with an insight into why they are failing with their immigrant/Hispanic workforce, and how they can fix these issues in order to hinder organizing campaigns.

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Right to Work & Union Organizing

Right to Work & Union Organizing

Working your Way through the Facts and Myths

Several historically pro-union states have recently passed or are actively considering Right to Work legislation. Read on to find out how these changes affect union organizing strategies and may affect you and your company.

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Remember the "Twinkie"

Remember the "Twinkie"

A Look inside the Inner Workings of a Strike

Unions have destroyed a beloved institution in America. Read on to find our interpretation of the motivation behind the final downfall of Hostess.

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Unions' Miscalculation of the Obama Administration

Unions' Miscalculation of the Obama Administration

On April 30th, the National Labor Relations Board announced their highly anticipated changes to current labor laws. Read on to find our take on the changes. Despite the sweeping new changes to election rules, Big Labor is still not satisfied. Read our Inside Edge™ article to find out how Unions miscalculated the Obama administration.

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Stormy Weather Ahead

Stormy Weather Ahead

Lessons from Wall Street

Union strategists have presented management with many surprises over the past few years within the union movement. The results of these strategies are going to change some of the fundamental ways in which they operate.

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Public Angst - The Perfect Climate for Union Growth

Public Angst - The Perfect Climate for Union Growth

AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka’s union initiative to revamp their public image and rebuild their membership levels is starting to pay off for the unions who are riding the current wave of activism that are exploding throughout the U.S. (and the world).

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Anger, Frustration and Unrest:

Anger, Frustration and Unrest:

How Unions Factor in the "Occupy Wall Street" Protests

“The folks that control this country care about one thing... how the stock market goes what the bond market does… how the bonuses goes. We have a very simple strategy:

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Two Views on the Proposed NLRB Changes and the UAW

Two Views on the Proposed NLRB Changes and the UAW

With the proposed changes in the National Labor Relations Board it is apparent that the union and management share polar opposite viewpoints. Union’s smell fresh blood and management is (and very well should be) fearful that the changes will affect their ability to maintain their union free status.

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Overview of Union Salting Tactics

Overview of Union Salting Tactics

Introduction

As a former high-ranking union official, I know first hand that union’s have many tactics, which they use in their attempts to organize new members. Salting, as a practice, is a fundamental tactic used by the unions, which haven’t changed much over the years. Union’s do adapt to different situations based on campaign needs. Depending on the circumstances and the “terrain” of the camping, operating a clandestine organizing drive (undercover) will usually be the best way to infiltrate the workforce with little to no resistance from management.

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An Insider's View into the Anatomy of a Strike

An Insider's View into the Anatomy of a Strike

I was sitting at my computer the other day reading about the strike at Verizon and looking at the videos and pictures of the “chaos” on the streets. It took me directly back to my days when I was working as a national strike coordinator with the union. I realized that many people don’t really understand the complexity of a strike. Have you ever asked yourself what kind of manipulation takes place to convince 45,000 workers to walk away from their company to go on strike? With over 20 years of working inside the union movement, I had the opportunity to spend some of these years working as a strike coordinator.

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When Will the Other Shoe Drop in the NLRB?

When Will the Other Shoe Drop in the NLRB?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made many changes in recent times and is poised to make many more in the latter part of 2011. They claim that the changes will make the election process “simpler” and “cleaner”. But behind this mask is a pro-labor mentality dead set on changing the landscape of union organizing efforts in America.

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