"Inside Edge" Newsletter

Employee Free Choice Act and Election

Employee Free Choice Act and Election

Organized labor and business groups are facing off in an increasingly intense battle over legislation that would make it easier to organize unions as labor seeks to bolster its dwindling ranks and propel its agenda.

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As The Election Heats Up

As The Election Heats Up

With the election cycle heating up, the supporters of the once defeated HR800 (card check) Bill are building up steam to push this legislation forward with a renewed vigor. The AFL/CIO has never stopped building their grassroots support and has been recruiting volunteers on a national level. Recently John Sweeney took over 3,000 of these supporters to Washington D.C. to shore up their support and to demonstrate to the politicians that they are being watched and will be held accountable if they chose not to support the passage of this bill.

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US Union Membership Up Substantially In 2008, Study Shows

US Union Membership Up Substantially In 2008, Study Shows

U.S. unionization levels rose substantially this year, defying a decade-long trend of decline, according to a report by UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

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August 2008

August 2008

In New York, much like across the country, the battle continues with the State Nurses Associations and SEIU/1199. In a time when unions preach that unity is utmost importance and utilize the manta, “united we bargain, divided we beg”, the SEIU is striving to conquer all of healthcare even if that means “raiding.” Raiding is a growing trend (in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings) within the unions, in which a rival union pushes for the decertification of an incumbent union in exchange for a chance of representation of the workforce.

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Big Labor Goes Global

Big Labor Goes Global

Years ago the Teamsters, USWA and many other unions were targeting both foreign and domestic unions to forge alliances to aid their organizing efforts. The goal was to compete head-to-head with multi-national companies.

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The Healthcare Union War

The Healthcare Union War

The battle has begun. Healthcare has become the goose that lays the golden egg and the SEIU, CNA and other unions are determined to get it.

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Union Paradigm Shift

Union Paradigm Shift

(Mergers and Membership)

Union mergers and large corporate campaigns are upon us once again. Unions know that their strengths are in unity and their chances of success are stronger when they merge together on projects, or better yet on a permanent basis. USWA President Leo W. Gerard stated at an International Executive Board in January 2008 that his goal for the next 5 years (and his order to his district directors) is to direct efforts to merge independent unions and their members into the rank and file of the USWA.

The USWA has merged with several unions over the past few years like PASE, United Rubber workers in 1995, the Aluminum, Brick, and Glass Workers Union in 1996, the Canadian Division of the Transportation Communications International Union in 1998, an organizing alliance with the California Nurses Association in 2001 and The American Flint Glass Workers Union in 2003.

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Flex Your Muscles

Flex Your Muscles

HR800 Is Not Dead Yet

Employer rights to counter union organizing drives are once again facing a challenge. The “Change to Win Coalition” and the AFL/CIO have cemented relationships with politicians who support laws to restrict the rights of companies to educate their employees on the realism of union representation.

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November 2007

November 2007

For unions, strategizing and moving forward with an attack against a targeted company is an exercise that is very time consuming. A corporate campaign launched by a union, takes copious amounts of time and enormous sums of their member’s money. The goal is complex, the union needs to research every aspect of the target’s operation and its competitors in order to expose whatever weaknesses may exist. The target is most likely within its core industrial makeup. Setting earmarks, assigning regional responsibilities, financing, manning the project and setting the base targets to be attacked are some of the first things that need to be completed.

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September 2007

September 2007

The unions are trying a “back door approach” to increase their membership numbers. They have tried and failed to get their controversial HR 800 bill passed by Congress. Now they are petitioning the NLRB to grant them the right to force employers to bargain with unions, even when they don’t represent a majority of the work force.

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June 2007

June 2007

For months I have been speaking about the dangers of the HR800 bill that passed through the House of Representative on a very fast track. I testified to the Kennedy Miller committee on the pressure and harassment to sign cards that will surely happen if the unions don't have to go through an NLRB supervised election, I have warned companies of the dangers that will occur if you don't agree to a union’s unreasonable demands; within 3 months, a mediator will be appointed, and a month later… an arbitrator will impose terms on you.

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