Right to Unionize Adopted

Illinois will become the first state to ban “right to work” laws after voters approved the ballot measure constitutionally securing the right of workers to unionize and bargain collectively. The Illinois Constitution allows for two methods by which an amendment can be added: be approved with 60% or greater margin, or collect more a simple…

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Workers Strike Starbucks

Yesterday, Starbucks Workers United organized a one-day strike at over 110 unionized stores across 25 states around the country. According to a statement from the union, the strikes were said to be in retaliation for Starbucks’ anti-union activities, their previous efforts to defeat the unionizing efforts, and delays in scheduling bargaining sessions. Company spokespeople have…

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Ballot Questions: Election Post-Mortem

It was an even split on election day for questions on keeping a tipped wage as Portland Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot proposal to eliminate the tipped wage and hike the minimum within the city to $18 per hour. Question D, as the initiative was known went down to defeat by a 61-39% margin.…

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NLRB OKs Dues after Contracts Expire

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reversed another long-standing policy relating the payment of union dues. Two weeks ago, the agency determined that the “dues checkoff” provision of a collective bargaining agreement remains intact even after the agreement expires and can then only be eliminated through future collective bargaining negotiations! The checkoff provision requires…

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Illinois Pushing Right to Unionize

Speaking of unionizing efforts, organized labor in the state of Illinois is aggressively pushing to create a state constitutional “right to collective bargaining” in Illinois for all employees. In fact, unions have donated $5 million thus far in support of Amendment 1, an initiative petition on the November 8 ballot that proposes to add a…

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NLRB-FMCS Partnership Pushes Unions

Continuing its efforts to spread unionization throughout the business world, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel this week announced a new partnership with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) office. FMCS is an independent federal agency created in 1947 to promote labor-management peace and cooperation by providing mediation and conflict resolution services.…

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Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Employees of the AFL-CIO, represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 2, have been embroiled in a battle with their employer over a union contract for months now. Staff at the Washington headquarters of “big labor” a few weeks ago filed an unfair labor practice against the union. A plethora of other…

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More Precedent from Seattle

From the city that first hallucinated wisdom in a $15/hour minimum wage comes a new effort to help union recruitment as the City of Seattle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance extending collective bargaining rights to drivers from taxi and app-based transportation companies.  According to the National Labor Relations Act, certain independent contractors do not…

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