Union Seeks Exemption from Minimum Wage

Speaking of minimum wages, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor submitted a minimum wage hike proposal to the Santa Monica City Council that exempts the union from the $15/hour wage they advocate.  The union hid the exemption, which would allow those employers with collective bargaining agreements to pay less than the minimum in the…

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NLRB Charges Union with Violations

In a “man bites dog” story if ever there was one, the National Labor Relations Board filed charges last week against a California healthcare union, Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West!   The union is accused of forcing a nurse’s aide to pay dues without advising him of his right to opt out…

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But a Tiger Can’t Change Its Stripes

Just when you hope the NLRB is showing balance between labor and business, we learn of a decision they rendered in a Connecticut dispute (that was overturned by the federal court).  Our friends at Bennett Law Firm advised us this week that the DC Court of Appeals overturned the NLRB in a 5 year old…

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Hope on the Horizon?

He’s only in single digits in current polls, but I suspect Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hit a responsive chord with business interests this week when he advised that “the NLRB is broken beyond repair.”  In releasing “Power to the People – not the Union Bosses – Plan”, Governor Walker who is running for the Republican…

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NLRB Upholds New Joint Employer Rule

In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday declared war on small businesses across the country and on the franchise industry in particular by upholding the new expanded definition of joint-employer.  By a partisan vote of 3-2, the full Board ruled that Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) was a joint employer along with a…

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Los Angeles Wage Law Closer To Reality

The Los Angeles City Council gave its final approval this week to an ordinance mandating a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020, but held back on some of the more controversial provisions they had been considering.  Unbelievably, the Council is still deliberating whether to adopt an amendment exempting certain unions that may have negotiated lower pay…

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Sure It Costs Jobs, But . . .

In a rare moment of candor, one of the labor unions strongly supporting initiatives around the country to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour admitted that it will cost the country jobs, but still supports it anyway.  Watchdog.com reported this week that IBEW Local 570 in Tucson, AR admitted in a host of tweets on…

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Right To Work Rejected in Illinois, Vetoed in Missouri

The Illinois House last week rejected Right To Work legislation last week on a mostly party line (71 democrats, 1 republican) vote of 72 – 0, with 37 republican members voting present another 4 not voting.  The vote was a defeat for Governor Bruce Rauner, who has championed right to work as a vehicle to…

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do . . .

Hypocrisy was rampant from organized labor this week in the wake of Los Angeles adopting a $15/hour minimum wage over the next five years and then indexing it to inflation beginning in 2022, as we reported to you in SRNS last week.  In the wake of that “victory” by SEIU and its labor allies, Rusty…

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NLRB Grilled by Congress on Call For Briefs

We reported at the end of last month that the NLRB had issued a call for briefs to essentially challenge the validity of right-to-work laws currently in place in literally half of the states in the union.  Last week, the US Senate got into the act by grilling the NLRB leadership in a Senate Health,…

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