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STARBUCKS WARNS EMPLOYEES OF A DOWNSIDE TO UNIONIZING
April 19, 2022 // After the staff of the Buffalo unit aired its intentions to unionize last August, members of Johnson’s team traveled to stores whose baristas professed an interest in organizing. Pro-union employees said they were banding together to ensure their voices would be heard by Starbucks’ leadership. But instead of viewing the visits by executives as opportunities to be heard, workers blasted the drop-ins as espionage missions aimed at derailing the movement.
Indiana: EXPLAINING THE IU GRAD STUDENT STRIKE
April 19, 2022 // As part-time employees they legally do not have the right to go on strike, and could be fired with no repercussions for the university. They are also asking for healthcare benefits and childcare, as well. The students got a five percent raise this year.
Mississippi on verge of regaining all jobs lost
April 19, 2022 //
How did $1.2M in PPP loans get to Pennsylvania unions? Congressional Republicans want to know
April 18, 2022 // The PPP loans were made quickly by the Small Business Administration in the early days of the pandemic to avoid mass layoffs. Yet the speed in which $800 billion of taxpayer money was doled out left the program liable to waste, fraud, and abuse. An NBC News investigation estimated the cost of fraud at $80 billion, or 10% of the overall fund. That’s in addition to a $900 billion COVID-19 relief fund that may have been defrauded of $90 billion-$400 billion.
WITH THE RULES OF THE GAME CHANGED, UNIONS ARE DETERMINED TO CHEAT
April 18, 2022 //
TEENS ARE MISSING OUT ON JOBS. AND YOUR STATE COULD BE TO BLAME
April 18, 2022 // Research shows that teenagers who work for even a single year have incomes that are 14% to 16% higher in their 20s, and working for several years multiplies the benefits. Teenage work also leads to decreased drug use and increased graduation rates. And then there are the intangible benefits that accompany work. Keeping a schedule, getting along with co-workers, learning personal strengths and weaknesses – the sooner teenagers learn these skills, the better.
Right to Work Michigan Businesses are Expanding
April 18, 2022 // Michigan’s Right to Work laws ensure that companies and workers don’t have to be beholden to a union. That fact alone is a major reason why companies choose to invest in Right to Work states. Two of the most recent Kentucky business investments are coming from West Michigan Tool & Die and Duncan Aviation. Both of these companies will both be expanding soon.
Don’t Expect Unions To Make a Comeback
April 18, 2022 // The biggest problem for unions, it turns out, is that workers are making real progress without them
President Biden Sides Against Union Rank-and-File
April 18, 2022 // Of course, siding against workers is not the best look politically. Neither is shutting down transparency. The Biden Administration understandably rolled back the transparency regulation very quietly. Biden’s Labor Department killed the rule without fanfare on December 30 — the day before the New Year’s Eve holiday, when most union members and the press enjoyed Christmas vacations.
Expand Union Opportunities to Reach Employees, OPM Tells Agencies
April 16, 2022 // OPM has told agencies to expand the opportunities unions have to communicate with employees, building on earlier instructions to inform job candidates and newly hired employees information about union rights that come with a position, including having union representatives present at new employee orientation.
MORE THAN 38,000 WORKERS HAVE LEFT GOVERNMENT UNIONS IN ILLINOIS
April 15, 2022 // The unions’ own federal reports show 9% of workers have chosen to break away from unions since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. More than 38,000 state and local government workers across Illinois have chosen not to join or pay a government union since the U.S. Supreme Court restored that right in 2018 in Janus v. AFSCME.
Big Labor is failing to meet the moment, advocates say
April 15, 2022 // Institutional labor is out of touch, said one person familiar with the inner workings of the AFL-CIO who didn't want to publicly criticize their own organization. Too many union officers didn't start out as unionized workers — but instead rose through the ranks as staffers for the organization. "If you can't relate to the people you're representing, you're lost," the source said.
In a case that could be destined for the Supreme Court, Allentown Symphony musician says he shouldn’t have to pay union dues to perform
April 15, 2022 // “Our client’s goal is to make sure that Janus is expanded to all of the bargaining units that are covered by the Supreme Court decision,” said Nathan McGrath, president of The Fairness Center, a public interest legal group that represents those who object to mandatory public-sector union membership.
Welcome to Indiana, a Right-to-Work State
April 15, 2022 // Our study indicates that right to work has broad benefits, and states are harming themselves by not adopting these laws. Policy makers interested in making their states more attractive to employers, especially in union-dense industries such as manufacturing, should consider right to work. They would entice more employers such as Ms. Phillips and the thousands of high-quality and in-demand jobs they create.
Conagra Brands Workers Seek to Remove Unwanted UFCW Union Officials from their Workplace
April 15, 2022 // Workers file decertification petition with Labor Board to oust United Food & Commercial Worker union
Seattle Teamsters strike is over, but concrete could take weeks to flow
April 14, 2022 // "We've proven that we can stay out on strike, we can stay out on strike a lot longer than this. Our coffers are full," he said, and their demands for a new contract remain unchanged.
As Union Organizing Actions Skyrocket, The NLRB Seeks To Bar Employers From Holding Mandatory Meetings With Employees About Unions
April 14, 2022 // This confirms what other recent signs have illustrated, i.e., that unions are uniquely positioned at this time to organize new groups of workers. Because a petition for a union to represent a new group requires evidence that at least 30% of the employees support the union (as is the case for the vast majority of these petitions), this increase appears to be objective evidence that support for unions has increased among U.S. workers. There have been many other similar indicators of late, such as unions' recent success in organizing workers at Starbucks, many historically non-union retailers, and distribution facilities which have drawn national attention.
Kansas City-area painters, allied trades union members strike Tuesday
April 14, 2022 // The association said they made an offer on behalf of employers to those striking to increase hourly rates for work to more than $32 per hour along with other benefits.
Labor Unions Trying Again for “Card Check” for California Farmworkers
April 14, 2022 // Card check elections give employers cause for concern. Commenters have noted that by taking away a voter’s secrecy, the employee’s vote is subject to intimidation because there is no longer voter anonymity – union representatives are able to track an employee’s votes. A union may also prefill a ballot card and present it to employee for signature without anything more. There is also concern of unions intimidating and threatening workers who do not sign off on the ballot cards, or pro-union employees using peer pressure to change a co-worker’s “vote.”
Pennsylvania labor federation requests investigation into workplace harassment allegations
April 14, 2022 // The state AFL-CIO’s newly elected president was accused on social media of verbally abusing female staff