Tag Archives: SEIU

The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat: Illinois Home Health Aides Must Sue Individually To Recoup Fair Share Fees

Home health aides who successfully objected to the collection of “fair share” fees without their consent may not proceed as a class, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled, affirming a lower court’s determination. Riffey v. Rauner, No.16-3487 (7th Cir. Oct. 11, 2017). The home health aides had … Continue Reading

A Union Has Filed A Petition To Represent Your Employees: Make A List And Check It Twice!

Several deficiencies in a voter eligibility list justified rerunning an election that the employer had won, the NLRB has held, 2-1 (Chairman Philip Miscimarra dissenting in part). RHCG Safety Corp., 365 NLRB No. 88 (June 7, 2017). The Board found that more than 90% of the voters’ addresses on the list provided by the employer … Continue Reading

NLRB’s Budget Slashed: What Could It Mean To Your Business?

President Donald Trump has released a budget proposal reducing the National Labor Relations Board’s funding in fiscal year 2018 by nearly six percent. It also calls for significant staff reductions at a time when the agency’s caseload is projected to increase. Under the proposal, the Board’s funding would be reduced by $16 million, from $274 … Continue Reading

New Political Landscape Calls for Substantial Budget Cuts, SEIU President Says

Service Employees International Union, the nation’s second-largest labor union behind the National Education Association, will cut its budget by 30%, according to a December 14 internal union memo first reported by Bloomberg on December 27. A 10% cut will take place immediately; the cuts will reach 30% by the end of 2017. In the memo … Continue Reading

Defamation Verdict Drives Union into Bankruptcy

A Texas jury has awarded a company $7.8 million in compensatory damages and interest after finding Service Employees International Union Local 5 significantly damaged the company’s business through false claims of workplace violations. As a result, Local 5 has filed for federal bankruptcy protection. In 2006, Local 5 launched the infamous “Justice for Janitors” campaign … Continue Reading

SEIU Counters Own Employees’ Unionization Efforts

In a real-life “what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander” story, the Service Employees International Union is countering a unionization effort involving some of its own employees. According to an editorial in the September 2, 2016, The Wall Street Journal, the employees whom the SEIU has hired to protest outside businesses and … Continue Reading

Labor Unions Use Technology to Grow and Maintain Membership

Labor unions today are “tech” savvy, using mobile app and other technology to grow and maintain their memberships. According to a report in the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs Daily Labor Report (136 DLR C-1 July 18, 2016), a number of labor unions, including the International Association of Machinists, Communication Workers of America, and Service … Continue Reading

Unions Winning More Elections, but Facing Diminishing Returns

According to a Bloomberg BNA report, unions won more representation elections, with a higher win rate, in initial NLRB-monitored representation elections in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, but the number of newly organized employees fell drastically, and unions have been losing decertification elections more often. Unions won 8.6 … Continue Reading

Supreme Court’s Decision on Compulsory Union Fees May Have Extensive Effect

The United States Supreme Court is expected to rule shortly on a case that could deal a crushing blow to unions representing public employees. The case, Harris v. Quinn, No. 12-861, concerns the lawfulness of Illinois’ statute requiring that home-based health care aides join or support financially a union designated by the state to bargain on … Continue Reading

Fast Food Strikes Grab Headlines, But Can They Reach Supersize?

The latest congeries of quickie strikes at fast food restaurants — one day (or one shift) affairs in most cases — were staged to maximize publicity for the nascent fast food organizing movement.  Lots of press, some strong optics, and eleven p.m. news sound bites, but the organizers ended up with only a kid’s-meal sized … Continue Reading

What’s the Deal with Marijuana and Unions?

  Membership in unions is on the decline. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of unionized workers dropped by 771,000 in 2009, largely reflecting the overall drop in employment due to the recession. With hopes for the passing of the Employee Free Choice Act on the wane, unions have to look elsewhere … Continue Reading

Back to the 20th Century?

The President Barack Obama spoke at a recent meeting of the AFL-CIO and after prepared remarks, he responded to a question from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The nub of the exchange was that the President would advise employees to join a union, just as President Franklin Roosevelt did back in the 1930s. Is that what … Continue Reading

SEIU Healthcare Florida Set to Enter Into “Partnership for Power” with 1199SEIU

On June 15, 2010, SEIU Healthcare Florida members will have the chance to vote in a secret ballot election to determine whether to merge with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East in what the unions are calling a “Partnership for Power.”  With more than 350,000 members, 1199SEIU is already the largest healthcare workers’ local in the … Continue Reading

New SEIU President May Not Be Andy Stern’s Pick

According to Politico, it appears that Andy Stern’s selected successor for SEIU President, Anna Burger, may lose to rival Mary Kay Henry. It is interesting that a union that often speaks about “democracy” and “voice” is engaged in quiet deals to “elect” its new leader based upon the “voice of membership.” Ironically, Mr. Stern, the great … Continue Reading

Former SEIU Organizer Alleges Coercive and Fraudulent Misconduct at Union Election

In an op-ed article published in The Wall Street Journal, Matthew Kaminski related the latest development in the schism between Andy Stern’s Service Employees International Union (SEIU) affiliate United Healthcare Workers (UHW) and Sal Rosselli’s National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).  Mr. Kaminski discussed accusations that SEIU threatened workers with deportation and tampered with secret … Continue Reading
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