Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Labor Board Rules Are An Affront To Workplace Democracy

"You may have heard of the National Labor Relations Board’s new “ambush election” rule—so-called because it hurriedly schedules union elections within as little as two weeks, depriving employers of the time needed to learn about the union and express their views to employees. 
"But what you may not know is that the rule requires an employer to provide union organizers with the personal cellphone numbers and email addresses of its employees before they vote in a union election. So much for the right to privacy. 
"It doesn’t seem to matter to the Obama-era NLRB that a worker may have provided this personal information on condition that it be kept confidential and used only in an emergency. Nor does it matter to the board that union organizers may use the information to bombard the worker with pro-union messages and demands anywhere, anytime."
Article here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/workplace-democracy-gets-ambushed-1438211313

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AT&T can punish employees for wearing ‘prisoner’ T-shirts to work, appeals court rules, overruling NLRB

Chalk one up for "common sense" in the Age of Idiocracy . . . 

AT&T didn't break the law when it forbade its technicians and other public-facing employees from wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Inmate" and "Prisoner of AT$T," a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
The ruling overturns a decision by the National Labor Relations Board and permits AT&T to ban the donning of negative T-shirts under an exception to the nation's labor laws.
The case began when AT&T suspended 183 Connecticut workers who refused to take off the offending shirts. The union that represents AT&T employees, the Communications Workers of America, accused the company of unfair labor practices.
Writing for the court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said that it was "common sense" for AT&T to want to avoid having customers see their employees walking around with those shirts on.
It seems the NLRB could not grasp this concept.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/07/10/att-is-allowed-to-ban-workers-from-wearing-t-shirts-saying-inmate-on-them-court-rules/

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar By 640,000 To Record 93.6 Million; Participation Rate Drops To 1977 Levels

The devastation of the US labor force continues.
In what was an "unambiguously" unpleasant June jobs payrolls report, with both April and May jobs revised lower, the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force soared once again, this time by a whopping 640,000 or the most since April 2014 to a record 93.6 million, with the result being a participation rate of 62.6 or where itt was in September 1977, will merely catalyze even more upside to the so called "market" which continues to reflect nothing but central bank liquidity, and thus - the accelerating deterioration of the broader economy.
Article and charts here:  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-02/americans-not-labor-force-soar-640000-record-936-million-participation-rate-drops-19

Monday, June 29, 2015

GOP battles to defund work of Obama NLRB

Congressional Republicans are using the power of the purse to do battle against a series of controversial labor regulations from the Obama administration.
They say the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) gave a gift to labor unions by issuing what they call an “ambush election” rule that speeds up the process for organizing in the workplace.
Republican lawmakers are also incensed by a joint-employer policy that holds companies responsible for the labor violations of their business partners, and by a “micro-union” policy that paves the way for multiple labor unions to organize in a single workplace.
Now tasked with crafting a funding bill for the labor board, Republicans are moving to cut the NLRB’s by funding by 10 percent while blocking officials from enforcing any of these controversial rules.
http://thehill.com/regulation/labor/246356-gop-battles-to-defund-work-of-obama-labor-board

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Why We Love To Hate HR and What HR Can Do About It

An excellent article in the Harvard Business Review about why Human Resources has failed to capture the imagination of operational management and how to change it . . . 
"Like any other function, HR must show why the issues it addresses matter to the business and that it has sensible ways to manage them. A few years ago the head of HR at a leading corporation—someone who had survived lots of restructurings—was asked about the key to his success. He said, “I do whatever the CEO wants.” Though doing things the boss doesn’t want is certainly a career-limiting strategy, too many HR managers wait to be told which issues to tackle. If a company starts a wellness program after the chief executive has a heart attack, or launches a women’s initiative after his daughter takes a job in the business, you can be sure that the HR team is not leading the charge.
"CEOs and other operating executives are rarely experts on workplace issues. They often have no relevant experience, now that fewer of them are coming up through training programs and rotational assignments in which they could have learned effective people-management practices from knowledgeable peers. So the HR team can show these executives what they should care about and why. That means articulating a point of view on every people-related topic relevant to the business. "
Article here:  https://hbr.org/2015/07/why-we-love-to-hate-hr-and-what-hr-can-do-about-it
https://hbr.org/2015/07/why-we-love-to-hate-hr-and-what-hr-can-do-about-it

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Here's how much you need to make in each state to rent a two-bedroom apartment

Number one issue for unions in 2015?

Money.

Bottom line:  There are too many employees who simply cannot live day to day on the wages they are paid.

How much money does it take to live?  That depends on where you live.

The State maps at the link before show how much an American worker needs to earn per hour in each State to rent a two-bedroom apartment.  You will see that in no State can a person earning minimum wage afford such an apartment at market rates.

Read more:  http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/05/mapping-the-hourly-wage-needed-to-rent-a-2-bedroom-apartment-in-every-us-state/394142/?utm_source=atlanticFB#ixzz3d3NaF8XB

Monday, June 08, 2015

HIllary Endorses Organized Labor's "Fight for 15" Campaign

Not that this should surprise anyone . . . 

Though hardly a populist, Hillary apparently feels the ground quivering under her feet as socialist Bernie Sanders eats away at her low-wage worker support.  She now joins the "fight for $15" bandwagon.

From the Washington Post:

"In one of the most explicitly union-friendly speeches of her young presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton called in to a convention of low-wage workers Sunday morning to deliver a message of support and solidarity.

"All of you should not have to march in the streets to get a living wage, but thank you for marching in the streets to get that living wage," she said. "We need you out there leading the fight against those who would rip away Americans’ right to organize, to collective bargaining, to fair pay."
In other words, she wants Big Labor's support and is willing to write off small business to get it.
Article here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/07/hillary-clinton-sounds-populist-note-at-fast-food-workers-convention/