UAW Calls It Quits In TN Volkswagen Plant Fight…

The Wall Street Journal reports that the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has “said it is dropping the objections it filed with a federal labor agency over its failed bid to organize a  Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga.”

Previously, the union “had asked the National Labor Relations Board to consider holding another vote at the plant, contending interference by Republican lawmakers and others had prompted workers to reject union representation in February.”  But it said “that withdrawing its objections is in the best interests of Volkswagen workers and the auto maker.”  You can say that again!

This move “effectively ends the labor board’s review process.”

This is a story we’ve reported on several times (see here, here and here) – and it’s the oldest story in the union book: despite unsavory tactics and (in this case) having the company on its side, workers still chose not to side with labor bosses.

After seeing the shell of Detroit after decades of union boss rule, can we really blame them?

Friends of autoworkers and a strong U.S. auto industry should cheer this news.  It would be nice to think that the UAW was seeing the error of its ways, but we all know that isn’t the case.

The larger fight isn’t over, but this battle is – and worker freedom has won the day.  A big thanks to everyone who supports our efforts on these crucial issues!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yet More Confirmation That A Minimum Wage Increase Equals Job Loss

According to a new survey conducted by The Lucas Group, President Obama’s proposed minimum wage hike would have serious negative repercussions for American businesses, as well as their ability to create new jobs.

The survey of 400 business found that the effects of a 40 percent minimum wage increase to $10.10/hour would force many small- and mid-sized businesses, especially those in service-related industries, to “hike prices, fire employees, or eliminate new hiring altogether.”

Specifically, it would:

  • Result in 3 percent of small businesses closing entirely.
  • Force 30 percent of small businesses to curb hiring.

This new poll “mirrors the vast majority of economic studies that found that wage hikes undermine hiring,” directly contradicting the Obama Administration’s misleading claims that the wage hike would “have no negative impact” on job creation.

Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policies Institute, likened these claims to President Obama’s now-infamous line, “If you like your [insurance] plan, you can keep your plan” in the lead-up to the ObamaCare rollout debacle. A ccording to Saltsman [emphasis added]:

“The evidence that a $10.10 minimum wage will cause job loss continues to pile up,” he said.  “Americans can take the president at his word that a higher minimum wage won’t hurt jobs – or they can listen to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the expertise of actual business owners who will be affected by the law.

Various other studies also dispute the administration’s claims that a hike in the minimum wage would not affect employment, including:

  • A Wall Street Journal survey      of 1,200 businesses, which determined that “nearly 40% would decrease      hiring in the event of the massive wage hike.”
  • The Congressional Budget Office      outlook, which found that “Obama’s proposal could eliminate as many as      1 million jobs, while driving up the deficit by $5 billion.”

Not exactly the kind of economic stimulus our country needs.

Given the nearly “$140 billion in healthcare penalties” American companies will face over the next decade under ObamaCare, now is simply not the time to impose further hardships on employers which will only restrict their ability to create jobs and grow our economy.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

All Too Easy…

Sometimes it’s as if Big Labor and their allies are doing their best to make our lives easier in exposing union shenanigans, corruption and unsavory tactics.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that “the expertise of a union organizer convicted of stalking” was called to “defend policies that would make it easier for labor groups to obtain personal information of workers and speed up elections.”

Among the many organizational representatives present at a recent meeting of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was one Steve Maritas, an organizer with the International Union Security, Police, Fire Professionals of America, whose accomplishments include:

  • “He compared Las Vegas casino executives to Osama bin Laden in a contentious organizing fight.”
  • In the same organizing fight, he “threatened to bus in prostitutesand homeless people to disrupt operations at the MGM casino.”
  • Maritas was also “arrested for felony stalking in California in 2012 after a former girlfriend took out a restraining order on him.  He was later convicted.”

This is the man union bosses chose to appear “before the NLRB to extol the virtues of reforming union elections procedures that critics say will tilt the scales in unions’ favor.”

And they wonder why their membership rolls continue to shrink.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

House Committee Considering Key Pro-Worker Legislation

On Wednesday April 9, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be reviewing two key pieces of legislation that aim to ensure fair union-organizing elections and protect worker privacy.  According to the committee’s press release, the two bills are:

  • The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 4320) introduced by Committee Chairman John Kline, ensures workers are able to make a “fully informed decision in a union election.” It would also help protect an employer’s right to free speech by allowing them to be more fairly involved in the election process.
  • The Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 4321) introduced by      Representative Phil Roe, chairman of the Subcommittee on Health,      Employment, Labor and Pensions, seeks to “counteract the NLRB’s attempt to provide union organizers more private information of workers and their families.” By giving workers greater control over what personal information labor bosses are allowed to access, this legislation takes an important first step in safeguarding worker privacy.

We’ll be following the progress of the legislation closely and will let you know more as the issues progress.  In the meantime, learn more about these bills.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

NLRB Denies Extended Comment Period on Ambush Election Rule

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) denied a request from Congress to extend the deadline for the public to weigh in on the controversial “ambush” election rule.  As you’ll recall, members of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce previously called on the NLRB to extend the public comment period, citing uncertainty from all parties involved.

In attempting to justify why the NLRB decided to deny this simple request, Chairman Mark Pearce said that a “majority of the board believes that all persons interested in the proposed amendments … will have ample time and opportunities” to make their comments within the 60-day comment period.

The rules change, which would greatly speed up the NLRB election process, is clearly intended to help advance a forced unionization agenda without giving workers and business owners ample time to ensure everyone involved is fully informed.  Of course the NLRB would oppose extending the comment period – it’s in their interest to rush this thing through as quickly and quietly as possible.

In response, one committee member asked, “What possible harm could come from giving the American people 30 additional days to comment on a rule that will radically transform union elections?”

While not at all surprising, the Board’s decision to ignore requests to extend the comment period on this radical rule change which could upend decades of labor organizing practice “demonstrates its commitment to advancing union interests.”

In March, U.S. House Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) told The Washington Free Beacon, “This is really about speeding up the process in a way that doesn’t allow employers and employees to understand the complicated issues of joining a union … People out there don’t feel like this is necessary – there’s no need to speed it up because we have a fair and equitable process.”

Most people oppose forced unionization, but apparently that is of little concern to the NLRB.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

WAPO’s Exposes Labor’s Poor Polling Practices

Yesterday, The Washington Post’s Eric Wemple wrote a scathing blog in response to a recent, less-than-scientific survey of fast food workers, the results of which were breathlessly published by the Los Angeles Times.

Based on the results of this survey – conducted on the behalf of the “Low Pay is Not OK” front group, which is fighting for a $15 per hour fast food minimum wage – the Times trumpeted:  “Nearly 90% of fast-food workers allege wage theft, survey finds.”

That’s pretty provocative stuff – if it is true.  But is it?

To “compile the results, Hart [Research, which did the poll] conducted an onlineblog survey of 1,088 respondents via Facebook ‘who work in fast food restaurants in the top 10 metro areas across the country.’”

Of course, recruitment “got a little help from inducements.”  The Facebook ad (see to the right) says: “FAST FOOD EMPLOYEE? 2 MINUTES, AND YOU COULD SCORE $100 BUCKS.”

You don’t need to be an expert on polling or statistics to know that this is shady – creating incentives to take a poll inevitably skews the results.

As Wemple accurately notes, The Associated Press has very strict standards of what a constitutes a solid opinion survey: “Only a poll based on a scientific, random sample of a population – in which every member of the population has a known probability of inclusion – can be considered a valid and reliable measure of that population’s opinions.”

What kinds of polls DON’T fit the bill?  To quote Wemple: “Examples of research that doesn’t meet this criterion include various online polls in which respondents are ‘self-selected,’ often ‘including ‘professional respondents’ who sign up for numerous surveys to earn money or win prizes.”

Well, this seems to fit the description of the poll in question to a T.  Once again, Big Labor bosses try to push their disruptive and economically destructive agenda without regard to the facts or, apparently, for standard and accepted research practices.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Minimum Wage Increase Will Only Hurt Recovery

We have written previously about the damaging impact that businesses say raising the minimum wage law will have for our communities and economies.  The Wall Street Journal reported that “over half of U.S. businesses that pay the minimum wage would hire fewer workers if the federal standard is raised to $10.10 per hour, according to a survey by a large staffing firm.”  While union bosses want us to believe that raising the minimum wage would help the middle class, this ill-advised policy only serves to line their pockets.

Unfortunately, Big Labor is not only looking to destroy jobs they are also struggling to find workers who want to freely join labor.  We saw them last year during Black Friday, and now worker centers are back again.  Worker Centers are front groups funded by Big Labor that act like organic protests, but they haven’t fooled anyone.  Last November, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Institute released this report detailing “the emerging role of Worker Centers in union organizing.”  These so-called “worker centers” have been on the front lines advocating for increases to the minimum wage; however, they fail to mention that such an increase would soon replace food servers with iPads in establishments all over the country.

On Wednesday, President Obama will visit Ann Harbor, Michigan and rally folks for Big Labor’s new priority – a job-killing increase in the minimum wage.  In Michigan, a state still very much recovering from the recession, there is a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, which could cost the state thousands of jobs.  Some believe raising the minimum wage will help recent college grads pay-off their thousands in tuition, somehow without understanding that this wage hike will destroy many of the jobs the same college graduates may be looking to take.

All in all, these proposals are misguided.  They would stifle an already slow recovery, kill jobs, raises costs for goods and services, and likely replace many lower wage workers with automation and self-service entities.  Raising the minimum wage helps Big Labor bosses and that’s about it.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

House Leaders Urge NLRB To Extend Ambush Election Comment Period

In a press release from the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Chairman John Kline and Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe called on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to “extend the public comment period for the controversial ambush election proposal.”

Citing uncertainty from all parties involved – workers, employers and unions – the House leaders urged the NLRB to give the public more time to weigh in on the matter.  In their letter, Representatives Kline and Roe ask for a 30-day extension, saying “there is no pressing need to alter current election procedures.”  They pointed to the fact that in 2013, more than 94 percent of all initial unionization elections were conducted within 56 days of filing a petition, with unions winning in more than 60 percent of the elections as evidence.

They also underscored an important point: this ambush election rule change was initially proposed in 2011.  Since then, “the standard for determining the appropriateness of union bargaining units has changed significantly.”  In fact, in one case – Specialty Healthcare in 2011 – the NLRB “overturned 30 years of precedent and adopted a new standard” to determine the appropriateness of micro-unions.

Moreover, as Representatives Kline and Poe point out, there are still cases sitting before the NLRB that could be impacted by that 2011 ruling – which could significantly impact how the public understands the effect of the proposed rules change, as well how the Board plans to apply Specialty Healthcare.

As the release so succinctly states, “The combination of the ambush election rule and the board’s decision in Specialty Healthcare threaten to unsettle union election policies that have helped protect workers’ rights for decades.

Hopefully, the Obama Labor Board will recognize this and allow for more time before moving forward with what could be a disastrous move for workers’ rights.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment