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By Sean P. Redmond 10/28/14

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) mission statement includes fostering the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees; improving working conditions; advancing opportunities for employment; and assuring work-related benefits and rights.  Notably, it does not include rating employers based on their union or non-union status.  After all, although it can be hard to tell sometimes, it’s not called the Department of Organized Labor...  

By Sean P. Redmond 10/16/14

While the worker center group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) did not have much luck organizing protests earlier this week, another union front group managed to engage in some relatively disruptive made-for-media street theater today.  

By Sean P. Redmond 10/16./14

In their ongoing effort to reverse a prolonged decline in membership, labor unions have employed a number of creative strategies with mixed success.  One prominent tactic has been to create or collaborate with worker centers that engage in street theater and made-for-media stunts while circumventing federal labor laws governing picketing.  Those efforts have often yielded spotty results as an episode this week illustrates...  

By Sean P. Redmond 10/15/14

With mid-term elections approaching, all of Washington, DC has become more or less paralyzed and the chances of any major legislation passing before January are low at best.  That certainly seems to be the case when it comes to increasing the minimum wage, something the administration has been promoting for some time.  However, despite the bleak prospects of action on the federal minimum wage, plenty is abuzz at the state and local level...

Sean P. Redmond 10/10/14

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has been trying desperately to unionize automobile plants in the American south as a critical component of its survival strategy, but so far it has not had much luck.  Consequently, the union has embarked on a campaign to organize so-called members-only locals to gain a foothold at factories it is targeting, and its machinations seem rather curious...  

By Sean P. Redmond  10/7/14

The Los Angeles City Council last week gave final approval to an inflated minimum wage for large hotels, a move that has been in the works for since at least the beginning of this year.  The final vote ratifies the council’s previous approval of the measure on September 24 and sends it to the mayor, who is expected to sign it, thereby creating one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country...

By Glenn Spencer, 9/30/2014

On September 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 610, legislation backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that would have upended franchise operations in the Golden State.  Specifically, SB 610 would have made it far more difficult for companies to manage their franchise contracts, thus allowing stores that were not meeting established quality and performance standards to remain open.  This, in turn, would threaten the financial well-being of other stores operating under the same brand name... 

By Sean P. Redmond  9/19/14

The debate over what it means to be a “joint-employer” has been in the news a fair amount recently, as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seems poised to toss aside its three decade-old standard in favor of a new, more expansive definition.  While the Board ponders its move, a recent decision in the California Supreme Court might offer some insight to how the judiciary views this manufactured conundrum and, one would hope, affect the NLRB’s stance...