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DOL Releases "Persuader" PowerPoint

As the union-controlled Department of Labor explores ways to make it more difficult for employers to communicate with employees on the subject of unionization, the DoL held a meeting this past Monday to “hear” from interested parties (even though their minds are made up) on the topic of making employers report any time employees hear from their employer on unionization.

The DoL has just released the PowerPoint of the meeting’s agenda.
The foreshadowing of the DoL’s plan comes on slides 8, 9 and 12:

As we said previously, the union-controlled Department of Labor does not want employees to hear anything negative on the facts about unionization and they are doing everything in their power to make it more difficult to hear from employers.

You can bet, by January, the DoL’s new rules will become effective.

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Former NLRB Member Cites Laundry List of Assaults on American Job Creators

Following the 2008 elections, when unions took over the White House and expanded their majorities in Congress, American business has become the cannon fodder for a hostile takeover from the union movement.

From the SEIU’s Andy Stern developing the strategy for Democrats’ health care enactment that ‘changed America forever‘ to the current union push for ‘financial reform’ (and the reasons behind it), unions are using Congress and the Obama administration to declare ‘open season’ on America’s job creators that continues despite the upcoming mid-term elections.

John Raudabaugh, an attorney with the law firm Peabody Nixon, is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board.  He has compiled a laundry list of assaults facing America’s employers that are still on the agenda.  Below are just the highlights (for the in-depth list, go here):

  • Executive Order 13494: For DoD, GSA & NASA contractors: “a proposed rule was announced to prohibit reimbursement to federal contractors for costs to persuade employees regarding unionization while allowing reimbursement of costs for shop stewards, labor management committees, employee publications, and related activities associated with employee relations. Comments from interested parties are due by June 14, 2010.”
  • Executive Order 13502:  Union-only Project Labor Agreements recommended on federal construction projects of $25 million or more.
  • From the Department of Labor:  “The DOL’s Semiannual Regulatory Agenda published April 26, 2010, (75 Fed. Reg. 21824-21838) lists 117 rule actions under review, development, or completed during the past 6 months addressing a variety of issues…”
  • From Congress:
    • The “Paycheck Fairness Act” (S. 182; H.R. 12) 
    • “Protecting America’s Workers Act” (S. 1580; H.R. 2067)
    • The “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (S. 1584; H.R. 3017)
    • The “Employee Misclassification Prevention Act” (S. 3254; H.R. 5107) 
    • The “Voluntary Protection Program Act” (S. 3257)
    • The “Balancing Act of 2009” (H.R. 3047)
    • The “Work-Life Balance Award Act” (H.R. 4855)

As stated above, these are just some of the “highlights” of what unions have on the docket.  For more information on these issues, go to Raudabaugh’s full column here.

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U.S. News & World Report Bashes Obama’s Secretary of Labor

Now, this is just mean

Obama’s 5 Worst Cabinet Secretaries

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Unemployment is sky-high, but our insiders say that she is not a point person in the effort to expand employment, a major issue in kick-starting the economy. Critics also feel she’s too close to labor unions.

Read 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hilda Solis.

Depending on your POV, we find it hard to believe that Hilda’s worse than…
Tim Geithner (#1)
Janet Napolitano (#2)
Eric Holder (#3)

But a cut above:
Shaun Donovan (#5)

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Hilda the Hypocrite? Union to Picket Obama’s Secretary of Labor

Now, here’s something you don’t see every day.

Tomorrow, President Obama’s Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will be greeted by her own unionized employees picketing her.

DOL Workers Picket G20 Labor Minister’s Meeting

Where
Across the street from the Dept of Labor; 200 Constitution Avenue NW

Map
Click here for map

When
Apr 20   starts at 12:00 pm

Frustrated Department of Labor employees will conduct an informational picket outside the G-20 labor minister’s meeting at the DOL. “We’re extremely disappointed that Secretary Solis has failed to follow through on President Obama’s vision of implementing family-friendly work policies,” says AFGE Local 12 President Alex Bastani. At issue are the “core hour” requirements for DOL workers, which in 2005 were unilaterally changed by Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to 9:30a-3:30p after 25 years of beginning at 10a. [Emphasis added]
It seems that the unionized workers are aggrieved by having to work more hours.
One lingering question:  Will Ms. Solis cross the union picket line, or will she honor it?

[Though we suspect that Capitol Police will be moving the picketers away from Ms. Solis’ entry point to the meeting.]

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