New England Teamsters’ Pension Fund $5.1B Underfunded

The New England Teamsters’ pension fund is $5.1 billion dollars underfunded, according to the Boston Globe. The New England Teamsters’ pension plan covers more than 72,000 truck drivers and warehouse workers represented by the New England Teamsters Union across many employers. Only one other United States multi-employer pension plan is more underfunded than the New England…
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AFL-CIO and SEIU Appear to be Union Busting

Hourly employees working for AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) who are represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) are being treated unfairly. Richard Trumka (head of AFL-CIO) and Mary Kay Henry (president of SEIU) are hypocritical. While these union leaders accuse companies of not sharing their wealth with employees,…
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NLRB Regulatory Action on “Quickie Election” Rule

Employers waiting for the National Labor Relation Board’s revisions to union election rules will have to wait a bit longer. According to the Board, that item is a “long term” action item.  It has been downgraded from a prior ranking. This is a possible indication that revisions to the rules have become a less important…
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Changes to Union Election Rules Forthcoming

The Board will issue a proposed rule sometime this winter that will address the NLRB’s “Blocking Charge” policy to pause elections if workers or unions file complaints alleging employers interfered with the elections. The proposal will also take up the NLRB’s rule that workers must wait at least six months before they can file petitions seeking to oust…
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NLRB Workers Are in a Union and Protested Against their Agency

National Labor Relations Board leaders faced a rare agency staff protest on November 8, the second such employee action in the current Board’s first year. Career staffers at the NLRB protested and handed out leaflets outside an American Bar Association conference attended by Board Chairman John Ring. They say the agency is trying to make more…
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New Union Finance Reporting Rules Impending

The Department of Labor likely will be issuing new financial reporting rules for unions and their affiliates (like worker centers).  Federal laws, such as the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, require unions to file certain financial disclosure documents with the Department of Labor detailing how they are spending their members’ dues money (e.g., officer salaries,…
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