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Cameron Hutchison and his experienced team have helped many of the world’s best companies successfully address a wide range of employee and labor relations issues. We have experience in both union and non-union environments, and are highly regarded for our ability to work with management, employees and union leaders to identify problems and develop practical solutions that increase productivity and promote teamwork.
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Note: Nothing in this episode of Labor Relations Radio should be construed as legal advice. If you are experiencing union activity, union salting, or other labor issues with potential legal risk, you should contact your labor attorney. ______________________________ Labor Attorney Marc Furman, a Partner with the law firm Cohen Seglias has a unique …
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We provide expert HR due diligence services for M&A projects and have helped some of the world’s best companies and private equity firms achieve their M&A goals by identifying potential risks and opportunities for improvement. We work in both union and nonunion environments and are highly regarded for our ability to identify potential risks and opp…
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AAE's Noelani Kahapea explains the differences between a traditional teachers' union and the Association of American Educators Often, despite disagreeing with the political positions and spending, and without knowing there are alternatives, educators join traditional teachers union like the AFT and NEA due to insurance benefits. In this episode of …
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A pernicious and very costly new tactic is emerging from teachers' union negotiations that taxpayers are unaware of, but will end up paying for. Frank Ricci, a Labor Fellow at Yankee Institute, Retired Union President for New Haven (CT) Fire Fighters, and Battalion Chief, returns to Labor Relations Radio to discuss how teachers’ unions and their pr…
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How a merit pay plan could go from being a motivator to a de-motivator. This episode of Labor Relations Radio is intended for HR practitioners and business owners responsible for administering pay plans for employees. Do you have a merit pay or pay-for-performance plan? Are you administering it properly? What about your managers? In this episode of…
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Good news on the economy and inflation The Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI data From The Washington Post: Falling inflation, rising growth give U.S. the world’s best recovery This month’s cases Wisconsin Municipalities Required To Offer Health Insurance And Bargain Over Contributions, Wisconsin Professional Police Association v. Wisconsin Employment…
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Karen Anderson and a panel of Californians impacted by the War on Independent Contractors share their stories. In this fourth episode in our four-part series on the War on Independent Contractors, Karen Anderson, founder of Freelancers Against AB5—a Facebook group of more than 18,000 Californians impacted by the state’s imposition of AB5 which cont…
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Supervisor training is one of the most important actions that a company can take to improve and maintain positive employee and labor relations. Research shows that employees daily interactions with their immediate supervisor determines how they view the company, and has a significant impact on productivity, teamwork, employee retention, and other k…
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A new Mercatus Center study reveals the consequences of imposing the draconian ABC Test on California's independent contractors. In this episode, Liya Palagashvili, an economist and Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, returns to Labor Relations Radio to discuss the Mercatus Center’s new study on California’s Wa…
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Up to 72 million Americans participate in the gig economy as 1099 independent contractors and are under siege by state and federal bureaucrats. Following the U.S. Department of Labor’s releasing its final rule to limit the freedom of individuals to earn a living though independent contracting, the founders of Fight For Freelancers, a coalition of m…
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The first episode of a three-part series on the War on Independent Contractors. Congressman Kevin Kiley (R-CA) returns to Labor Relations Radio in this first episode of a three-part series on the War on Independent Contractors. After witnessing the devastating effects of the disastrous AB5 in his home state of California, Rep. Kiley is adamantly op…
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After decades of staying underground, Marxists are back in the open and pushing today's unions leftward. “Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and preserve democracy.” — Samuel Gompers, 1918 For decades, Marxism within the union movement stayed somewhat underground. However, since the end of the pande…
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The recurring attack on binding disciplinary arbitration. Will Aitchison covers a study from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy entitled “How To Improve Policing Through Collective Bargaining Reforms.” He covers its fatal flaw, and why law enforcement unions must be aware of it. View the press release. View the study. Cases: Statements Made To C…
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The War on Independent Contractors is alive and well. Mike Hruby, President of New Jobs America joins Labor Relations Radio host Peter List to discuss the background of the War on Independent Contractors, as well as how the battlefront has moved into the states. New Jobs America advocates for freedom for individuals to choose to be their own boss, …
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Ben Brubeck, Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs at the Associated Builders and Contractors, returns to Labor Relations Radio to share the latest information on President Biden’s rule to mandate Project Labor Agreements on federal projects, the new proposed rules on Davis Bacon as well as apprenticeship programs. Related: ABC: Pre…
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As 2023 comes to a close, Fisher Phillips’ Mike Carrouth joins host Peter List to discuss the Union of Southern Service Workers, some of the major events of 2023 and potential issues facing employers in 2024. Mr. Carrouth is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Columbia, South Carolina office and has a nationwide practice representing employers on labor r…
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The Freedom Foundation’s Director of Research and Government Affairs, Maxford Nelsen, returns to Labor Relations Radio to explain how, through an innocuous term called “official time,” taxpayers are paying government union officials to conduct union business while receiving their government salaries and benefits. Related: Biden Administration Cover…
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This month’s cases: Cell Phone Warrant Of Officer’s Phone Too Broad, Commonwealth v. Sukhadia, 2023 WL 7409309 (Penn. Super. 2023). Township Violates Free Speech Rights By Banning Thin Blue Line Flag, Pennsylvania State Lodge v. Township of Springfield, 2023 WL 7547494 (E.D. Penn. 2023). Firefighter’s Union Loses Challenge to Arbitrator’s Opinion, …
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Thirty-five years after the United States Supreme Court ruled in CWA v. Beck, some unions are still violating individuals’ rights under the Beck decision. In this episode of Labor Relations Radio, Public Defender Brunilda Vargas joins host Peter List to discuss Beck Rights, as well as how, after her office was unionized, she and her colleagues were…
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Trader Joe's employees Michael Alcorn and Les Stratford return to Labor Relations Radio and explain the rationale behind the effort to decertify Trader Joe's United. Since becoming unionized more than 16 months ago, employees of a Trader Joe’s store in Hadley, Massachusetts have not seen any benefits to unionization. Now, they want to decertify Tra…
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Marc S. Robinson, PhD., is an economist, consultant and co-writer of the C-Suite Newsletter on Substack. Having taught at UCLA and Stanford, as well as spent over three decades with General Motors, in his consulting practice, Marc deploys game theory to predict likely outcomes and to develop strategy for his clients. In this episode of Labor Relati…
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"Bad facts make for bad law."— Labor Attorney Joel Aziere ______________ Under the National Labor Relations Act, the concept of ‘Protected Concerted Activity’ has been relatively stable for decades. In this, the 100th episode of Labor Relations Radio, Labor Attorney Joel Aziere with the firm Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet joins host Peter List…
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In this episode of Labor Relations Radio, Reputation Partners’ Nick Kalm returns to the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion on the ramifications of the pro-Palestinian protests within union ranks. Since October 7th—following the brutal Hamas attack on Israel—pro-Palestinian rallies have taken place throughout the United States (and the world). De…
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Current Events The latest development in A.I. and policing: The City of San Jose signs on to use Benchmark Analytics’ First Sign Early Intervention System. How are cities dealing with the recruitment and retention crisis? Cases Consent Decree Does Not Impair Bargaining Rights, City of Newark v. Fraternal Order of Police, 2023 WL 6439402 (NJ App. 20…
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“She’s just a bull, and she just charges in every day, nonstop, from sun up until way after the sun goes down.” — former House Speaker John Boehner Episode Summary: On this episode of the Labor Relations Radio, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce joins host Peter List to discuss Acting Secreta…
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Episode Summary: The Labor Relations Institute is launching a new podcast called Left of Boom. In this episode, LRI’s Phil Wilson and Michael VanDervort—both prior guests on Labor Relations Radio—invited host Peter List onto the Left of Boom podcast to talk about the ingoing UAW strike. To visit Labor Relations Institute’s website, go here. Go here…
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This month’s cases: Officers Entitled To Privacy About Participation In January 6 Rally, Jane Doe 1 v. Seattle Police Department, 2023 WL 4182193 (Wash. App. 2023). Download this case. Department’s Garrity Failure Results In Reinstatement, Foltz v. City of St. Louis, 2023 WL 5688659 (Mo. App. 2023). When Are Text Messages A Matter Of Public Concern…
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Some helpful tips to avoid economic devastation. With over 1.6 million workers’ contracts expiring in 2023, this year was likely to be considered ‘The Year of the Strike.’ However, as the UAW strike stretches into the second month, and with more strikes likely around the U.S., it is helpful for workers to know how to weather the economic storm that…
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Episode Summary: Cary Burke, a Partner with the law firm Seyfarth Shaw, joins host Peter List to discuss the ramifications of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent Cemex decision—including the potential retroactivity of so-called Cemex bargaining orders. In addition to Cemex, Burke and List discuss a host of current and possible future…
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Episode Summary: California Policy Center President Will Swaim joins host Peter List to provide an update on California’s AB5 (the law to destroy independent contractors and the gig ecoomy), AB257 (the bill to establish a state bureaucracy to dictate wages and working conditions on the fast-food industry), Gov. Gavin Newsom’s presidential ambitions…
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"Three-quarters of the counties and about half the states now have deaths outpacing births." — Bradley Schurman Episode Summary: Even before the pandemic, employers were grappling with a tight labor market. Since then, however, finding employees in an even tighter labor market has been a struggle for many employers across the country. In this episo…
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A conversation covering underfunded union pensions, the dangers of union authorization cards and card check, as well as the desire to ban so-called “captive audience meetings." Episode Summary: Philadelphia native Joe Brock, a former Teamster official and CEO of Reliant Labor Consultants, joins host Peter List to discuss a wide array of topics, inc…
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The persistence of the recruitment and retention crisis in public safety. Related stories: A California city offered a $75,000 bonus to new cops. These departments are trying to keep up. Some small towns in America are disbanding police forces, citing hiring woes. The Cases: When Is An Employer Liable For Pre- And Post-Shift Work? Perry v. City of …
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“It was all political theater….What we’ve got is more of the same.” Episode Summary: While the nation was relieved that the Teamsters and United Parcel Service (UPS) reached a contract without a debilitating strike, a group of rank and file Teamsters had been vocally opposed to the “sell out” deal. In this episode of Labor Relations Radio, host Pet…
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Episode Summary: Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced a return to so-called ‘ambush’ or ‘quickie’ elections on Thursday. Then, on Friday, the NLRB released its long-awaited Cemex decision—a 121-page decision (in PDF) that changes the labor relations landscape. In this episode, host Peter List explains how, while both of th…
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Episode Summary: With the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicting that 23% of today’s jobs will be replaced or become obsolete over the next five years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is coming faster than most people realize. In this episode of Labor Relations Radio, Jon Morrow—a free-market economist who has consulted with a variety of organizations,…
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"There’s another side to the story that people need to hear.” — ‘Kiki,’ a Trader Joe’s employee in Brooklyn, New York Episode Summary: Following the Labor Relation Radio episode in June, featuring Trader Joe’s employees Michael Alcorn and Les Stratford, ‘Kiki’ (an employee of Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn, New York) explains how she may have “started th…
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Episode Summary: Frank Ricci, a Fellow for Labor Policy and Special Initiatives at the Yankee Institute, and Keith Williams, Vice President at the Center for Independent Employees join host Peter List to discuss the Democratic Socialists of America’s involvement in union salting and their recent article ‘Big Labor Is Getting an Assist From Far-Left…
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This month’s cases: Florida Court Upholds Termination Of CO For Medical Marijuana Use, Ortiz v. Department of Corrections, 2023 WL 4101330 (Fla. App. 2023). No Weingarten Rights When Merely Receiving Counseling Memo, Madison County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, 56 PERB ¶ 4541 (NY PERB ALJ 2023). No Privacy Right To Masturbate While On Duty, Demill …
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Episode Summary: Returning guest Jon Hyman, a director with the law firm Wickens Herzer Panza, joins host Peter List to discuss the potential existential impact of Artificial Intelligence on jobs and society. “AI not only has the potential to impact any creative professional (actors, writers, artists, journalists, musicians, and the like), but also…
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'...Not a lot of parents care about the quality of the education that their children are getting…it’s an ugly truth.’ —Paul Rossi Episode Summary: On the heels of National Education Association’s president Becky Pringle’s “Hitlerian performance” at NEA’s Orlando conference, Terra Firma’s Paul Rossi discusses some of the issues in today’s education …
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“A union’s bargaining power depends on three main elements: the right to strike, the ability to strike effectively, and the Company’s ability to withstand a strike.” — Source: Page 1, Teamsters Strike Manual ______________ Episode Summary: With the “Summer of Strikes” now upon us, Mark Keenan (bio here), a partner with the law firm Barnes & Thornbu…
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Important cases from the Supreme Court. Groff v. Dejoy Students For Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President And Fellows of Harvard College Muldrow v. City of St. Louis Latest news: NYPD signs new uniformed officers contracts. New EEOC Guidance on When the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Selection Procedures May Be Discriminatory Arbitrator Orders In-P…
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A rare, behind-the-scenes look at how some workers are being pulled into unions. Episode Summary: Nearly a year after the first Trader Joe’s store in the nation became unionized in Hadley, Massachusetts, two Trader Joe’s employees, Michael Alcorn and Les Stratford, share the details of the union’s deceptive tactics before the NLRB election, as well…
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"I like to think of us as a group of people who like a challenge." — Mailee Smith Episode Summary: The Illinois Policy Institute’s Senior Director of Labor Policy & Staff Attorney, Mailee Smith, joins host Peter List to discuss several of the challenges facing Illinois—from Chicago’s newly-elected mayor, to businesses leaving Chicago, to the heavy …
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What is really happening inside America’s classrooms? From the lockdowns to social media, politics and parental involvement, a public-school teacher shares her perspectives. Episode Summary: What is really happening inside America’s classrooms? Sarah, a public-school teacher from California who now teaches in the Southeast, shares her perspective o…
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Episode Summary: While not entirely new, and whether it’s boycotts and negative publicity from the Right or the Left, the companies weighing into social issues are paying a heavier price than in years past. In this episode of Labor Relations Radio, Reputation Partners’ Founder and CEO Nick Kalm returns to discuss what happens when companies intenti…
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Episode Summary: Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its long-awaited Atlanta Opera decision, which impacts independent contractors and the employers that utilize them. In this episode of Labor Relations Radio, Jim Paretti, a labor attorney with the law firm Littler Mendelson joins host Peter List to discuss the deci…
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Episode summary: Should unions be driven by ideology or, as Samuel Gompers believed in, “pure and simple unionism?” Today, there is a ideological and political debate going on within America over the issue of ‘gender ideology’ in classrooms, and teachers’ unions—the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association—seem to be a…
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Episode Summary: For labor relations, employee relations and HR practitioners, as well as union agents, David Pryzbylski, a partner with the law firm Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, is one of the best writers on labor law developments. As a regular contributor to Barnes & Thornburg’s labor law blog, David has built his practice helping companies secure fa…
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