Preparation to Deal with New Pro-Union NLRB Rules

From the desk of Steve Cabot:  As discussed in one of my prior blogs (June 24, 2011), the NLRB through its unilateral rule making authority changed the way in which federal governmental supervised union elections are conducted in the United States.  The current NLRB regarded by many as excessively pro-union changed union-management election rules that had existed for decades.  Many experts concur with my view that the so-called “quickie election” proposed by the current NLRB rules upsets the delicate balance of power and give labor unions an unfair advantage.  

The time for employers to prepare for these new election rules is NOW.  It is critical to be pro-active and to treat each day vis-a-vis your employees as though you are in an election campaign.  By building trust in the workplace with your associates an employer effectively can avoid a campaign altogether.  

I will be featured as a keynote speaker at a business conference in Florida on November 2, 2012 to provide attendees numerous ideas and strategies, among other things, to deal with the current election threat.  The conference will be held at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida.  Click here for more information on this exciting management leadership conference.

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THE THREAT OF PUBLIC UNIONS, THE FUTURE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR

From the desk of Stephen Cabot: While the private sector has lost 8-million jobs since 2008, the public sector has added 590,000 jobs during that same period. In addition, federal employees, on average, receive twice the salary and benefits that comparable private sector employees receive.

Public sector unions and congress are the keys that unlocked this Pandora’s box of economic irrationality. Imagine a circle comprising public sector unions, public sector employees, and Democratic members of congress. Each benefits the other. Democratic representatives vote to increase the wages and benefits of public sector employees, and their unions provide the necessary funds for re-election campaigns. Once re-elected, those representatives vote for higher wages and increased benefits for the union members who contributed to their election victories. And so it goes, on and on.

The result, of course, is ever higher deficits, spiraling into the stratosphere of economic irrationality.

And the disaster is not just confined to the federal deficit. The disease has infected state and municipal budgets across the country as well. According to recent estimates, state and city governments have inflated employee benefit liabilities in excess of $3-trillon!

Now with the NLRB firmly in the hands of pro-union ideologues, an agenda is coming into focus of an effort to increase the wages and benefits of private sector employees to match those of government employees. And the NLRB will attempt to do so by making private sector unions, such as the AFL-CIO and SEIU, as powerful as their public sector counterparts. It isn’t enough that public sector unions have egregiously contributed to the possible bankruptcy of governments, their private sector counterparts now want to inject that same virus into the body of Corporate America.

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