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U.S. Supreme Court strikes another body blow to public sector unions

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Unions have certainly become punching bags recently for anti-union zealots — Republican Governors, mainstream media, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) and their long-standing arch enemy, the National Right to Work foundation. The right to work meaning without union protections so you can work for minimum wages and absolutely no say in how your work is organized and assigned. Incredibly, 24 states have adopted “right-to-work” legislation that undermines unionism. The NRTWF is the organization that sues unions on behalf of workers fed up with their unions.

So arose the court case Harris v. Quinn (the State of Illinois). The SEIU has been organizing low-paid workers in the home health industry for years. Those workers are typically women of color. They serve disabled individuals in their home — hard work by compassionate underpaid people. When they unionize, wages rise a bit.

Unions, like corporations, engage in political activity. Unions contribute to politicians’ election campaigns at a fraction of the amount corporations do, given that the latter have all the cash. Two SCOTUS decisions — Citizens United decision and one this session — made limits of corporate giving disappear. Anti-union groups like the NRTWF exaggerate the amount of union dues spent on political activity and have successfully separated union funds set aside for that activity from funds to run the business of the union — being advocates for their members. Some states require non-members to pay a “fair share fee” to the union in order to take advantage of workers’ benefits negotiated in collective bargaining agreements between unions and government employers. In other states, anti-union legislation has allowed public sector employees to benefit without having to join or to pay the union. Unions call this “free riding.” Alito thinks the phenomenon is “something of an anomaly.”

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To close Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week, mobilize Unions

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

For Freedom Week 2012, we gathered at the National Press Club in Washington DC to hear two union presidents declare their opposition to Workplace Bullying. Here are those statements repeated.

Unions are the most natural advocates for anti-bullying. However, bullying befuddles many union leaders (they are tough guys and gals themselves, they aspire to management and co-opt union goals). Rank-in-file members want and deserve protection against bullying assaults, regardless of the source — management or member. Member-on-member bullying provides the union with opportunities to do better, to serve more, to support abused members, to correct abusive members, to use freedom from bullying as an organizing tool.

Help WBI help your union do more. Visit our Workplace Bullying for Unions website. Attend Workplace Bullying University® to equip the entire union with requisite skills to attack the problem. Tell defiant leadership to stand down and not become bullies themselves.

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Mary Kay Henry, SEIU, supports WBI and Healthy Workplace Bill, 3 of 9

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Mary Kay Henry, SEIU Intl President, supports WBI, Healthy Workplace Bill, and Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week, National Press Club, Oct. 15, 2012.

Presenters Roster: Namie | Shelton | Henry | Holway & Sorozan | McNeill | Bethel | Cooke | Dias | Baker

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BNA: Labor Leaders Press States to Adopt Legislation to Curb Workplace Bullying

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

by Stephen Lee, Daily Labor Report, Bloomberg BNA, Oct. 15, 2012

Union officials, civil rights groups, and formerly abused workers urged states to adopt anti- bullying legislation at an Oct. 15 press conference convened by the Workplace Bullying Institute.

Anti-bullying bills have been introduced in 21 states, including California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Washington.

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WBI Showcases Support for Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week at the National Press Club

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

When: Monday October 15, 10-11 am
Where: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
What: Commemoration of WBI’s Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week

Who: An all-star lineup of support from a diverse range of organizations and national leaders.

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Effective Grand Jury Investigations Help Bullied Workers

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

We marvel at the positive results of two California County Grand Juries — Ventura County in 2011 and Riverside in 2012. Thanks to their independence from County administrative and management teams and a rule that enables them to conduct investigations into about anything that interests them, the Grand Jury provides help to bullied targets among County employees. HR is either unable or unwilling to conduct credible investigations of workplace bullying until there are laws compelling strict policies or as long as handmaidens to County executives.

Grand Juries, on the other hand, are citizens likely to be outraged when they learn about the dirty dealings happening in secret and deliberately silenced by those with political connections.

The county workers union (SEIU local 721) led the charge with the Ventura GJ. A bold group of 7 employees were instrumental in getting the Riverside GJ to investigate and to admonish the HR management for fostering abuse within its ranks.

So, with or without the help of a union, we suggest researching whether your county’s grand jury allows citizen complaints about misconduct/bullying by county management and if it can then conduct its own independent investigation. Ventura and Riverside Grand Juries have led the way. Try this at home. Good luck.

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Bullying a problem within county government, union says

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

By Zeke Barlow
Ventura County Star
Sept 27, 2011

Four months after a grand jury report said workplace bullying was a problem within county government, a recent survey of about 500 employees said much the same.

Sixty percent of the county employees surveyed said they had been bullied at work, while 69 percent said they had witnessed bullying. Forty-four percent said they were yelled at while working and 43 percent said they were retaliated against for speaking up.

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