MN private colleges split on SEIU professors’ union

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Education, Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments

TWIN CITIES CAMPUSES TARGETED BY SEIU:  Adjunct faculty at 3 Twin Cities private college campuses were subject to organizing drives this summer with mixed results for the union. Photo by Mike Ekern, University of St. Thomas website.

Hamline University’s part-time professors in June voted decisively to join the Service Employees International Union. The momentum appeared to be with SEIU organizers, as the first private college campus in Minnesota to unionize adjunct professors quite possibly cleared way for an even bigger domino in July—the University of St. Thomas.

But the solidarity stopped there. When the National Labor Relations Board tallied the results of SEIU’s test at the University of St. Thomas on Monday, the union got a failing grade — 136-84.

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MN child care providers declare victory with Harris v. Quinn ruling

By   /  June 30, 2014  /  Free Speech, Minnesota, unions  /  No Comments

HIGH COURT GETS HIGH 5: MN child care providers were overwhelmed by the probable impact by today's SCOTUS ruling prohibiting compulsory union dues for non-government employees.

Minnesota licensed providers declared victory after a landmark Supreme Court ruling Monday, which comes after nine years spent fending off a union drive while operating their family child care small businesses.

The decision strikes down compulsory “fair share” union dues for Illinois home care workers who care for individuals receiving government subsidies but are not full-fledged state employees.

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Supreme Court decision sends hundreds of labor disputes back to NLRB

By   /  June 27, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Constitution, Minnesota, News, Supreme Court, unions, Washington  /  No Comments

UNANIMOUS: Supreme Court ruling on "recess appointees" Sharon Block (R) and Richard Griffin, Jr. (L)  and Terence Flynn (not pictured) may send hundreds of 2012-13 NLRB decisions back to the labor panel for reconsideration. NLRB Photo.

A unanimous Supreme Court decision Thursday invalidating President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board may send more than 1,000 decisions back to go, including several Minnesota cases.

The high court’s ruling in NLRB v. Canning means the NLRB did not have a legal quorum, effectively invalidating labor decisions by illegally appointed panels, on hold since the Supreme Court took up the case.

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Alabama GOP renews call for closed primaries after teachers union ‘meddling’

By   /  June 17, 2014  /  Alabama, News, unions  /  No Comments

Bill Armistead

Republican Chairman Bill Armistead fired a shot at the powerful Alabama Education Association teachers union Monday, accusing the group of trying to influence the GOP primary in a blog post and renewing his call for closed primaries.

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SEIU drops one MN college faculty union drive but starts two more

By   /  June 17, 2014  /  Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments


The ballots were set to go in the mail June 3, under the watch of the National Labor Relations Board. Macalester College would be the first Twin Cities private college to vote on unionize part-time faculty members, followed by Hamline University and the University of St. Thomas.

But the Service Employees International Union’s first private college campus faculty election in Minnesota never happened. What went wrong?

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‘Paycheck protection’ the $100 question in Pennsylvania

By   /  June 6, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania, unions  /  No Comments

$100 QUESTION: Pennsylvania spends less than $100 a year deducting dues for public-sector unions, but paycheck protection supporters say the state shouldn't spend any resources collecting money that could be used for political purposes.

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania spends less than $100 a year to deduct dues for public-sector union employees, according to the state Treasury. That’s pocket change when considering the state’s $28.4 billion budget.

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