Category Archives: Cataloged

Stronger Together: How Unions Help Strengthen Families and the Nation

Source: Democratic Staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, October 2015

…. Unions could help these workers bargain for a better deal. But for too long, Republican lawmakers have been trying to kill off unions by weakening the protections available under the law for workers’ organizing efforts. And all too often, employers manipulate the law and engage in illegal tactics that make it extremely difficult for workers to form a union. Despite these obstacles, as this report documents through data analysis and workers’ own accounts, joining a union and bargaining for better wages and working conditions has been and remains among the best ways to raise wages, reduce inequality, and restore the link between productivity and prosperity. The workers who share their views on the critical importance of unions in this report make a powerful case for strengthening protections for workers’ fundamental right to choose a union. Lastly, there are steps Congress can take to restore workers’ ability to bargain for their fair share. This report offers important recommendations toward that end. …..

Our Best Line of Defense: Taking on Privatization at the Bargaining Table

Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees, ISBN 9780980929676, September 2014

This guide gives an overview of the privatization, contracting out and contracting in issues CUPE members face – along with sample collective agreement language for local bargaining committees, bargaining councils and staff representatives.

There are four major areas to look at when drafting and reviewing collective agreement language:
1. Getting ahead of privatization: notice, disclosure and consultation
2. Preventing privatization: language on contracting out
3. Reversing privatization: language on contracting in
4. Protecting benefits from privatization or delisting
Each section of this guide includes a brief overview and a list of issues for negotiations, as well as sample CUPE collective agreement language from a variety of sectors and regions. Articles dealing with contracting out are strongest when they are clauses within the body of the collective agreement, as they roll over into future agreements unless they are changed during bargaining.

The Economic Effects Of Adopting A Right-To-Work Law: Implications For Illinois

Source: Frank Manzo IV, Roland Zullo, Robert Bruno, Alison Dickson Quesada, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations, Labor Education Program, Policy Brief, October 7, 2013

….Since the 2010 elections, initiatives to include RTW laws in a state’s legislative agenda have begun in at least 10 other collective bargaining (CB) states, including Illinois. Recently, the governor of Missouri pledged at an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference that a right-to-work measure would be put on the ballot in 2014. If voters passed the law Missouri would become the 25th state to adopt the anti-union law. While considerable efforts have been made by legislators and political organizations to pass RTW laws in states across the country, the empirical evidence on the effect of adopting a RTW law on labor market outcomes and state budgets is both varied and mixed. If the adoption of a RTW law is to be in the policy discussion for another state, the state’s voters, residents, workers, and policymakers deserve information on the probable impact of such action. This policy brief provides a forecast on the effect of RTW laws on important labor market outcomes– including earnings, employment, unionization, and inequality. The paper also investigates RTW’s impacts on two particularly affected industries (manufacturing and construction) and three demographic groups (African-American, Latino/a, and female workers). The findings are subsequently applied to the State of Illinois to project the potential law’s impact on Illinois workers and on the state’s tax revenues….