Friday, April 15, 2022

WIRTW #621: the “on the radio” edition

How do I know that labor unions are making raging comeback? Historically, my posts on unions, union organizing, and union avoidance would struggle on LinkedIn to break 1,000 views and would only garner a handful of likes and comments. Over the past few weeks, however, my posts on the dramatic and successful rise in union organizing have been viewed well over 100,000 times with hundreds upon hundreds of likes, comments, and shares. It's an issue that has raised passion on both sides.

How else do I know? Because my social and news feeds are full of stories about union organizing. I think I've read more stories about labor unions in the past 18 months than I did in the first two decades of my legal practice combined.

Yesterday, it was my pleasure to appear on Labor Relations Radio to discuss all of these issues. We covered the reasons for the rise in union organizing, why I'm anti-union (but pro-employee), the use of salts in the Amazon and Starbucks campaigns, and the NLRB's general counsel's Cemex brief, which calls for the NLRB to alter rules on mandatory card check recognition, the elimination of captive audience speeches, and other issues that will dramatically tilt the organizing playing field even more in favor of the unions than it already is.

You can listen here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

A huge thank you to Peter List for inviting me on his show. 

Here's what I read the past week that I think you should be reading, too.

How to Build an Anti-Racist Company — via Harvard Business Review

What Can Baseball Teach Us about the FMLA? — via Jeff Nowak's FMLA Insights

Eleventh Circuit Case an Excellent Primer on the FLSA's Administrative Exemption — via Wage and Hour 

Portugal banned texting employees, but you shouldn't. Here's why. — via