Workplace Policy Institute – A Special Labor Day 2013 Report: Is Labor Poised For Rebirth?


In This Publication:

- Introduction

- New Face of the NLRB

- Bargaining Unit Determination

- Other precedent-changing Decisions

- New NLRB Members

- NLRB General counsel

- Ambush elections and Social Media

- AFL-cio Report

- Union Front organizations

- Persuader Rule

- Courting New Members

- Independent contractors

- Younger Workers

- Immigrant Workers

- Women, Minorities

- Other Labor-Friendly agency activities

- Conclusion

- Excerpt from Introduction:

In July 2013, the AFL-CIo released a report in advance of its annual convention that provides a blueprint of how the labor movement intends to reinvent itself. The document—Interim Report to the AFL-CIO Executive Council on AFL-CIO Pre-Convention Outreach and Engagement (the report)—discusses the organization’s many outreach efforts, and how it plans to evolve and adapt to combat waning membership.

The release of this report coincides with significant executive-level appointments to federal agencies that are ready to advance obama administration policies that have languished or been judicially delayed. For the past three years, Democrats have enjoyed a slim majority in the Senate, while republicans control the House of representatives. Because of this ideological divide, very few bills stand a chance of becoming law. According to recent reports, the 113th Congress is poised to be the most unproductive Congress in recent history, having passed only 22 bills to date. Because of this legislative logjam, the administration is turning increasingly to federal agencies to carry out its agenda. Federal agencies recently published their spring 2013 regulatory agendas. The Department of Labor’s (DoL) regulatory roster alone contains an ambitious 68 items to be proposed or finalized in the coming months.

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