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2019 Labor and Employee Relations Trends w/ Phil Wilson

  • January 14, 2019

2019 Labor and Employee Relations Trends w/ Phil Wilson

Join Michael VanDervort of CUE Inc. as he talks to Phil Wilson, CEO of the Labor Relations Institute about his trends and predictions for 2019 pertaining to labor and employee relations.   

What we will talk about:

  • Union organizing in 2019
  • What to expect from The National Labor Relations Board
  • The rise in activism
  • What kind of labor reform might we actually see
  • Positive Employee Relations
  • Approachable Leadership

If you are interested in attending the CUE Conference, go here for more information.

Check out the podcast below. (44 min.)




NLRB upholds U of Chicago student union

  • December 4, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that the University of Chicago, in refusing since March to bargain with its graduate student union, “engaged in unfair labor practices.”

The university had sought to overturn Columbia, an Obama-era NLRB decision that allowed graduate students at private universities to organize. In October 2017, Provost Daniel Diermeier argued in an email to students and faculty, “the NLRB has a long history of recognizing that graduate assistants are foremost students, not employees under federal labor law.”

A board majority that is likely amenable to reversing Columbia nonethelessrejected the University of Chicago’s argument today in a unanimous opinion. In its ruling, the NLRB faulted the university for failing “to adduce at a hearing any newly discovered and previously unavailable evidence” or to show “any special circumstances that would require the board to reexamine” the earlier decision.

In a footnote, Republican Chairman John Ring signaled that he’d be willing to challenge Columbia in “a future appropriate proceeding” — one that might stand a better chance of surviving an appeal to federal court.

Columbia to bargain with grad student union

  • November 19, 2018

Columbia University said today it would bargain with its graduate student union, ending a years-long standoff with labor organizers.

Board Certified Grad Student Union

A framework agreement announced by the university “sets forth mutually agreed upon principles to guide negotiations toward collective bargaining agreements on wages, hours, and other working conditions for Columbia’s student research and teaching assistants and for our diverse postdoc community,” Lee Bollinger, the university president, said in a written statement.

Columbia refused to bargain with its graduate student union after a precedent-setting National Labor Relations Board decision in 2016, which found that student assistants working at private colleges are allowed to unionize. Early this year, Columbia administrators said they would seek review in federal appellate court.

Administrators faced a Dec. 4 strike deadline set by the union, according to the Columbia Spectator, which first reported the agreement. The NLRB certified the union last year.

The agreement announced today “includes substantive principles reflecting the respective interests of the parties,” Bollinger wrote. “For Columbia, chief among these interests is that any collectively bargained agreement will not infringe upon the integrity of the University’s academic decision making and that Columbia will retain the exclusive right to manage the institution consistent with our educational and research mission.”

Negotiations are scheduled to begin no later than Feb. 26.

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