Hook, Table and Tourist

May 20, 2010 No Comments by Charles Pizzo

There is a cute slogan that floated around Louisiana a few years ago: “Eat oysters, love longer.” Having grown up in New Orleans, I have loved oysters for a long time. When my Dad was alive, he used to buy them by the sack and shuck them at home. Of course, as kids, we wouldn’t [...]

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New Beginnings

May 20, 2010 3 Comments by Charles Pizzo

On April 29, the US Chamber of Commerce reported that “the AFL-CIO removed the large banner supporting EFCA which had covered the corner of the building facing the White House for the past year or so.” The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is out of mind, but not dead. Unions will continue to press [...]

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Free Webinar: EFCA & Health Care

Apr 23, 2009 No Comments by Charles Pizzo

Sorry for the late notice, I just ran across this item. It appears that it will be archived for review after the event.
Whether it Passes or Not, Employee Free Choice Act Can Present Significant Challenges to Health Care Employers
Experts in talent communications and labor law host free Webinar to assist health care HR professionals.
New York, [...]

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Former Union Organizers Speak Out

Mar 23, 2009 2 Comments

The Labor Relations Institute posted snippets of video online that shows former union organizers speaking out about the tactics and techniques they have used to get employees to sign union authorization cards (“card check”). I believe these are excerpts from longer videos which LRI produces and sells that can be shown to employee populations for [...]

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Comics Simplify Complex Concepts

Mar 18, 2009 2 Comments

Nothing strikes me as more complex and arcane than the National Labor Relations Board process for holding an election (“secret ballot vote”). Fraught with rules, exceptions and technicalities, it’s one of those things that takes a while to understand. At least that’s true for me, as a communication professional who is not an attorney.
So, it [...]

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Choice or Who Chooses?

Mar 16, 2009 2 Comments

In the last post, I started to try and unravel the dispute about “choice.” Various pro-business groups and media are saying that the secret ballot election would go away under EFCA, and that workers would not have a choice.
Technically, that appears to be false. What changes is who gets to make the choice. Who chooses [...]

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Union Proponents Take Message to Airwaves

Mar 12, 2009 No Comments

Last night, while watching Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, I saw a television commercial by proponents of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). If memory serves, this commercial has run before. Now that EFCA has been introduced into Congress, expect to see this campaign escalate.

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SCREEN: Headline: Frantic Day on Wall Street as Banks Fail [...]

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Paycheck Stuffer examples from ABC

Mar 11, 2009 No Comments

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has come out swinging against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The group has an entire Web page of resources devoted to the topic, including this example paycheck stuffer with language you could “borrow:”


The so-called “employee Free Choice Act” or “card check” legislation would strip away the rights of [...]

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Social Media & Unions: Labor’s clone of “Facebook”

Mar 10, 2009 No Comments

Labor has cloned its own fledgling Facebook-style social media site:
UnionBook is the social networking site for trade unionists.  Unlike other social networks such as MySpace, FaceBook and Bebo, UnionBook is advertising-free, respects your privacy and is specifically designed to serve the trade union movement.  Use it to meet up with friends online, post comments to [...]

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SEIU pro-EFCA campaign on YouTube

Mar 10, 2009 No Comments

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently posted a video on You Tube in support of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). It mocks the horror CEOs and other pro-business types are said to harbor regarding the proposed legislation.
According to CEOs and their front groups, the fabric of our nation may well fall apart, all [...]

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