“As the Portland Diamond Project works hand-in-hand with our working community to advance this historic agreement, the region will see the economic benefits of a new balloon park in our community,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “This contract is an important step on our way to bringing a Major League Baseball team to Portland. The energy behind this movement is increasing every day. The expression of opinions, arguments or opinions, or their dissemination, whether written, printed, graphic or visual, does not constitute a practice of unfair labour within the meaning of any of the provisions of this sub-chapter, or is proof of this if it does not contain any threat of reprisal or promise of retaliation or benefits. As with many problems, employees often start with the contract between the owner and the contractor. Owners are increasingly insisting on work harmony provisions that require the contractor to customize the work despite the emergence of picketing activities and prohibit the contractor from obtaining additional time or money for delays or disruptions due to picketing activity. Therefore, contractors need to understand their risks and how to manage a mixed trading project to minimize the risk of delays and interruptions. On October 12, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1291 (“AB 1291”), which requires companies to sign a “labour peace agreement” with a union or to risk losing their cannabis license; strengthen the national cannabis law, which is already in favour of trade unions. AB 1291 has been supported and supported by several unions, including the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, a 170,000-strong branch representing thousands of cannabis workers. This bill, along with other local laws and laws in California, indicate a growing insistence by government and local regulators that employers doing business in California accept union-friendly demands.
However, many of these new pro-union laws, including AB 1291, may be unconstitutional. The Chicago regulation adds another table football – if an employer is unable to agree on the terms of an employment contract with a union, the city has the power to deploy police around the company, supposedly to avoid work-related violence. The cost of this operation would be borne by the employer alone. The Chicago Regulation is certainly not the first of its kind – the WFI report indicates that unions have already imposed peace regulations on labor in cities across the country (including a number of airports like Los Angeles and San Francisco) – but it is just as cynical as the rest. Unions desperately trying to reverse their 60-year-old free fall continue to seek help from their political allies and unfortunately that is exactly what they got in Windy City. “Today`s announcement is a common effort to live in terms of jobs,” said Deborah Kafoury, President of Multnomah County. “If we think about what Major League Baseball could mean to our community, it`s important that we work together to create economic opportunities for those who need it most. This employment contract is an important first step. The settlement increases the minimum wage from nearly 8,000 of these service officers to $13.45 (with annual inflation adjustments), which is perhaps not surprising, given the city adopted a $13 minimum wage for Chicago workers in 2014.
It is more interesting to note, however, that the new airport regulations also provide for a waiver of the minimum wage for covered airport employers who opt for union formation. It also includes a “work harmony” section that requires companies to work on it to negotiate a labour peace agreement with each union that requires a union.