How to Earn a Promotion In Six Steps

This article originally appeared on Stephen Koppekin’s LinkedIn profile on Jan. 23, 2018. Connect with Stephen on LinkedIn! Driven employees focus on not only fulfilling job expectations, but actively advancing their place within a company. Actually accomplishing that goal, however, takes careful planning, patience, and passion as the opportune moment strikes. By applying these six … More How to Earn a Promotion In Six Steps

Craft Unions Vs. Industrial Unions

This article originally appeared on StephenKoppekin.net on Jan. 23, 2018. The nascent labor unions of the 19th century sought to rally workers in order to secure favorable wages and working conditions, but two divergent strategies emerged over how to best organize them. Advocates of craft unionism supported the belief that unions should represent workers of a particular … More Craft Unions Vs. Industrial Unions

How Major Philanthropists Are Making Giving More Results-Oriented

This article originally appeared on StephenKoppekin.net on Jan. 16, 2018. Recent philanthropic efforts have seen more funds gifted than ever before. 2016’s top 50 philanthropists donated a total of $5.6 billion, roughly half of the $10.2 billion given by 2017’s 10 highest donors alone. 2017’s top three donors became household names for their contributions toward technological advancement as … More How Major Philanthropists Are Making Giving More Results-Oriented

New California Laws: How Employers and Employees Will Be Affected

This article originally appeared on Stephen Koppekin’s LinkedIn Profile on Jan. 9, 2018. Connect with Stephen on LinkedIn! While millions of men and women will be working to uphold their New Year’s Resolutions in the coming weeks, across California, countless employers will be working to adapt to a series of new laws that took effect … More New California Laws: How Employers and Employees Will Be Affected

A New Sheriff in Town: NLRB Under President Trump Reverses Obama-Era Decisions

This article originally appeared on StephenKoppekin.net on Jan. 4, 2018. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently overturned a number of prominent regulations and policies implemented during President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House. These decisions came in the wake of President Donald Trump’s appointment of Republican employer attorneys Marvin Kaplan and William … More A New Sheriff in Town: NLRB Under President Trump Reverses Obama-Era Decisions

History of the Labor Movement: Labor and WWII

This article originally appeared on StephenKoppekin.net on Dec. 27, 2017. Crippling unemployment, low wages, and labor uncertainty characterized workers’ lives during the torturous years of the Great Depression. Although President Franklin. D Roosevelt’s New Deal created jobs and relief programs for millions of Americans, by 1940, the unemployment rate stood at 15% across the country and … More History of the Labor Movement: Labor and WWII

The Decline of Unions

This article originally appeared on StephenKoppekin.net on Dec. 18, 2017. During World War II, the federal government kept labor unions on a tight leash for fear that their organizing might undermine industrial production for the war effort. However, with the end of the war, unions’ power and influence surged. By 1954—less than a decade after … More The Decline of Unions

A Crash Course in Eight Areas of Employer-Employee Relations: Part Two

This article originally appeared on StephenKoppekin.net on Dec. 11, 2017. In a previous blog post, I explored four areas of great concern to employers in the field of labor and employer-employee relations. Now, I take a look at another four issues that are potentially more challenging: Discrimination There is a complex web of jurisdiction to consider in order … More A Crash Course in Eight Areas of Employer-Employee Relations: Part Two

The West Coast Longshoremen’s Strike of 1934

This article originally appeared on StephenKoppekin.net on Dec. 4, 2017. Before their strike in 1934, dockhands on the West Coast were paid a pittance in exchange for performing bone-crushing physical labor. No matter how heavy or dangerous the cargo, it fell upon the longshoreman to haul it almost entirely by hand: Workers pulled and shoved … More The West Coast Longshoremen’s Strike of 1934

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: How You Can Support Holiday Philanthropy

This article originally appeared on StephenKoppekin.net on Nov. 27, 2017. Often during the year, we become so embroiled in the trials of our own lives that it can be hard to consider the situations of those who struggle much more. The holidays present a perfect opportunity to embrace the philanthropic spirit and share a portion of … More The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: How You Can Support Holiday Philanthropy