• UAW’s ‘Calculated and Deliberate’ Failure To Appeal Decision Cost Visteon Retirees, Court Rules

    UAW’s ‘Calculated and Deliberate’ Failure To Appeal Decision Cost Visteon Retirees, Court Rules

    Here’s the long and short of it: In 2009, auto-parts supplier Visteon filed for bankruptcy. In so doing, Visteon terminated its retiree benefits. Two unions, the IUE and UAW, fought the benefit termination. Both lost at the bankruptcy court. The IUE appealed, the UAW did not. Due to the IUE’s appeal, the IUE won its appeal and, due to the UAW’s ‘calculated and deliberate’ failure to appeal on behalf of Visteon retirees lost, according to the Court of Appeals for […]

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  • Nikki Haley Blasts Opponent For Siding With Union Bosses In New Ad

    Nikki Haley Blasts Opponent For Siding With Union Bosses In New Ad

    Although Real Clear Politics has South Carolina’s Nikki Haley up by 15 points over her opponent, the popular governor is not taking any chances. Haley’s campaign has just released this new ad… Related: On Leadership, Governor Nikki Haley Shares How South Carolina Is ‘Open For Business’ At #RSG14 Image credit.

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  • SEIU Boss Confident Obama’s Executive Amnesty For Aliens “Will Only Be Temporary.”

    SEIU Boss Confident Obama’s Executive Amnesty For Aliens “Will Only Be Temporary.”

    Following Barack Obama’s political punt on taking executive action on “immigration reform” until after the mid-term elections, liberal allies are allegedly “furious.” One group, however, is confident that the President will act on his threat to grant unilateral amnesty following the November elections. In a press release issued by the Service Employees International Union, after blaming Republicans for not supporting immigration reform and vowing to “hold them accountable” in November, SEIU boss Mary Kay Henry stated that the White House […]

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  • Unionized Cablevision Workers Release Rap Video Protesting Two Years Without A Contract

    Unionized Cablevision Workers Release Rap Video Protesting Two Years Without A Contract

    Cablevision workers who voted to unionize in Brooklyn, NY two years ago are upset that they have not acheived a collective bargaining agreement. Even though the National Labor Relations Act does not require a company or a union to ever reach an agreement, the CWA-represented workers have released a video protesting the fact that they have not gotten a contract yet. H/T: People’s World. Image credit.

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  • Another SEIU-Funded Fast-Food Astroturf Strike Coming To A City Near You

    Another SEIU-Funded Fast-Food Astroturf Strike Coming To A City Near You

    On Wednesday morning, SEIU-turned-fast-food worker spokesman Kendall Fells appeared on Bloomberg Television spouting rhetoric and making believe that the strikes that are to take place on Thursday in “more than 100″ cities are all part of grassroots uprising for higher wages that started in New York in 2012. The fact is, Mr. Fells must have ingested too much French fry grease because he is really full of it. In December 2009, the Service Employees International Union concocted a plan to […]

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  • Like It or Not, Union Fat Cats Are Part Of The 1%

    Like It or Not, Union Fat Cats Are Part Of The 1%

    Watchdog.org’s Jason Hart (an occasional contributor at LaborUnionReport.com) has done yeoman’s work in compiling Labor Department data exposing the  hypocrisy of today’s union bosses. Whilst they fund “grass-roots” campaigns like Occupy Wall Street and Fight for $15, and use class-warfare rhetoric, today’ union bosses are, in reality, doing quite well raking in the big bucks—all paid for by their members’ union dues. Here is Big Labor’s Top 100 (with emphasis added): While unions call for tax and minimum-wage increases to fix “income inequality,” […]

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  • UAW Boss Is ‘Confident’ Volkwagen Will Let Union In Without An Employee Vote

    UAW Boss Is ‘Confident’ Volkwagen Will Let Union In Without An Employee Vote

    Following the United Auto Workers’ stinging election defeat at trying to unionize Volkswagen’s in Chattanooga, TN earlier this year, the UAW has become more determined to unionize VW’s employees without letting a secret-ballot election take place. via Times Free Press. A top United Auto Workers official said Friday that he’s confident Volkswagen will recognize Chattanooga Local 42 by bargaining with it as a members’ union. “In the U.S. system, if you’re dealing with an entity, you’ve recognized it,” said UAW […]

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  • Illinois Teamsters Fight Political Patronage Job Cuts

    Illinois Teamsters Fight Political Patronage Job Cuts

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  • UPDATE: Ex-AFL-CIO Organizing Director Deletes Tweet, Apologizes To Cops, Blames “Right-Wing Haters” For Deaths #Ferguson

    UPDATE: Ex-AFL-CIO Organizing Director Deletes Tweet, Apologizes To Cops, Blames “Right-Wing Haters” For Deaths #Ferguson

    Following his posting on Twitter earlier this week that police “should suffer for what they did,” former AFL-CIO organizing director Stewart Acuff has since removed the tweet and apologized for offending “all the good, responsible, & accountable police officers especially union brothers & sisters.” As riots were raging in Ferguson, MO over the police shooting death of an Michael Brown, Acuff had posted on his Twitter page on Monday: The cops are pawns who should suffer for what they did. […]

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  • If This Is True, The Amount Of Money The UAW Uses On Politics Is Shocking

    If This Is True, The Amount Of Money The UAW Uses On Politics Is Shocking

    Is over $30 dollars per member per month of union dues being spent on things other than representing members? That unions spend big money electing liberal politicians is not new news. That union spent over $4 billion on politics over the five years between 2005 and 2011 is not new news either. However, while the United Auto Workers spends millions (almost exclusively on Democrats) a simple paragraph in the Detroit Free Press may have inadvertently revealed just how much of […]

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  • Teamsters Threaten ‘Top Chef’ Star: “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f*cking whore!”

    Teamsters Threaten ‘Top Chef’ Star: “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f*cking whore!”

    Some things never change. After nearly 15 years of trying to clean up a reputation marred with corruption, shake-downs of the film industry, as well as violence, Boston’s famous Teamsters Local 25′s public face turned very ugly earlier this summer when the popular Bravo network show Top Chef rolled into Beantown using non-union production assistants and drivers. Although it was only briefly reported on in June, the incident received wider coverage yesterday when Deadline.com covered it in some more detail. […]

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  • Atlantic City Union Holds Prayer Vigil Over Casino Closings

    Atlantic City Union Holds Prayer Vigil Over Casino Closings

    With competition for gamblers’ money fierce, and with Atlantic City facing multiple casino closings in the coming month, the predominant union on the AC strip held a prayer vigil with about 200 union members. via The Press of Atlantic City. After the march down New Jersey Avenue to the church, community leaders gathered for a the prayer service and to give the workers words of support and hope to hold on to. Related: Crushed By Competition, UAW Bosses Roll Snake […]

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  • Financial Secretary Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Alaska Carpenters’ Union

    Financial Secretary Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Alaska Carpenters’ Union

    While stealing $40,000 may not seem like a lot, it is likely a very significant amount to a local union with only 150 members. The financial secretary of a local carpenters union pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling $40,000 of the union’s assets over a six-year span. Jonathan Henry Smith, 42, admitted to the felony during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Juneau before Judge Timothy Burgess. He is scheduled to be sentenced in December. Prosecutors said Smith was elected […]

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  • Union Corruption Report: Six Months Worth Of Corrupt Union Bosses & Other Miscreants

    Union Corruption Report: Six Months Worth Of Corrupt Union Bosses & Other Miscreants

    Only six months into 2014 and, already, the year is filling up with corruption in the nation’s unions… The following is a listing of Department of Labor actions taken from January through June 2014 to combat union corruption: On June 26, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Harold Ray, former Secretary of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 469 (located in Mobile, Ala.), and former Secretary of the NALC Alabama State Association […]

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  • FBI Arrests Six, Five Charged with Conspiring to Fraudulently Obtain Union Job for Son of Organized Crime Underboss

    FBI Arrests Six, Five Charged with Conspiring to Fraudulently Obtain Union Job for Son of Organized Crime Underboss

    The following was released on March 27th by the FBI: A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Benjamin Castellazzo, Jr.; Rocco Giangregorio; Glenn LaChance, Rocco Miraglia, also known as “Irving,” and Anthony Turzio, also known as “the Irish Guy,” with conspiring to defraud the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers’ Union (NMDU) and Hudson News in order to obtain a union card and employment at Hudson News for Castellazzo, Jr. In addition, […]

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  • In Violence-Laden Case, A Jury Finds A Union Boss Guilty Of Racketeeing

    In Violence-Laden Case, A Jury Finds A Union Boss Guilty Of Racketeeing

    In a years-long case involving union violence and union extortion, as well as three guilty pleas back in December, one would think this jury verdict would have had more coverage: via WGRZ: Mark Kirsch was found guilty Friday in Federal Court. Four other union leaders, also on trial, were found not guilty. The defendants were accused of trying to sway contractors to hire union workers on some of the biggest construction sites in Western New York over a 10 year […]

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  • 10 Unionists Charged With Arson, Assault & Racketeering In 2012 Construction Terror Campaign

    10 Unionists Charged With Arson, Assault & Racketeering In 2012 Construction Terror Campaign

    You may remember this story about (alleged) union arsonists burning down a Quaker meeting house in Pennsylvania back in 2012. Well, while it’s still “alleged” that it was union-related arson, the case seems to be heating up (so to speak), with the Feds handing down indictments in Philadelphia: Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia indicted 10 members of Ironworkers Local 401 on charges of allegedly participating in a conspiracy to commit extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault, in order to force […]

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  • Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office ‘Monitoring’ IBEW Trust Case

    Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office ‘Monitoring’ IBEW Trust Case

    Earlier this month, the Los Angeles City Controller’s Office issued subpoenas to the IBEW requesting financial information to determine how $40 million worth of taxpayer money has been spent on two IBEW trusts. So far, the IBEW has fought the subpoenas. Now, the case is drawing the interest of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office: As attorneys for the city and the union representing the Department of Water and Power continue their dispute over subpoenas issued for the records of […]

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  • After Stealing $60K For Shopping, Travel & Dining, Ex-Teachers President Cries At Sentencing

    After Stealing $60K For Shopping, Travel & Dining, Ex-Teachers President Cries At Sentencing

    After spending the money she stole to go shopping, travel and enjoy some meals, Lisa Barrett actually cried at her sentencing. The former president of a northeastern Pennsylvania teachers union will serve a year behind bars for embezzlement. Authorities say 48-year-old Lisa Barrett stole nearly $60,000 from the Wyoming Area Teachers Union. They say she spent it on personal shopping, traveling and dining. Barrett cried as the sentence was handed down Friday in federal court in Scranton. She told the […]

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  • Union Corruption Report: 2013–A Year’s Worth of Corrupt Union Bosses

    Union Corruption Report: 2013–A Year’s Worth of Corrupt Union Bosses

    The following is a listing of Department of Labor actions taken in 2013 to combat union corruption: On December 19, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern Division, Mark Gilbert, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers Local 805 (located in Florence, Ky.), was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,467 and a $100 special assessment.  On August 6, […]

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  • After Waging Campaign Of Violence & Terror, Three Union Thugs Plead Guilty To Extortion

    After Waging Campaign Of Violence & Terror, Three Union Thugs Plead Guilty To Extortion

    Members of an Operating Engineers local union represented by National Labor Relations Board chairman Mark Pearce’s former law firm have pled guilty to violating the Hobbs Act. The charges against the men included violence, sabotage, threats, intimidation and extortion against their victims–all of whom were non-union contractors or their employees. Related: Union Lawyers Justify Buffalo Operating Engineers Violence. The following [emphasis added] was released by the FBI: BUFFALO, NY—The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that three members of Local 17 […]

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  • Ex-Government Union Boss Sentenced To Prison For Wire Fraud

    Ex-Government Union Boss Sentenced To Prison For Wire Fraud

    WMBB News 13 – The Panhandle’s News Leader Source: Danny L. Hubbard, 49, of Panama City, was sentenced today to serve 30 months in federal prison for committing wire fraud by stealing approximately $91,600 from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1380.

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  • An IBEW Boss Who Stole From Union Members To Give His Sweetheart A Job Goes To Trial

    An IBEW Boss Who Stole From Union Members To Give His Sweetheart A Job Goes To Trial

    In New Jersey, ex-IBEW union boss, Business Manager Richard “Buzzy” Dressel is on trial, accused of embezzling more than $350,000 from Local 164 and its apprentice program to enrich the woman who later became his wife. Dressel’s co-defendant,  John M. DeBouter, was the local former president, is on voluntary leave from his post as director of training. According to NorthJersey.com, what began as a program to counter alcohol abuse in the local, turned into quite a lucrative gig for Kathleen Libonati who […]

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  • Steelworker Boss Gets Probations For Stealing To Go To Stanley Cup

    Steelworker Boss Gets Probations For Stealing To Go To Stanley Cup

    One must wonder if the hockey game was worse the hassle… A one-time top United Steelworkers official from Butler County was spared prison time but will serve 2 years’ probation for embezzling union funds. Charles Rocha, 44, of Cranberry Township was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine as part of his sentence handed down Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh. Rocha, pleaded guilty in March to pilfering $418.68 in union funds to cover expenses related to a 2009 trip […]

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