• Unions Wail As Wisconsin Is Well On Its Way To Becoming Nation’s 25th Right-To-Work State

    Unions Wail As Wisconsin Is Well On Its Way To Becoming Nation’s 25th Right-To-Work State

    Whether or not it was high on his agenda, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will likely have a bill sitting on his desk next week awating his signature to make Wisconsin the 25th Right-To-Work state in the nation…and unions are not happy. Late Wednesday evening, the Wisconsin state senate voted 17-15 to pass the bill outlawing mandatory fee payments to unions. The bill next goes to the state assembly, where it is likely to pass as well. As expected, despite giving […]

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  • Unions throw millions at data firm accused of breaking election law

    Unions throw millions at data firm accused of breaking election law

    Labor unions have paid Catalist, a consulting firm accused of illegal coordination with hundreds of Democratic campaigns, more than $10 million since 2007. Conservative nonprofit Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against the company last week. The complaint alleges Catalist LLC, the Democratic National Committee and more than 300 Democrat campaigns have broken federal election law. A “progressive” data and technology vendor based in Washington, D.C., Catalist is backed by the National Education Association, Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO and […]

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  • Unions’ Tool: CNN misleads readers on unionization and wage rates

    Unions’ Tool: CNN misleads readers on unionization and wage rates

    Unionization does not automatically lead to better wages. However, you wouldn’t know that if you’re a reader of CNN’s website. CNN, the network that Ted Turner started, appears to have taken up the labor movement’s quasi-political campaign to make raising wages primary campaign issue in 2016. On Tuesday, CNN posted an article entitled Want a Raise? Join A Union. In the first half of the article, along with the title of the post, the writer uses Bureau of Labor Statistics […]

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  • Workers Cross Picket Lines As Union Threatens To Expand Oil Refinery Strike

    Workers Cross Picket Lines As Union Threatens To Expand Oil Refinery Strike

    United Steelworkers Strike Continues After Rejecting Royal Dutch Shell Latest Offer http://t.co/GgwqnOY9Sq $RDS.A pic.twitter.com/iYHKAPZIqE — Bidness Etc (@Bidnessetc) February 20, 2015 The United Steelworkers’ nearly-month long oil refinery strike is showing no signs of ending soon, based on a Reuters report and could spread “if talks over improved safety conditions do not resume soon.” With more than 6,500 union workers out on strike at 15 of the nation’s refineries, talks between the union and the industry’s lead negotiator, Shell Oil […]

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  • Police and Bomb-Sniffing Dogs On Hand Before Protests Over WI Right-To-Work Begin

    Police and Bomb-Sniffing Dogs On Hand Before Protests Over WI Right-To-Work Begin

    As union protestors head to Wisconsin’s state capitol today and tomorrow, they will be met by police and bomb-sniffing dogs, according to USNews.com. This week, a bill to change the state to a Right-to-Work state is being taken up on Tuesday, drawing union protestors back to Madison–the sight where, in 2011, tens of thousands protested Governor Scott Walker’s public-sector collective bargaining reforms. The AFL-CIO, according to USNews, anticipates 800 people at the noontime protests planned for both Tuesday and Wednesday. […]

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  • #WIUnions & Activists Begin Calls For General Strike Over Right-To-Work Push

    #WIUnions & Activists Begin Calls For General Strike Over Right-To-Work Push

    As Wisconsin considers becoming the nation’s 25th Right-To-Work state, unions are up in arms and planning to protest the state capitol on Tuesday. In some corners, however, some are proposing something more radical—a “general strike.” With union membership plummeting in the state, whether or not Wisconsin unions and their allies could actually pull off a general strike that gets noticed is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, according to The Devil’s Advocates Radio Network, there are leanings toward that end: Madison-A unanimous vote […]

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  • With Labor Dispute Settled, West Coast Ports May Take Up To Three Months For ‘Normalcy’

    With Labor Dispute Settled, West Coast Ports May Take Up To Three Months For ‘Normalcy’

    Over the weekend, following a threat to order the bickering parties to Washington if they could not get an agreement, management of 29 West Coast ports and union dockworkers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) reached a tentative deal. Dockworkers are now back on the job and are beginning to unload a backlog of container ships that have been sitting at sea–many of them for weeks. Getting the docks back to a “sense of normalcy,” however, will […]

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  • As Gas Prices Rise, Steelworkers Order More Members On Strike As Oil Refinery Strike Enters 4th Week

    As Gas Prices Rise, Steelworkers Order More Members On Strike As Oil Refinery Strike Enters 4th Week

    Over the weekend, as their partial nationwide strike enters its fourth week, the United Steelworkers called on workers at three more refineries–including workers at the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas–as well as a chemical plant to join 11 other refineries out on the picket lines. Reuters reported that the union and Shell were near an agreement on Friday, except the other oil companies did not like direction of the possible agreement. Shell […]

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  • Snowballs! U.S. Labor Secretary Threatens Relocation To D.C. If No Settlement In Port Dispute

    Snowballs! U.S. Labor Secretary Threatens Relocation To D.C. If No Settlement In Port Dispute

    If talks between the ILWU and management of the West Coast ports was icy before, things may get a lot colder if the two sides don’t reach an agreement by later today, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The nation’s top labor official ratcheted up pressure on the two sides haggling over a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, reportedly saying if they don’t reach an agreement by Friday, they’ll have to leave California and negotiate in Washington. […]

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  • Fox, Meet Hen House: Detroit City Council Appoints Union Leader For Vacancy

    Fox, Meet Hen House: Detroit City Council Appoints Union Leader For Vacancy

    In a city like Detroit, where unions have long left their indelible mark, this should not come as a shock. Via the Detroit News: The City Council on Tuesday appointed and quickly swore in a union leader to fill its vacant at-large seat. Janee Ayers, 33, recording secretary for the UNITE HERE! Local 24 that represents about 6,000 hospitality workers, became the second union leader to join a council that traditionally has sympathy for organized labor. The council voted 6-2 […]

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  • Perez To The Rescue: Labor secretary dispatched to unblock West Coast ports

    Perez To The Rescue: Labor secretary dispatched to unblock West Coast ports

    With an estimated cost to the U.S. economy of $2 billion per day at stake, it seemed inevitable that the White House would eventually need to get involved in the West Coast ports labor dispute. Now, it appears that U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez will be heading west in an attempt to unclog the West Coast ports. via Reuters: A partial shutdown of 29 U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third day on Monday ahead of the U.S. labor […]

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  • Ratted Out: IBEW Incurs Wrath of Sheet Metal Workers’ Union For Crossing Picket Line

    Ratted Out: IBEW Incurs Wrath of Sheet Metal Workers’ Union For Crossing Picket Line

    San Francisco is generally known as a “union town,” where union brothers and sisters share in their gains and losses…together. Where the union term ‘solidarity’ still means sticking together. It appears, though, that times, they are a changin’ as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has gone and done the unthinkable—crossed a fellow union’s picket line. via the San Francisco Examiner: “I’ve never seen anything like it in 40 years,” said Bruce Word, president of the Western States Council of […]

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  • Union Corruption Report: January 2015

    Union Corruption Report: January 2015

    Despite the frigid temperatures, January appeared to be a busy month for the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards. Below is a list of criminal actions taken by OLMs in January 2015: On January 21, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Evelyn Romero, President of United Industrial and Service Workers of America (UISWA), located in Colton, Calif., was charged in a 39-count indictment for conspiracy (18 U.S.C. 371); theft in connection with […]

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  • Ex-Union Boss Convicted: Oversaw Campaign of Violence, Vandalism Against Non-Union Contractors

    Ex-Union Boss Convicted: Oversaw Campaign of Violence, Vandalism Against Non-Union Contractors

    The jury has decided: Guilty on all counts, according to the New York Times… A former union leader was found guilty on Tuesday of extortion, racketeering and conspiracy for overseeing a campaign of violence and vandalism intended to force nonunion contractors to hire union members. After deliberating for four days, a jury convicted Joseph Dougherty, a former business manager of Local 401 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, on all six counts against him […]

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  • Teamsters Place Sikorsky Local Under Trusteeship For Officers’ Financial Abuses

    Teamsters Place Sikorsky Local Under Trusteeship For Officers’ Financial Abuses

    A Connecticut-based Teamster local has been placed into trusteeship by its international parent union—the International Brotherhood of Teamsters—for financial mismanagement and abuse by its local officers. Teamsters Local 1150 represents more than 4,800 Sikorsky employees, including 3,506 in Connecticut. 549 in Alabama, and 736 in Florida. The Independent Review Board, which has been investigating corruption within the Teamsters as part of a 1989 consent decree with the U.S. Justice Dept., issued a report citing “various failures by former President Harvey […]

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  • The 2014 Union Corruption Report: A Year In Review

    The 2014 Union Corruption Report: A Year In Review

    With a union-friendly administration, 2014 was not as busy as in previous years for the union-corruption police at the U.S. Department of Labor, the following is a listing of Department of Labor actions taken in 2014 to combat union corruption: On December 10, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Paul Florez, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3922 (located in El Paso, Tex.), was charged in a one-count indictment for […]

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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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