• NLRB Website’s Security ‘Not Trusted’

    NLRB Website’s Security ‘Not Trusted’

    Visitors paying a visit to the National Labor Relations Board’s website on Wednesday afternoon may have encountered the following warning screen: It is unknown whether the site is temporarily down due to security issues, or if there are deeper issues with the site.

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  • It’s Official: National Labor College Is Closing For Good

    It’s Official: National Labor College Is Closing For Good

    This must be just another sign of the times for today’s union bosses: Four decades after a labor studies center formed on 47 sprawling acres near the Beltway, the National Labor College will conduct its final commencement ceremony Saturday at the Silver Spring campus. The institution, affiliated with the AFL-CIO, fell on hard financial times in the past few years. Officials thought they had a buyer for the campus last year in a partnership with Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal […]

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  • Congress Should Investigate UAW’s Neutrality Agreement & Works Council Scam At VW

    Congress Should Investigate UAW’s Neutrality Agreement & Works Council Scam At VW

    On Monday, with their Southern Strategy in peril after their devastating defeat at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, United Auto Workers bosses abruptly abandoned their attempt at creating a media circus by withdrawing their absurd election objections with the National Labor Relations Board. A short time after the UAW’s failure to appear at the NLRB (leaving some pro-UAW supporters rather dumbfounded), the NLRB certified the election that took place in mid-February where a majority of VW employees rejected UAW representation. This, however, […]

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  • [VIDEO] Obama’s NLRB Wants Companies To Turn Over Employee Addresses, Phone Numbers, E-Mail Addresses

    [VIDEO] Obama’s NLRB Wants Companies To Turn Over Employee Addresses, Phone Numbers, E-Mail Addresses

    Back story here.

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  • Who’s The Boss? CWA May Bid To Buy Parent of Philly Papers

    Who’s The Boss? CWA May Bid To Buy Parent of Philly Papers

    If the CWA does buy a piece of the newspaper chain that owns the Philadelphia Inquirer and other properties, the conflict of its members’ interests seems to be an obvious one. The largest union at The Inquirer’s parent company is having “ongoing discussions” with about six potential partners to join the bidding for the company, a union executive testified Wednesday. The possible bidders include the Communications Workers of America and multimillionaire Raymond Perelman, according to Bill Ross, executive director of […]

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  • [Video] UAW Stabbed Temps In The Backs, Says Member Activist

    [Video] UAW Stabbed Temps In The Backs, Says Member Activist

    “I just think it’s totally wrong what they’re doing. The UAW just stabbed us all in the back,” said UAW member Linda Bouchard. Read the whole thing here.

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  • SEIU Petitions Obama-NLRB To Unionize Left’s Media Matters

    SEIU Petitions Obama-NLRB To Unionize Left’s Media Matters

    Over the years, the Left-wing Media Matters has taken it upon itself to criticize the “Right” for its opposition to unions’ attempt to effectively eliminate workers’ right to secret-ballot elections on whether or not to unionize. Due to its apparent penchant to having employers unionized based on “card check,” it would seem that Media Matters’ CEO David Brock would be against forcing his workers to go through the arduous process of actually voting for the Service Employees International Union, rather […]

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  • MSNBC Host Al Sharpton Rakes in Union Cash

    MSNBC Host Al Sharpton Rakes in Union Cash

    MSNBC host and world-renowned race hustler Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), which paid Sharpton $241,402 in 2012, has received over $3.6 million from labor unions since 2005.

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  • Demanding Up to 40% In Wage Hikes, SEIU Strikes Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Demanding Up to 40% In Wage Hikes, SEIU Strikes Johns Hopkins Hospital

    After demanding (and failing to get) up to 40% in wage hikes at Baltimore’s John Hopkins Hospital, the SEIU has decided to pull 2,000 of its members out on a three-day strike. via Popular Resistance: More is covered at In These Times Some 2,000 union workers went out on strike Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in a protest aimed primarily at exposing low wages at Baltimore’s second biggest employer and one of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals. Members of 1199SEIU […]

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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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  • Using Union-Bought Legislators, Teamsters Try To Block Craft Beer Competition

    Using Union-Bought Legislators, Teamsters Try To Block Craft Beer Competition

    Unions, never happy with a free market, often try to curtail competition by having their union-bought political allies pass legislation. Such is the case in Minnesota, where a Teamsters-backed bill is moving through the state legislature to block members of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild from opening taprooms and selling glass jugs, “growlers,” of beer on Sunday. Local craft beer has grown from a neighborhood economic boost to a tourism draw and even a lifestyle and political force. Because of […]

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  • New Jersey Adds Government Jobs, Blames Winter For Private Sector Losses

    New Jersey Adds Government Jobs, Blames Winter For Private Sector Losses

    Already plagued with having the highest property taxes in the nation, if New Jersey governor is going to be running for President in 2016, he’s going to have to do better than this: New Jersey’s unemployment rate in February held at 7.1 percent from January, but the month did see the loss of 3,700 total public- and private-sector jobs, according to a report Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The job losses were concentrated in the […]

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  • Taxed Enough Already: AFSCME Wants Illinois Taxpayers To Fork Over $112 Million For Back Pay

    Taxed Enough Already: AFSCME Wants Illinois Taxpayers To Fork Over $112 Million For Back Pay

    via the Southern.com: The largest state employee union is calling on lawmakers to make room in next year’s budget for back pay owed to more than 24,000 state employees. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is pushing for a supplemental appropriation to pay an estimated $112 million in back wages owed to employees who didn’t receive pay wage increases obligated in their union contracts from July 2011 to July 2013 because no money was appropriated for the […]

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  • Union Lessons on GOTV and Phone Banking

    Union Lessons on GOTV and Phone Banking

    It’s a given that the only way a party/candidate/cause can win elections is by having more ballots in the box than the other side. In most elections, whether they be political elections or workplace elections, unions maintain a superior ability to “get out the vote” most of the time. Therefore, when the pro-union LaborNotes publishes an article (specifically, about internal union elections) detailing some of the myths and facts on GOTV and phone banking, it is worth a read as […]

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  • Unions Fight For Dues Survival In Pennsylvania

    Unions Fight For Dues Survival In Pennsylvania

    Unions claim they are altruistic organizations. However, when the collection of union dues are at stake, they become apoplectic: Union members from across Pennsylvania traveled to York City on Wednesday to rally against a state House bill they say will crush unions and kill the middle class. Dozens of Teamsters held signs in Cherry Lane Courtyard, announcing opposition to House Bill 1507. If passed, the bill would prohibit the automatic deduction of union dues and political contributions from the paychecks […]

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  • From The Union Arsenal: How Unions Outspent Business 2 to 1 In SeaTac’s Minimum Wage Battle

    From The Union Arsenal: How Unions Outspent Business 2 to 1 In SeaTac’s Minimum Wage Battle

    If you haven’t heard, the city of SeaTac, Washington (a city of roughly 27,000) is jacking up its minimum wage to $15 an hour. It was the result of a union-funded campaign and, as forewarning to employers, if it hasn’t already, it is something that is likely coming to a city near you. As unions have found it difficult to unionize more employers the traditional way, they have turned to alternative strategies, including Worker Centers and the fight to increase […]

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