• Machinists Union Tries E-Signatures To Get Toehold Into Boeing’s Charleston Plant

    Machinists Union Tries E-Signatures To Get Toehold Into Boeing’s Charleston Plant

    Now that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is allowing unions to gather employee signatures electronically, at least one union is attempting to utilize the new approach to try to unionize a long-sought after prize—the South Carolina-based employees of Boeing. After its failed attempt to unionize the Boeing workers earlier this year, the Machinists vowed that the union was not going to go away. While it is uncertain whether the new process will be rife with fraudulent data, the Machinists […]

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  • Demonizing The Donald: Vegas Union Targets Trump’s Latino Workers

    Demonizing The Donald: Vegas Union Targets Trump’s Latino Workers

    When Presidential candidate and real estate billionaire Donald Trump angered amnesty activists with his hard criticism of illegal immigrants, his remarks opened the door of opportunity for UNITE-HERE to target Trump’s non-union hotel workers in Las Vegas. In protests, Spanish language radio ads, press releases, and Facebook videos, organizers are highlighting Trump Hotel employees’ own immigrant stories, and channeling the Nevada Latino worker community’s outrage at the Republican presidential frontrunner into political and union engagement by a population that makes […]

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  • Missouri workers lose against labor union Goliath

    Missouri workers lose against labor union Goliath

    Missouri’s war over right-to-work has been a David versus Goliath struggle, with workers beset by special interests who want to keep taking money out of their pockets.

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  • MillerCoors To Close NC Plant Only Months After Teamsters Negotiate Contract With “Stability”

    MillerCoors To Close NC Plant Only Months After Teamsters Negotiate Contract With “Stability”

    A mere seven months after the Teamsters “overwhelmingly” ratified agreements covering 900 employees at two MillerCoors breweries—one in Texas, the other in North Carolina, the company has announced it will be closing its North Carolina brewery. The plant’s closure will cost more than 500 employees their jobs, reports the Wall Street Journal, and is the result of declining sales in part caused by increased competition from craft beers. According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, MillerCoors’ Eden, North Carolina produces Blue Moon […]

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  • Teamsters Vow To Honor UAW Picket Lines If Union Strikes Detroit Three Automakers

    Teamsters Vow To Honor UAW Picket Lines If Union Strikes Detroit Three Automakers

    If the United Auto Workers strike the Detroit Three automakers, Teamsters’ President James P. Hoffa vowed that his union’s members will join the UAW on the picket lines, according to JOC.com International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa promised on Labor Day that unionized car-haulers will support the UAW if the union calls a strike against any of Detroit’s Big Three car makers. “If the UAW goes on strike, I make a pledge on behalf of the 1.4 […]

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  • Without Mentioning “Union,” White House Goes All In For Workers’ Voice

    Without Mentioning “Union,” White House Goes All In For Workers’ Voice

    It must be a tough balancing act for President Obama to have so many corporate backers, yet still appease his friends in the union movement. Nevertheless, the White House does appear to be trying its best to appease both, Obama’s corporate cronies, as well as his friends inside the House of Labor on a new campaign page on the White House website announcing the “White House Summit on Worker Voice.” “A voice in the board room starts with a voice […]

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  • Shocking: Al Sharpton’s NAN claims no knowledge of union…while taking its money

    Shocking: Al Sharpton’s NAN claims no knowledge of union…while taking its money

    A casino company has called into question a “report” by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, accusing the company of racism, stating that NAN’s report is very similar to one issued by the labor union UNITE-HERE. via the Daily News: Zed Smith, the company’s chief operating officer, told the Daily News the charges contained in a report released Tuesday by the Philadelphia chapter of the National Action Network are “false and malicious” and are similar to allegations tied to a labor […]

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  • This Gallup Survey Won’t Help Union Organizers Win New Members

    This Gallup Survey Won’t Help Union Organizers Win New Members

    Just as Barack Obama’s successful 2008 campaign was built on a message of “hope and change” that resonated with dissatisfied Americans, union organizers usually only succeed when there is dissatisfaction in the workplace. And, if the level of dissatisfaction is what helps union organizers sell their brand of “hope and change,” the Gallup organization’s poll of American job satisfaction won’t be helping unions sell that message anytime soon. It seems that, according to the annual Gallup poll, Americans’ overall satisfaction […]

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  • A Union Manufacturing “Crisis?”Things are still ‘Made in the USA,’ only now made union-free

    A Union Manufacturing “Crisis?”
    Things are still ‘Made in the USA,’ only now made union-free

    Remember the “good old days,” when things were still manufactured in the U.S.? Well, unless you believe everything union bosses tell you, the fact of the matter is, things are still ‘Made in America.” The problem, at least for unions, is that less and less of those things are “union made.” Take a look at U.S. manufacturing jobs over the last 30 years and you can begin to see why unions are in such “crisis,” as AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka […]

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  • The NLRB To Now Allow E-Signatures Gathered From Social Media To Be Used For Election Petitions?

    The NLRB To Now Allow E-Signatures Gathered From Social Media To Be Used For Election Petitions?

    (It sure looks that way.) In the words of Vice President Joe Biden, “This is a BFD”…even bigger than BFI. On the heels of making making companies “joint employers” of subcontractors’ employees, in yet another move—one that may prove to have far greater impact—the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board appears to have just made union organizers’ jobs exponentially easier by allowing unions to gather “electronic signatures” (instead of real signatures) to file election petitions. via Lexology: Currently, […]

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  • Teamsters May Send Republic Airways Crashing Into Bankruptcy

    Teamsters May Send Republic Airways Crashing Into Bankruptcy

    Indianpolis-based Republic Airways may be headed into bankruptcy thanks to the Teamsters union leadership refusing to allow the airline’s pilots to vote on the company’s “last, best and final” contract offer. In a letter, International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James P. Hoffa told the pilots’ local union that the international “will not take the extraordinary step of ordering an election over the unanimous and emphatic objections of Local 357’s democratically elected local leadership.” Management’s offer, according to the Indianapolis Business […]

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  • $80 MIllion & Counting: SEIU Will Spend ‘Whatever It Takes’ To Unionize Fast Food Workers

    $80 MIllion & Counting: SEIU Will Spend ‘Whatever It Takes’ To Unionize Fast Food Workers

    Last year, according to reports on file with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Service Employees Internationals Union paid Scott Courtney $232,060 in total compensation. However, that is a mere pittance to the estimated nearly $80 million that the SEIU has shelled out in its nearly three-year battle to unionize the nation’s fast-food workers. Though his official SEIU title is “Deputy Chief of Staff,” according to a post in the Guardian, Courtney is the chief strategist of the SEIU’s Fight […]

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  • VA Hospital Union Official Arrested Following 19-Count Indictment for Bank Fraud, Forgery and Aggravated Identity Theft

    VA Hospital Union Official Arrested Following 19-Count Indictment for Bank Fraud, Forgery and Aggravated Identity Theft

    via the Department of Justice: BIRMINGHAM — Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested the former president of the federal employees union at Birmingham’s Veterans Affairs Hospital on charges she embezzled more than $132,000 from the local chapter. A federal grand jury last month indicted STEPHANIE HICKS, 43, of Birmingham, on bank fraud, forgery and aggravated identity theft charges. U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Special Agent in Charge Monty Stokes, and U.S. Department […]

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  • High Rollers: Union Boss Spending In Boilermakers’ Union Draws FBI Scrutiny

    High Rollers: Union Boss Spending In Boilermakers’ Union Draws FBI Scrutiny

    The majority hard-working union members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers have been dutifully paying their union dues without complaint. However, how their dues are spent may surprise some of them. In Pittsburgh, the FBI is investigating the leadership of the Boilermakers union local 154 and how as much as $1 million in union dues were spent, according to KDKA News. KDKA discovered large expenditures designated as “gifts,” including $270,00 spent at Best Buy over those three years. Over a […]

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  • Union Corruption Report: February 2015

    Union Corruption Report: February 2015

    February, a time for love and, apparently, union mischief… On February 24, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, David Hart, former Financial Secretary/Business Agent of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 324 (located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of misprision of a felony (18 U.S.C. 4) for failing to report to appropriate authorities the commission of extortion by another Local 324 official (18 U.S.C. 1951).  The plea follows a […]

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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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