• As Detroit Three Negotiations Near, UAW ‘Disappointed’ Automakers Expanding In Mexico

    As Detroit Three Negotiations Near, UAW ‘Disappointed’ Automakers Expanding In Mexico

    As contract negotiations begin this summer between the United Auto Workers and the ‘Detroit Three,’ Ford confirmed Friday it plans to invest $2.5 billion to build new engines and transmissions in Mexico, according to the Detroit Free Press. This comes on the heels of Toyota Motor saying last Wednesday that it will invest $1 billion in a new Mexican car factory and Honda Motor recently opened a plant there. What’s more, according to the USA Today, Audi, not content to share a factory […]

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  • Union Cancels Boeing Election, Claims Organizers Threatened At Gun Point During Home Visits

    Union Cancels Boeing Election, Claims Organizers Threatened At Gun Point During Home Visits

    It seems at least a few residents of South Carolina do not take kindly to having union organizers visiting their homes. At least that is the claim the International Association of Machinists—which brought in 125 organizers to conduct door-to-door vists at the homes of Boeing’s South Carolina-based employees—is making. As the union had previously said it might do, the IAM has withdrawn its petition for an election at Boeing’s plant in North Charleston after it claims its organizers were threatened […]

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  • As NLRB’s April 22nd election nears, Boeing reminds South Carolina employees to vote

    As NLRB’s April 22nd election nears, Boeing reminds South Carolina employees to vote

    Although, fearing a loss, the Machinists union may cancel the NLRB election (by withdrawing its election petition) currently scheduled for April 22nd, Boeing is reminding its South Carolina-based employees about the importsance of voting in a new video posted on the company’s facebook page. The outcome of NLRB elections—like political elections—are based only on those people who show up in vote. For example, if only 100 employees vote out of the more than 3,000 employees eligible Boeing employees, the union […]

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  • Your Privacy Has Just Been Compromised, Thanks To Obama’s NLRB

    Your Privacy Has Just Been Compromised, Thanks To Obama’s NLRB

    If you are an employee of a company that is union-free, take heed. On April 14th, Barack Obama’s appointees at the National Labor Relations Board enacted what are referred to as “ambush election rules.” In addition to drastically shortening the timeframe from a union petitioning to hold an election and the NLRB conducting the election, the union attorneys at the NLRB are now mandating that companies facing a union election must now provide a list of: Employee voters’ names Their […]

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  • Equal Pay? Unionized Women Make Less Than Unionized Men, According to Government Stats

    Equal Pay? Unionized Women Make Less Than Unionized Men, According to Government Stats

    When Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift told a group in Lansing that if women want equal pay they should join a union, she probably did not expect anyone to challenge her assertion. Nevertheless, Michigan Capitol Confidential did, in fact, look into the union president’s claim and came up with some startling facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Men in unions made 11 percent more than women in 2014, according to the BLS. Male union members had median weekly earnings […]

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  • #FightFor15 Union Bosses Refuse To Acknowledge ‘Simple Facts,’ Says Council of Chain Restaurants

    #FightFor15 Union Bosses Refuse To Acknowledge ‘Simple Facts,’ Says Council of Chain Restaurants

    On Wednesday, as millions of Americans rushed to file their income tax returns, as part of its 4+-year old multi-million dollar plan to unionize the fast-food industry, the Service Employees International Union staged protests around the nation. In response to the protests, Rob Green, Executive Director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants issued the following statement: “Not surprisingly, the leadership in organized labor refuses to acknowledge simple facts. First, the marketplace is working as several major employers are taking […]

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  • SEIU’s #FightFor15 Protests: A Not-So-Brilliant Plan On Tax Day

    SEIU’s #FightFor15 Protests: A Not-So-Brilliant Plan On Tax Day

    Background: The SEIU has spent $50 million in the past two years alone to unionize fast-food workers. The SEIU’s plan was hatched in 2009 and officially launched in 2012. The SEIU stands to reap millions upon millions in union dues if successful. Raising wages to a mandated $10.10 an hour has already closed fast-food restaurants on Marine and Navy bases. The $15 an hour wage fight was chosen arbitrarily, without studies or data.

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  • Unions’ Pelosi-Like Pitch To Workers: You Have To Pass The Union To Find Out What’s In It…

    Unions’ Pelosi-Like Pitch To Workers: You Have To Pass The Union To Find Out What’s In It…

    In 2010, during the debate over the so-called Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] made the statement “you have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Within two weeks, employees at Boeing’s plant in North Charleston, South Carolina may* be voting to determine whether or not to become unionized by the International Association of Machinists. [* The union has indicated that it may withdraw its petition for the election if […]

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  • Bombshell: Did the Machinists Union’s Organizers Commit Forgery At Delta Air Lines?

    Bombshell: Did the Machinists Union’s Organizers Commit Forgery At Delta Air Lines?

    Earlier this week, the International Association of Machinists abruptly withdrew its application to hold an election in an attempt to unionize Delta Air Lines’ 20,000 flight attendants. In announcing its withdrawal, the union stated that its reason was due to “a number of the cards submitted…contain insufficient information or questionable signatures.” What the union did not say, however, is that its withdrawal was due to what appeared to have been fradulent signatures (also known as forgery) and that the matter […]

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  • Here’s a few ‘Union Home Visit Survival Tool’ ideas for Boeing SC employees

    Here’s a few ‘Union Home Visit Survival Tool’ ideas for Boeing SC employees

    On Thursday, the International Association of Machinists announced that it has dispatched 125 union organizers to go door-to-door and “blitz” the South Carolina homes of Boeing’s employees in order to persuade them into voting to unionize. As union home visits are but one of the many tactics in a union’s arsenal, Boeing employees may or may not be aware of the fact that the National Labor Relations Board permits unions to issue “misleading campaign propoganda”—which includes false promises—in order to […]

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  • Unfare Smear? Using False Rape Charges, Chicago’s Union Cabbies Go After Uber and Lyft

    Unfare Smear? Using False Rape Charges, Chicago’s Union Cabbies Go After Uber and Lyft

    For obvious reasons, unions do not like having non-union competition. Very simply, to a union, non-union competition undermines the economic job security of a union’s members, as well as takes money from a union’s coffers. As with other industries, the unionized taxi cab industry is no exception. Since the inception of alternative transportation to taxi cabs, as more fares get drawn to “ride share” companies like Uber and Lyft, unions have fought to either unionize the drivers or shut them […]

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  • In South Carolina, Machinists Union Deploys 125 Organizers, May Withdraw From Boeing Election

    In South Carolina, Machinists Union Deploys 125 Organizers, May Withdraw From Boeing Election

    On Thursday, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) posted a video on its website announcing that it has sent 125 people to go “door-to-door” to talk to Boeing workers in South Carolina about their upcoming NLRB election on April 22. This comes on the heels of the union cancelling its attempt to unionize 20,000 flight attendants at Delta Air Lines due to signatures that the National Mediation Board stated were submitted “with fraudulent signatures in possible violation of federal law.” […]

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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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  • 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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