• Clinton’s Vow To Union Bosses: If Elected, Card Check, Binding Arbitration Bill Will Be Resurrected

    Clinton’s Vow To Union Bosses: If Elected, Card Check, Binding Arbitration Bill Will Be Resurrected

    Last week, Hillary CLinton and her competitors for the 2016 Democratic nomination* each met privately with the top leaders of the nation’s unions in individual attempts to woo the AFL-CIO executives into granting the labor federation’s much-coveted AFL-CIO endorsement. While, at this point, HIllary Clinton’s main rival for the sought-after endorsement is the socialist Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, Clinton did not hesitate in dangling a carrot in front of the AFL-CIO Executive Council’s nose. According to a report from the […]

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  • In Profanity-Laced Tirade, CWA President Calls Verizon Exec A “Piece of Sh*t” At Union Rally

    In Profanity-Laced Tirade, CWA President Calls Verizon Exec A “Piece of Sh*t” At Union Rally

    Last weekend, at a large rally in New York City, the new president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Chris Shelton, ripped into Verizon and its management, calling Verizon’s Executive Vice President a “piece of sh*t,” as well as using other profane terms in describing the telecommunications giant’s executives. Verizon’s contract with the CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) expires at midnight, August 1st, and the unions have gotten strike authorization from their respective 39,000 members—which […]

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  • SEIU Critic: SEIU-UHW Spent $35 Million On Calif. Hospital Deal, Produced Zero New Members

    SEIU Critic: SEIU-UHW Spent $35 Million On Calif. Hospital Deal, Produced Zero New Members

    It seems unfathomable that a union could spend $35 million of its members’ money to get an employer—or, in this case, a group of employers—to agree to allow themselves to become unionized without putting up any kind of fight. Then, once getting the employers to step aside for the union, to utterly fail to win one single new union member. Yet, according to Stern Burger With Fries (SBWF)—a pro-union blog critical of the Service Employees International Union and its affiliates—the […]

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  • NLRB’s Ambush Election Rules Are Here To Stay (For Now)

    NLRB’s Ambush Election Rules Are Here To Stay (For Now)

    Employers and business groups who had pinned their hopes in stopping the National Labor Relations Board’s so-called “ambush election rules” on a pair of federal lawsuits had a setback on Wedesnday. According to Law360, judge Amy Berman Jackson, who was appointed by President Obama in 2011, struck down the U.S. Chamber’s lawsuit on Wednesday: A District of Columbia federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s new […]

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  • What Chris Christie Said About Marijuana Is Going To Upset Some Union Bosses

    What Chris Christie Said About Marijuana Is Going To Upset Some Union Bosses

    Not that unions are particularly fond of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie—who, along with 14 15 other Republicans, recently announced he is running for President—but what he said on Wednesday (via Politico) about his intentions regarding the use of marijuana will leave some union bosses bristling. “Marijuana is against the law in the states and it should be enforced in all 50 states,” the New Jersey governor said on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning. “That’s the law and the Christie […]

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  • The HIll: NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule Having “Little Effect On Unionization”

    The HIll: NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule Having “Little Effect On Unionization”

    The National Labor Relations Board’s much-criticized “ambush election” rules, which went into effect on April 14th is having a minimal effect on the amount of union election petitions filed, or on union win rates, according to the Hill. So far, 18 elections have occurred within two weeks since the new rules went into effect.  However, the regulations seem to have a minimal effect on unionization. Labor is winning 63 percent of union elections since the new rules went into effect, […]

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  • Union Bosses Meeting With 2016 Dem Candidates. . . .and Mike Huckabee?

    Union Bosses Meeting With 2016 Dem Candidates. . . .and Mike Huckabee?

    The top leaders of many of America’s unions are meeting today in Silver Spring, Maryland with the (announced) 2016 Democratic candidates. However, one surprise meeting attendee is Republican candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Via KVNU: Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Wednesday? …. The AFL-CIO Executive Council meets in Silver Spring, Maryland to host several presidential candidates including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Mike Huckabee is the lone Republican. The candidates will […]

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  • UAW Affiliate Wants Police Union Kicked Out Of AFL-CIO

    UAW Affiliate Wants Police Union Kicked Out Of AFL-CIO

    Cops “masquerade as members of the working class…” The International Union of Police Associations, a union comprised of law enforcement officers “from California to Massachusetts, Minnesota to Florida, and across the Mid-West” has been a member of the AFL-CIO since 1979. Now, however, a large California-based affiliate of the United Auto Workers wants the IUPA kicked out of the union federation. Claiming police have “utilized union resources to defend brutality and anti-Blackness,” United Auto Workers Local 2865’s Black Interests Coordinating […]

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  • Lowering Minimum Expectations: Union Coalition Breaks From #FightFor15 In Oregon

    Lowering Minimum Expectations: Union Coalition Breaks From #FightFor15 In Oregon

    After nearly three years of union-funded protests nationwide to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, in Oregon, a large and diverse group of unions and their allies are now lowering their “demands” to $13.50 per hour. via The Orgonian: A powerful union-led coalition announced Wednesday that it will push for a $13.50 minimum wage in Oregon — putting the group at odds with not only the state’s major business groups but with a separate group seeking a $15 […]

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  • Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Goes ‘All-In’ For $15 Min. Wage

    Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Goes ‘All-In’ For $15 Min. Wage

    As the SEIU-backed campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour picks up steam in certain states and municipalities, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders [D-VT] introduced legistlation last week seeking to establish a $15 minimum wage. One of those candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Mr. Sanders, more than any other contender for the Democratic nomination, has highlighted the subject repeatedly during […]

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  • Shock: As UAW Begins Detroit Three Negotiations, Mitsubishi Announces It Is Leaving U.S.

    Shock: As UAW Begins Detroit Three Negotiations, Mitsubishi Announces It Is Leaving U.S.

    As the United Auto Workers enters into negotiations with the ‘Detroit Three” for a new contract, Japanese auto maker Mitsubishi dealt a blow to the UAW on Friday by announcing it will be closing its Normal, Illinois plant by November and leaving the U.S. entirely. The plant’s closure means that approzimately 1,900 employees will soon be out of jobs. Many of those employees are represented by the United Auto Workers and the union’s contract expires next month. For employees, the […]

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  • New York Wage Board Proposes Phased-In Increases For Fast Food Workers

    New York Wage Board Proposes Phased-In Increases For Fast Food Workers

    How this will affect other industries as they compete for labor will have to be determined by the market. However, for now, it appears the SEIU’s campaign to raise fast-food workers’ wages will be phased in a bit slower than many fast-food workers were likely expecting. While this has not been offcially put into effect, here is what the New York Wage Board is recommending: New York City (July 22, 2015) -Today the Fast Food Wage Board, appointed by Acting […]

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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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