• Steelworkers Dispute Claims of Gunfire, Threats of Violence In Kentucky Lockout

    Steelworkers Dispute Claims of Gunfire, Threats of Violence In Kentucky Lockout

    Last week, Century Aluminum locked out 560 employees represented by the United Steelworkers. Earlier this week, company officials sent a letter to the union stating that picketers have “made violent anonymous threats against the spouses and children of salaried employees. They say rocks have been thrown at vehicles, and there are reports of gunfire.” In response, the United Steelworkers issued a press release disputing the company’s claims. The United Steelworkers (USW) today disputed allegations of picket line misconduct made by […]

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  • Hillary Clinton Says She Stands ‘Firmly’ With Unions (Except On Trade)

    Hillary Clinton Says She Stands ‘Firmly’ With Unions (Except On Trade)

    Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in Chicago Wednesday speaking at an event hosted by the Service Employees International Union. via Bloomberg Politics’ Jennifer Epstein: Hillary Clinton offered a strong endorsement Wednesday of the labor movement’s guiding principles at a time when some in the movement have expressed a measure of impatience with her unwillingness to commit to a position on trade. “We have to stand firmly together and united on behalf of your right to organize, your right to bargain collectively, your […]

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  • United Ain’t Wanted: Alabama Workers Vote For Fifth Time To Kick UAW Out

    United Ain’t Wanted: Alabama Workers Vote For Fifth Time To Kick UAW Out

    Q: What union is like a bad cold that you just can’t shake? A: Apparently, the Unted Auto Workers. In the fifth election in two years, workers at NTN-Bowers in Alabama voted 74-52 on Tuesday to decertify the United Auto Workers, according to the Washington Free Beacon. Union opponents have received legal assistance from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation throughout the process. NRTW spokesman Patrick Semmens said the fifth vote should settle any doubts about the will […]

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  • The Teamsters’ Sinking Ship: Central States Pension Fund Is “Headed For Financial Failure…”

    The Teamsters’ Sinking Ship: Central States Pension Fund Is “Headed For Financial Failure…”

    A recent letter sent to Teamsters who are collecting, or expect to collect, a pension from the union’s troubled Central States Pension Fund reveals that for every $1 collected, the fund pays $3.46 to pensioners, leaving the plan “headed for financial failure” if immediate action isn’t taken. At the end of 2013, according to the last publicly available reports, the Central States Pension Plan had $17.7 billion in assets. However, it needs $53.2 billion to pay its present and future […]

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  • SEIU Wants Employees To Either Pay Dues Or Be Fired From Their Jobs

    SEIU Wants Employees To Either Pay Dues Or Be Fired From Their Jobs

    The State of Washington is not a Right-to-Work state. This allows unions to negotiate contracts that require employees to pay union fees as a condition of employment. However, when the SEIU didn’t have a contract in effect at Deaconess Hospital, four non-members did not pay fees to the union and, now, the SEIU wants them to pay or be fired. via the Spokesman.com: Four Deaconess Hospital employees say their jobs are being threatened because they didn’t pay union dues during […]

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  • It Takes A Village: SEIU & Other Leftists Push $168 Billion Nationalized Child Care Plan

    It Takes A Village: SEIU & Other Leftists Push $168 Billion Nationalized Child Care Plan

    Big Brother To Become Big Nanny? That the institutional Left constantly wants individuals to pay for the lifestyle choices others make (through taxes, subsidies, or “credits”) is nothing new. Whether it be free tuition, free healthcare, free birth control, or whatever else may be on the Left’s shopping list—everything comes at a cost. Now, it appears that the latest (but certainly not the last) item on the Left’s shopping list is an expensive ($168 billion) nationalized child care plan. Our […]

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  • NLRB: AFSCME Chapter Unlawfully Tried To Cause Employee Firing During Decertification

    NLRB: AFSCME Chapter Unlawfully Tried To Cause Employee Firing During Decertification

    When unions say they want employees to have “free choice” in having a union, all-too-often, it is a one-sided argument. While unions want employees to have a free choice to unionize, they typically do not want employees to have the same free choice in getting rid of an unwanted union. In many cases, unions will go to great lengths in trying to keep already-unionized employees in a union. Here is one such case: In New Jersey, when employees petitioned to […]

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  • How do you say ‘Oreo’ in Spanish? America’s most favorite cookie may soon be made in Mexico

    How do you say ‘Oreo’ in Spanish? America’s most favorite cookie may soon be made in Mexico

    The maker of America’s most favorite cookies, the Oreo, is deciding on whether to invest $130 million in its Mexico plant or upgrade its South Chicago plant, and its decision may hinge on discussions with the unions that represent its Chicago-based employees, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Mondelez International, the maker of Oreos and Chips Ahoy cookies, will start talks Friday with its labor unions to decide whether a bakery on Chicago’s South Side or a plant in Mexico […]

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  • epa04746048 The remains of an Amtrak train that derailed on its way from Washington, DC to New York City are seen just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA,13 May 2015. A passenger train derailed outside the city of Philadelphia in the eastern United States late 12 May, killing five people, local authorities said. Mayor Michael Nutter told reporters that seven cars had derailed and described the scene as 'an absolute, disastrous mess.' He said over 50 people had been injured, local media reported. Some were in serious condition. Train operator Amtrak reported that there were about 238 passengers and five crew members on board the train, which was on its way from Washington, DC to New York City. All services between New York and Philadelphia were cancelled, media reported.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

    Blame Game: Teamsters’ affiliate blames management, White House blames GOP for deadly Amtrak crash

    On Tuesday evening, an Amtrak train traveling from Washington, DC to New York derailed North of Philadelphia, killing at least seven and injuring over 200 passengers. Initial National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that the train was traveling at more than 100 mph—twice the speed limit for the curve—when the train crashed. Sumwalt: Authorized speed in the curve was 50 mph. Speed when “engineer induced braking” was applied was 106 mph. #Amtrak — NTSB (@NTSB) May 13, 2015 Despite the […]

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  • United Against Women? Where was the UAW when gross sexual harassment was going on?

    United Against Women? Where was the UAW when gross sexual harassment was going on?

    There is a long and disturbing class-action lawsuit that has been filed against Ford Motor Company at its Chicago assembly and stamping plants. The fact that Ford’s 4,000 employees (of which more than 1,000 are women) at the two plants are represented by the United Auto Workers raises additional troublesome questions. The allegations within the 143-page lawsuit include gross sexual harassment, attempted rape, racial discrimination, as well as retaliation against more than 30 women. The allegations include but are not […]

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  • If AFL-CIO boss wants share-holders to decide CEO pay, why can’t union members decide his?

    If AFL-CIO boss wants share-holders to decide CEO pay, why can’t union members decide his?

    Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, is a vocal critic of the pay CEOs receive. So much so, in fact, that Trumka appeared on CNBC and pushed the position that shareholders should be given the power to decide CEO pay. Shareholders should be given the power to decide CEO pay to fix a system that leads to outsized executive compensation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Wednesday. “Shareholders don’t get to decide what CEOs make. There’s a compensation committee that does […]

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  • With One Lockout Ongoing In Texas, 560 Steelworkers Get Locked Out In Kentucky

    With One Lockout Ongoing In Texas, 560 Steelworkers Get Locked Out In Kentucky

    wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather Century Aluminum locked out 560 workers represented by the United Steel Workers in Hawesville, Kentucky after voting on Monday to reject the company’s latest “last, best and final” contract proposal. The union’s latest contract rejection, followed a prior (third) contract rejection that included a 15 percent wage increase over five years, according to Reuters, . At issue in the negotiations are health insurance and wages. Century said last week that Hawesville employees’ contribution rates would be below […]

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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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  • 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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