• 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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  • Missouri group fighting right-to-work is a Carpenters union front

    Missouri group fighting right-to-work is a Carpenters union front

    The Committee to Protect MO Families, a “broad-based coalition” fighting right-to-work, is run by the Carpenters union.

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  • Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste: Union uses live TV killings as call to ‘build safe workplaces’

    Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste: Union uses live TV killings as call to ‘build safe workplaces’

    On Wednesday morning, television viewers in Virginia and journalists nationwide were stunned by the horrific on-air killings of a 24-year old reporter and her cameraman who were gunned down on-air by a digruntled ex-coworker who allegedly wanted to start a race war. As horrific as the killings were, by Wednesday afternoon, politicians—from Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe to Hillary Clinton—were quick to exploit the tragedies on social media for their own political agendas, specifically, greater gun control measures. “We have got […]

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  • How Organizers ‘Inoculate’ Workers To Companies’ Messages During Union Campaigns

    How Organizers ‘Inoculate’ Workers To Companies’ Messages During Union Campaigns

    Despite the fact that unions fail to achieve first time contracts for newly unionized workers nearly 50% of the time, for more than a decade, unions have been winning a significant majority of NLRB-conducted elections. Unions win elections through a varity of tactics. These tactics include (but are not limited to) making implied (or actual) promises to targeted workers, paying workers to get their co-workers to sign up with the union, sending union “moles” into companies, as well as a […]

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  • Take-Down? Teamsters Tag-Team With UNITE-HERE To Unionize UFC Fighters

    Take-Down? Teamsters Tag-Team With UNITE-HERE To Unionize UFC Fighters

    Well, according to a union press release, this may prove to be one helluva fight… LAS VEGAS, Aug. 6, 2015 — Today, two of the largest unions in the “fight capital” of the world launched an initiative to organize MMA fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), the largest promoter of professional MMA events. “We have been surprised to learn how poorly these professional fighters are treated in the UFC. We want to help them to improve conditions for themselves […]

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  • Southern Pride: After Tragedy and Controversy, South Carolina Returns To Focus On Growth

    Southern Pride: After Tragedy and Controversy, South Carolina Returns To Focus On Growth

    South Carolina has been in the news a lot lately. Unfortunately, not all of it has been positive. Under the leadership of Governor Nikki Haley and other community leaders, the state is beginning to heal from the recent Charleston massacre and, once it was removed from the state’s capitol, it has largely moved past the Confederate flag controversy. Now, with Boeing, BMW, Michelin, and both Mercedes and Volvo planning to build plants in the Palmetto State, South Carolina is, once […]

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  • Verizon Union Leaders Blink: CWA & IBEW Cancel Strike Plans, Opt For ‘Plan B’ Instead

    Verizon Union Leaders Blink: CWA & IBEW Cancel Strike Plans, Opt For ‘Plan B’ Instead

    Only a week after CWA president Chris Shelton asked his members whether they were ready to “kick some a**” when their contract expired on August 1st, the CWA and IBEW announced that they would not walk off the job after all. Rather, in a sign of what may be argued by some as weakness on the part of union leadership, the two unions stated they will continue working without a contract and vowed, according to the CWA’s website, to “continue […]

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  • 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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  • 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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