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  • UAW Boss Is ‘Confident’ Volkwagen Will Let Union In Without An Employee Vote

    UAW Boss Is ‘Confident’ Volkwagen Will Let Union In Without An Employee Vote

    Following the United Auto Workers’ stinging election defeat at trying to unionize Volkswagen’s in Chattanooga, TN earlier this year, the UAW has become more determined to unionize VW’s employees without letting a secret-ballot election take place. via Times Free Press. A top United Auto Workers official said Friday that he’s confident Volkswagen will recognize Chattanooga Local 42 by bargaining with it as a members’ union. “In the U.S. system, if you’re dealing with an entity, you’ve recognized it,” said UAW […]

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  • Illinois Teamsters Fight Political Patronage Job Cuts

    Illinois Teamsters Fight Political Patronage Job Cuts

    via WICS.com

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  • UPDATE: Ex-AFL-CIO Organizing Director Deletes Tweet, Apologizes To Cops, Blames “Right-Wing Haters” For Deaths #Ferguson

    UPDATE: Ex-AFL-CIO Organizing Director Deletes Tweet, Apologizes To Cops, Blames “Right-Wing Haters” For Deaths #Ferguson

    Following his posting on Twitter earlier this week that police “should suffer for what they did,” former AFL-CIO organizing director Stewart Acuff has since removed the tweet and apologized for offending “all the good, responsible, & accountable police officers especially union brothers & sisters.” As riots were raging in Ferguson, MO over the police shooting death of an Michael Brown, Acuff had posted on his Twitter page on Monday: The cops are pawns who should suffer for what they did. […]

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  • If This Is True, The Amount Of Money The UAW Uses On Politics Is Shocking

    If This Is True, The Amount Of Money The UAW Uses On Politics Is Shocking

    Is over $30 dollars per member per month of union dues being spent on things other than representing members? That unions spend big money electing liberal politicians is not new news. That union spent over $4 billion on politics over the five years between 2005 and 2011 is not new news either. However, while the United Auto Workers spends millions (almost exclusively on Democrats) a simple paragraph in the Detroit Free Press may have inadvertently revealed just how much of […]

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  • Teamsters Threaten ‘Top Chef’ Star: “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f*cking whore!”

    Teamsters Threaten ‘Top Chef’ Star: “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f*cking whore!”

    Some things never change. After nearly 15 years of trying to clean up a reputation marred with corruption, shake-downs of the film industry, as well as violence, Boston’s famous Teamsters Local 25′s public face turned very ugly earlier this summer when the popular Bravo network show Top Chef rolled into Beantown using non-union production assistants and drivers. Although it was only briefly reported on in June, the incident received wider coverage yesterday when Deadline.com covered it in some more detail. […]

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  • Atlantic City Union Holds Prayer Vigil Over Casino Closings

    Atlantic City Union Holds Prayer Vigil Over Casino Closings

    With competition for gamblers’ money fierce, and with Atlantic City facing multiple casino closings in the coming month, the predominant union on the AC strip held a prayer vigil with about 200 union members. via The Press of Atlantic City. After the march down New Jersey Avenue to the church, community leaders gathered for a the prayer service and to give the workers words of support and hope to hold on to. Related: Crushed By Competition, UAW Bosses Roll Snake […]

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  • Former AFL-CIO Organizing Director: “Cops Are Pawns Who Should Suffer…” #Ferguson

    Former AFL-CIO Organizing Director: “Cops Are Pawns Who Should Suffer…” #Ferguson

    While the facts of the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting of an unarmed man are in still question and riots are still going on, liberals and conservatives alike have been opining on the events. While the current AFL-CIO boss, Richard Trumka, released a relatively bengign statement last week, former AFL-CIO Organizing Director Stewart Acuff, who has always been loud-spoken, took to Twitter this week to voice his disdain for the police. The cops are pawns who should suffer for what they […]

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  • Poor Performers: Forced-Union States At The Bottom Of Manufacturing GDP Growth

    Poor Performers: Forced-Union States At The Bottom Of Manufacturing GDP Growth

    There are several factors that cause employment gains and losses across states, regions, as well as nations. Political climates, tax and regulatory burdens, as well as union density are among the factors that can affect a state’s employment. Whether or not a state has laws that prohibit unions from requiring union fees as a condition of employment (aka Right-to-Work laws) appears to be another factor that impacts job growth (or decline) in the manufacturing sector, according to the National Right […]

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  • Teamsters Voting On Whether To End Month-Long Bakersfield Bus Strike

    Teamsters Voting On Whether To End Month-Long Bakersfield Bus Strike

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  • SEIU-Backed ObamaCare Helps Cause SEIU-Represented Hospital To Cut 10% Of Full-Time Staff

    SEIU-Backed ObamaCare Helps Cause SEIU-Represented Hospital To Cut 10% Of Full-Time Staff

    With ex-SEIU boss Andy Stern having taken credit for the passage of the monstrosity known as ObamaCare, the irony of an SEIU-represented hospital cutting 10% of its full-time staff, in part, due to ObamaCare is rich. via The Mental Recession. Early last month, ENH [East Niagara Hospital] announced that they would have to cut over 10% of their full time staff, as well as being forced to consolidate their inpatient care and surgical services.  Full-time staff will be cut from […]

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  • 13 Unions Vote To Strike Golden Gate Bridge

    13 Unions Vote To Strike Golden Gate Bridge

    Well, unless management ‘caves in’ to the unions’ demands (which is often the case in California), this could get interesting… All 13 unions within the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition voted Monday night to strike, which would shut down ferry and bus service, but no date for the labor action was announced and they are continuing to bargain in good faith with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Bridge employees have been working without a contract since July […]

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  • Charter school teachers unionized by the…Teamsters?!?

    Charter school teachers unionized by the…Teamsters?!?

    If a history of corruption and mafia influence are the topics, there will be a lot for these teachers to teach, given their new union afilliation. via telegram.com. Eighty teachers and guidance counselors at the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlboro recently made history when they joined a union — but not the one you might think. They did not join the Massachusetts Teachers Association, which represents 110,000 public school educators across the commonwealth. Nor did they […]

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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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  • Union Corruption Report: 2013–A Year’s Worth of Corrupt Union Bosses

    Union Corruption Report: 2013–A Year’s Worth of Corrupt Union Bosses

    The following is a listing of Department of Labor actions taken in 2013 to combat union corruption: On December 19, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern Division, Mark Gilbert, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers Local 805 (located in Florence, Ky.), was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,467 and a $100 special assessment.  On August 6, […]

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  • After Waging Campaign Of Violence & Terror, Three Union Thugs Plead Guilty To Extortion

    After Waging Campaign Of Violence & Terror, Three Union Thugs Plead Guilty To Extortion

    Members of an Operating Engineers local union represented by National Labor Relations Board chairman Mark Pearce’s former law firm have pled guilty to violating the Hobbs Act. The charges against the men included violence, sabotage, threats, intimidation and extortion against their victims–all of whom were non-union contractors or their employees. Related: Union Lawyers Justify Buffalo Operating Engineers Violence. The following [emphasis added] was released by the FBI: BUFFALO, NY—The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that three members of Local 17 […]

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  • Ex-Government Union Boss Sentenced To Prison For Wire Fraud

    Ex-Government Union Boss Sentenced To Prison For Wire Fraud

    WMBB News 13 – The Panhandle’s News Leader Source: Danny L. Hubbard, 49, of Panama City, was sentenced today to serve 30 months in federal prison for committing wire fraud by stealing approximately $91,600 from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1380.

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  • An IBEW Boss Who Stole From Union Members To Give His Sweetheart A Job Goes To Trial

    An IBEW Boss Who Stole From Union Members To Give His Sweetheart A Job Goes To Trial

    In New Jersey, ex-IBEW union boss, Business Manager Richard “Buzzy” Dressel is on trial, accused of embezzling more than $350,000 from Local 164 and its apprentice program to enrich the woman who later became his wife. Dressel’s co-defendant,  John M. DeBouter, was the local former president, is on voluntary leave from his post as director of training. According to NorthJersey.com, what began as a program to counter alcohol abuse in the local, turned into quite a lucrative gig for Kathleen Libonati who […]

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  • Steelworker Boss Gets Probations For Stealing To Go To Stanley Cup

    Steelworker Boss Gets Probations For Stealing To Go To Stanley Cup

    One must wonder if the hockey game was worse the hassle… A one-time top United Steelworkers official from Butler County was spared prison time but will serve 2 years’ probation for embezzling union funds. Charles Rocha, 44, of Cranberry Township was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine as part of his sentence handed down Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh. Rocha, pleaded guilty in March to pilfering $418.68 in union funds to cover expenses related to a 2009 trip […]

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