• Progressively-High Goals: Unionizing pot dispensary important beyond workers, says UFCW rep.

    Progressively-High Goals: Unionizing pot dispensary important beyond workers, says UFCW rep.

    In New Jersey, the United Food & Commerical Workers is embroiled in a fight to unionize the only medical marijuana in the southern part of the state—the Compassionate Care Foundation, located outside Atlantic City. UFCW-filed charges are pending before the National Labor Relations Board and accusations of “union busting” are being made by the union. Following the posting of a link to the Philadelphia Inquirer article, Growing pains: Labor strife at N.J.’s first medical marijuana dispensary on the LaborUnionReport Facebook […]

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  • Better Options: A Teacher Explains Why He & Fellow Teachers Decertified the NEA

    Better Options: A Teacher Explains Why He & Fellow Teachers Decertified the NEA

    Unaware that they have alternatives like the Association of American Educators to purchase liability insurance, many teachers across the nation become members of unions like the NEA or AFT because they are tricked into believing there are no other alternatives. As a result, teachers often spend hundreds or thousands of dollars per year on union dues, when they could find much more cost effective alternatives on both insurance, as well as grievance representation. Related: AAE: Professional Liability Insurance One Michigan […]

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  • Will A Union Strike At U.S. Oil Refineries Cause Gas Prices To Shoot Up?

    Will A Union Strike At U.S. Oil Refineries Cause Gas Prices To Shoot Up?

    Americans, who are beginning to see relief in their budgets due to low gas prices, may soon be in for a shock at the gas pumps. The United Steelworkers are in the midst of negotiating a new industry-wide contract affecting 30,000 refinery workers. Without a new agreement in place by Sunday at 12:01 a.m., the Steelworkers may call its members out on strike. If a strike does occur, and depending on its length, consumers may end up seeing gas prices […]

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  • Is Your Union Pension Fund Critically Underfunded? [See the list to find out.]

    Is Your Union Pension Fund Critically Underfunded?
    [See the list to find out.]

    Is your union pension fund underfunded? Below is the list maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor of (mostly) union pension funds that are listed in either “endangered” or “critical” status. Another resource to find out just how bad a pension fund is underfunded is FreeERISA.com. 2014 Critical Status Notices 1199SEIU Greater New York Pension Plan 32BJ North Pension Fund Alaska Ironworkers Pension Plan Alaska Teamster-Employer Pension Plan Allied Workers Local 48 Pension Plan Asbestos Workers Local No. 4 Pension Fund […]

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  • Study: Unions Charge More Dues, Pay Union Officers Higher Salaries In Non-Right-To-Work States

    Study: Unions Charge More Dues, Pay Union Officers Higher Salaries In Non-Right-To-Work States

    It makes complete sense. If there is no competition and customers have no alternative, businesses can feel free to charge their customers more when they do not have to worry about those customers leaving. As a result, those businesses can pay their managers more. This phenomonon appears to hold true with unions as well, according to a study published by the Heritage Foundation. According to the study, conducted by the Heritage Foundation’s James P. Sherk, unions that can require payment […]

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  • Report: For Some, Raising Minimum Wage Could Cause Loss In Real Income

    Report: For Some, Raising Minimum Wage Could Cause Loss In Real Income

    via OregonLive.com: Related: How much would a single parent gain under $15 minimum wage? Less than $50 a month

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  • Michigan was the last state that passed a Right-To-Work law.

    Right to Work is WRONG (for union bosses)

    When labor unions insist right-to-work laws are “wrong,” what they really mean is right-to-work laws are wrong for union bosses.

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  • Communist Party USA Chair: “…we are part of building labor’s independent structures.”

    Communist Party USA Chair:
    “…we are part of building labor’s independent structures.”

    Communist leader shares Fabian strategy using unionsand Democratic Party to take over America from within For more than a century, as the ideas of Karl Marx began immigrating to the U.S., there has always been a connection between Marxists and the U.S. labor movement. For some Marxists, like the Industrial Workers of the World in the early 1900s, the overthrow of capitalism should be done through revolution. Others, however, believed in taking a more Fabian approach—that is, a slower, incremental […]

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  • Hypocrisy Alert: ‘Union-Busting’ Filmmaker Michael Moore Blasts College For ‘Union Busting’

    Hypocrisy Alert: ‘Union-Busting’ Filmmaker Michael Moore Blasts College For ‘Union Busting’

    Michael Moore, the rich, left-wing, anti-capitalist maker of films such as “Roger and Me,” “Fareheit 9/11″ and “Capitalism: A Love Story” (among others),and who recently caused a stir by calling snipers “cowards” on Twitter, spoke Friday at a “teach-in” organized by faculty and students of Sarah Lawrence College in New York in support of the unionization of the college’s building workers by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 30. Moore, whose daughter attended the college a decade ago, according […]

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  • One Day Longer? After 100 Days, CWA & IBEW Still Striking Fairpoint Communications

    One Day Longer? After 100 Days, CWA & IBEW Still Striking Fairpoint Communications

    More than 1,700 members of the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers mark their 100th day of striking, according to CentralMaine.com: Dozens of striking FairPoint Communications workers from across Maine showed up at picket lines in Portland on the 100th day of the strike Saturday. With snow falling and temperatures hovering near 30, conditions contrasted with the sunny skies and high 60s of the first days of the strike. But workers rallying at the entrances to […]

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  • Union Membership Continues To Fall: Private-sector membership down slightly in 2014 to 6.6%

    Union Membership Continues To Fall: Private-sector membership down slightly in 2014 to 6.6%

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its annual labor union membership report [in PDF]. As in previous years, despite some large organizing wins–like the unionization of American Airlines’ passenger service representatives–unions were not able to overcome the attrition caused by company layoffs, as well as growth in the number of non-union jobs as the economy continues to improve. Here is the overview In 2014, the union membership rate–the percent of wage and salary workers who […]

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  • One Happy Family: AFL-CIO’s Trumka, along with Obama and Biden, to strategize with Dem lawmakers

    One Happy Family: AFL-CIO’s Trumka, along with Obama and Biden, to strategize with Dem lawmakers

    Democrat lawmakers from Washington will gasthering in Philadelphia to strategize their next moves. At their confab, the’ll be hearing from two presidents and one vice president, according to Politico. Democratic lawmakers will go to the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia next Wednesday to map out their legislative agenda for the 114th Congress. The annual retreat gives party leaders the chance to hear from members during a series of closed-door meetings. [Emphasis added.] Those scheduled to address the lawmakers are […]

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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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  • 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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