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  • Bakersfield Bus Drivers Continue Strike As Both Sides Reject Each Other’s Offers

    Bakersfield Bus Drivers Continue Strike As Both Sides Reject Each Other’s Offers

    They’ve been on strike for a little more than a week but Bakersfield’s 250 bus drivers and mechanics may be out for a while longer if progress continues to elude the parties, as it did earlier today. In fact, the Teamsters—the strikers’ representatives—didn’t even bother bringing management’s offer back to the strikers. Negotiation teams for both Golden Empire Transit and the Teamsters Union met Wednesday morning. But before noon, union reps told members there was no deal. “Unfortunately when we […]

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  • About Face? SEIU Pumps Guns To Members For Politics

    About Face? SEIU Pumps Guns To Members For Politics

    One would think that, after paying protesters to protest against the National Rifle Association, the nation’s most Marxist progressive union wouldn’t want its name associated with giving away guns…or, in this case, raffling them to some lucky member. SEIU’s Illinois Local 73, which has had prior exposure here, is raffling off a Remington 870 (pump action) shotgun to its members. According to the union’s website, the proceeds will go to benefit Local 73′s Committee on Political Education (COPE). It’s hard […]

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  • Unions Give New York Mayor More Than $1 Million To Move Their Agenda

    Unions Give New York Mayor More Than $1 Million To Move Their Agenda

    New York’s most recently elected liberal, Mayor has his hands deep in union pockets, according to The Chief: The Campaign for One New York was created by Mayor de Blasio’s political operatives to further his agenda, but judging by its donors, a more apt moniker might be the Committee to Save New York Workers. Since the start of the year, it was reported last week that $1.7 million had been contributed to the fund, with nearly $1 million of that […]

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  • St. Thomas’ Part-Time Professors Overwhelmingly Reject SEIU

    St. Thomas’ Part-Time Professors Overwhelmingly Reject SEIU

    This summer isnt turning out to be so hot for the nation’s most liberal union. First, in late June, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Harris V. Quinn made the union susceptiable to paying back (potentially) millions of dollars in dues refunds. Now, via this. Part-time professors at the University of St. Thomas overwhelmingly rejected efforts to unionize the school’s nontenured faculty. The vote tally, counted Monday afternoon at the National Labor Relations Board in Minneapolis, was 136-84. More than […]

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  • What Would Florence Nightingale Say? SEIU May Lead 70,000 Healthcare Workers Out On Strike

    What Would Florence Nightingale Say? SEIU May Lead 70,000 Healthcare Workers Out On Strike

    Although it’s likely that the SEIU and New York’s League of Voluntary Hospitals (an association of healthcare facilites and hospitals that bargains contracts with the SEIU) will likely get a contract before the SEIU actually strikes, the union has gotten it’s members to approve a strike. This means that the SEIU has issued the mandatory 10-day strike notice to have 70,000 health care workers conduct a one-day strike in New York City. Improving patient care is not, according to SILive.com, […]

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  • A Horse Is A Horse? Teamsters Battle Over NYC’s Horse-Drawn Carriages

    A Horse Is A Horse? Teamsters Battle Over NYC’s Horse-Drawn Carriages

    The fight over horse-drawn carriages in New York City is heating up. On the one side, a group calling itself the Committee of the Coalition for New York City Animals is trying to ban the “inhumane, unsafe and anachronistic horse-drawn carriages in New York City.” On the other side stands the Teamsters—the union that actually got its name from driving teams of horses. Although New York’s new left-wing mayor’s position has “evolved” into leaning toward a ban, thanks to some […]

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  • In Trouble Again: More Hot Water for Obama’s Ex-Labor Secretary Over OFA Fundraising Recording

    In Trouble Again: More Hot Water for Obama’s Ex-Labor Secretary Over OFA Fundraising Recording

    After nearly four years persecuting businesses, when she abruptly resigned in January 2013 as Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis had up to $100,000 in legal debts, she was the subject of an FBI inquiry into her role as an Obama reelection campaign fundraiser and, as it was later revealed, she had been “provided thousands of dollars worth of free private jet travel” by a California-based union boss of the International Union of Operating Engineers while undergoing her Senate […]

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  • 10 Groups AFSCME is Still Funding

    10 Groups AFSCME is Still Funding

    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced last week that it will no longer support United Negro College Fund (UNCF) because the Koch brothers have donated to UNCF. In a Huffington Post column, AFSCME President Lee Saunders bashed “the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, who also fund efforts to suppress voters’ rights and workers’ rights.” Saunders, who was paid $350,058 last year with money taken from public employees, does not appreciate the Kochs’ support for worker freedom, which protects […]

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  • Crushed By Competition, UAW Bosses Roll Snake Eyes As Trump Announces Likely Casino Closure

    Crushed By Competition, UAW Bosses Roll Snake Eyes As Trump Announces Likely Casino Closure

    Although the hotel union UNITE-HERE has been in Atlantic City for decades, it appears that the United Auto Workers gamble in the casino industry is not going too well. In fact, after a few minor election wins, taking four years to negotiate first contracts in the midst of the great recession and, now, one of the iconic targets of its much ballyhooed 2006-2007 attempt at unionizing all of Atlantic City’s dealers announced Saturday that it will likely close, one could […]

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    GM Fires Bowling Green’s Former Mayor & UAW Leader

    Bowling Green, KY—For reasons unknown, General Motors has fired a 40-year employee who also happened to be president of the UAW local, as well as Bowling Green’s ex-mayor. via WKU Public Radio. Long-time United Auto Workers Union President Eldon Renaud is out at the Bowling Green General Motors Plant. Spokeswoman Andrea Hales confirmed that Renaud is no longer employed at the plant.  Renaud had no comment when contacted Thursday morning by WKU Public Radio.  He served as the local UAW […]

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  • Showdown? FairPoint Communications To Continue Operations If Unions Strike

    Showdown? FairPoint Communications To Continue Operations If Unions Strike

    Following the CWA and IBEW’s decision to authorize a strike against struggling Fairpoint Communications, the company is stating that it has a strike contingency plan to ensure its customers are serviced in the event of the strike. FairPoint Communications says it has plans to ensure that its services to customers continue in northern New England in the event of a strike. Unions representing nearly 2,000 employees of the telecommunications firm in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are scheduling a strike […]

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  • Oxymoronic: Unions Set To Strike Over Company’s Use Of Non-Union Labor

    Oxymoronic: Unions Set To Strike Over Company’s Use Of Non-Union Labor

    Here’s a question: If a company struggling to be profitable has the ability to hire non-union personnel to do the work of union personnel, would a strike by unionized workers negate the need for said unionized personnel? Apparently, that logic hasn’t quite set in with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and its “sister” union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Both unions are asking the 2,000 workers they represent—who reportedly average $115,000 in wages and benefits per year—to […]

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