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  • AFL-CIO Controlled Union Intervenes, Cancels Trump’s Border Tour Planned by Local Agents

    07/22/2015 9:34:12 PM PDT · by Will88 · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 22, 2015 | Brandon Darby
    Donald Trump’s planned tour of the Laredo Sector of the Texas -Mexico border has been canceled by the national AFL-CIO-controlled union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC).
  • Union Members Support Bernie Sanders:(Many Union Members Say Hillary Can't Be Trusted)

    07/01/2015 7:43:07 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | July 1, 2015 | Destiny Albritton
    Bernie Sanders has turned Hillary Clinton’s parade to the White House into a competitive race for the Democratic nomination, as unions prefer Clintons’ socialist opponent. LaborUnionReport.com organized an informal poll in mid-June 2015 and the results showed that union support for Hillary Clinton was lacking significantly. Seventy-six percent of union members favor Bernie Sanders for president in 2016. Only 11 percent of union members favored Hillary Clinton. The report said, “due to her time spent with the employer-friendly Rose law firm (which helps employers fight unions), as well as her stint on the board of directors for Wal-Mart, many union...
  • State Employees Are Having A Hard Time Explaining Scott Walker’s New Voting Restrictions

    06/29/2015 1:00:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    United Steel Workers ^ | June 29, 2015 | Alice Ollstein
    When Hillary Clinton issued a sweeping call for expanding and protecting voting rights, and called out Wisconsin and other states for passing discriminatory laws, Governor Scott Walker responded by blasting her views as “extreme” and “far outside the mainstream.” He defended his own record of cutting early voting days and implementing a strict voter ID law, saying these changes “make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” But at a workshop held in Milwaukee in early June, state government employees struggled to explain the byzantine voting restrictions to a crowd of poll workers and community activists. Under Wisconsin’s voter...
  • Before big speech, Clinton steps to left—but not too far

    06/12/2015 11:12:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 12, 2015 1:33 PM EDT | Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas
    Union members broke into cheers when Hillary Rodham Clinton said she supported a $15-an-hour national minimum wage. “Thank you for giving me this chance to tell you all how much I support your movement,” she told a conference organized by the Service Employees International Union. “I want to fight with you every day.” Clinton’s words last weekend weren’t quite the endorsement they may have seemed. The next day, her campaign clarified her remarks, saying while Clinton supported the general push for higher wages, she wasn’t backing the more contentious $15 hourly minimum. In the eight weeks since she announced her...
  • Unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd engineer in every locomotive

    05/19/2015 10:28:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2015 1:23 PM EDT | Michael R. Sisak
    The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers on Tuesday urged the railroad to put a second engineer at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. “The public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit,” the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said in a statement. “There is no reason that rail employees and rail passengers’ lives should be viewed any differently.” Brandon Bostian, 32, was alone in the locomotive of Train 188 when it derailed May 12, about 10 minutes after...
  • HAPPY communist day!

    05/01/2015 8:03:33 AM PDT · by waterhill · 23 replies
    'tis mayday...good grief
  • Union cancels Boeing vote, claiming gun-toting workers told it to take off

    04/24/2015 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The union looking to organize workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint. The North Charleston plant, which opened in the right-to-work state four years ago and builds fuselages for 747s and 787s, employs about 7,500 workers. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had been trying to build support for a vote this week on unionizing 3,175 production and maintenance workers, but called off the vote days before it was to happen.
  • AFL-CIO, Chamber of Commerce clash over trade before Senate

    04/21/2015 7:38:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2015 10:31 AM EDT | Charles Babington
    America’s foremost labor federation is asking Congress to block the “fast track” authority that President Barack Obama seeks to advance trade deals being negotiated with numerous nations. But the Chamber of Commerce says the authority would significantly expand U.S. exports and jobs. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka tells a Senate committee the fast-track legislation has pitfalls. The bill would let Congress reject or endorse—but not amend—proposed trade deals. …
  • Auto workers president rejects lower tier of wages

    03/25/2015 8:56:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2015 11:42 AM EDT | Tom Krisher
    The leader of the United Auto Workers union has rejected a third tier of lower wages for members who make auto parts. Speaking Wednesday at the union’s national bargaining convention in Detroit, President Dennis Williams said the UAW already has too many tiers of lower wages. Williams was responding to reports that General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. may propose a third tier of pay. He already is under pressure from union members to end a second tier of wages that’s about half the $28 per hour made by longtime workers. He told delegates that he heard people talking...
  • Union that fought Boeing plant in SC now wants it to unionize

    03/19/2015 8:44:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 5 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Chris Woodward
    A machinists union is seeking an election at a Boeing plant in South Carolina. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is asking a federal agency to set an election so more than 2,400 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can vote on whether to form a union. Fred Wszolek, spokesman for the Workforce Fairness Institute, says the move is surprising. "It's interesting that it's a much smaller number than the actual number of Boeing employees in Charleston. It's only about a third," he observes. "They must have defined some sort of micro-union that they think they can win...
  • $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary

    03/19/2015 9:00:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2015 | Anne Schieber
    LaKiesha Allen is a 35-year old Lansing school secretary who pays the Michigan Education Association $38 a month in union dues from her $23,000 annual salary. Local union officials have threatened to get her fired if she stops paying those dues. So Allen was stunned to learn that MEA President Steve Cook, a man she has never met, swung a deal with her employer to parlay his six-figure union salary into a richer pension payout. Cook's payout will come from the same pension fund that Allen is counting on for her own retirement – a fund that is currently underfunded...
  • Nathan B Forrest's Address to the Pole Bearers

    03/07/2015 11:30:33 AM PST · by Repulican Donkey · 117 replies
    Civil War Talk ^ | 2007 | Sears
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the Southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God's earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate...
  • Rally against Wisconsin anti-union measure smaller than 2011

    02/28/2015 11:35:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2015 4:50 PM EST | Dana Ferguson
    Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a “right-to-work” proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker’s law stripping public sector unions of much of their power. Speakers at the event jeered Walker’s comment Thursday that fighting against protesters during the 2011 debates prepared him to battle terrorists as president. Walker has not yet announced his presidential campaign, but is expected to do so later this year. “What we are doing here today is the heart and soul of...
  • It's a new day at the Flower Show (When Liberals Get Mugged)

    02/28/2015 8:53:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 02/28/2015 | Ronnie Polaneczky
    I HAVE A FAVOR to ask of the union members who've been picketing the Pennsylvania Convention Center: Leave the Philadelphia Flower Show alone. As in for real, guys. If you're planning to disrupt the show the way some members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters disrupted the Philadelphia Auto Show on Feb. 7 - don't argue they didn't; we're not idiots - please just don't.
  • Walker’s anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin [grab a cup of coffee and curl up with this]

    02/22/2015 11:48:49 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    KING, Wis. — At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate. “There used to be a lot more people coming,” said Magnant, a 51-year-old nursing assistant, sighing. The anti-union law passed here four years ago, which made Gov. Scott Walker a national Republican star and a possible presidential candidate, has turned out to be even more transformative...
  • Refinery workers strike spreads to biggest US location

    02/21/2015 11:58:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2015 1:43 PM EST | Tom Murphy
    The first nationwide oil refinery strike in more than 30 years was expected to grow by four more plants over the weekend, including the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The United Steelworkers union said Saturday workers at the Motiva Enterprises refinery started their strike at midnight Friday. Employees at two other refineries and a chemical plant in Louisiana planned to strike at the end of Saturday. The union said in a statement that it expanded the strike that started Feb. 1 at refineries largely in Texas and California because the industry has...
  • National Bargaining: Greedy Oil Industry Forces Work Stoppage

    02/18/2015 5:44:56 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    United Steelworkers ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | United Steelworkers
    Arrogant oil refiners concerned more about profits than the safety and workplace concerns of thousands of USW-represented oil workers forced the union to call an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike.The industry, represented by Royal Dutch Shell, gave the USW no other option when it refused to bargain in good faith over a national contract even though the union was prepared to continue talking beyond the midnight deadline.“Shell refused to provide us with a counter-offer and left the bargaining table,” International President Leo W. Gerard said. “We had no choice but to give notice of a work stoppage.”The negotiations for a...
  • Union protesters target Scott Walker’s private residence – where his parents now live

    02/17/2015 7:35:17 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 14 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 2/17/15 | Right Wisconsin
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. – Union protesters targeted Gov. Scott Walker’s private residence Monday with a protest over cuts in the Governor’s most recent budget proposal. Schools and Communities United, an amalgam of unions and left-wing activist groups, issued a press release Monday that reads: Schools and Communities United is organizing a Presidents’ Day action in opposition to Walker’s proposed budget cuts near Scott Walker’s house on Monday, February 16 at 4:30pm.
  • [Boston] MBTA hiring workers to clear off the tracks [$30/hr pay]

    02/17/2015 7:30:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    WFXT, Fox 25, Boston ^ | Feb 17, 2015 5:51 AM EST
    Hundreds of people armed with shovels met at the Old Bayside Expo at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning to help dig out the city’s subway. The MBTA put out the call to unions over the weekend, saying that they needed people with shovels to dig out parts of the Red and Orange Lines. Three hundred people showed up and were paid about $30 an hour. […] The MBTA hasn’t been advertising the temporary shovel jobs or tell us how much they're willing to spend. […] The MBTA is also using prison inmates to help clear the tracks. …
  • Ellison: Ferguson Occurred ‘Because We Have Allowed Collective Bargaining to Weaken’

    02/17/2015 6:50:04 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 43 replies
    CNS News ^ | 02/16/2015 | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told a gathering at Georgetown University that Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown were on “a collision course”, which ultimately resulted in Brown’s fatal shooting, because we have “not been invested in our nation’s infrastructure” and “because we have allowed collective bargaining to weaken.” “Darren Wilson and Mike Brown were on a collision course,” Ellison says in a video posted by the Georgetown University Campus Ministry last week. “What brought them into collision was the economic abandonment of their city. It was the fact they have been bleeding jobs, through I believe, unfair trade agreements. It...
  • Missouri takes a step toward becoming ‘right-to-work’ state

    02/11/2015 4:22:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 11, 2015 5:42 PM EST | Marie French
    Missouri took a step toward joining 24 other states with right-to-work laws when its House voted to bar the collection of fees from workers who choose not to join a union. The vote of 92 to 66 with two lawmakers voting present, marks an advance for supporters of right-to-work because a similar measure last year had failed to achieve a constitutional majority of 82 lawmakers in favor. […] The measure still faces a second House vote and would have to be approved by the Senate before going to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who opposes right-to-work. …
  • UAW may have had international help in Chattanooga ( German union )

    01/22/2015 1:14:53 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Tennessee Watchdog ^ | January 22, 2015 | Chris Butler
    Members of the National Right to Work Foundation believe two German labor groups have failed to completely disclose their full level of involvement in the United Auto Workers’ attempts to set up shop in Chattanooga. As previously reported, the UAW wants to formally establish itself at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. The UAW’s attempts have so far been unsuccessful. VW workers, by a tally of 712-626, for instance, voted in February not to join the UAW. Members of the NRTW represent an unspecified number of VW workers who oppose the union. They say that VW’s Global Works Council and IG Metall, a...
  • Yuengling not on tap at Pennsylvania gov-elect inaugural

    01/16/2015 8:12:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2015 8:11 PM EST
    Yuengling bills its Pottsville, Pennsylvania, brewery as the oldest in the nation, but its beer won’t be served at Democrat Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s inaugural celebration. […] Yuengling’s president Richard Yuengling Jr. is a GOP activist who supports “right to work” laws barring mandatory union dues and membership. Wolf received major support from organized labor in his campaign. …
  • Labor board hit with second lawsuit over 'ambush' elections

    01/14/2015 11:37:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is facing a second lawsuit from business groups upset about a controversial rule they contend will unfairly speed up union elections. The business groups are challenging what they refer to as the NLRB's "ambush election" rule. The Texas chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in federal court seeking to overturn the rule. "We are proud to join the legal fight against the ambush rule, which is designed to deprive employers, particularly small businesses who typically do not employ legal counsel,...
  • Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts

    01/09/2015 10:21:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association has threatened to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the Northport Public Schools superintendent because of conversations he had with local union officials over removing illegal language discovered in the district's labor contract. The contract, signed on June 24, 2013, states: “Each bargaining unit member shall, as a condition of employment … join the Association (union) or pay a service fee to the Association.” Under the Michigan right-to-work law enacted in 2012, workers in a unionized workplace can no longer be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Union contracts...
  • Sweetheart deal? Unions allowed to cut retiree benefits rather than fix underfunded pensions

    12/30/2014 7:16:07 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is a heavyweight on the labor scene. It pays its president $350,000 a year. It’s holding its next executive board meeting in February at a swanky beachfront resort in Hollywood, Florida. And it just doled out nearly $8 million to influence the last election and lobby Washington. But when it comes to standing by the obligation unions made to provide pensions to retirees, UFCW pleaded poverty in persuading Congress to let chronically underfunded union pension plans cut the benefits of workers, including those already retired.“Declining participation and factors like the Great Recession have...
  • France bans rideshare apps like Uber

    12/15/2014 5:14:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 15.12.2014 | Jasper Niels Zimmermann [nz/sb (AFP, dpa)]
    French taxi drivers have succeeded in persuading the French government to ban rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft. A harsh new law takes effect in January. The move is good for taxi drivers, but will cost consumers money. […] Pierre-Henry Brandet, a spokesperson for the French Ministry of the Interior […] said that as of January 1, the operators of mobile apps like UberPOP that connect non-professional drivers and riders would face punishment of up to two years in prison and a fine of €300,000 if convicted. Those provisions were specified under a new law that had been passed earlier...
  • NLRB issues rule to speed up union organizing

    12/12/2014 8:34:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 11:25 AM EST | Tom Raum
    The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process. The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is held, eliminating a previous 25-day waiting period. And it seeks to reduce litigation that can be used to stall elections. It will also require employers to furnish union organizers with email addresses and phone numbers of workers. […] AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the NLRB’s “modest but important reforms” will help reduce delays and make it easier for workers to vote on forming...
  • The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind

    12/11/2014 3:45:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 11, 2014 | Binyamin Appelbaum
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Frank Walsh still pays dues to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, but more than four years have passed since his name was called at the union hall where the few available jobs are distributed. Mr. Walsh, his wife and two children live on her part-time income and a small inheritance from his mother, which is running out. Sitting in the food court at a mall near his Maryland home, he sees some of the restaurants are hiring. He says he can’t wait much longer to find a job. But he’s not ready yet. “I’d work for...
  • German labor chief: VW must halt anti-union group

    11/14/2014 8:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2014 3:52 PM EST | Erik Schelzig
    The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee. In a statement issued Friday in Frankfurt, Germany, IG Metall President Detlef Wetzel called on Volkswagen to “show its true colors” in officially recognizing the United Auto Workers union as its bargaining partner at the Chattanooga factory once the union proves it has signed up a majority of workers there. “It is our objective to guarantee also under the politically difficult circumstances in the United States that labor union rights are respected and co-determination in the plant...
  • New Jersey’s First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

    10/29/2014 4:22:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/28/2014 | Angela Delli Santi
    The AFL-CIO national campaign to build stronger communities by empowering eligible immigrants to become citizens and fully engage in the democratic process has become a reality in New Jersey, with the opening of the state’s first labor-led naturalization and community center.The We Are One New Jersey Hudson County Center officially opened on Oct. 28 in Jersey City. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined the New Jersey State AFL-CIO for the opening ceremony, along with Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.), New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan...
  • UAW publishing names of ‘scabs’ - aka people who don’t want to join UAW

    10/12/2014 9:05:07 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    cfp ^ | 10/10/14 | d calabrese
    Democrats who hate right-to-work laws in states that have them deride said laws as “right to work for less.” You dumbasses! Why would you not join the union when it’s going to get you more money and protect you from getting fired if you operate machinery drunk and stoned? You don’t know what’s good for you! But shockingly to the unions and their political protectors, some people prefer not to become part of the collective. And their judgment tends to be vindicated when we see how the overlords of the collective behave when this happens. You don’t want to join...
  • Unions set up shop at US Daimler plant (UAW/Tuscaloosa AL)

    10/04/2014 4:24:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Oct 2014 07:17 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The United Auto Workers union said Friday it was creating a chapter at the only factory within auto giant Daimler’s global manufacturing system where workers lack union representation. The local chapter aims to represent the 3,400 US employees at a Mercedes-Benz plant outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the southern United States, and is being formed with help from German trade union IG Metal.“This is the formation of a local union that will become the bargaining agent for workers at this facility,” said Gary Casteel, UAW secretary treasurer and vice chairman of the Daimler workers committee. “This isn’t a petition for...
  • Michigan SEIU branch allowed to keep millions taken from home health care workers

    09/27/2014 11:24:11 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/26/2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A Michigan court ruled that the state branch of the powerful Service Employees International Union does not have to pay back tens of millions of dollars in dues taken from home health care workers who were forced into unionization. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled last week that the SEIU Healthcare Michigan does not have to pay back more than $34 million in dues collected from over 40,000 home health care workers. Many were forced into the union under state requirements that they join because they were taking care of sick family members at home.
  • Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

    09/01/2014 3:14:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 107 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 5:55 PM EDT | Candice Choi
    McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry’s workers. Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said in an interview that workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week’s planned protests. Fells declined to say what exactly is in store for the protests in around 150 U.S. cities. But workers involved in the movement recently cited sit-ins as an example of strategies they...
  • NLRB goes rogue against small business

    09/01/2014 9:55:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 1, 2014 | Rick Manning
    Labor Day provides the opportunity to evaluate those government agencies that impact the workplace, and gauge if they are helping or hurting the employment situation in America. In the six Labor Days since President Obama took office, his appointees have gone to outrageous lengths to compel the 93 percent of the private-sector workforce who don't belong to an organized labor union to become dues-paying members. While the Labor Department and the National Mediation Board have each pushed hard to create rules that overwhelmingly favor union organizers over those employees who oppose unionization, it is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)...
  • Labor Day stems from deadly labor strike, but few Americans know the history

    09/01/2014 6:18:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 8-31-2014 | JAMES WARREN
    Cookouts now mark Labor Day, instead of parades honoring country’s labor movement, says AFL-CIO honcho Richard Trumpka. (Picture) Few recall the bloodstained origins of this holiday as we fire up the grill, throw on the burgers and dogs and turn on the U.S. And, in a sign of the times, the Sunday morning network news shows didn’t even offer their usual, token pre-Labor Day weekend spot for the head of the nation’s labor movement. “No,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka when I asked him. “No invitations this year.” I told the former mine worker-turned-lawyer that there seems to be a...
  • Motorist video shows violent encounter between CHP officer, woman

    07/03/2014 10:49:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-3-2014 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ
    It is not clear whether words were exchanged between the officer and the woman, but both of them end up on the ground, where the officer straddles the woman and repeatedly punches her, according to the video. The video shows another man running and apparently trying to help the officer restrain the woman.
  • Today’s Death Toll:150 Workers

    05/09/2014 3:04:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 5/08/2014 | Mike Hall
    Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety over the past four decades, 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases today, reports the 2014 edition of the AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, released this morning.And that daily death toll, which has remained steady for the past several years, plus the 11.4 million work-related injuries and illnesses a year show:The nation must renew the commitment to protect workers from injury, disease and death and make this a high priority. We must demand that employers meet their responsibilities to protect...
  • UAW official nominated for seat on GM board

    04/25/2014 1:26:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2014 3:32 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    For the first time, General Motors Co. could have an official of the United Auto Workers union on its board of directors. UAW Vice President Joe Ashton was nominated to a board seat controlled by a UAW trust fund that pays retiree health care bills. He plans to retire from his union post in June. The move, which would be considered common in Europe, is a first for General Motors, and a sign of how the relationship between the company and the union has changed in the past decade. Before that, the UAW battled with the company over wages, benefits...
  • Postal workers unions protest Staples program

    04/24/2014 11:32:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 2:16 PM EDT
    Postal workers around the country protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service’s pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees. […] In Washington, D.C., more than 200 people gathered at a Staples, drumming on buckets and holding signs that read: “Stop Staples. The US Mail is Not for Sale.” One of them, postal service maintenance mechanic Robert Black, called the pilot program “a back-door way of privatizing the post office” and taking away jobs from postal workers. “It seems as though they are doing whatever they can to break down...
  • South Africa labor talks sink platinum, palladium

    04/21/2014 12:39:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 3:02 PM EDT
    Platinum and palladium prices are dropping sharply on signs that South African mining companies are close to reaching a labor agreement that would end a four-month strike. Platinum fell $28, or 2 percent, to close at $1,400.70 an ounce. Palladium lost $29.30, or 3.6 percent, to $777.80 an ounce. …
  • Surprise: UAW folds in VW dispute

    04/21/2014 7:56:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/21/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Thus marks the end of the United Auto Workers’ foray into unionizing Southern auto manufacturing. Despite cooperative management at Volkswagen, the UAW failed to convince workers in its Chattanooga facility to unionize. The union alleged interference and demanded a hearing at the National Labor Relations Board to force a revote, but unexpectedly withdrew just before the hearing was scheduled to start:
  • Federal appeals court gives Walker win on Act 10 (Wisconsin)

    04/18/2014 9:27:04 AM PDT · by UB355 · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4/18/2014 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Dealing unions their latest loss in court, a federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov. Scott Walker's tight limits on collective bargaining for most public employees. The ruling by the three-judge panel upheld a September decision by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison that the law known as Act 10 does not infringe on the rights of government workers. "Act 10 does not violate the First or Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. We therefore affirm the district court's judgment in favor of the state," the ruling reads. .
  • Big Labor Thugs Emboldened by Obama Labor Board

    04/12/2014 8:04:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    Racketeering, assault, and extortion -- these are just a few of the crimes that union organizers have been accused or convicted of committing over the past few weeks and months. You would think Big Labor bosses would be concerned with their image and whether or not it affects their ability to maneuver with friends in the Obama Administration. Not so. In fact, they have been emboldened by the actions undertaken by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is currently seeking to expedite the unionization process so much so that workers and businesses will not be able to make informed...
  • Bird Strike: Backlash Stirs Against Lufthansa Pilots

    04/11/2014 12:16:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 11, 2014 – 11:07 AM | Dinah Deckstein
    Last week’s three-day strike at Lufthansa drew attention to structural problems at a company that is critical to Germany’s globalized economy. The flag carrier is losing ground against competitors, but its pilots are remaining firm. […] (Vereinigung Cockpit)’s slogan for the strike, “Stop the profit greed” […] ended up backfiring on the pilots’ union. In the public and the press, on television and in many Internet forums, discussions of the pilots’ strike, instead of triggering debates over greedy fund managers, were focused on the pilots themselves. People across Germany were talking about whether the strike was justified or excessive. The...
  • NLRB Wants to Stop Businesses From Moving

    04/09/2014 11:56:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    RealClearPolicy ^ | April 7, 2014 | Peter Schaumber
    Richard Griffin, the new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, wants to give unions a veto over a unionized employer's decision to relocate. If Griffin has his way, and he most assuredly will, some unionized businesses will be pinned in place at the discretion of their unions. The change Griffin is contemplating is unnecessary and inconsistent with both the law and the dynamics of our free-enterprise system. It will upset the balance mandated by the Supreme Court and should send a chill up the spine of unionized companies contemplating relocating an operation. Griffin's intent was disclosed in a...
  • Was this man killed by cops because he camped in the wrong spot?

    03/23/2014 8:19:46 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/23/2014 | Robby Soave
    Questions abound after the Albuquerque Police Department released video footage of cops shooting and killing a homeless man whose alleged crime was camping in an unauthorized area. Police came upon Boyd while he was sleeping outside in the Sandia Foothills. Camping is not allowed in the area. He was instructed to accompany police down the mountain and seemed to agree to the demand. That’s when cops shot a flash grenade at him and sicked a dog on him. Boyd turned away, and was holding a knife, according to police reports. He was then shot. “Please don’t hurt me anymore,” he...
  • Livin’ Large on the Union Payroll

    03/14/2014 8:02:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 3/13/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    ....Welcome to Doc’s Union Pub, an establishment owned and operated by the top brass of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, one of the most powerful construction unions in Philadelphia. The bar is reportedly named after John Dougherty — “Johnny Doc,” as he’s known locally — a high-paid union business agent with a reputation for using intimidation tactics to advance the goals of his union, political or otherwise.
  • Liberals protest $100 million donation to hospital because David Koch gave the money

    03/12/2014 6:38:26 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/10/2014 | Robby Soave
    Hatred for Charles and David Koch is now so pervasive among the far-left that unions are actually protesting a hospital that committed the cardinal sin of accepting a $100 million donation from the infamous billionaires–even though the money will likely create jobs for unionized employees of the hospital. The donation, made by businessman and philanthropist David Koch, is the largest in the New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s history, and will be used to build a new wing at the facility, according to The Washington Free Beacon. The Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles pointed out that the donation “will presumably create a fair number...