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Union Briefs for Monday, March 4, 2013: Unions in ‘crisis’ edition

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Between Barack Obama’s unconstitutionally ‘recess’-appointed National Labor Relations Board and unions talking about their most current crisis, there’s been a lot occurring on the labor front these days. So, just to keep you informed, here’s a compilation of what’s out there.

Who knows? If readers like this format, we can make it a regular feature here at RedState.

Here are just a few “briefs” of union-related news buzzing around the internet from the last several days:

AFL-CIO’s boss admits union in ‘crisis’…

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters it’s time for the union to “be honest with ourselves” and admit immediate change is needed to remain solvent and relevant. [No kidding.] Read more…

UNITE-HERE’s Latest Co-Belligerents in Hyatt Campaign…

Demonstrating that union organizing is a team sport, three Hispanic-related groups announced on February 26 that they were joining a union-led boycott of Hyatt hotels. The boycott is just one of the many tactics being deployed by the UNITE-HERE union as it tries to recruit new dues payers at various Hyatt properties around the country. One other tactic UNITE-HERE has utilized is filing frivolous workplace safety complaints with government agencies, and it is this that has given the three groups their cover to join the union’s campaign. Read more

Obama’s NLRB Pays Two Employees $100K Each to Work for the Union…

Americans for Limited Government (ALG) has discovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that there are two official time full-time employees of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who make over $100,000 each. These are employees whose official job is to handle internal NLRB union activities exclusively, rather than carrying out any of the NLRB’s official responsibilities. Read more…

It Gets Better: Philadelphia businesses fight union bullies…

Several Philadelphia labor groups allegedly used feces, urine, spit, and fire to persuade businesses to hire union labor and area businesses are fighting back. Read more…

AFSCME’s Illinois Contract Isn’t A Done Deal Yet…

After coming close to a state-wide strike, AFSCME and Illinois governor Quinn reached a tentative deal last week. But the contract still has to be ratified. Read more…

Fighting to Survive, UAW Organizers Target Nissan’s Tennessee Workers…

Although the union failed in two earlier referendums at the plant, UAW officials said they believe the time might finally be right to get a successful vote. Read more…

Michigan Teachers’ Union Traps Teachers Into 10-Year Contract To Avoid Right-to-Work Law

And, ICYMI:

War On Women: ObamaCare Kicks Wives Off Husbands’ Health Plans…

An unintended consequence of the abomination that is called ObamaCare is the dropping of wives from husbands’ employer-provided health care insurance. It’s a de facto war on women.

ObamaCare is filled with grinding mandates. One of them requires that children remain covered by their parents’ health care plans until they’re 26 when their parents’ insurance “provides dependent coverage of children.” Read more…

Yes, Unions Have Gone To Pot: UFCW Medical Cannabis Members Attend National Conference…

UFCW members in the medical cannabis industry from Locals 5 and 770, along with medical cannabis staff from UFCW Locals 7 and 881, gathered in Washington, D.C., to share ideas with other medical cannabis activists at the first National Unity Cannabis Conference. Read more…

If you have a newsy item you think should go into a future union brief, email it to the address here.

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