A Teachable Moment in Union Hypocrisy: ‘I Was Fired for Trying to Start a Union at the UFT.’
It’s truly fascinating and not the least bit ironic when union bosses treat their own workers as bad or worse than the employers they attack. As union bosses clamor for enactment of so-called “card check,” (otherwise known as Employee Free Choice Act), it seems that when confronted with union issues among their own employees, they act every bit as barbaric as the robber barons of | Read More »
Teamsters got your goat?
You know times are tough for unions when they’re willing to take union dues from farm animals. The Teamsters in Oakland, California filed a grievance against Mills College, complaining that the school had violated its collective bargaining agreement by hiring non-union workers to clear brush. The Teamsters demanded that the college either (1) award backpay to the union members who lost out on the work or (2) | Read More »
Unions Throw a Fit, Taxpayers Take the Hit…
In a union city like Philadelphia, it really shouldn’t come as a shock that when unions pitch fits, politicians’ knees buckle, and taxpayers end up paying the price. A few months ago, we posted on Philadelphia’s proposed soda tax that drew union protests by the Teamsters. To be clear, we also believe the soda tax idea is a stupid idea–sort of like tea taxes were | Read More »
Teamsters end garbage strike faster than you can say “that stinks!”
And they blinked… Almost as soon as it started, they’re throwing in the towel…raising the white flag…calling it quits. The Teamsters gave an unconditional offer to return to work thereby calling off their Seattle-are strike against Waste Management only a day and a half after they walked off the job. Union garbage haulers who service King and Snohomish counties have offered to return to work | Read More »
Pittsburgh’s Public Employees Don’t Know that a Plea Bargain is a Conviction?
When you hear people rail against public workers and their unions, there’s a reason for it. Not only do our taxes go to pay their salaries…and benefits…and pensions, they also go to pay their back pay when an arbitrator rules that not knowing that a plea bargain is a conviction doesn’t constitute falsification of an application. Last year, the city of Pittsburgh fired five Public | Read More »
The SEIU, the NLRB & Recess Appointments: A ‘Shrewd’ Obama Trick?
If you work in the private sector (except for airlines and railroads) the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) is a little known agency that can have a huge impact on your work life. Given that the goal of union bosses is to turn millions of Americans into dues-paying union members, what happens at the NLRB is of consequence to you, whether you’re an employee or | Read More »
Labor Shorts: Obamacare to cost Cat $100 million in first year & other union-related news.
Labor Shorts: Exposing Union Bosses One Skid Mark at a Time… The latest (and largest) pile of labor news from around the country, given to you in short form from LaborUnionReport.com: Cat may become Obamacare road kill… Heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar said Thursday that the health care legislation being considered by Congress would increase its health care costs by more than $100 million in the first | Read More »
Teamsters & Tea Party Activists: Kindred spirits afterall?
Perhaps there’s hope after all. For a moment, let’s ignore Teamster president James Hoffa’s attack on Tea Party activists last week. It seems as though at least one Teamster local has something in common with the American Tea Party movement: It doesn’t like high, job-killing taxes either. In this case, it’s a soda tax that Philadelphia’s mayor, Michael Nutter, is proposing that has Teamsters local | Read More »
Teamsters President Takes Aim at ‘Mis-Directed’ Tea-Party Activists
A day after indictments were served on Colombo crime family associates who were embezzling from a Teamsters pension fund, the president of the union, James P. Hoffa (son of legendary Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa), was taking aim at Tea Party activists, claiming activists are ‘misdirected’ and being ‘manipulated.’ When I listen to the Tea Party tax protesters, I hear that they’re mad as hell. They’re angry | Read More »
The SEIU and Union Violence: When will the violence stop, Mr. Stern?
In the world of labor relations, all too often, union violence is commonly associated with unions when they are on strike. In many cases, union violence occurs when an employer maintains his ability to continue his operations using replacement workers while unionized workers are out striking. In some rarer instances, union violence will occur during inter and intra-union battles, with union members occasionally being the | Read More »
Obama Backs SEIU’s Becker, Labor Union Shorts & EFCA Update
A hearty Happy New Year to you! Besides some breaking news and an EFCA update, we offer you our first 2010 edition of Labor Union Shorts. First, this… BREAKING: Becker to be Re-Nominated… President Obama’s radical union nominee to the National Labor Relations Board, Craig Becker (who is Assistant General Counsel to both the AFL-CIO and the SEIU) had his nomination rejected by the Senate | Read More »
Rated ‘M’ (for Mature Audiences only): The Teamsters, the Tart & a Pocketful of Meth
This sordid story is rated ‘M’ (for mature audiences only): A longtime Teamsters union member who drives a vehicle on the “Lost” television production here pleaded guilty last week to a felony drug possession offense as well as to a misdemeanor charge of soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. Unfortunately, it only gets better worse from there… Reynold Kamekona, 53, was arrested the evening of | Read More »
Untrusted Teamster Leaders to Members: A “No” Vote Could Doom YRC Worldwide, Up to 40,000 Could Lose Jobs
It’s considered the ‘Last of the Mohicans’ in the world of big Teamster-represented less-than-trailer load (LTL) carriers, all the rest having been doomed to the scrap heap of uncompetitive unionized trucking companies. Now it seems, however, the question is not “if,” but “when” YRC Worldwide will be closing up shop. YRC Worldwide, which is the combination of Yellow Freight’s 2003 acquisition of Roadway and its | Read More »
LABOR SHORTS #4: Exposing Today’s Union Bosses One Skid Mark at a Time
[Cross-posted on LaborUnionReport.com's blog] Vol. 1, Issue 4 It’s Friday and our socks are soaked as Mother Nature drops an early winter Nor’easter on the Eastern third of the U.S. (yep, even some snow flurries in October!). Nevertheless, we persevere in order to provide you with our fourth installment of LaborUnionReport’s Labor Shorts, where we expose another week’s worth of shenanigans from today’s union bosses. | Read More »
Obama’s Mexican Payoff
Fresh on the heels of his appearance at the G-20, Barack Obama next week ventures to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas. Prior to that he’ll stop in Mexico to try to improve damaged relations with that country. As I’ve written elsewhere, Obama triggered a low-level trade war when he kowtowed to the Teamsters and canceled the program that formerly allowed some | Read More »