Organized Labor : Corruption

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Subtopics on this page:

    Organized crime
    Shadowy connections
    An atmosphere of sleaze and graft
    Occasional violence and constant strife

Organized crime

Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year.  [Scroll down]  The Mafia once again showed they are well and alive.  In May, FBI agents and NYPD cops busted 19 members and associates of the Lucchese crime family for a wide range of crimes dating back 17 years.  Two arrestees, each a top figure in the syndicate, had controlled a number of New York City-area construction unions prior to the beginning of that period.  There also was the inevitable parade of union officials and office employees stealing from the cookie jar.  Indeed, cases of theft in amounts of at least $250,000 were as much in abundance as in any year in recent memory.

Union Corruption 2012: Big Labor's Federal Rap Sheet.  America's labor unions have amassed quite a federal rap sheet in 2012.  According to the Justice Department, union officials nationwide have been arrested for or convicted of embezzlement, extortion, bribery, racketeering, money laundering, fraud, and witness tampering so far this year.

How a Union Boss Turned Old Light Bulbs Into a $574,000 Vacation Home.  I've been combing through the arrest warrant for Pat Santeramo, the former president of the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) who was charged with 20 counts of fraud, racketeering and other stuff.  It makes for fascinating reading.

Cushy 'low-show' jobs for Mafia kin and friends pay $400K a year.  A small band of longshoremen — including relatives of famous mobsters — were paid for working more than 24 hours a day, every day of the week, at the ports of New York and New Jersey, The Post has learned.  And the Port Authority is warning the industry that if it wants public funds for waterfront improvements, it has to stop handing out outrageous perks to favored workers.

Jimmy Hoffa and Feds Scheme to Control Teamsters.  Fred Gegare, who is challenging Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa in elections this month to head up the transport union, says that Hoffa and the US government are colluding to control the union by the use of intimidation. ... When you figure in Obama's mobster roots in the Chicago Combine with his administration's willingness to use government power in conjunction with unions to get what they want, then the question becomes, not if the mob is making a comeback in unions, but how much control do they already have?

Brooklyn DA and feds smoke out mob influences in LIUNA union.  Fresh from a record mob takedown, the feds have targeted one of the city's most important construction unions for some Mafia housecleaning, sources said.  Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch's investigators have begun plotting strategies to break the Gambino crime family's 50-year stranglehold on the Pavers and Road Builders District Council, the sources said.

Organized Labor, Organized Crime.  [Scroll down]  Also among those indicted are Albert Cernadas Sr., who stepped down five years ago as executive vice president of the International Longshoreman's Association and head of ILA Local 1235, as well as the son of the man who replaced him at 1235, Edward Aulisi — prosecutors say Aulisi was recorded promising continued payments to the mob after Cernadas left.  The current president of 1235, Thomas Leonardis, was indicted, as was Nunzio LaGrasso, vice president of ILA Local 1478.  Union corruption is only one part of what the Mafia does.  But it's important to recognize that our laws facilitate it...

The Mob Round-Up:  The FBI is making headlines this morning with a massive roundup of mobsters from top crime families in New York City.  Working with state and local police officers, they've hauled in over a hundred suspected wise guys, on charges NBC News says will range from "gambling to racketeering to murder."  FBI officials told NBC that "organized crime is still active in New York's construction industry," while "labor union corruption, loan sharking, and gambling are among the other schemes run by the mob."

Organized crime still has firm grip on unions, even at Ground Zero.  The massive mob takedown shows organized crime's grip on unions is virtually unbroken — even at Ground Zero — despite decades of prosecutions.  Exhibit A:  Ralph Scopo Jr.  Scopo, who pleaded guilty to extortion in 2005, inherited leadership of concrete workers Local 6A from his father, who was convicted in 1986 in the Mafia Commission case.

Union Busted:  Local 333 of the International Longshoremen's Association.  [Scroll down]  Of these 379 members, 219 — almost a quarter of the union membership — have been convicted.  By removing from the list of convicts those who were ruled guilty only of relatively minor charges — things like traffic offenses, cable-television fraud, open container, disorderly conduct, housing violations, leaving the scene of an accident, etc. — the list is whittled down to 194 members with serious criminal backgrounds, more than one-fifth of Local 333's roster.  So far this year, 21 members of Local 333 have been convicted of serious crimes.  All but one of them have prior convictions.  Their 2010 convictions include:  armed robbery, possession with intent to distribute drugs, drug dealing, attempted drug dealing, drug possession (five counts), firearms (three counts), sex offense, escape, theft (two counts), and assault (three counts).

Two Jersey City union leaders are charged with embezzling $375K.  Two Jersey City labor leaders were arrested by federal agents today and charged with embezzling from a union representing bus drivers, hotel employees and factory workers.  David J. Caivano, 55, and Stephen P. Arena, 55, are accused in a 29-count indictment, unsealed today [9/21/2010], of bilking $375,000 from Local 148 of the Production Workers Union.

In any other state, this would be considered organized crime.
Medical Marijuana Growers Join Teamsters Union.  In California, the teamsters have organized 40 marijuana workers.  They work as gardeners, trimmers and cloners.  It's not clear how labor laws will apply to this situation, since medical marijuana is legal in California but is still a federal crime.

Marijuana initiative gains backing of state's largest labor union.  The campaign for Proposition 19, the initiative on the November ballot that seeks to legalize marijuana, plans to announce Tuesday [9/21/2010] that it has won the endorsement of the state council of the Service Employees International Union, the largest labor union in California.

Union protects growers of pot.  As organized labor faces declining membership, one of the country's most storied unions is looking to a new growth industry:  marijuana.

Union boss returns some of $1.2M pay.  The president of a maritime workers union — a labor organization dogged for years by declining membership and a federal racketeering lawsuit — reported receiving $1.2 million in compensation last year but abruptly gave back much of the money in April after his big payout was disclosed to the government, according to federal documents and interviews.

Former union organizer pleads guilty in labor racketeering case.  A former organizer for Operating Engineers Local 17 today became the first person pleading guilty in connection with a labor racketeering case filed against construction union leaders almost two years ago.  James L. Minter III admitted that he engaged in a decade-long conspiracy, using threats, harassment and extortion against non-union construction workers and companies throughout Western New York.

Teamsters convicted: 3 in Chicago Local 743 guilty in union election scheme.  A former union officer and two employees of Teamsters Local 743 were convicted in federal court Friday [5/1/2009] for rigging two elections in 2004.

RICO Trial for Bosses of Florida Union Gets Underway.  Michael and Robert McKay have been living on borrowed time.  Respectively, president and treasurer-secretary of the American Maritime Officers, the McKay brothers, aged 59 and 56, rigged elections, stole funds, obstructed justice, and orchestrated illegal campaign contributions.  At least that's what the Justice Department has been alleging in a criminal racketeering suit against the pair.

Head of Nation's Largest Municipal Labor Council Arrested in NYC.  A seven-term Democratic state assemblyman who also is president of the nation's largest municipal labor council was arrested on federal racketeering charges Tuesday, accused of stealing more than $2 million from the state, labor unions and even a Little League fund.

Mob-Controlled Queens, N.Y. Local Threatens, Ignores Members.  Members of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) want some answers about where their money is going.  That's understandable given the caliber of people running the show.  The president of the 15,000-member Queens, N.Y. school bus drivers' local, Salvatore Battaglia, is facing federal charges of obstruction of justice, having been accused of conspiring with members of New York's Genovese crime family.  He's still in office.  The union's secretary-treasurer, Julius Bernstein, was forced by prosecutors to step down from his post in June; he's due for sentencing late next month for racketeering.  And its pension fund director, Ann Chiarovano, despite pleading guilty in August to obstruction of justice, remains at her job because she is technically not a union officer.

Port Fear:  Longshoremen union members will continue to handle packages at America's ports, no matter who owns the facilities.  Oddly, none of these same members of Congress have called for inspecting the disturbing history of these unions.  At least three aspects of Longshoremen history suggest that these union members at our ports might pose a risk to national security.  They have been associated with organized crime, specifically the Mafia.  They have a history of anti-American radical politics and have committed acts of violence.

Shadowy connections

Jill Biden Botched Her Spanish in Front of a Nazi Inspired Flag.  In case you missed it yesterday, First Lady Jill Biden botched her Spanish during an event celebrating labor union organizer Cesar Chavez. [...] But that wasn't the only problem.  During her remarks, the First Lady stood in front of Chavez' infamous black eagle flag.  Chavez used Nazi propaganda and colors as the inspiration for the symbol.  "The story of the black eagle, the movement's symbol, exemplifies Chavez's skill as a tactician.  He researched emblems, including cigarette boxes and Nazi flags, and concluded that the most potent color combination was red, black and white.  He picked the eagle and directed his brother to draw the bird so simply that anyone could easily replicate the symbol," the Smithsonian states.

FBI seeks Kenney campaign records as part of union probe.  Federal authorities have subpoenaed finance records and receipts from Mayor Kenney's campaign committee as part of their investigation into the local electricians union and its leader, John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, the mayor said Friday [8/26/2016]. [...] The subpoena came, the mayor said, shortly after a series of coordinated FBI raids earlier this month on the hall of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and several houses and offices tied to Dougherty and his close allies, including City Councilman Bobby Henon, a former political director for the union who remains on its payroll.

Feds Raid Home, Office, Pub of Philly Union Boss Tied to DNC and Clinton.  During the Democratic National Convention, the office of Philadelphia's most powerful construction union stood out, decked in an enormous sign declaring "Hillary for President."  But on Friday morning [8/5/2016], the union headquarters captured public attention for a different reason:  a yellow Penske semi-truck parked on the curb outside, packed with dozens of boxes of evidence lugged out of the office by federal agents.  Authorities raided not only the office of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 but also the home of its powerful leader, John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, who is also head of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council.  In addition, law enforcement searched a pub run by Johnny Doc and other union bosses, as well as the offices of a labor-connected Philadelphia city councilman.

FBI searches target electricians union, Johnny Doc, Councilman Bobby Henon.  The FBI raided homes and offices across Philadelphia and South Jersey early Friday [8/5/2016] as part of a sweeping investigation of a powerful electricians union and its leader, John J. Dougherty.  The FBI, acting in concert with the IRS, also searched the City Hall office of Councilman Bobby Henon, a key Dougherty ally and a paid union leader.  Federal authorities executed search warrants at more than half a dozen locations, including Dougherty's house in South Philadelphia, his sister's home next door, the Local 98 hall at 17th and Spring Garden Streets, and the Mount Laurel home of union president Brian Burrows.

Suspended Chicago officer charged with murder hired as union janitor.  A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager has been hired to work as a janitor for the city's police union as he awaits trial, the union president said Thursday [3/31/2016], prompting protests.

Watchdog claims union's legal fight reveals ObamaCare fraud.  Non-profit group Southern United Neighborhoods got a $1.3 million federal grant in 2013 to serve as a "navigator," enrolling people in Affordable Care Act coverage.  The group subcontracted with United Labor Unions Local 100, which, according to Cause of Action, paid members less than it billed the government and, in some cases, paid them to recruit union members.  The watchdog group discovered the alleged discrepancy in court papers filed by union workers suing the labor organization for unpaid overtime.

Watchdog claims union's legal fight reveals ObamaCare fraud.  Non-profit group Southern United Neighborhoods got a $1.3 million federal grant in 2013 to serve as a "navigator," enrolling people in Affordable Care Act coverage.  The group subcontracted with United Labor Unions Local 100, which, according to Cause of Action, paid members less than it billed the government and, in some cases, paid them to recruit union members.  The watchdog group discovered the alleged discrepancy in court papers filed by union workers suing the labor organization for unpaid overtime.  "Southern United Neighborhoods and ULU Local 100, both rebranded ACORN entities, present a risk of violating the law — this time by potentially misusing over $1.3 million of taxpayer dollars for union activities instead of enrolling individuals in the Affordable Care Act," Daniel Epstein, executive director for Cause of Action said to

NLRB nominee accused in union corruption case.  Richard Griffin, President Obama's nominee to be the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, is accused of making false statements under oath in a union corruption complaint in California district court.  The charges stem from when Griffin was the top lawyer for the International Union of Operating Engineers.  The complaint alleges that he gave a false explanation in a deposition for why union officials sought the ouster of a colleague who was blowing the whistle on internal corruption.

Obama's Acorn Cronies To Profit From ObamaCare.  As Mathew Vadum reports on the American Spectator blog, United Labor Unions (ULU) Local 100 in New Orleans, which is run by Acorn founder Wade Rathke, announced on its Facebook page that it's gearing up "to do mass enrollment and help navigate people into the marketplaces in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas under the Affordable Care Act!"  "Local 100's role as a Navigator, suggest(s) the program is less about health care and more about building a new progressive infrastructure," says longtime Acorn-watcher Mike Flynn of

Obama's ACORN Pals Cashing In on Obamacare Enrollment.  President Obama's old friends in the ACORN crime syndicate have decided to get a piece of the big-money Obamacare action.  United Labor Unions (ULU) Local 100 in New Orleans, which is run by ACORN founder Wade Rathke, announced on its Facebook page that it's gearing up "to do mass enrollment and help navigate people into the marketplaces in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas under the Affordable Care Act!"  Be afraid.  Wherever Rathke goes, lawlessness follows.

Video: SEIU Leader Openly Discusses Illegal Immigrant Members.  Eliseo Medina, the International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), freely and unashamedly admitted that his union has members who are illegal immigrant workers.  Medina made the comments in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News at a rally for immigration reform attended by hundreds of people in Bakersfield, California.

Agenda: How Marxists Are Grinding America Down.  A good history lesson is crucial in understanding that the organized war to destroy America really does go back nearly 150 years — all the way back to the 1880s, which is roughly the time Marxists began infiltrating unions in an attempt to take them over here in the U.S.

Chavez celebrated at SEIU offices in New York.  Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 1199 in New York City allowed a celebration of the life of the late socialist Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to be held in their offices Friday.  The event, organized by the pro-Chavez Bolivarian Circle of New York, was held last Friday [3/8/2013] at 6:30 PM and promoted on Facebook.

DNC Literally in Hock to SEIU.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) owes at least $8 million to a bank owned by one of the largest unions in the country, according to the committee's most recent financial report.  The DNC initiated an $8 million loan with the Amalgamated Bank of New York on Aug. 10, the report shows, accounting for the majority of the committee's overall debt of $11 million.  Amalgamated Bank, often described as "America's Labor Bank," is a national entity, the majority of which is owned by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a politically active union with deep ties to the Democratic Party.

National Labor Racket.  One of President Obama's controversial recess appointees to the National Labor Relations Board has ties to corrupt mafia bosses, Fox News reports.

Obama pick for NLRB was top lawyer for union tainted by mob ties, history of corruption.  The rap sheet for members of the International Union of Operating Engineers reads like something out of "Goodfellas."  Embezzlement.  Wire fraud.  Bribery.  That's just scratching the surface of crimes committed by the IUOE ranks.  And it is from this union that President Obama earlier this year picked one of his latest appointees to the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency tasked with resolving labor disputes between unions and management.

Union with Obama ties rents offices for Occupy DC.  A labor union with strong ties to President Obama is helping make the Occupy Wall Street movement a more permanent fixture in the nation's capital, moving Occupy DC into office space the group can use to organize and grow through the presidential election.  The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama's most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three offices the Occupy protesters will use for at least the next six months to plan future demonstrations, organize and host workshops.

SEIU Paying Occupy DC's Rent — Really.  Now that Occupy DC has been kicked out of downtown Washington after camping out for months, SEIU is making sure the violent, rape filled, rat ridden and dirty movement has a place to stay and operate for the next six months.

SEIU Confirms Democrat-Socialist Marxist Connection.  I have long contended that the US's largest and most militant labor organization the Service Employees International Union, is allied to, or subordinate to the country's largest Marxist organization — Democratic Socialists of America.  Here is proof of this connection, from the latest edition of DSA's Democratic Left, Winter 2011/2012, page 11...

Labor unions and communism.  Labor leader Andy Stern has seen the future.  There's no freedom there, but he's OK with that.  Mr. Stern, a former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), recently returned from a trip to China, where he had the opportunity to meet with "high-ranking" government officials, who outlined for the former labor leader the authoritarian regime's long-term economic plan.

Richard Trumka.  While at the helm of the AFL-CIO, Trumka helped repeal a longtime rule that banned Communists and fellow-travelers from leadership positions in the organization and its unions.  The move to open the previously patriotic union to subversives delighted the Communist Party USA.  "The radical shift in both leadership and policy is a very positive, even historic change," CPUSA National Chairman Gus Hall said in 1996.

Editor's note:
This multi-part series at Front Page Magazine also focuses on Craig Becker, Stephen Lerner, Leo Gerard, Andy Stern, Ron Bloom, Heather Booth, Wade Rathke, Jimmy Hoffa Jr., John Sweeney, and Daniel De Leon.

SEIU drops mask, goes full commie.  A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era.  Not only did the SEIU help to organize the rally in conjunction with communists, they marched side-by-side with communists, while union members carried communist flags, communists carried union signs, and altogether there was no real way to tell the two apart.

Communists, socialists rallying support behind Madison protests.  Communist and socialist groups — including the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party, the Communist Party USA, Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party and the Democratic Socialists of America — are voicing their support for the public-sector unions protesting Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plans to curtail their collective bargaining abilities.

Is SEIU Working With Hamas And FARC?  Prominent current and former members of SEIU local 73 are being investigated for their potential ties to the Hamas and FARC terrorist groups.  Late last year, their homes were raided by the FBI, and they were subpoenaed to appear in front of a grand jury for questioning.

Do Bureaucrats Know Better Than You? The NLRB Thinks So.  In a democracy, the will of the voter is the ultimate mandate.  Those elected to public office are the servants to the electorate, and by extension, this is true for the bureaucrats appointed and nominated by those same officials.  But all of this seems to be lost upon the members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Whether it's the board chairman, Wilma Liebman who previously worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters or Craig Becker who was previously on the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) payroll, their allegiance appears to be with union bosses, not the American people.

Union Terror Link?  From being involved in fraudulent voter registration in Texas to beating up Tea Party activists outside town hall meetings in Missouri, SEIU's reputation is well-established.  Now we can possibly add a linkage to terrorism.  On Friday [9/24/2010], the FBI searched eight addresses in Minneapolis and Chicago.  Among those addresses was the North Side home of Chicago anti-war activists Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, whose home was searched for 12 hours.

Is President Obama Using Executive Powers To Organize Protests?  Earlier, we posted about the links between Andy Stern's SEIU and a group called National People's Action (NPA).  NPA, together with SEIU and the AFL-CIO, is organizing a series of angry marches against Wall Street and capitalism.  NPA is a very dangerous and radical group that isn't shy about its radical philosophy. ... President Obama is very close with NPA board member, John McKnight.  Mr. McKnight also sits on the board of the Gamaliel foundation where President Obama worked as a community organizer.

Union and Whistleblower Complaint Documents SEIU Ballot Fraud.  Today's Wall Street Journal and Fresno Bee report that SEIU engaged in illegal threats, ballot-tampering, and other serious violations of election rules during a June union election for 10,000 homecare providers in Fresno, according to voters and union staff who worked for SEIU during the election and have now come forward.

Transparency in union finances a thing of the past.  Ignoring their own rhetoric about the value of transparency and openness, the Obama administration is "rolling back rules requiring labor unions and their leaders to report information about their finances and compensation," according to [a] Washington Times report written by Jim McElhatton.

Obama team reverses union transparency.  The Obama administration, which has boasted about its efforts to make government more transparent, is rolling back rules requiring labor unions and their leaders to report information about their finances and compensation.  The Labor Department noted in a recent disclosure that "it would not be a good use of resources" to bring enforcement actions against union officials who do not comply with conflict of interest reporting rules passed in 2007.  Instead, union officials will now be allowed to file older, less detailed conflict reports.

Obama Tries to Stop Union Disclosure.  Fifty years ago, Congress passed the landmark Landrum-Griffin Act to protect rank-and-file union members from malfeasance by union leaders.  Senate hearings had uncovered serious corruption and other unethical practices inside the labor movement, and a bipartisan coalition emerged to shine the light of disclosure on union practices.  Nevertheless, Democrats in Congress and in the executive branch have often attempted to undercut that law's financial reporting and disclosure requirements.

ACORN joins with unions.  Political activists who masquerade as non-partisan community organizers have joined with organized labor to pressure elected officials into supporting left wing causes, according to a top analyst with the Capital Research Center (CRC).  Matthew Vadum, a senior editor and analyst with CRC has determined that the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) is best described as a "multi-headed hydra" with over 400,000 member families positioned in 110 cities fiercely opposed to the capitalist system.

Obama Stimulates Unions, Inflation and Debt.  The George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, which was run by Obama's Transition Project co-chair, John Podesta, said Obama would launch a "Green, Unionized Economic Recovery."  The key word was "unionized," a tip-off that public money would subsidize expansion of the labor unions that backed Obama.  One of those powerful unions, the AFL-CIO, is headed by John Sweeney, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

ACORN Cracks Wide Open.  It's more than a little ironic that ACORN for nearly 15 years has been leading heavily union-backed campaigns to force private- as well as public-sector employers in cities and counties across the nation to pay workers a "living" wage, while severely underpaying and otherwise exploiting its own community foot soldiers.  Indeed, ACORN for years had blocked attempts by employees to unionize until the National Labor Relations Board told them otherwise.

Did someone mention ACORN?

When Unions Negotiate With Governments:  Ever wonder what determines the outcome of multi-year billion dollar employee contracts negotiated between labor unions and state government agencies?  Here's what happened when one group filed a public records request to find out.

Government Unions Hide Behind Secrecy Protections.  There is little doubt that financial transparency is a major deterrent to labor union and political corruption.  Yet, where the two meet — unions of government employees — there is virtually no financial transparency.  Unions composed entirely of government employees at the state and local level are not covered by the federal Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), also known as the Landrum-Griffin Act.

Carpenters' Union Outsources Picket Lines.  In this video, one union boss oversees a picket line of homeless and transients the union hired to do work the union's members won't do themselves.  When a reporter tries to ask the picketers questions, they say that they will be fired if they talked to him.  The union boss remains tight lipped too.

Outsourcing the Picket Line:  Carpenters Union Hires Homeless to Stage Protests.  Although their placards identify the picketers as being with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, they are not union members.  They're hired feet, or, as the union calls them, temporary workers, paid $8 an hour to picket.  Many were recruited from homeless shelters or transitional houses.  Several have recently been released from prison.  Others are between jobs.

Whose side are they on?
AFL-CIO Sues Over Government Crackdown.  The nation's largest federation of labor unions sued the U.S. government Wednesday over a plan to crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, arguing increased scrutiny of Social Security numbers will result in errors and threaten the jobs of legal workers.

How Labor Rules:  Why did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renege on her previous commitment?  She dances to the tune of AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, who preaches outright protectionism.  Hostility toward not only the Peru and Panama pacts but also a vital agreement with Colombia can be traced to influence on U.S. unions by South America's leftist labor leaders, originating in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela.

Union behind illegal immigrant.  Of all the offenders that U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown has sentenced, a carpenter and union organizer who illegally immigrated from Mexico more than 15 years ago drew one of the biggest crowds.  Instead of spurning Jose Alfredo Cobian of Molalla as a threat to their jobs and wages, fellow union members packed Brown's Portland courtroom last month in a gesture that reveals the changing relationship between organized labor and immigrant workers.

A confounding alliance of unions and illegal immigrants.  It was billed as the biggest act of civil disobedience in Los Angeles history — rivaled only by Californians' defiant use of appliances during peak hours back in the days of the energy crisis.  In reality, it was street theater in three acts with a confusing plotline.  Thursday's march [9/28/2006] encouraged unionization of hotel workers at the Hilton near Los Angeles International Airport, coupled with a call for amnesty for illegal immigrants.  Or, to put it plainly, unions demanded higher wages for workers, while throwing their weight behind an immigration movement that drives wages down.

Unions Played Key Role in May Day Rallies for Illegal Immigrants.  Organized labor since the mid 80s has moved away from its historic opposition to high levels of immigration.  Whereas union leaders for decades had believed — and with more than passing evidence — that a huge influx of unskilled workers from abroad drives down wages, they have come to view immigrants as the salvation of the labor movement.

Did someone mention the Immigration Protest Rallies?

Communist Leaders Speak Their Minds:  Many if not all Left-wing organizations, including some labor unions, abortion-rights groups, "gay" liberation groups, "peace and justice" groups and others, have been shown to be heavily infiltrated or influenced by Marxist, Socialist, Trostkyite and Communist ideas, persons and organizations.  All of these groups seem to work together in relative harmony and solidarity.

SEIU Parking Lot Still a Drug Dealers Zone.  [Scroll down]  Eliminating the Post Office problem will leave the first block of Turk and the SEIU Local 87-owned parking lot at Turk and Hyde as the two remaining centers of illegal drug activity in the Tenderloin.

Union workers lose Labor Day holiday order to appease the Muslims.

Plant Drops Labor Day For Muslim Holiday.  Workers at the Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Shelbyville [Tennessee] will no longer have a paid day off on Labor Day but will instead be granted the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.  According to a news release from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a new five-year contract at the plant included the change to accommodate Muslim workers at the plant.

Tyson 'regrets' public reaction.  Tyson Foods says that Labor Day is still a holiday, but not for the union employees at the Shelbyville poultry processing facility, who will be taking off the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr instead.  Meanwhile, the union that negotiated the controversial contract at the Shelbyville plant has removed the original press release announcing the holiday change from its web site, and the union president has described the backlash to the decision as "bigotry."

Tyson Foods Adopts Muslim Holiday.  Eid mubarak, Shelbyville!  Union employees at Tyson Foods' poultry processing plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee will enjoy a paid holiday this year on October 1, the date on which the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr falls this year.  And on Labor Day, they will be hard at work, per a new agreement that the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) negotiated with Tyson.  The RWDSU explained that the new contract "implements a new holiday to accommodate the … Muslim workers at the plant."

The Editor says...
Something tells me most of the non-Muslims will call in sick on Labor Day, so they can go to the parades and picnics with everybody else.

An atmosphere of sleaze and graft

Philly AFSCME President Fired for Getting Caught.  One doesn't typically rise to the top of the heap in the union game through academic achievement, sterling character, or commitment to ethical conduct.  Thus, we shouldn't be terribly surprised at how many of those handed the key to a strongbox containing billions in someone else's dues money come down with a case of sticky fingers.  The surprise, in fact, comes when they're held accountable for their schemes.  Case in point:  Ernest Garrett, until fairly recently, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 33 in Philadelphia.  AFSCME 33 is the biggest city employee union in Philly, representing mostly blue-collar workers in the sanitation, prisons, and streets departments.  These members already had every right to be peeved by Garrett's $270,000-plus salary during a time when Americans are watching more and more of their budgets eaten up by the cost of groceries, gas, healthcare and household necessities.  AFSCME's national office in Washington, D.C., ordered Garrett's removal following a hearing about allegations from fellow union officers over his penchant for altering staff salaries, hiring more than a dozen friends as employees, contracting with his sister-in-law for catering services and purchasing union-branded hoodies and other apparel from a union ally's nephew totaling half a million dollars.

Are You Happy to Bail Out the Big Unions?  Many Americans, conservative or not, should be angry that unions now hold so much influence over elected officials and Joe Biden that the Teamsters Union, long fraught with ties to the U.S. Mafia and organized crime, is receiving a $36-billion bailout, under the $1.9-trillion American Rescue Plan, after years of mismanaging and stealing from their members' pension fund and the new revelation that the fund was essentially insolvent. [...] Please recall that in 2020, labor unions donated $27.5 million to Joe Biden's presidential campaign.  Look at the timing of this, taking place on December 8, 2022, just a week after forcing a deal on the railroad unions that soured many union workers against Biden.  Sean O'Brien, Teamsters president; Liz Schuler, AFL/CIO president; and Marty Walsh, U.S. secretary of labor, stood by his side during the announcement.  It's clear as day that this was Joe Biden rewarding his political allies, at the expense of ninety percent of Americans who are not members of any union.  It also forces conservatives and independents to pay for the sort of collectivism that goes against their conscience and beliefs, as well as the very principles this country was founded upon.  A smattering of other fairly large unions are going to share in the redistribution of some $58 billion, but many small unions will be left out in the cold.  And one can safely bet that the beneficiaries of this political payoff and the union bosses are smiling from ear to ear, especially since the Teamsters and these other unions were looking at a sixty-percent cut in the final payouts for members.

Awaiting the return of the Time of Trump.  Consider that Trump was a successful builder on the island of Manhattan in New York.  Is succeeding as a builder of skyscrapers in New York City an easily accomplished feat?  Are hundreds of successful builders among the millions that call New York home?  Of course not.  Roadblocks exist to keep the pretenders from participating in building big in New York.  It is said that New York is a town run by the Port Authority, the entity that controls transportation into, around, and out of New York.  I'm a Californian, and even I know that.  Unions control what happens in New York, who gets to play in New York, and they decide if you will have a tough time being successful.  Corruption, graft, and political gifts go a long way in New York.  The ethic of Boss Tweed has never left the city.  If we understand that Trump has succeeded in the swampy underbelly of New York politics, union control, and city governance, it's because he's learned to get things done in spite of the roadblocks erected in the path of anyone wishing to play in that arena.

SEIU Leader Suspended For Six Months Following $44,000 Time Sheet Fraud.  Tony Owens, the former Vice President of Bargaining for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 in Los Angeles, was suspended for six months without pay from his California Public Employee's Retirement System (CalPERS) on Monday following an investigation that found that he had committed $44,000 worth of time sheet fraud last year.  In 2018, Owens was elected by SEIU members to become the next Vice President of bargaining, holding that position in addition to his CalPERS IT position.  Owens, in addition to several other leaders elected in subsequent years, were part of the force that removed many allies of SEIU President Yvonne Walker in the lead-up to her eventual replacement in May of 2021.

Dozen FBI officers raid NYPD union office and home of its firebrand president Ed Mullins 'in connection with corruption investigation'.  The FBI has raided the office of one of New York City's main police unions along with the home of its firebrand chief Ed Mullins, as part of an investigation that may be tied to mismanagement of funds.  Close to a dozen federal agents carried boxes of paperwork out of the Sergeants Benevolent Association's (SBA) headquarters in downtown Manhattan Tuesday morning [10/5/2021], according to video from the scene.  They descended on Mullins's Long Island home later in the day, according to the New York Daily News.

FBI raids NYPD sergeants union headquarters in 'ongoing investigation': de Blasio.  FBI agents raided the headquarters of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association Tuesday morning [10/5/2021], Mayor Bill de Blasio said.  It was unclear why the FBI searched the SBA office, located on Worth Street in Lower Manhattan.  De Blasio said the raid was part of an "ongoing investigation," but declined to offer further details.  The SBA represents 13,000 active and retired sergeants of the NYPD.

Union bosses lived high on the hog as COVID devastated membership - report.  Joe Biden has broken every promise he's made on the campaign trail... except one.  That's his vow to be the most "pro-union" president. [...] It sounds like the Soviet nomenklatura.  Workers get stiffed; party bosses party.  Political cash flows for the consultants, NGOs, and their candidates; workers get the shaft.  So much for "we're all in this together."  It's as strong an argument as any for decertifying any union that engaged in [this].  But Joe's got a plan for that, too — the passage of the PRO Act.  That's the vile measure that forces unwilling workers to pay for this hog wallow for union leadership.  It ends right-to-work laws in 27 states, includes a job-killing minimum wage hike, and floods unions themselves with money that, if it's not used for padding union boss salaries, is used for lobbying and will make its way into Democrat campaign coffers.

Cuomo Called Mob-Tied Union Boss a "Good Friend to Me and My Entire Family".  Governor Cuomo wants to be in the White House, but he's more likely to end up in the big house.  There's nothing extraordinary in the allegation that a construction union Boss has mob ties, it would be more shocking if he didn't.  But this continues raising the tally of Cuomo associates in legal trouble to a new high.

Prominent Union Leader Has 'Deep Ties' to Mafia, Serbian Gangs, Feds Allege.  A union leader who Gov. Andrew Cuomo once called "a good friend to me and my entire family" has extensive ties to organized crime and should not be granted lighter bail conditions, federal prosecutors said Monday [12/28/2020].  Cuomo's office called the new allegations against James Cahill "ugly" and "disturbing" and said anyone who breaks the law should be held responsible.  Cahill's lawyer firmly denied the allegations.  Cahill, president of the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents more than 200,000 unionized construction workers, was among 11 labor officials indicted in October on charges including racketeering and fraud.

Labor Watchdog Calls on Biden to Repudiate 'Corrupt' Union Ally.  A labor watchdog group is urging presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to reject the support he's received from corrupt union leaders after a top party ally pleaded guilty to embezzlement in June.  National Right to Work Committee president Mark Mix sent a letter to Biden on Thursday, calling on the Democrat to "put the rights of workers above the demands of union bosses" and "disavow the support" from top brass at the United Auto Workers union.  Just weeks earlier, former UAW president Gary Jones pleaded guilty to embezzlement, racketeering, and tax evasion.  Jones, a prominent Democratic ally, admitted to spending more than $1 million in union funds on miscellaneous luxuries such as premium cigars and liquor, fine dining, vacation rentals, golf outings, and clothing.  The union endorsed Biden in April, prior to Jones's guilty plea.

Union Probe Finds Close Biden Ally Misappropriated Millions.  One of Joe Biden's closest labor allies inappropriately siphoned nearly $1 million from a union pension fund as the labor group suffered from a "systemic misrepresentation in financial reporting," according to an internal probe obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  Harold Schaitberger, the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), which represents more than 300,000 firefighters, is facing accusations of corruption and gross financial malpractice from his closest deputies.  Edward Kelly, the general secretary-treasurer and the number two of the union, detailed the findings of his team's audit in a March 20 internal memorandum.  According to the 105-page document, the audit has thus far found that Schaitberger and Thomas Miller — Kelly's predecessor as the general secretary-treasurer — illegally earned millions of dollars from the union pension fund over the last two decades.

SEIU: We found 39 million N95 masks — and they'll cost you five bucks a pop.  I laughed at this tweet by Tom Elliott:  "There's a non zero percent chance the mafia is involved here."  It feels right.  We're a third-world country now in many respects.  Our nurses wear trash bags because our leaders were too shortsighted and slovenly to stockpile PPE before a pandemic broke out.  We're governed by a nationalist strongman whose battle plan against the virus seems to be to give everyone some hydroxychloroquine and tell them to get back to work.  Of course a society at that late stage of decline might need to turn to the mafia as a key distributor of supplies.

SEIU Union in California Suddenly Finds Mysterious Stash of 39 Million Face Masks.  [President] Trump signed a second executive order to providing authority to address hoarding and price gouging that threatens the supply of medical supplies.  Attorney General Bill Barr put hoarders on notice and said they will get a knock on the door if they are sitting on a large amount of supplies.  "We have started to see some evidence of potential hoarding and price gouging," said Barr.  "So, earlier today the president signed a second executive order providing the authority to address... hoarding that threatens the supply of those necessary health and medical resources."  "If you have a big supply of toilet paper in your house, this is not something you have to worry about.  But if you are sitting on a warehouse with masks, surgical masks, you will be hearing a knock on your door," Barr said.

Former UAW Union Boss Indicted on $1 Million Embezzlement Scheme.  In August of last year federal authorities raided the homes of United Auto Workers (UAW) President Gary Jones who was under investigation in a nationwide corruption sweep.  Today an indictment was unsealed charging Jones with embezzling more than $1 million in union funds.  His former deputy was arrested in September.

Federal probe reveals United Auto Workers bosses spent '$60,000 of union dues on cigars — part of $1M in misused funds.  Former United Auto Workers President Gary Jones reportedly dropped $13,000 in union funds at an Arizona cigar shop in a single day, according to a federal complaint.  The complaint, filed in September against another union leader, mentions that an official purchased a dozen $268 boxes of Ashton Double Magnum cigars and a dozen boxes of Ashton Monarchs, costing about $275 each.  In return, the official, reported to be Jones, was sent a thank you note from the Arizona cigar shop.

UFT director from Queens nabbed after sexting with detective he thought was 14-year-old boy: officials.  A United Federation of Teachers director has been charged with attempting to coerce a minor into sex as part of a sting operation, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court Friday [9/6/2019].  According to a statement by Detective Damon Gergar, who was involved in the sting, 41-year-old Jason Seto contacted him via a dating app that Gergar says people "primarily use to meet up to have sexual contact."

FBI, IRS Raid UAW President Gary Jones's Home.  A raid by the FBI and IRS was conducted Wednesday at the Canton Township, Michigan, home of United Automobile Workers (UAW) president Gary Jones, federal authorities confirm.  According to the Detroit News, the raids are part of an ongoing corruption investigation into auto industry efforts to influence union negotiations.

FBI raids two UAW presidents' homes as part of nationwide sweep in corruption probe.  FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents raided the home of UAW President Gary Jones in metro Detroit early Wednesday [8/28/2019] as part of a nationwide sweep of sites tied to the autoworker union.  Agents also raided the California home of Dennis Williams, who preceded Jones as UAW chief; the union's northern Michigan conference center; a UAW regional office in Missouri, where Jones was based previously; and the home of Williams aide Amy Loasching in Wisconsin.  The multiagency raids were a major step as federal officials ramped up their corruption investigation of the autoworkers union — which is in the midst of contract negotiations with Detroit automakers.

FBI and IRS agents raid Detroit home of UAW president.  FBI and IRS agents, in a growing investigation of corruption in the US auto industry, carried out raids in at least four states, including at the homes of United Auto Workers President Gary Jones in Michigan and California home of former President Dennis Williams in California.  Investigators are probing into bribes, kickbacks and attempts by auto executives to influence labor negotiations with the UAW, a person with knowledge about the raids told [...] The union has been building a retirement home for Williams on the 1000-acre retreat facility, which was paid for with interest from a $721 million 'strike fund' mostly made up of workers dues, according to the News.

LIRR worker who made $256K in overtime logged a dangerous number of hours.  A Long Island Rail Road track worker more than quadrupled his $55,000 salary last year by logging a seemingly impossible — and possibly dangerous — number of overtime hours.  Marco Pazmino raked in a staggering $256,177 in overtime pay for 2018, despite earning a base of just $54,985 — bringing his haul for the year to $311,162, according to new data from the Empire Center watchdog group.  That's more than twice the $135,969 he earned in 2017 — and some 4½ times the $68,677 he made in 2016 doing the same gig at just a few bucks less an hour.

Corrupt UAW Official Was DNC Superdelegate.  A disgraced union official may have to submit his ballot to the 2020 Democratic National Convention from prison.  Former United Auto Workers vice president Norwood Jewell became the highest ranking labor official to plead guilty to violating federal labor law.  Jewell admitted to receiving luxury goods and lavish golf trips from the Chrysler executives he was supposed to be negotiating against.  He is now staring at a possible five-year prison sentence, though the Detroit News has reported that prosecutors are seeking only 15 months of jail time.  Even with the reduced sentence, Jewell may still be in federal prison when the Democrats' presidential nominating convention begins in Milwaukee.

Unions Win Big in City Construction Showdown — Workers Lose.  Once again the people of Santa Barbara lose, workers lose and the taxpayer get to pay for the political donations of unions.  "At issue was an arcane spending authorization of $95,000 connected to an obscure but ferociously controversial labor agreement that gives building trade unions vastly more say in who gets hired and who does not for City Hall construction contracts of $5 million and more.  In the upper echelons of City Hall, no one is really sure how these project labor agreements — or PLAs, as they're called — will actually work.  But there's no doubt in anyone's mind as to who won what's been one of the most intensely waged behind-the-scenes battles anyone in City Hall can remember:  the trade unions.  If the council was honest, it would not allow any of the unions that have contracts with the City to donate to council races.

Embezzlement, Theft Charges Against Labor Kingpin May Cripple Dems' 2020 Machine.  Pennsylvania Democrats are worried about the short-term future of their political machine after authorities charged a Philadelphia labor leader with numerous counts of embezzlement, bribery and theft, Politico reports.  John Dougherty, the business manager of Philadelphia's branch of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and six other labor officials were indicted on 116 charges related to lavish misuse of union funds and buying influence with corrupt politicians, Philadelphia's The Inquirer and CBS Philly report.

Feds charge Johnny Doc, Councilman Bobby Henon in IBEW Local 98 investigation.  Labor leader and political kingmaker John J. Dougherty and Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon were charged Wednesday [1/30/2019] with embezzlement, bribery, and theft, along with six other people affiliated with Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  The sprawling 116-count federal indictment alleges that Dougherty, 58, and his associates stole more than $600,000 in union funds and spent it wildly on no-show jobs; expensive meals at restaurants including the Palm Philadelphia; an array of construction projects; and purchases that included big-screen TVs, dog food, and baby supplies.

Cops union USPOA founder sentenced to more than 3 years in Prison in New Jersey.  The founder of the United Security and Police Officers of America (USPOA) on Thursday [8/16/2018] received a sentence of 37 months in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds for his personal use, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.  Assane Faye, 61, of Toms River, New Jersey, was previously convicted of all counts of an indictment charging him with two counts of embezzling union funds and seven counts of mail fraud arising from unemployment insurance fraud.  Faye was convicted following a three-week trial before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan, who imposed the sentence in Trenton federal court.

Where can you get paid $466K a year to wash trucks?  On the waterfront, there's a longshoreman on the books who washes trucks.  He gets paid $465,981 a year.  To wash trucks.  Fired when his bosses discovered he wasn't actually showing up when he claimed to be working, he nevertheless regained his job — after an arbitrator concluded it was not unusual in the industry for employees to be paid "without being expected to work all the hours for which they are being paid."

Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year.  [Scroll down]  Scams were abundant.  As with the previous year, the largest of them consisted of third-party fraud committed against union health plans.  In New Jersey, a former president of a United Auto Workers local and an insurance industry executive were charged in federal court in January with conspiring to recruit "straw" participants for Blue Cross/Blue Shield benefits.  The estimated total loss to insurance companies was $6.6 million.  In suburban Chicago, three family members, including a chiropractor, received sentences for their roles in a six-year scam that triggered nearly $11 million in insurer losses.

The Democrats' War on First Responder Services.  Government derives much of its moral authority to tax from its obligation to provide public safety, health and education.  Yet as public-sector pension plans create ever-greater demands upon local and state financial resources, The Democrats' machine funnels so much tax revenue into the corrupt bargain the party made with unions that states and municipalities must rob local public services of funds in order to give their constituents outrageous salary increases, bonuses, benefits and what is called "other pay."  There are two types of demands for this money: salary increases and pensions.  Even while revenues increase, the demand for public pensions and salaries has grown so fast that it has outrun the increases in tax revenue.  And rather than stabilize pensions or go to 401K type plans, municipalities and states have chosen to violate the Constitution and cut back on essential government public services.

UAW Exec's Wife, Auto Exec Charged for $1.2 Million Bribery Scheme.  The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that federal prosecutors filed charges against Monica Morgan, the wife of the late United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield, and former Fiat Chrysler Vice President Alphons Iacobelli for violating the Labor Management Relations Act.  Iacobelli, who was in charge of negotiating with the UAW, allegedly directed $1.2 million to union leaders in the form of jewelry, travel, furniture, and other goods, according to the charges published by the Labor Department on Friday.  Iacobelli went so far as to pay off the $262,219 mortgage balance on the home owned by Morgan and Holiefield, who died in 2015.  The payments came as the union negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the company in 2011 and 2015.

Health-Care Workers Aim to Decertify a Union Suspected of Fraud.  As its membership plummets, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is seeking to unionize home health-care workers, who have never previously organized and do not fit the traditional description of the public employees SEIU typically represents.  The union is making its attempt in states across the country, but in Minnesota, where it has been rife with fraud, the personal-care attendants are pushing back, pursuing one of the largest union-decertification efforts in the history of the United States.

Election Results Gave This Union Millions.  Now State Lawmakers Are Looking Into Voter Fraud.  State lawmakers want Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's administration to explain its apparent faith in a politically connected union despite evidence of fraud since the union won an election to represent thousands of residents who care for disabled relatives in their homes.  State Rep. Marion O'Neill, chairman of the Subcommittee on Employee Relations, plans to schedule a hearing to ask the head of Minnesota's labor relations agency to detail how an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union recruited home caregivers and the state administered the election.  "I want to see how many [ballots] they actually did send out, and I want to see the original receipts for the mailing," O'Neill told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

Head of New York City corrections officers union charged with fraud.  The union leader for New York City's prison guards and a hedge fund financier were charged on Wednesday [6/8/2016] with orchestrating a bribery scheme involving union retirement and operating funds in a case stemming from a sprawling federal corruption probe.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Norman Seabrook, the politically influential president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, and Murray Huberfeld early on Wednesday [6/8/2016].  According to a criminal complaint, Seabrook invested $20 million of union money in 2014 in New York-based Platinum Partners in exchange for kickbacks from Huberfeld, who worked at the firm.  The men were charged with honest services fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Top N.J. union official, 2 others admit 'Christmas tribute' extortion from dock workers.  A former official of the International Longshoremen's Association, a former Newark police officer and a third man admitted today to taking Christmas tributes from dock workers on the state's waterfront in return for better jobs and wages, state authorities said.  The three pleaded guilty to demanding the money, from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars, from thousands of union members who worked the shipping terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey, the state Attorney General's Office said.

Top N.J. union official, 2 others admit 'Christmas tribute' extortion from dock workers.  A former official of the International Longshoremen's Association, a former Newark police officer and a third man admitted today to taking Christmas tributes from dock workers on the state's waterfront in return for better jobs and wages, state authorities said. The three pleaded guilty to demanding the money, from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars, from thousands of union members who worked the shipping terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey, the state Attorney General's Office said.

Failed Md. Democratic gov nominee Brown borrowed $500G from union, missed payment deadline.  Anthony Brown, the Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee who lost in an upset in November, took out a $500,000 loan from a labor union late in his campaign and has so far failed to repay the money as agreed, according to a financial report filed earlier this week.  The loan and Brown's failure to meet the Nov. 7 deadline were reported first by The Baltimore Sun.

PEF debit card case kept private.  Officials at one of the state's largest public labor unions shielded a downstate council leader from potential prosecution after she allegedly used a union debit card to make at least $20,000 in questionable purchases — including liquor, restaurant bills and home improvement items.  Several people familiar with the matter, and internal documents filed with the Albany-based Public Employees Federation, indicate PEF's leaders asked to handle the matter as an internal "ethics violation" when contacted several months ago by the office of Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe.  The union represents more than 53,000 state government workers.

SEIU Hit With Second-Biggest Campaign Finance Fine in Michigan History.  The Service Employees International Union will have to pay the second-highest fine in Michigan history for its failed 2012 campaign to preserve forced union dues among home care workers.  Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said that the politically powerful union agreed to pay the state nearly $200,000 for failing to properly disclose donors and file timely campaign reports.

Former SEIU local leader gets 33 months in prison.  The former president of California's biggest union local was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for stealing from his low-income members to finance an expensive lifestyle that included being married to two women at the same time.  Declaring that Tyrone Freeman betrayed the "sacred trust" of the workers he represented, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins also ordered him pay to about $150,000 in restitution and barred him from holding office in any union for 13 years after he is released from prison.

Farm workers union skims three percent in exchange for ... NOTHING.
Hundreds of CA Farm Workers Walk Off Job to Protest Union Grab.  In Fresno County, California, some hundreds of workers have walked away from their jobs at Gerawan Farming in protest at the United Farm Workers, a union that the workers have been forced to join by the state of California.  The union has attempted to seize some three percent of each worker's paycheck based on a union vote two decades ago.  The union has been completely inactive at Gerawan Farming since it was established.  Workers at Gerawan make $10 per hour and receive health benefits.

California teachers sue NEA over forced $1,000 union dues.  Ten California schoolteachers on Tuesday sued the National Education Association and California Teachers Association to escape mandatory union fees in a case that piggybacks on a 2012 Supreme Court ruling against forced union dues.  The teachers, represented by the Washington-based Center for Individual Rights, claim that California's so-called "agency shop" law violates their free speech and free assembly rights and forces them to cough up $1,000 to pay for the union's mostly Democratic political activities.

Michigan Teamster Boss Busted Over Double Dipping.  According to financial reports on file with the U.S. Department of Labor, a local Michigan Teamster boss took in nearly $90,000 in 2011.  Obviously, though, the income Al Sprague made from his members' dues wasn't enough for him because, the Jackson (MI) Teamster boss decided to file for unemployment compensation.  What's worse is that the State of Michigan apparently granted his request for unemployment compensation.

Ex-SEIU local exec convicted of stealing from low-income members.  A onetime rising star in national labor circles who headed California's biggest union local was convicted Monday on federal charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from his low-income members.  Tyrone Freeman, who represented about 190,000 homecare workers as a leader of the Service Employees International Union, was found guilty on 14 counts after a 10-day trial in Los Angeles.

Former SEIU union local president convicted of embezzlement.  The former president of California's largest union local was found guilty by a federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday [1/28/2013] of stealing from the low-wage workers he represented.  Tyrone Freeman, who led Local 6434 of the Service Employees International Union, was convicted on 14 criminal counts, including embezzlement of union funds, violating tax laws and mail fraud.

Bakery Union Bosses (& Their Kids) Do Well.  As is the case in other unions, nepotism is something that bakers' union bosses apparently embrace.

Labor union bosses' salaries put 'big' in Big Labor.  There can be riches in standing up for the working class:  The Boilermakers union president earned $506,000, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars more for travel expenses, while the Laborers union president made $441,000.  The Transportation Communications Union leader made $300,000, bumped up to $750,000 with business expenses.  Patrick W. Flynn makes $435,000 a year in his capacity as treasurer of a 13,600-member Teamsters union local, and the $30,000 in business expenses he collects on top of costs associated with carrying out his duties around Mokena, Ill., approach that of a typical worker's entire salary.

Union Corruption Report: October 2012.  On October 16, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, John McNamee, President of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 829 (located in New York, N.Y.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $150,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by OLMS New York District Office.

Union Corruption Report: September 2012.  On September 19, 2012, in the District Court for Hunt County, Texas, 196th Judicial District, Rosalin Dukes, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 3607 (located in Greenville, Tex.), pled guilty to one count of credit/debit card abuse and was then sentenced to five years of deferred adjudication probation, 100 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $18,598.34 in restitution, $285 in court costs, and a $50 Crime Stoppers fee.

Police union cards used to get cop relatives out of minor jams.  New York police union cards, which officers give their friends and family as 'get out of jail free' cards for minor offenses, are selling on eBay for as much as $100 a pop and city authorities are fuming, the New York Post reports.  The union cards are meant to be used to prove that a police officer can vouch for another person, though holders often use them to get out of minor incidents like parking and speeding violations.

Power Hungry: Teachers' Union Wants To Administer Standardized Teachers' Test.  As Republicans are painfully reminded, progressives thrive on deception.  Throw public sector unions into the mix and the worst aspects of Chicago-style cronyism and pay-to-play politics inevitably surface.  Add national teachers' unions, and the potential for a previously unimaginable pay-to-play scam — a scam conservatives might blindly and reflexively support — becomes all too real.

Washington, D.C., Union President Convicted, Faces 183 Years in Prison.  The founder and president of a private security officers' union in Washington D.C. was convicted last week of 18 different federal offenses.  He faces a maximum of 183 years in prison and $2.1 million in fines.  A jury ruled on September 5 that Caleb Gray-Burriss, founder and president of the National Association of Special Police and Security Officers (NASPSO), was guilty of six counts of mail fraud, seven counts of theft from a labor organization, one count of criminal contempt, one count of obstruction of justice, and three union record-keeping violations.

Hey, Fat Cat Unions: Pay Your "Fair Share".  The California Federation of Teachers, an AFL-CIO affiliate that rakes in an estimated $22 million in coerced dues, enjoys nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(5) status.  So does CFT's larger counterpart, the California Teachers Association, which collects a whopping $300 million in annual dues.  While they burn through mountains of dues lobbying for everyone else to pay higher taxes, these Democratic partisan heavies pay nothing in either federal or state income taxes.

The perks of being a union executive.  Wage amounts are usually public record, but are perilously difficult to pin down.  What a union executive makes can be inflated in the record by sick leave accrual or severance payouts, or can be understated because of tax deferments or allowances in lieu of pay.  Still, with that caveat in place, an examination of 2010-11 tax records reveals wages of the highest paid employees of the National Education Association and its state affiliates — defined here as the money reported in box 1 of a W-2 form — ranged from almost $540,000 down to less than $92,000.

SEIU Worker Asks Members To Falsify Signatures To Sink Anti-Union Measure.  The Service International Employees Union — the same union that will be shutting down traffic around Los Angeles International Airport on Thanksgiving Eve — has admitted that a staffer requested that union members stack a legal petition with fake names to sink it.

Paramus-based union leaders arrested on embezzlement charges.  Richard "Buzzy" Dressel — a prominent and influential North Jersey labor leader who served on the boards of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and Bergen Community College — was arrested Thursday [11/15/2012] on charges of conspiring to steer more than $350,000 in union funds to his wife.  Dressel, 63, of Montvale, the business manager and principal officer of Local 164 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was arrested along with John M. DeBouter, 55, of Oakland, the local's president, after a two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Troubling Auto-Rescue Plunder (TARP).  Remember that "trillion-dollar bank bailout" that President Bush pushed four years ago?  The Congressional Budget Office now says that (1) it cost just $24 billion, nowhere near a trillion; (2) taxpayers made money from the banks; and (3) the vast majority of the money went to auto companies.  Don't call it a trillion-dollar bank bailout.  Call it the $20-billion UAW payoff.

Public Sector Union Supports Obama after Cushy Contract.  The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, a public sector union, has emerged as the second-largest donor to Democratic Super PACs, including a $1 million donation to President Barack Obama's Priorities USA, reports the Wall Street Journal.  This support comes after the Obama administration gave air traffic controllers a plush contract.

North Bergen public official admits to graft.  North Bergen's just-retired superintendent for the Department of Public Works admitted in state court Tuesday [9/11/2012] that he regularly commandeered teams of workers to canvass and rally voters for elections throughout Hudson County — and had township taxpayers foot the bill.  At the same time, James Wiley acknowledged employing workers as his personal labor force during the workday and on overtime, turning them into gophers and handymen, directing them to clean his gas grill, clear leaves from his yard and string Christmas lights.

Wisconsin Union Boss Busted In Prostitution Sting.  On the heels of the former U.S. Border Patrol union boss caught using union funds to pay for trips to his mistress, Media Trackers picked up a story about Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO boss, Bill Brockmiller, and four other would-be "Johns" who were arrested in a prostitution sting Monday night [8/27/2012].  According to Brockmiller's LinkedIn profile, the AFL-CIO boss is also employed as a labor market analyst for the La Crosse Job Center.

Retired president of Border Patrol union indicted.  The former, longtime national leader of the union representing Border Patrol agents on Friday [8/17/2012] called a federal indictment alleging that he siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds "a wild goose chase."

Indicted Ex-Union Boss Defiant.  The former head of the union for Border Patrol agents fired back at federal prosecutors Friday [8/17/2012], saying charges that he defrauded the union out of hundreds of thousands of dollars are politically motivated and a "wild goose chase."  T.J. Bonner issued a one-page statement calling the charges "groundless" and predicting he will be cleared.

Ex-Leader Union Leader Is Charged With Fraud.  A former rising star within the Service Employees International Union has been charged with bilking his ex-employer, one of the nation's most powerful labor groups.  Tyrone Freeman, 42 years old, who once led a large Los Angeles-based local representing low-wage health-care workers, was indicted Tuesday [7/31/2012] on 15 criminal counts, including mail fraud and the embezzlement of $100,000.

SEIU Subpoenaed in Milwaukee Investigation.  New documents obtained by Media Trackers reveal that the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office recently subpoenaed the national office of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) in Washington D.C. for the employment documents of a senior organizer currently under investigation for vote fraud in Wisconsin.

SEIU's Mobile Voters.  The Wisconsin-based Media Trackers reported Monday that the Milwaukee D.A. had subpoenaed the SEIU headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the employment records of Clarence S. Haynes, a senior organizer for the national public-sector union.  Haynes, along with two other SEIU organizers, registered to vote for the Badger State's April 5, 2011, election using an out-of-state ID and claiming a Marriott hotel in Glendale, Wisconsin, as his residence, Media Trackers reported in October 2011.  In response to the report, the Milwaukee District Attorney's office began investigating Haynes and his associates.

Is Obamacare Redistributing Wealth to Big Labor?  It has become obvious that the SEIU has a major interest in the healthcare legislation.  Although the SEIU is a major player in the public union market, it is also one of the largest unions in the private sector.  Furthermore, the largest share of its private sector members are healthcare employees: nurses, hospital staff, janitors, and home healthcare workers.  Is it any wonder then that President Obama's primary piece of legislation was Obamacare?  As Andy Stern, SEIU's President at the time, was reportedly in the White House at least 22 times in the first year of Obama's Presidency, while the main priority was passing Obamacare!

Court rules no tax dollars for unions.  A Maricopa County Superior Court has ruled that spending taxpayer money for union activity must stop.  Judge Katherine Cooper issued a preliminary injunction June 5 halting Phoenix's practice of paying union leaders to do union work, rather than their city jobs, on the taxpayers' clock.

Union demands credit card numbers from members.  One school employee union in Michigan is demanding that members turn over bank account and credit card information so that the union can automatically claim monthly dues after the state voted to stop deducting the money on behalf of the union.

The Editor says...
If you are dumb enough to give your credit card information to a labor union for perpetual monthly billing, you should keep a close eye on your monthly credit card bills.

Sacrificial Scams.  The unions thought they could fight back against Gov. Scott Walker's tiny rollbacks without anyone finding out the details.  Most people saw what public employees were getting and assumed it was a misprint.  Two years ago, seven bus drivers in Madison, Wis., made more than $100,000 a year.  A few years before that, we found out that the city manager of little Bell, Calif. — per capita annual income $24,800 — was making $787,637, or including benefits:  $1.5 million a year.  The chief of police was getting $457,000 a year — $770,046 counting benefits — making him the first chief of police to commit highway robbery on the job.  The assistant city manager was taking home $376,288 per year, for a total compensation package of $845,960.  All were Democrats, the party of Big Government.

Hefty salaries, perks for union leaders raise eyebrows.  Life is good at the top of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers.  The union, with its headquarters in Kansas City, Kan., represents about 59,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada who make and repair boilers, fit pipes and work on ships and power plants.  The recession has hit their trade hard, reducing union membership.  At the same time, the president's salary has surged 67 percent in the past six years, not counting a recent raise.  Add in travel and some other expenses, and Newton B. Jones received more than $600,000 last year, putting him at the absolute top of the presidents of the dozen biggest unions in the country.  Many relatives of union officers also ride the payroll.

Former SEIU Member Registers 23,207 Fraudulent Voters.  Former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member Steve Caddle of Houston, Texas has been caught registering 23,207 fake voters in Harris County alone due to the hard detective work of Catherine Engelbrecht and her "True the Vote" project.  This is one of the best examples of what good citizen activism inspired by Tea Party principles can do for their community.

Unions Behaving Badly: Registering Inmates to Vote, Spending Dues at Strip Clubs.  The Albany Times Union has broken a story involving correction officers in Rensselaer county trying to unseat the incumbent Republican sheriff, Jack Mahar, through unsavory means. ... Reports show a labor union leader for the corrections officers, Kevin Rogers, allegedly dropping off 140 voter registration forms that enrolled people in the Conservative Party, of which four have been confirmed to be inmates.

Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year.  [For example, #8]  United Food and Commercial Workers officials in Brooklyn charged with massive extortion, fraud.  Extracting payments from employers and stealing from member benefit plans came easy to the leaders of UFCW Local 348 in Brooklyn.  It helped that the leaders of the racket were family.  A six-count federal indictment handed down in October ended the decade and a half run of Anthony Fazio Sr., Anthony Fazio Jr. and John Fazio. Arrested and charged with racketeering, extortion, money-laundering and other offenses, the Fazios allegedly pocketed $2.4 million in coerced employer "donations" and fake invoices paid out of local accounts.

UAW Thugs Appeal Extortion Conviction ... And Get A Stiffer Sentence.  Two UAW officers, Danny Douglas and Jay Campbell, agreed in 1997 to end an 87 day strike at a Michigan GM plant — but only if GM agreed to hire Campbell's son and the son-in-law of another UAW official to high paying jobs for which they were unqualified.  For this, Douglas and Campbell were tried and found guilty of extortion.  The judge, who could have sentenced the pair to up to 30 years, instead gave them a gentle slap on the wrists of six months house arrest and two years probation.  Not satisfied with even this, Douglas and Campbell appealed their conviction.

The Pervasive Corruption of Public Employee Unions.  Today's Wall Street Journal has a good piece by Philip K. Howard summarizing how corrupt many public employee unions have become.  It starts by discussing the recent $1 billion fraud case at the Long Island Rail Road workers union.

Labor Department Official Advises Unions to Circumvent Disclosure Rules.  In April we exposed Obama's overseer of union financial disclosure and his personal conflicts-of-interest.  Now we have well-sourced evidence that Director John Lund is telling union officials to bypass Department of Labor investigators and work with him personally.  Imagine if U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Mary Schapiro invited delinquent reporting corporate presidents and treasurers to deal with her directly and ignore SEC personnel.  Lund is the Office of Labor-Management Standards Director who oversees investigations and audits of union financial records and union officials' conflicts-of-interest reporting, and he is using his new position to benefit his old clients form Big Labor.

The Five Million Dollar Man.  The Chicago Tribune reports that an investigation it conducted with WGN-TV found "23 retired union officials from Chicago stand to collect about $56 million from two ailing city pension funds."  That's an average of $2.4 million each, and some will rake in even more.  Dennis Gannon, a former president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, stands to collect some $5 million.

Union Boss Collects Pension After One Day on Job.  If you need evidence on how corrupt self-serving unions and union officials can be, then please consider ["]Ex-labor chief's 1-day rehire nets $158,000 city pension[".]

Union leader draws lucrative pension perk based on false information.  Every month, Thomas Villanova gets a $9,000 reminder of how lucrative it can be to serve as a union leader in Chicago. ... Villanova last worked for the city in 1989 as an electrical mechanic with the Department of Streets and Sanitation, making about $40,000 a year.  Yet in 2008 he was allowed to retire at age 56 with a $108,000 city pension.  That's because, under a little-known state law, his pension was based not on his city paycheck but on his much higher union salary.

City union leader Diana Frey accused of embezzlement.  For the past 6½ years, the $9 in union dues withheld from the biweekly paychecks of the roughly 800 members of Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees sent more than $7,000 flowing every other week into the city employees' union bank account.  At least, that's what was supposed to happen.  What actually occurred, federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday [7/20/2011], is that roughly one of every two dollars that City Hall deposited in CODE's account eventually ended up in the pocket of its president, Diana Frey.

Video Shows Confrontation Over SEIU Ballots.  An SEIU member says she was physically forced out of a room after she questioned union leaders about how they were counting ballots, and she recorded the confrontation on her cell phone.  Mariam Nojiam, a state worker for the Department of Motor Vehicles, began recording video as she walked into an SEIU election office while officials were giving instructions on counting procedure.

Head of L.A. city union held in alleged theft of computer.  The leader of the union that represents Los Angeles city architects and engineers has been arrested, along with his wife, on suspicion of stealing a laptop computer from the labor group, police announced Saturday [5/7/2011].  Josif Kahraman, 51, executive director of the Engineers and Architects Assn., and his wife, Ani, 31, a union volunteer, were arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday at the union's headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.  The couple were released the next day after each posted $20,000 bail.

Cloud of Corruption Around Democrats' Union Patron.  As the Democratic National Convention gets under way in Los Angeles, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is once again leading the way in soft money donations to the Democratic Party, pouring in just less than $2 million to the party over the 2000 election cycle, according to numbers compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.  AFSCME's unparalleled support of the party (it is the largest soft money donor this cycle to the Democratic National Committee and related committees) continues the Democrats' tradition of keeping close ties to the labor movement.  But while the news media focus on the union's financial generosity, little attention has been given to AFSCME's checkered history.

Obama's Discriminatory Application of Laws Abounds. reports that the administration gave one-year waivers to 28 separate local chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, exempting them from an Obamacare requirement that bans annual limits on what insurance plans will pay for coverage.  The UFCW's political action committee spent $673,309 in independent expenditures promoting Obama's 2008 election.

More about Obamacare waivers.

O'Keefe video appears to show New Jersey union official describing voter fraud.  A new video by conservative activist James O'Keefe appears to show a New Jersey union official describing voter fraud during a Jersey City mayor's race several years ago.  O'Keefe would not tell The Daily Caller how he obtained what appears to be audio of Wayne Dibofsky, the associate director of the New Jersey Education Association, admitting that voter fraud took place inside the union's Jersey City office in 1997.

Union Accused of Voter Fraud Involving Mentally Handicapped.  Authorities in Crow Wing County are investigating possible voter fraud involving people with mental disabilities.  An affidavit, filed Monday [11/1/2010] by Brainerd resident Montgomery Jensen, claims a large group of mentally handicapped people were told whom to vote for by mental health staff members and that staff filled out the ballots themselves without the disabled voters close by.

Union's 'funny money'.  The Manhattan DA's Office has opened a far-ranging probe into the Transport Workers Union Local 100's new boss over whether he misused part of its $400,000 pot of political money, The [New York] Post has learned.  John Samuelsen — barely a year after being elected by the 35,000-member union — is being probed by the DA's newly reorganized Rackets Bureau, sources said.

Voter Fraud in America.  Some Nevadans who participated in early voting in Clark County reported that Harry Reid's name came up pre-checked on the screen when they were voting for Senator.  Although no formal complaints have been filed, the allegation is still troubling, and all the more so because of the fact the Service Employees International Union is responsible for maintaining voting machines in Clark County.  SEIU, which endorsed Reid and gave over ninety-five per cent of its campaign contributions in 2008 to Democrats, is hardly a neutral party.  The union is indelibly tied to the Obama administration's commitment to expanding the role of the public sector in American life.  Whether SEIU tampered with voting machines or not, union members should never have been allowed anywhere near a device that so directly affects their future prospects.

Obama Rules That SEIUs Law Breaking is OK By Him.  With a recent Federal Election Commission decision, Obama's government has ruled in favor of the SEIU's illegal kickback scheme and decided that such law breaking it is A'OK as far as he is concerned.

Media Ignore Questionable Activities by Unions.  A number of media liberals are up in arms over a far-left blog's inconclusive investigation — replete with innuendo and assumption — purporting to show that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has illegally spent funds obtained from foreign entities on political campaigns in the United States.  Of course near-identical efforts by a handful of the most powerful labor unions have not been mentioned.

SEIU's Shady Political Cash.  Marc Theissen recently asked some very important questions about where the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is getting the mountains of cash that it spends on Democrat political campaigns.  He finds that it is coming from foreign sources, but the SEIU is refusing to yield to requests for transparency.

SEIU denies investigation reports.  An SEIU spokeswoman flatly denied an Associated Press and Los Angeles Times reports today [9/28/2010] that the union and its former president Andy Stern are subject to an FBI investigation.  Ringuette said she'd had "not a single report of a federal inquiry" from the union's staff.  "Andy hasn't been contacted" by the FBI, she said.

Local Tea Party group may have uncovered massive vote fraud in Texas.  True the Vote appears to have made some pretty significant discoveries, including one blockbuster revelation possibly connecting the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to vote fraud in Houston.

Obama's Labor Day gift to the special interests.  Promising more stimulus spending in a speech to labor union members and officials, President Obama four times derided Republican coziness with "special interests" — his standard trope.  But surely Obama knows that union political action committees have spent far more money so far in the 2010 elections than the PACs in any other industry.  And he should know that his proposal for an unaccountable "infrastructure bank" is a recipe for a politically charged, corporate-welfare slush fund.

Working Families Party claims it's no longer subject of federal probe.  The union-backed, ACORN-connected Working Families Party — under federal investigation for the last eight months — today declared it's off the hook in the probe.  "We were advised last night that the US Attorney's Office has decided to close its investigation without the filing of any charges," a statement from the left-leaning party said.  The US Attorney's Office declined to comment.

Buying Union Votes With Food Stamps.  In an election year in which Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress are threatened, no price is too high for extra votes — even if it means taking from the poor.

Former N.J. union chief admits taking $10K in kickbacks.  Dennis J. Giblin, the nephew of a Democratic Assemblyman and scion of a family that for decades has run one of New Jersey's most powerful labor unions, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark yesterday [8/9/2010] to taking $10,000 worth of kickbacks and stealing a $1,300 couch.

Working 'Sham'-ilies.  A former employee of the Working Families Party says he was so disturbed by the labor-backed group's practices that he walked out after only one week on the job.  In an exclusive interview, Brooklyn resident Patrick Crooks said he was encouraged by higher-ups to falsify names and addresses on sign-up sheets supporting the left-wing party's push to repeal a state law that took rent regulation out of the city's hands and gave it to the state.

Crooked union official pleads guilty to racketeering.  A crooked labor leader pleaded guilty this afternoon to racketeering charges in a scam that betrayed his fellow union members by letting contractors hire illegal aliens to work off the books.  Michael Brennan, a former shop steward for Local 608 of the carpenters union, faces up to 87 months in the slammer under a plea deal in which he admitted pocketing bribes from On Par Contracting, whose owner, James Murray, is cooperating with authorities.

Union boss hog in $300K hooker scam.  A married, obese former president of a Port Authority union admitted yesterday [6/16/2010] in court to embezzling nearly $300,000 in member dues and using the cash for tawdry hook-ups with prostitutes, casino trips and lavish meals, sources told The [New York] Post.

Numerous high-profile cases of union embezzlement in just the last year.
Union label:  suckers!  Remember why unions were formed in the first place — to protect workers from being taken advantage of?  Nowadays, the rank-and-file mostly need protection from their own leadership.  Daniel Hughes, former head of the Field Supervisor Association representing Port Authority workers, pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court this week to looting $300,000 in members' dues over five years.

Prosecutors say N.J. carpenter's union official rang up 'epic' go-go bar tabs.  In the words of prosecutors, the bar tabs of Shawn Clark were "epic."  Amid thumping music and twirling dancers, the former labor union official dropped $65,000 in seven years at go-go bars across New Jersey.

Ex-N.J. carpenters union official convicted of embezzling $85K.  A former carpenters union official from Somerset County was convicted in federal court in Trenton today [5/17/2010] of pocketing $85,000 from the organization to host hundreds of lunchtime drinking sprees at go-go bars.

Carpenters union big Brian Hayes named in bar scam.  A union official is accused of selling out his own members — getting a corrupt contractor to build his Manhattan bar by letting him hire nonunion workers on other jobs.  Brian Hayes, a business agent for Local 608 of the carpenters union, allegedly took thousands in cash, free labor and materials to build McGarry's on Ninth Ave. in Manhattan, prosecutors and union sources said.

More Details on Obama's Big Bribe to Big Labor:  If you're part of one America, you have to pay a tax if you receive generous health benefits.  But if you're part of the other America that has contributed handily to Democratic campaigns and has access to the White House, you can receive those same benefits without paying a tax.

ObamaCare's latest bribe:  It took two days of wrangling behind closed White House doors under the demanding gaze of big-labor bosses, but President Obama won a major health-care victory yesterday [1/14/2010].  The same can't be said of America.  The deal in a nutshell: a big, fat wet kiss for labor unions, which won exemption from a proposed 40 percent tax on on expansive private health-insurance plans until 2018.

Unions Collect A Health Care Payoff.  Big Labor carved out a tax exemption for union members' health plans on Thursday [1/14/2010], paving the way for passage of health care reform.  Call it what it is:  a bribe to cronies in an increasingly corrupt overhaul.

Labor's $60 Billion Payoff.  Democrats seem impervious to embarrassment as they buy votes for ObamaCare, but their latest move makes even Nebraska's Ben Nelson look cheap:  The 87% of Americans who don't belong to a union will now foot the bill for a $60 billion giveaway to those who do.

Obama's $59 billion giveaway to unions:  Public outcry over a $59 billion special deal President Obama cut with unions on Thursday [1/14/2010] should be deafening.  Repeatedly throughout his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama promised that health care negotiations would be carried on C-SPAN precisely to prevent these types of special-interest favors.

Ex-newspaper union head faces charges.  The feds are closing in on a former newspaper union official who's been charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars during his final two years running a Communications Workers of America local with members at three New York City dailies.

Obamacare:  How the Unions are "Getting Well".  And you thought Capone's Chicago was corrupt?  Apparently it's got nothing on Obama's Washington, D.C.  Amazingly, though, both versions of Obamacare do something far worse than slipping billions of dollars into the pockets of organized labor leaders as a payoff for their support in the 2008 election:  They actively seek the forced unionization of the entire health care industry.

Dirty Money Watch:  Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.).  [Scroll down]  Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy.  The Communication Workers of America and The American Federation of Government Employees have had eight convictions, the Service Employees International Union has had nine convictions and the Boilermakers have had 10 convictions, while the IBEW has had 14 members convicted.  The United Steelworkers of America has had 30 convictions among its membership.  The amounts of embezzled funds range from over $5,000 to over $100,000.

Boss at ACORN-Friendly SEIU Found Guilty on Kiddie Porn Charges.  Jaime E. Feliciano, president of the radical Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 District Labor Council 784, has been convicted of possessing child pornography.

Workers using fake Social Security numbers are fired — and the union is upset.
Computer 'raid' in Vernon leaves factory workers devastated.  "A desktop raid" is how the workers' representative, John M. Grant, vice president of Local 770 of the United Food and commercial Workers International Union, described the scenario.  Overhill, a $200-million-a-year company that provides frozen meals for clients such as American Airlines, Panda Express, Safeway and Jenny Craig, says it had no choice:  An Internal Revenue Service audit found that 260 workers had provided "invalid or fraudulent" Social Security numbers.  The government took no action against the workers.  But Overhill did:  All of the employees were fired May 31.

Union-founded nonprofit spent zero on its charitable purpose in two years.  A nonprofit organization founded by California's largest union local reported spending nothing on its charitable purpose — to develop housing for low-income workers — during at least two of the four years it has been operating, federal records show.  The charity, launched by a scandal-ridden Los Angeles chapter of the Service Employees International Union, had total expenses of about $165,000 for 2005 and 2006, and all of the money went to consulting fees, insurance costs and other overhead, according to its Internal Revenue Service filings.

Ohio organizer faked union donor cards.  An Ohio union organizer has been fired after he was caught forging documents to deduct money from public employees' wages to pay for political activity, the Service Employees International Union said yesterday [4/14/2009].  Becky Williams, president of the SEIU District 1199, said she thinks this is an isolated incident, but the union is continuing to investigate.

AFL-CIO to Federal Union Watchdog:  Drop Dead.  The AFL-CIO is shameless.  In addition to trying to eliminated employees' right to a secret ballot vote, they are also trying weaken the Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards, which serves as a watchdog for union members by fighting corruption and embezzlement.  In a petition made public by the Obama's Transition Project — which was oddly filled with typos — the union calls on the incoming administration to issue an emergency interim rule (meaning no public comment period) eliminating "all financial reporting regulations that have not yet gone into effect."  That is their "Priority for Day 1."

Union Leader's Spending Scrutinized.  Annual reports filed with the Labor Department show that the local paid $177,000 last year to a video production firm run by [Tyrone] Freeman's wife, Pilar Planells.  The local's training center has often paid more than $90,000 a year to a child care firm run by Mr. Freeman's mother-in-law.  In 2006, the local paid $16,000 to a basketball team coached by Mr. Freeman's brother-in-law.  The expenditures were first reported by The Los Angeles Times.

Embezzlement, False Reports, Violence, and More.  Most people don't know just how many crimes are committed every year through which union officials hurt their own members.  The number of reputed and verified crimes is staggering.  Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the hundreds of indictments of union officials for violations of the Labor Management and Reporting Disclosure Act.  According to the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), those crimes include "embezzlement, filing false reports, keeping false records, destruction of records, extortionate picketing and deprivation of rights by violence."

Food Workers Local 951 Pressuring witnesses to save a suspect election.  The DOL charged substantial and numerous LMRDA violations, including:  no secret balloting; ballot distribution and collection by staff at work sites; failure to account for hundreds of unused ballots and replacement ballots; denying ballots to eligible voters; discriminating in the use of the membership list; and using union and employer money to promote the incumbent slate.

Puerto Rican Union President Sentenced for $15 Million Theft.  In the summer of 2005, four officials of UTM 1740, an affiliate of the International Longshoremen's Association, along with six businessmen and three companies, were indicted in U.S. District Court on nearly two dozen counts of embezzlement, money-laundering and maintaining false records.  They were accused of converting some $10 million in funds, mainly from the union's health care plan, to their own use, plus underreporting another $1.5 million in dues collections.

Former postal union leaders arrested.  Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat could stop two leaders of an American Postal Workers Union local, but a federal criminal investigation apparently has.  John McGovern, 50, of Hawthorne and Gary Weightman, 53, of Keansburg were arrested Friday [2/17/2006] and charged with embezzling more than $400,000 from Local 190 of the APWU.

Union corruption and the law:  Some corrupt acts are punishable by criminal laws, most effectively in blatant cases.  Others are best addressed through labor law and regulation, again of limited effectiveness except in the most blatant cases of financial misuse.  The entire control structure is complex and uneven in application, reflecting the particular concerns that happened to occupy regulators during their sporadic bouts of regulation.

Union Leader Fraud & Corruption:  Most people don't know just how many crimes are committed every year through which union officials hurt their own members.  The number of reputed and verified crimes is staggering.  Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the hundreds of indictments of union officials for violations of the Labor Management and Reporting Disclosure Act.

Ex-LA labor leader pleads guilty to campaign finance violations.  Former city councilman and ex-labor leader Martin Ludlow pleaded guilty Wednesday [3/8/2006] to breaking campaign laws by secretly accepting $36,000 in union money for his 2003 campaign.

Financial disclosure is a wonderful thing.  Gerald B. Ellis, for example, made $116,703 in 2004 as a business manager at Local 627 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, a member of the AFL-CIO.  Local 627 also buys $86,400 worth of legal services from the one-man law firm Gerald B. Ellis, Inc., nicely padding its business manager's income.

Union Corruption Update.  Local 933 of the American Federation of Government Employees for the last few years has been in financial shambles.  The explanation lies at the top.  The local's leadership operated their union like a personal bank.  A series of investigations, most recently by the Detroit News, reveal a disturbing pattern of embezzlement and other forms of malfeasance.

Union corruption update - the August 29, 2005 issue.  David Feeback's sybaritic ways as president of Local 69 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees ended several years ago.  This August 23 he got the final bill:  a year and a day in federal prison, and mandatory restitution of almost $90,000.

Elaine Chao is looking out for you!  John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, has said, "transparency, accountability and full and accurate disclosure should be central goals of financial regulation."  Of business.  But try to apply those reasonable standards to Sweeney's own organization, and he sings a different tune.

Second union official charged with embezzling.  A former ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor union president conspired with a former union secretary to embezzle more than $40,000 from United Steelworkers Local 1011, according to a federal indictment.  Loren Hanson, 68, of New Mexico, was charged along with Jesse Lee Daniels Sr., 69, of Chicago, in a superseding indictment filed Wednesday [4/20/2011] in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.  The new indictment claims that Hanson and Daniels increased their pay by signing checks for each other from 2005 to 2008.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2024 by Andrew K. Dart

Occasional violence and constant strife

For Teachers' Unions, Strikes Are the New Normal.  Does anyone remember the "Red For Ed" education workers' strikes of 2018-19 across the United States?  The #RedForEd movement began in February 2018 in West Virginia and inspired similar statewide school employee strikes in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Colorado.  Smaller strikes were set off in individual districts in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina, and a strike by faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.  The strikes continued into 2019, with United Teachers Los Angeles and teachers walking out in Virginia, Denver, Oakland, and Chicago.  The strikes averaged about two weeks and led to varying levels of success by the respective state and local governments.  This brief history lesson is important, because the #RedForEd movement laid the groundwork in 2018 for what would be the longest-lasting and most disastrous nationwide teacher union strike this country has ever seen.

UPS cutting 12,000 jobs 5 months after reaching union deal.  UPS says it will cut 12,000 jobs following a disappointing sales outlook for the year.  The layoffs come just five months after the company reached a major union deal.  The job cuts will help the company save $1 billion in costs, CEO Carol Tome said in a call Tuesday morning.  Manager and contract roles will be the most impacted.  Labor negotiations last year threatened to disrupt package deliveries for millions of customers, before a deal with Teamsters was reached.  As consumers feared potential strikes, they took their business to rival companies, like FedEx.  UPS expects to gain most of that business back, but so far has only won back 60% of it, according to CNN.

L.A. Times Employees Go on Strike, Get Whiplash When the Consequences Arrive.  In a move that is sure to affect no one with the good sense to not read The Los Angeles Times, employees of the nation's fifth-largest newspaper went on strike.  The walk-out came amid arguments over layoffs and a lack of pay raises.  Get ready for some whiplash as these spoiled, over-credentialed journalists realize there are consequences to their actions.  [Tweet]  My neck hurts.  Shockingly enough, employers don't typically allow striking employees to use company resources once they walk out.  It would be like striking coal miners demanding access to the break room.  The entire point of the strike is that you leave the building and refuse to work.  These pampered journalists are so used to working from their couches, though, that they have no concept of the real world.  You don't get to go on strike while still using your company's Slack channel to stir up dissent.  Justifiably, the L.A. Times went further, also locking the striking employees out of their email accounts.

Woke Starbucks Just Got Slammed By A Major Lawsuit.  Starbucks is one of the country's largest coffee shop chains.  It is also a company that has long been embroiled in social/political controversy.  From holiday cups to social justice, the Seattle-based corporation has been blasted by Americans for pushing "woke" ideology.  But recently, its support of progressive causes came back to hurt it: the company allowed its workers to form a union, called Starbucks Workers United, and the aggressive logo of the group evokes the idea of BLM/Marxist leaning.  The company was shocked when chapters of this union posted attacks against Israel after it went to war with Hamas.  Starbucks sued the union, demanding it change its name and logo.  In response, the union turned on its employer.

Biden Marches With Autoworkers While Causing Their Problems.  The UAW is demanding a 35% hike in pay and benefits over four years, as well as automatic cost-of-living adjustments, just like in the 1970s, along with a four-day workweek.  The inflationary 1970s are calling Biden, and they want their benefits back — with a post-COVID-19 four-day twist.  According to news reports, Biden told workers, "You should be doing incredibly well."  But he has singlehandedly, through the power of his executive branch, caused them to face job losses and higher inflation.  By changing his policies, Biden could address some of the fundamental reasons for their strike; namely, job loss because of mandatory vehicle electrification and higher inflation resulting from his war on fossil fuels, resulting in higher energy costs.  Both were imposed by the executive branch without support from even the Democratic Congress in place during Biden's first two years in office.

Stellantis tells UAW they'll reopen that plant the union's so hep on.  This may not be shaking out the way the United Auto Workers envisioned after all.  Yeah, their president got to talk tough, and they walked out with a new strategy, striking all 3 major automakers at the same time, one facility at a time.  Striking a blow for the little guy may wind up costing lots of little guys.  Part of the union demands to carmaker Stellantis (Jeep and Chrysler among a myriad of other brands) pre-walkout included reopening the Belvidere, IL assembly plant.  It closed down in February of this year as Jeep Cherokee sales dried up.  The facility is massive.

Teamsters Sacrifice 30,000 Workers: 3 Ways Union Contributed to Yellow Trucking's Demise.  After 99 years in business, trucking giant Yellow Corp. shut down its operations on Sunday, and its 30,000 employees will lose their jobs.  The company's closure follows on the heels of negotiations with the Teamsters union, which represents 22,000 members of Yellow's workforce.  While there are undoubtedly many factors that contributed to Yellow's closure, its forced dealings with the Teamsters were central among them.  Unions are best known for negotiating higher compensation and giving workers representation with management.  But unions actually have a say in — and often contractual control over — all things worker-related, meaning they can effectively usurp a company's management.

Who's upset about the Hollywood strike?  Hollywood's arrogance is nothing short of overwhelming, especially when network television and cable are in a free fall.  Nevertheless, Hollywood insists on pushing woke ideology at every opportunity in a shrinking industry that alienates what's left of its audience with a precipitous decline in quality content, much of it unwatchable.  Their answer:  strike.

Workers at critical West Coast ports refuse to turn up to work amid pay negotiations.  A labor slowdown is plaguing critical West Coast ports as workers refuse to turn up amid labor negotiations, stoking fears of a looming supply chain crisis.  Though no strike is currently underway, several major ports along the West Coast, including the Port of Oakland, the Los Angeles Port, and the Port of Long Beach have been effectively shut down in recent days as dock workers fail to show up to work.  Workers who unload shipping containers are protesting as their union engages in wage negotiations with port management.

Running on Fumes: Macron Forced to Travel With Generator Truck as Unions Literally Cut Off His Power.  French President Emmanuel Macron is now travelling around France with his own electric generator as protesting French unions keep cutting off power during his regional visits, a report claims.  Under massive pressure as a result of his controversial pension reforms, Macron is currently undertaking a public-relations blitz in France in the hopes of rallying the general public to his side.  However, his whistle-stop tours of various regions across the country have not been going well, with the President's visits often being met with protesters noisily banging pots and pans in the hopes of derailing the PR stunt.  To make matters worse, trade unionists with access to the country's national grid have also taken to cutting the power in areas where Macron is stopping in an effort to cause even further chaos for the head of state.

Oh, by the way - longshoremen shut down 2 CA ports today.  This has been simmering since last May, when talks began between union reps, ports, and the shipping industry.  They stalled for months at a time, and the longshoremen have now been working without a contract for 10 months. [...] There are already warnings of disruptions to orders and missed truck appointments going out, but this may not be quite the blow it would have been in years past.  Thanks to both consolidation in the shipping industry and the adroitness shown by East Coast ports adapting to the reality of the COVID pandemic, CA ports just ain't what they used to be as far as primacy.

Union Officials: 'The Main Impediment Keeping People of Color from Construction Sites'.  In recent years, a growing number of activists and pundits who are normally allied with Big Labor have been publicly demanding that public policymakers take bold action to stop America's powerful building-trades union bosses from wielding their special legal privileges to keep good construction job opportunities out of reach for African Americans.  It has now been more than 90 years since William Green, then the president of the American Federation of Labor (a precursor to today's AFL-CIO), and construction union officials prevailed upon Congress to enact the wage-fixing Davis-Bacon Act in 1931.  They wanted Davis-Bacon passed on the grounds that "colored labor" could not be allowed to compete on a level playing field with the white union members in the AFL empire.

Female California police union exec, 64, is charged with running eight-year, global FENTANYL operation from her gated community.  A San Jose grandmother has allegedly been importing fentanyl from India and other countries into the U.S. and has been using her home as a base for the global drug operation.  Joanne Marian Segovia, 64, is the executive director of the San Jose Police Officers' Association, and was charged with attempting to unlawfully import valeryl fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, federal prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday.  If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

96% of Disney's 32,000-member Florida union reject its contract offer.  The Walt Disney Company is in a world of hurt in Florida.  Having inserted itself into Florida politics by advocating injecting homosexual sex into K[indergarten through] 3rd grade classrooms, the company just lost its special privilege to act as the local government for its vast real estate holdings around Disney World.  And now, the major union at Disney World has overwhelmingly rejected the company's new contract offer.

French unions threaten "lights out" for MPs, billionaires plus the mother of all battles on Thursday.  It sounds as if things are starting to get pretty testy there.  [Tweet]  Not only are the unions going to protest pension reform in the streets on the 19th, but they're also talking about taking their displeasure to members of the French government and "billionaires" in a very up and personal fashion.

Twitter's Janitors Go on Strike and Elon Musk Personally Cleans House.  Monday, Service Employees Internation Union Local 87 in San Francisco went out on strike.  Ordinarily, a janitor's union local striking wouldn't make national news, but this local provides cleaning services for Twitter headquarters.  It started last week when 20 cleaning crew members were told that Friday would be the last day they were needed at Twitter headquarters.  Twitter headquarters is serviced by a company called Flagship Maintenance Solutions.  As expected, this company devotes part of its website to its role in mitigating climate change and its inclusion and equity program.  From the various accounts, it seems like Twitter had opted not to renew its contract with Flagship after a period of negotiations. [...] Monday, many of the remaining janitors joined a handful of former Twitter employees on the picket line outside Twitter headquarters.  [Tweet]  They were demanding severance and advance notice of layoffs and whatever from Twitter, apparently unaware that Flagship, not Twitter, was their employer.

Biden stabs unions and workers in the back.  Any employee, irrespective of the kind of work they do, deserves a fixed number of paid unplanned leaves.  The purpose of working is to support yourself and your family.  That purpose is rendered meaningless if you cannot avail of unplanned leaves for medical situations or emergencies of the employee or family members.  In rail unions, there's a public interest in their getting this sick leave, too, because workers who don't get paid sick leave are incentivized to show up to work with colds, flu, COVID, or whatever is going around, as they don't get paid otherwise.  Sadly this was the situation with at least some of the 100,000 rail workers across the U.S.

Railroad Workers Get Railroaded Again.  Almost all of the USA's 135,000 railroad workers belong to one of twelve railway unions, and these twelve unions have been working on negotiating a new contract for just shy of three years now.  Yes, three years.  As normal extensions went beyond anything acceptable, and the risk of a massive national strike approached, the Biden-Harris regime first kicked the can past the midterms by forcing union votes on the employers' latest offer, which roughly half the members then rejected.  And then, when they realized that a national strike on the heels of the critical Georgia Senate runoff might be just as embarrassing, they put it in high gear: Democrats in the House and Senate supported the White House plan to force this same contract on the railroad employees, so they could claim an accomplishment — averting a costly and crippling nationwide strike — before the runoff, in order to get Senator Warnock a six-year term.  But was it such an accomplishment, really?

The Morals of a Railway Strike.  A railway strike has supposedly just been averted, by the intervention of Congress, which voted to "enforce a contract" that was previously negotiated only as a possibility and not any final agreement set in concrete.  It really isn't a contract at all, in light of the fact that four of the twelve companies involved in negotiations are still refusing to ratify the agreement and calling for a general strike on December 9.  Part of their grievances are focused on a lack of paid sick days.  This from an industry where the median pay is $30.84 per hour.  One certainly must make certain that he has enough income to provide for his needs and those of his family, and to hold some back for the rainy days and bad times that are sure to come in everyone's life, often at the worst possible moment.  Typically, people simply saw those days of work lost due to sickness as just one of the many pitfalls of life.

Lunchbucket Joe enrages his unions.  Joe Biden, despite his vast wealth accumulated while in office, has always played the regular guy for the proles during those rare occasions when he actually campaigns.  He's Lunchbucket Joe to the working man, Scranton Joe who always looks out for the little guy.  By his own claim, he's "the most pro-union president" in history.  He's also, in Democrat circles, Mr. Electable, because of all his working-class burnish.  Democrats lost blue collar workers with the emergence of the Reagan Democrat in the early 1980s and Joe was there to bring them back.  Unions, of course, loved him, and never hesitated to give him money.  Well, now Big Labor's unions have learned the hard way just who this clown actually is.

Guess Who's Trying To Cause Problems With The Railroad Tentative Agreement?  This morning, in the post on Biden wanting Congress to vote to approve the Tentative Agreement, I ended with  ["][Biden] also wants, again, zero changes.  No adding this or that or the other from Democrats or Republicans.  Who's your bet on the first to attempt to attach ryders to the bill?  I'm going with Squad members.["]  This didn't take long  [Tweets from the Squad!]

Union workers feel let down by 'pro-union' Joe Biden amid rail dispute.  President Joe Biden hails unions at almost every turn, often declaring "unions built the middle class" and that his goal is to be "the most pro-union president" in U.S. history.  But as he urges Congress to intervene in a labor dispute to avert a freight rail strike before the holidays, the president is facing a backlash from labor allies.  Union workers hoped to secure paid sick leave in a final contract, among other assurances, but congressional action pushed by Biden would force some terms they oppose.

Union Workers Lash out After Biden Betrays Them, and I Couldn't Care Less.  A looming railroad strike is threatening to shut down much of the nation's commerce, creating an economic and humanitarian disaster, and Joe Biden is finally making moves to prevent it.  What's his solution?  He's taking the coward's way out, calling for Congress to put union workers in their place despite the fact that they make up a large percentage of the Democratic Party base.  That's going over about as well as you'd imagine. [...] Honestly, I hope Republicans have the backbone to not bail Biden out here by voting in Congress to force the railroad workers to keep working.  He set himself on fire with one of his chief constituencies.  Let him burn.  Maybe, just maybe, these blue-collar unions will finally learn their lesson in the process.

"Red Cup Rebellion" To Disrupt Starbucks Stores As Baristas Go On Strike.  Starbucks workers at more than 100 US stores plan to walk off the job Thursday in a labor action during one of the coffee giant's busiest days of the year, WaPo reported.  More than 2,000 members of the Starbucks Workers Union (SWU) in 25 states, covering 112 stores across the country, will be participating in what is called the "Red Cup Rebellion."

You'd Better Be Prepared for the Perfect Transportation Storm.  Pete (Buttigieg) is nowhere to be found — at least not anywhere near the problems he's supposed to prevent. [...] The Biden administration averted a strike in September by brokering a last-minute deal with the railroad unions.  Now Joe and Pete just need all 12 of the unions to approve the deal to avoid a strike — by November 19.  There's just one problem.  It's an "all or none" situation, and two unions have already rejected the deal.  If the deal falls through, 33 million tons of cargo per week will not be delivered.  That's a lot of baby formula and toilet paper.  Factories will close, store shelves will run empty, power plants will go offline, and construction will stop.  Joe's administration is lining up alternatives to trains if the railroads shut down.  They assure us that if they fumble this — and they may — we'll just ship everything by truck.  But there's a problem with that also.  It would take an additional 460,000 trucks to move the freight that trains move.

Remember That Railroad Strike Biden Supposedly Averted?  Well....  As Townhall covered last month, months of negotiations between America's railroad companies and rail unions ran until the eleventh hour and narrowly averted a massive, economy-crippling strike at the time, a supposedly positive resolution that the Biden administration sought to take credit for after intervening to force a tentative agreement. [...] On Monday, members of America's third-largest rail union voted against the negotiated contract.  For those who remember this song and dance from September, all 12  unions agreed to strike in solidarity unless every union agreed to a deal.  This time around, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division has said its workers will stay on the job until "five days after Congress reconvenes in mid November," but their vote against a deal means the risk of a strike has been renewed again, sending parties back to the negotiating table.

Are we headed for a rail strike after all?  A month ago it seemed we were headed for a major rail strike as unions were holding out against a labor contract that included a 24% raise.  Amtrak even started canceling trains in expectation of the strike but then, at the last moment, unions accepted a deal. [...] But today it looks like that agreement might be falling apart.  One of the unions has rejected the deal. [...] There are two larger unions who are holding their own vote on the contract by mail.  However, even if they vote to approve the contract, they won't return to work so long as the BMWE refuses to do so.  More to the point, a professor who specializes in labor issues says the BMWE vote probably means the other unions will also be against the deal.

Management ALWAYS balks at salary demands.  It's called negotiation.
NY Times staffers mull strike as management balks at salary demands.  Staffers at the New York Times are openly discussing the possibility of a work stoppage as talks with management have reportedly hit an impasse over the union's demands for a salary hike.  The guild representing journalists at the newspaper also wants management to commit to an 8% annual salary increase year-over-year for a period of four years.  But management has countered with a significantly smaller hike — a 4% increase for the first year followed by a 2% boost for the following two years, according to Insider.  Management has also offered an additional 1% merit-based pay hike.  The labor strife is exacerbating tensions between rank-and-file Times staffers and management, who have been at loggerheads over the newspaper's return-to-office demands.  The [New York] Post reported earlier this month that more than 1,300 newsroom staffers signed a pledge vowing to defy management's edict to return to their Midtown Manhattan cubicles for a minimum of three days a week.

Expert warns Biden's deal to give rail workers a 24% pay rise will lead to more huge settlements.  Experts have warned that Joe Biden's deal to give rail workers a pay increase to avoid major shutdowns on Friday could lead to more large settlements in the future.  The Biden administration reached a tentative deal on Thursday to raise rail employees' salaries by 24 percent, but labor experts say the deal could embolden future strikers.  'This is a very, very contentious time,' Michael Lotito, co-chairman of the Workplace Policy Institute at Littler, told the Wall Street Journal.  'I think that is going to embolden unions to ask for more.'

Biden caves to rail unions to avoid catastrophic strike and hands out immediate $11K bonus and a 24% wage increase.  President Joe Biden said on Thursday that a 'tentative' deal has been reached between US freight rail companies and unions, averting a potentially devastating strike before the pivotal midterm elections.  The agreement, hashed out as a national rail strike loomed at midnight on Friday, will raise rail employees salaries 24 percent from the period from 2020 to 2024, with workers getting an average lump sum payment of $11,000 for the backdated portion of the raise, according to a group representing rail companies.  Biden called the deal 'a win for tens of thousands of rail workers who worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure that America's families and communities got deliveries of what have kept us going during these difficult years.'

The Editor says...
When was the last time you got a 24 percent raise, without changing jobs?

Democrats October Surprise May Strike a Month Early.  Most Americans are just learning of a pending railway worker strike that might paralyze supply chains and cripple the economy. [...] The labor dispute that could lead to the first national railroad strike in 30 years could begin as soon as this Friday.  About 60,000 union members who work for the railroad are set to go on strike, including the engineers and conductors who make up the two-person crews on each train.  Even though 45,000 other union members belong to unions that have reached tentative deals with the railroads, a strike by engineers and conductors would bring the freight rail system, which carries nearly 30% of the nation's freight, to a grinding halt.  If this strike happens, Democrats will own it.

Rail union rejects deal to prevent strike being called this Friday as Biden's economic nightmare inches closer.  Amtrak, the nation's cross-country railway system, is canceling all of its long-distance trains ahead of a planned freight workers' strike that threatens to significantly damage the US economy.  The company is not involved in the ongoing labor dispute, but freight companies own almost all of its 21,000 route miles outside the Northeast Corridor, where it owns its own tracks.  Its announcement on Wednesday effectively cancels all planned trips, including those from Washington DC to Sanford, Florida, and the Silver Star from New York City to Miami.  The only area that will not be affected by the train cancelations are those in the Northeast Corridor, between Boston and Washington DC.

Tick, tock, the railway strike clock counts down and Mayor Pete is nowhere around.  [Scroll down] The Biden White House, in the meantime, is going to the mattresses, because there truly seems to be little else they can do, but light candles and pray the three unions still holding out — and they are adamant in their demands — miraculously come on board.  On the other side of the coin, if the unions do sign off on new deals, the inflationary pressures are going to be extraordinary.

The Looming Crisis that Could Cost the Country and Sink Dems Chances in Midterms.  We saw in our earlier report about the inflation numbers that the news was not good for the American consumer — that core CPI went up sharply in August, even with gas prices dropping.  That's not a good sign and an indication that the rosy picture that the Biden team would like to paint of inflation is not reality. [...] Unfortunately, there's another problem coming up that may make it worse, if inflation weren't bad enough.  There's a potential railroad strike that may hit on Friday that could cost the country $2 billion a day and throw transportation of goods and people into a mess.  Biden is trying to head it off.  He knows that if it hits, it could be toast for the Democrats in the midterms because it would further drive the economy into the dumper.

1,300 New York Times Staffers Refuse Order to Return to Office.  More than a thousand New York Times employees are refusing a company order to return to the office at least three days a week, citing inflationary pressures.  Tom Coffey, who sits on the Times's union's contract committee told the New York Post that "people are livid," and said the 1,300 staffers who are refusing to return to the office are especially concerned with commuter costs.

MNA files intent to strike; 15,000 nurses could walk off job.  Leaders of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) say they are now filing their intent to strike.  The filing follows a strike authorization vote held last month, which union leaders say passed overwhelmingly.  Filing an intent to strike gives hospitals a 10-day strike notice before nurses could walk off the job.

Biden Whips Up the Longshoremen as Strike Fears Rise.  Joe Biden went to the port of Los Angeles on Friday, June 10, to make a speech about the economy.  Nothing odd there.  The stock market is down 15% so far this year, inflation is skyrocketing, and energy prices are so high that the unemployed can't afford the commute if they accept a job.  An administration is expected to address these matters.  Unfortunately, in this case, virtually all the problems are caused by the very positions on which this regime is doubling down.  And of all the indelicate, inopportune times and places to choose for this speech, he headed to the busiest, most important seaport in the Americas, twenty days before the deadline crashes down on the most delicate labor negotiation of the year.

Amazon Union Organizers Say AOC Abandoned Them as She Celebrates Their Victory.  Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island voted to unionize last week, and some of them say Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) abandoned them.  The facility has made headlines since 2020, when workers first began to complain of conditions.  Christian Smalls, who attempted to start a union, was fired.  In February, he was arrested after he was asked to leave the facility.  Last Friday, the Amazon Labor Union he helped found reported workers voted 1518 to 1154 to unionize.  Ocasio-Cortez, whom union organizers have said had their support before abandoning them, celebrated on Twitter.

WTTW cuts off health coverage for striking workers.  A strike pitting WTTW-Channel 11 against members of the electricians union took a bitter turn Tuesday, with the public television station serving notice that it is cutting off the workers' health insurance.  The members of Local 1220 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said they received notice from WTTW saying their employer-subsidized insurance will end as of Friday, April 1.  No talks have taken place since the strike began March 16.  The workers can continue health coverage by enrolling in the federal COBRA program, which carries high premiums because there is no employer subsidy.  Brett Lyons, business representative for Local 1220, said the union is exploring ways to help the workers, who are not getting strike pay.

UTLA and SEIU Local 99 Grifters Will Not Go Quietly on Dropping Mask Mandates for LAUSD.  After Governor Gavin Newsom lifted his hand on February 15 to ease the indoor mask mandates for unvaccinated individuals — but not for the schools, students and parents continued to hammer him on this selective easing and his continued insistence on maintaining his emergency powers, which allow him to keep these COVID mandates in place.  Hair Gel claimed he would revisit the student mask mandates on March 11, but certain California county school districts had had enough of his Hairfulness' version of selective science.  They independently reviewed the actual science, and their insurance carrier's policies, and proceeded to bypass Newsom to institute their own mask-optional policies before March 11.  So, Newsom lifted his hand again and decided that mask mandates in schools were to end after March 11 after all.  Amazing how that works.

Chicago Teachers Union delegate vows to 'report' members who show up for work.  A Chicago Teachers Union delegate has vowed to "report" union employees who show up to work at their school.  Alex Forgue, a physics teacher at the Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville, commented on a post inside a "CTU Members Only Facebook Group," stating that he would be reporting members who go into work.  "As a delegate, I will be reporting the names of members who go in," he commented on a post asking members if the Chicago Teachers Union is posting a "scab" list.

Kellogg Plans to Permanently Replace 1,400 Striking Workers.  Kellogg plans to permanently replace some 1,400 workers who have been striking since October, the company announced this week.  Kellogg and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union failed to reach a new contract agreement, leading to the planned change.  "We have made every effort to reach a fair agreement, including making six offers to the union throughout negotiations, all which have included wage and benefits increases for every employee.  It appears the union created unrealistic expectations for our employees," Chris Hood, president of Kellogg North America, said in a recent statement.  "The prolonged work stoppage has left us no choice but to hire permanent replacement employees in positions vacated by striking workers.  These are great jobs and posting for permanent positions helps us find qualified people to fill them.  While certainly not the result we had hoped for, we must take the necessary steps to ensure business continuity.  We have an obligation to our customers and consumers to continue to provide the cereals that they know and love," he added.

Lazy crane operators making $250,000 a year exacerbating port crisis, truckers say.  Crane operators who belong to a powerful union and earn up to $250,000 a year transferring containers from ships to trucks are worsening the supply chain crisis that threatens Christmas by goofing off on the job, frustrated truckers told the Washington Examiner.  The finger-pointing at the busy Los Angeles County ports comes as scores of container ships are anchored off the California coast, waiting in some cases for weeks to unload their freight.  The Biden administration has scrambled to get shipping executives, port officials, and labor to tackle the problem.  While the reasons for the burgeoning backlog are complex, truck drivers say not everyone seems to be working together.

Teamsters employees say union creates hostile work environment against unvaccinated staffers.  The International Brotherhood of Teamsters demands its members' rights not be violated regarding the COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but the union took public measures to pressure its unvaccinated employees into taking the jab or leaving their jobs.  Various labor unions around the country are seeking vaccine mandate exemptions for their own members, but where they stand on their own employees may be different.  In the case of the Teamsters, the IBT holds different standards for its unvaccinated employees who work at its Washington, D.C., headquarters than the members it represents.

America's Ports Problem Is Decades in the Making.  As detailed in numerous reports, American ports and rail terminals are struggling to cope with unprecedented surges of imports from Asia, a situation likely to continue into next year and contributing to both U.S. companies' supply chain woes and broader inflationary pressures.  Shipping containers are piling up by the thousands, leading to higher shipping costs (both ocean and inland freight) and U.S. exporters — mainly of agricultural products — lacking the empty containers they need to send their goods abroad.  Importers are also reeling. [...] Perhaps most notable is the extreme influence that U.S. longshoreman unions — the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) out West and the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) basically everywhere else — have on port operations.  The ILWU's impact is particularly strong because it controls essentially all longshore labor for all West Coast ports (thus giving the union extreme leverage — strikes or slowdowns affect every port on the West Coast).  Thus, contentious labor negotiations not only lead to occasional, economy-crippling port stoppages (and other non-economic harms), but also longer-term labor contract provisions that intentionally decrease port productivity in several ways: [...]

Massive Development in Victoria, Australia — Major Trade Union CFMEU Goes To War Against Union Leadership and Politicians Over Mandated Vaccinations.  This is a huge development in the battle for freedom in Victoria, Australia.  It cannot be overstated.  The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has declared war against their own leadership, John Setka, for not fighting against the mandatory COVID vaccine.  As he was attempting to hunker down in his office headquarters, union boss John Setka physically came under attack from his own union membership over his political relationship with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.  This is the U.S. equivalent of AFL-CIO members launching a violent uprising against former union President Richard Trumka; and then Trumka running to Joe Biden for help and protection from his own membership.  The CFMEU members are the heavy-hitting blue-collar construction and dirty fingernail workers, and the leadership of the CFMEU are the thug-like mobsters who run the union.  Just like the AFL-CIO or UAW in America, the union leadership in Australia is politically corrupt and disconnected from the members they serve.  Earlier today, the union members organized to confront the union leadership.

Aggressive Teamsters Striking Outside Of Nabisco Factory Gets A Beatdown From Security.  A Portland Teamster filed a federal lawsuit Sept. 14 alleging assault and battery by a guard working for Huffmaster Crisis Response, a Michigan-based strike staffing company hired to police the strike at the Nabisco bakery in Northeast Portland.  Jesse Dreyer, a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 162 union, says a Huffmaster agent beat him while he was picketing with members of the local bakers' union outside the Portland Nabisco bakery on Monday morning.  [Video clip]

Labor union's disturbing sign outside elementary school prompts drastic action from superintendent.  A labor union set up a disturbing display of a casket and a photo depicting a dead person's feet outside of a grade school in New Jersey to protest the district hiring a contractor for a construction project, which sparked the school's superintendent to knock it over.  "For the safety of the children, as the Superintendent of Schools, I really had no choice but to protect them.  I responded immediately to the coffin on school property and knocked it to the ground," superintendent of Edison Township public schools, Bernard Bragen, said in a statement to Fox News.  The situation unfolded on Friday [9/3/2021], after LIUNA Laborers Local 77 had already set up an inflatable rat at the school earlier this week to protest a $9 million construction project at the school.  The district was required to hire the lowest bidder for the project, Pal-Pro Builders of Bergen County, but the union said the group does not hire local workers, NJ Advance Media reported.

Socialist magazine founder fires staff for socialist organizing, confesses he felt ownership of what he'd made.  Seriously this is just one of those moments when a leading proponent of leftist politics reveals himself to be a complete flaming hypocrite.  It's not even contested at this point because, as of two hours ago, he has admitted as much.  If you're not familiar with Nathan J. Robinson, he has a doctorate in sociology from Harvard but is probably best known as a writer who had a long sting as a socialist columnist for the Guardian.  In 2015 he founded his own site called Current Affairs, an online political magazine that promotes his socialist views.  I feel like I should provide an example and I swear this was the first thing I came across on his site with Robinson's name on the byline:  "Manatees Are Better Than Us." [...] Well, it turns out that manatees are definitely better at utopian socialism than Nathan J. Robinson.  We know this for certain because today a group of his former employees announced they had all been fired after they tried to form a worker's co-op.  Apparently doing socialism at the socialist magazine was grounds for termination.

Gigantic Teachers' Union Sues Mom for Asking What the Local Public School Is Teaching Her Daughter.  There was a time when parental involvement in our kids' education was seen as a good thing that all parents should do.  We were invited to meet our kids' teachers and even participated in class once or twice a week.  This was all part of making sure our kids obtained the education our tax dollars paid for.  The COVID pandemic and the moral panic following George Floyd's death destroyed all of that.  Unionized teachers advocated for closing schools and keeping them closed and started sneaking in critical race theory teachings at every level during online classes.  When parents noticed and asked, they tended to get a run-around or worse.  In Loudon County, Virginia, public school administrators and teachers formed a cabal to hunt down and smear parents who questioned them.  Rhode Island mom Nicole Solas wanted to know what her daughter was being taught in kindergarten.  So she asked the school for copies of the curriculum.  She is entitled to that, as a parent and as a taxpayer.  Public school curricula are public documents.

Hundreds of Alabama coal miners protest outside BlackRock's NYC headquarters.  Hundreds of coal miners and union advocates took to the streets of New York City this week in support of workers from Warrior Met Coal mines in Brookwood, Alabama.  Approximately 1,100 Warrior Met Coal mine workers have been on strike against their employer for nearly five months, fighting for better pay and benefits.  According to the United Mine Workers of America, the current agreement with union employees was negotiated as Warrior Met Coal, which was formerly known as Walter Energy, emerged from bankruptcy in 2016.  Union members argue they made numerous concessions in pay, benefits, holidays, overtime and other areas totaling more than $1.1 billion to keep the company afloat and help get it out of bankruptcy.

Washington Lawsuit Isn't About Forgery; It's About the State Conspiring With a Union to Violate the Constitution.  In the real world, if someone stole your checkbook and used it to make an expensive purchase, no one would expect you to keep making payments for years while the retailer who accepted the forged check and the bank that cashed it pointed fingers at one another.  But in the murky netherworld of the government workplace and the unions that purport to speak for its employees, evidently, the standards are different.  Consider the experience of Sharrie Yates, a medical assistant with Washington's Healthcare Authority (HCA) since 2004, who has spent the past three years watching the state confiscate union dues from her pay every month on behalf of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), despite informing the State and the Union that this membership card is clearly a forgery.  But to make matters worse, when Yates subsequently filed a lawsuit against the union and the state of Washington to resolve the matter, a judge at the District Court level somehow managed to conclude that neither could be held accountable.

General Labor Strike Planned Across US.  A general strike (or mass strike) across the U.S. is planned for Oct. 15.  It may involve a substantial proportion of the total labor force across metro areas, towns, and rural communities that could bring the economy to a standstill.  Organizers of the general strike call themselves "National General Strike Day" and appear to be a movement that may involve workers in many workplaces and or unions.  Not much is clear about "National General Strike Day," except their top 5 following on Twitter is the "Party for Socialism and Liberation," "Socialist Rifle Association," "AFL-CIO," "United Steelworkers," and "UAW."  They do blame "capitalism in decline" for why they're striking.

A labor dispute in which no one can win.  It's 8:30 a.m. on Friday, and despite the threat of a summer thunderstorm, 10 men, all members of the United Steelworkers District 10, are holding picket signs on the street.  Almost every car that passes them honks its horn in solidarity with the men positioned in front of Allegheny Technologies, the specialty steel operation that has employed many of them for decades.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, ATI has more than 50 plants located across the country and the world.  Nine of them are on strike, including locations in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  Despite not having received a raise in more than seven years, the average worker here earns approximately $85,000 a year making specialty steel used in manufacturing metals for razors, computers, medical equipment, oil and gas, aerospace and defense, and electrical energy generation.

Cesar Chávez would have hated the Biden administration.  Biden has issued executive orders that ban enforcing immigration law while simultaneously inviting in a new wave of illegal aliens.  These E.O.s also suspend deporting illegal aliens, even those awaiting trial for felonies and other serious crimes, and signal that all new arrivals will be eligible for social benefits such as health care.  Cesar Chávez's struggle in the 1970s and '80s can help explain the impact this will have on labor markets in general and working-class Americans in particular.  Chávez understood that illegal immigration diminishes workers' earning power.  Chávez, although erroneously described as a civil rights leader, was a labor leader who struggled tirelessly for his Campesinos in the United Farm Workers Union. [...] Chávez's most formidable obstacle was the inexhaustible supply of cheap, illegal labor flooding over the border.

Amazon Bullied Alabama Pro-Union Workers, Changed Traffic Light Outside Warehouse.  For those still underestimating the power of Amazon, this Alabama story should set them straight.  Amazon literally changed the timing of a traffic light outside of one of its warehouses, believed to be done "so that pro-union workers would not be able to canvass workers while stopped at the light" reports The Verge.  The story was first reported by More Perfect Union, which at one point had been dismissed as a rumor.  However, the rumor has now been confirmed as fact.  "A week ago, we broke the story that union organizers in Alabama accused Amazon of working to change traffic light patterns outside its Bessemer warehouse in order to hinder their efforts to talk to workers.  We have pursued that story, and tonight we have breaking news" tweeted More Perfect Union.

Why Does Biden Have A Bust Of An Anti Immigration Radical In The Oval Office?  The corporate press has been churning out puff pieces about the Biden administration since Election Day, and with Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, we're getting a fresh round.  One such article in the Washington Post stands out for what it omits.  The story, a hard-hitting account of how Biden has decorated the Oval Office, mentions that Biden is "nodding to segments of the Democratic Party's base via historic references," and mentions a bust of Cesar Chavez behind the Resolute Desk.  Who was Cesar Chavez?  If you ask a Democrat or a member of the press, they'll tell you he was a courageous labor leader and civil rights activist who helped organize Latino farm workers in California in the 1960s, culminating in the formation of the United Farm Workers union.  Today, he's a folk hero to the left.  What they won't tell you is that he was also a fierce opponent of illegal immigration, which he opposed because it drove down wages for American farm workers and diminished the organizing power of their unions.  He also opposed guest-workers from Mexico, and campaigned fiercely against the Bracero program, a guest-worker scheme put in place during World War II that allowed Mexican farm workers to enter the country legally for employment on American farms and ranches.

Hundreds of Cook County Health Care, Sheriff's Office Employees Strike.  Hundreds of essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Cook County hit the picket line for a one-day strike on Tuesday [12/22/2020].  SEIU Local 73 — the union representing Cook County health technicians, service and maintenance workers, as well as employees of the clerk's office and sheriff's office — said in a statement Friday that its members would be holding a one-day strike, alleging that county officials have "refused to set bargaining dates... and walked out on negotiations" for nearly three months.  "Our members have put their lives on the line to keep Cook County functioning," SEIU Local 73 President Dian Palmer said.  "The complete lack of respect by Toni Preckwinkle and the managers under her supervision is shocking."

Steelworkers Union Sticks It to Trump.  "Let me say this," asserted Leo Gerard, president of the steelworkers union.  "Donald Trump was able to see the steelworker agenda.  What he did is what we've been fighting for for more than 30 years.  And I think what happened is that he's going to have a major impact on our members.  It's going to make it very hard for our members to ignore what he just did and what makes me sad is we've been trying to get Democrats to do this for more than 30 years."  That isn't the kind of sentiment one typically hears for a Republican president from the United Steelworkers (USW) president.  And yet, there it was.  High praise.  High praise indeed.  Gerard held forth in a March 2018 interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, who was taken aback by these encomiums for Trump from a union chief.  Todd no doubt ached to dispel such flights of fancy from such a redoubtable corner of the Democratic Party base.  But this was no flight of fancy.  Gerard knew.  His members knew.  They knew what this Republican president, Donald J. Trump, had done for them. [...] So why in the world is the steelworkers union not supporting Donald Trump in 2020?

Ex-Union President Sentenced for Violent Extortion in Church Brawl Case.  A former union president was sentenced to more than three years in prison for violent extortion on Wednesday after he coordinated a brutal assault on a group of non-union workers at an Indiana church.  Jeffrey Veach resigned as president of Iron Workers Local 395 after pleading guilty to the charges in January — two days after the labor group endorsed Joe Biden.  The 57-year-old Veach coordinated an attack in January 2016 against D5 Iron Works, a non-union company in Illinois, over a construction contract that encroached on the union's perceived "territory."  The attack left one of the non-union workers with a broken jaw that later required multiple surgeries.  "At Veach's direction, the union members conducted a coordinated attack on the D5 workers," the Justice Department said in a release.  "The victims were beaten with fists and loose pieces of hardwood."

Democrats have a plan: threaten their way into the White House.  A coalition of influential progressive groups — including the SEIU, AFT, Color of Change, Indivisible, MoveOn, and Demos — is organizing, the Daily Beast reports, for "mass public unrest": [...] There's a reason these "secret" plans were revealed in painstaking detail to a sympathetic outlet, one that would repeat fever dreams about "MAGA violence after election day."  It's the latest example of the left's campaign of extortion:  If you want the protesting, rioting, and murder wave to end, all you have to do is hand Joe Biden a landslide.  The organizations claim to be preparing for an election "without a clear outcome," or the possibility that President Donald Trump refuses to concede.  Of course, they have also worked to assure an ambiguous election night by pressing for a massive, disorganized switch to mail-in voting, even as public health experts say in-person voting is as safe as grocery shopping.

When 'j'accuse' is just a smear.  Last week, the Chicago Tribune's most prominent writer, John Kass, wrote a column decrying the rise in urban violence.  Its compelling title: 'Something grows in the big cities run by Democrats: an overwhelming sense of lawlessness.'  In today's woke world, it is risky to speak such hard truths about gang shootings, unprosecuted shoplifting, looting, carjackings and more.  This rising lawlessness is often cloaked in the language of protest, racial justice and income equality.  Speaking out against it runs real risks.  You might be doxxed, your home tagged with graffiti, or your family threatened.  If you are a columnist, like John Kass, you might face ostracism from left-wing colleagues, attacks by the reporters' union, and concessions to the mob by your paper's editor, Colin McMahon.  The dispute began when the union representing Tribune writers (of which Kass is not a member) decided to go after him, full-bore.  Their false charge was... wait for it... Kass's column was anti-Semitic.

What it's like to stand up to a police union.  My story is a microcosm of what reformers across the state and country face as they attempt to rein in police unions, which are largely responsible for the systemic police violence making headlines because they protect bad cops from consequences.  As a member of the Santa Ana City Council, I voted in February 2019 against a $25.6 million police pay increase, including retroactive raises and additional money for career officers.  The reason for my vote was simple:  The city could not afford it. [...] In response to my actions, the Santa Ana police union waged a high-priced recall election campaign against me funded by nearly $500,000 in union dues.  The election cost the city almost $750,000 in unnecessary funds, given that I wasn't running for council reelection in November.  The recall was pure revenge.

NY Unions to Amazon:  It Sure Would Be a Shame If Anything Happened to Your Company.  [Scroll down]  New York's far-left collection of socialists, unionistas, and lawmakers have sent letters to Bezos and his top executives to dictate to them how they should run the warehouse that is bringing food and other necessities to Americans who can't go out and get them.  To be clear, they're not just threatening Amazon, the unions have threatened everyone who has come to rely on the ubiquitous company.  As PJ Media's Tyler O'Neil reports, it all started with a warehouse worker who was fired when he declared the Amazon warehouse unsafe for the employees during the COVID-19 outbreak and decided to organize a strike.  Well, that's how the unions tell it.  The backstory is a bit more, ah, interesting than that.  It turns out that the wannabe unionist was under orders not to come to work because he'd been exposed to COVID-19 and was on fully PAID medically-ordered quarantine.  He came to his strike anyway and potentially exposed other people to the virus.  That's why he was fired.

SEIU Members Get Physical With The WRONG Security Guard.  Thursday [3/5/2020], SEIU members entered the San Joaquin County Administration building in downtown Stockton to stage a protest and a fistfight broke out on the sidewalk when some members got a little too physical with the security guard.  [Video clip]

On Labor Day:  Remembering Union Violence In America.  The history of the labor movement in the U.S. is littered with extremists who use violence to get their way.  At the beginning of the union movement, the violence was outer-directed; toward the government, management, or the police who were using violence themselves to destroy the labor movement.  As the movement matured, the abuse became directed inward, targeted towards keeping the rank and file "in line," going after replacement workers, or sabotaging the particular company under siege.

Bernie's campaign union strife is what he proposes for the whole country.  For many conservatives, the labor struggles of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders are greatly amusing.  The senator has never seen a favor to Big Labor that he didn't support, yet his presidential campaign staff complain to the press about their working conditions.  He also neglects to pay them the mythical $15 an hour minimum wage he promotes on Capitol Hill and in his stump speeches.  More incongruous was the senator's response.  He told the press, "It does bother me that people [i.e., union members and officials] are going outside of the process and going to the media. ... That is really not acceptable.  It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it's improper."  To the contrary, taking the campaign to the media is precisely what modern labor negotiations are about.

Bernie Sanders Campaign Accused of Retaliating Against Staffers for Unionizing.  Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) presidential campaign has been accused of retaliating against staffers for unionizing, as new details of the federal labor complaint made on July 19 continue to surface.  An unnamed individual filed the complaint to the National Labor Relations Board on July 19 and alleged five potential violations, including retaliation, discipline, discharge, interrogation, and repudiation.  Details of the complaint against the Bernie Sanders campaign have been scarce, but Bloomberg Law obtained a copy of the charge, which details the allegations further.

Bernie Sanders campaign hit with unfair labor practices federal complaint.  According to a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board filed July 19, the Bernie Sanders campaign is behaving like a ruthless anti-union corporation of labor history lore. [...] It is not known who filed the complaint, and Bloomberg notes that any person can file such a complaint, so it is not even clear if a campaign employee was responsible for it.  Nonetheless, the complaint automatically triggers an investigation.

Bernie Sanders' campaign workers complaining, fleeing over 'poverty wages': report.  Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has pledged to American workers that he would institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage if he wins the White House in 2020.  But unionized workers on Sanders' own campaign say they wish he would start now — by paying a higher wage to them.  According to a report, members of Sanders' staff have been using the senator's own campaign rhetoric against him as they try to wrestle more pay from the self-described democratic socialist.

CNN to shell out $70M in settlement over labor dispute.  CNN has agreed to pay $70 million to settle a 15-year-old labor lawsuit brought by over 200 former CNN camera operators, broadcast engineers, and other technicians.  The group of employees sued the network after it replaced them with non-union workers.  The plaintiffs accused the network of cutting them in order to avoid negotiating with their union and violating federal labor laws.

Here's what a real 'reform' MTA labor contract would include.  [Scroll down]  Two weeks ago, John Samuelsen, the public face of the [Transport Workers] union even if he's no longer officially in charge, told management amid an overtime crackdown that "any transit worker that does a lick more than they have to do for you ... is crazy."  Behind the scenes, things are less theatrical.  The union isn't cowed by the MTA's $467 million budget deficit next year, doubling two years after that even with congestion-pricing revenues.  Per usual, it has presented the MTA with a list of "demands," including unspecified raises, plus sweeteners.  It wants exemption from congestion pricing on members' commutes via a new "Universal MTA Pass" — a benefit worth a couple of thousand dollars a year apiece.

Workers at 'Soviet-style' Park Slope Food Coop fighting for union.  It's not all kumbaya and kombucha at the Park Slope Food Coop — where life under its socialist-tinged grocery store is apparently so oppressive that the paid workers are trying to unionize.  Employees of the Brooklyn food collective recently alleged unfair labor practices by the co-op in a filing with the US National Labor Relations Board.  In response, the crunchy-granola collective's iron-fisted management threatened and punished those who support the effort — with one union-busting boss telling workers they "should have a backup plan" if their collective bargaining doesn't bear fruit, according to a copy of the labor complaint filed by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.  The missive was obtained by The [New York] Post through a Freedom of Information Act request.

A History Lesson on the Shifting Political Stances on Illegal Immigration.  When [Cesar] Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers union, used the expression "Yes, we can," he meant something entirely different:  "Yes, we can" seal the borders.  He hated illegal immigration. [...] Peaceful protest wasn't Chavez's only tool.  He sent union members into the desert to assault Mexicans who were trying to sneak into the country.  They beat the Mexicans with chains and whips made of barbed wire.  Undocumented immigrants who worked during strikes had their houses firebombed and their cars burned.  By the way, Chavez remains a leftist hero.  President Barack Obama declared his birthday a commemorative federal holiday, an official day off in several states.  A number of buildings and student centers on college campuses and dozens of public schools bear the name Cesar Chavez.

Is Anything Off-Limits for California's Police Unions?  A few weeks ago the Costa Mesa Police Association (read:  Police Union) and their former law firm agreed to pay $607,000 to settle a lawsuit after their scheme against two Costa Mesa city councilmen came to light.  As I wrote in my book, this settlement represents a small but important victory in the broader philosophical war between California's public employee unions' unquenchable demand for more and the handful of public officials willing to stand and say there is simply no more to give.  This result should also give hope to public officials across the state who have been at the pointy-end of the public employee unions' so-called "advocacy" during labor negotiations or an election cycle.

Northeastern Workers Battle Forced Dues.  A pair of healthcare workers in the Northeast have filed lawsuits alleging that labor leaders have blocked them from resigning even after the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory public sector membership is unconstitutional.  William Neely, a Pennsylvania-based psychiatric aide, has accused American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 13 of refusing to honor his resignation.  Neely was a dues paying member of the organization for 15 years before requesting to cut ties in July, shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that government agencies could no longer require paying union fees as a condition of employment.  The union, according to the suit, has continued to deduct from Neely's paychecks because its contract does not honor resignation until June 2019.  "Mr. Neely spoke about his resignation by telephone with various AFSCME and Council 13 officials and staff representatives who acknowledged receipt of Mr. Neely's resignation letters but told Mr. Neely that he could not resign," the suit says.

Fast-Food Workers Union Demands Restaurant to Allow Employees to Wear 'Abolish ICE' Pins.  A fast-food workers' union is demanding that employees of a Pacific Northwest-based burger chain be allowed to wear pins with phrases such as "Abolish ICE" and "No one is illegal."  The workers' union, the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU), wrote a Facebook post Sunday calling Burgerville's decision to ban employees from wearing political buttons "racist" and urged the fast-food chain to work with the union to allow employees to sport politically-charged buttons while working on their shifts.

Workers from 25 hotels strike in downtown Chicago.  Workers are picketing outside several downtown Chicago hotels as housekeepers, servers, cooks and others participate in a strike as part of an effort to get better benefits. [...] Six-thousand workers are striking, the largest hotel walkout in Chicago history.

Dissent flares among labor unions over Trump.  The leader of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, tweeted her disbelief that AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka may be considering an endorsement of President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.  On Wednesday [8/1/2018], Trumka told Newsmax that he could not rule out an endorsement by the powerful union.  "Every [candidate] will be looked at," Trumka said.  He added, "we will consider every candidate who's running."  The endorsement process by the AFL-CIO has yet to begin for an election that is more than two years out.

After Three Decades Couple Prevails over Union.  When David and Shirley Pirlott filed a federal labor complaint against Teamsters Local 75 on Nov. 8, 1989, the day before the Berlin Wall fell, they did not imagine they would have to wait 30 years to resolve the dispute.  The Pirlotts were finally vindicated in March 2018 when the Wisconsin-based Teamsters local mailed them separate checks of about $3,000 for failing to allow them to opt out of union dues.  The case spanned five presidencies, dozens of National Labor Relations Board members, and numerous appearances before the D.C. Court of Appeals.  In the time it took for the NLRB to issue its decision, the Pirlotts welcomed six grandchildren and four great grandchildren to the world, and Local 75 no longer existed having merged into Local 662.

Worker Seeks to Cut Ties with Union that Smeared Her Husband.  An Oregon state worker has paid thousands of dollars to the union that spent tens of thousands of dollars attacking her husband.  Debora Nearman, a systems analyst at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, is suing the state and labor giant Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503 to end automatic paycheck deductions for the union.  Nearman pays about $120 in agency fees — which are supposed to cover only collective bargaining services, rather than political activity — each month to the union.  She paid $1,250 to the union before receiving a $270 refund for political activities in 2017 — the year after Local 503 spent $53,260 to campaign against her husband, Republican state representative Mike Nearman.  "I had a firsthand view of how the union impacts the politics of this state," she told the Washington Free Beacon.  "I was really shocked by how much money they put in my husband's race and the disgusting nature of the fliers they circulated about him."

Let's talk Deep State.  [Scroll down]  To make matters more interesting, in 1962, by fiat, JFK did what no one had dared to do before:  Permitted the unionization, after the Italian Fascist form, of government employees, colective bargaining et al.  Nixon modified it in 1969, but the cat was out of the bag. [...] The unionization of government employees created a new class of American citizen:  A mass of untouchables who ran the daily business of government and who, through the alliance of their unions with the Democratic Party, created a state within the state.  Government contracts flowed in one direction guaranteeing the unions ever increasing revenues, and these let the campaign contributions flow at the same rate; and an army of "operatives" was ready to stuff envelopes, slash tires or, more recently, write absentee ballots.  If an opponent was elected by chance, he or she'd have to confront a sea of molasses slowing their every move.

Liberal Civil War:  Planned Parenthood fights unionization attempt from SEIU.  Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is fighting a unionization attempt from Service Employees International Union, despite the labor giant's emphatic support for the nation's largest abortion provider.  In November the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency in charge of union elections and settling workplace disputes, granted SEIU Local 105's petition to hold an election for joining the union at several abortion clinics in Colorado.  Planned Parenthood objected to the organization campaign and appealed to the Republican-controlled board.  It disputed the fact that SEIU was attempting to organize a micro-unit and improperly excluded Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) clinics in Nevada and New Mexico in an effort to tilt the scales of the vote.

Overheard on Acela:  Teachers' Union President Plots to Shut Puerto Rico Schools From First Class Car.  Teachers' union president Randi Weingarten is plotting a teachers' strike to shut down schools in Puerto Rico, according to a conversation overheard Friday in the first-class car of an Acela train heading to New York.  Puerto Rico is in the midst of implementing school-choice reforms, opposed by Weingarten's American Federation of Teachers.  Last month Gov. Ricardo Rossell signed legislation to increase the number of charter schools and voucher programs.  Weingarten said she does not want to use the word "strike," but wants to use the strategy of recent teacher walkouts in Oklahoma and West Virginia as a model to fight against school-choice reforms.

Public-Sector Unions Deserve To Be Destroyed.  As it is, workers in union-heavy industries are typically under incredible pressure to join — in my experience, few bigger bullies exist in everyday American life than the union boss.  Yet general union membership continues to crater.  Those who resist these efforts are often accused of being "free riders," because they purportedly benefit from collective bargaining but refuse to pay in.  This is an exceptionally peculiar argument coming from organizations for which the central mission, as far as I can tell, is to ensure that the least effective workers are protected at the expense of the most effective workers.

The School Shooting That Resulted In Over 2,000 Killed That The Gun Grabbers Won't Tell You About & Why.  The Santa Mar'a School massacre was a massacre of striking workers, mostly saltpeter works miners, along with wives and children, committed by the Chilean Army in Iquique, Chile on December 21, 1907.  One thing you need to keep in mind as I present what took place is that this was not a mentally ill individual who committed the crime like has been alleged in the Florida school shooting.  Nope, it wasn't a high rolling gambler with bump stocks on his rifles like the Las Vegas shooting of 2017.  It didn't even take place from Islamic jihadis like the Beslan school siege in Russia in 2004.  This was a state-sanctioned, cold-blooded murder of the people who were on strike along with women and children in a school yard.  It was big government trying to force unarmed people to do their bidding.

More Perfect Unions.  Today, when a private-sector union and an employer negotiate their first contract, the union issues all the demands, offering in exchange only more of the labor peace that the employer presumably already enjoyed.  The best that a company can achieve in this scenario is to placate the union at minimal cost.  To a labor organizer, the question "What's in it for the employer?" might seem bizarre — the whole point of organizing, after all, is to improve labor's position against capital.  But even if shifting power toward labor is desirable for organizers, browbeating management into making concessions may not be wise.

Bus Driver Fired Over Adjusting Mirror.  At this point, the whole country is about one senseless regulation away from ending up like fired Pasadena bus driver Margarito Ayala.  Ayala liked to adjust the bus mirrors before driving, so as not to bash into other vehicles or run over pedestrians... ["]Then suddenly he was told to stop.  Only a mechanic can touch the mirrors.["] [...] The Teamsters Union is going to try to get his job back.  Chances are good that this same union was responsible for only mechanics being allowed to touch the mirrors.

Metro Transit Workers Could Strike During Super Bowl Festivities.  Nearly 2,500 Metro Transit workers say they're ready to strike for the full 10 days of Super Bowl Festivities.  ATU Local 1005, who represents transit workers, is set to vote on a contract starting on Sunday, but they say the plan on the table isn't fair.  The last strike was in 2004 and it lasted 6 weeks.  ATU Local 1005 President Mark Lawson stresses that strikes are not all about money.  "We are very serious," Lawson said.

Liberal lechery, it's everywhere.  The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is in the vanguard of the "progressive" movement in America.  As night follows day, or so it seems these days, the SEIU is also in the vanguard of sexually harassing its female employees.

SEIU Ousts Senior Leaders for Abusive Behavior Toward Women.  The Service Employees International Union, the second-largest labor union in the U.S., has fired a senior staff member and accepted the resignation of another following allegations of workplace harassment at the organization.  "These personnel actions are the culmination of this stage of the investigation which brought to light the serious problems related to abusive behavior towards staff, predominantly female staff," an SEIU spokeswoman said in an email.  Kendall Fells, one of the top national leaders of SEIU's "Fight For 15" campaign, has resigned, according to a person familiar with the actions.  Fells declined to comment.  Detroit leader Mark Raleigh was fired, the person said.

San Juan mayor:  Energy company 'threatening not to do their job'.  The mayor of San Juan said the small company tasked with restoring power to Puerto Rico is threatening to pull out their services over her criticism of their contract.  "We've got 44 linemen rebuilding power lines in your city & 40 more men just arrived.  Do you want us to send them back or keep working?" Whitefish Energy tweeted Wednesday [10/25/2017].  The tweet was in response to Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz's request for more transparency about their $300 million contract, which has faced scrutiny because of potential conflicts of interest.

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Hmmm.  They have 44 linemen working on a $300 million contract.  That's 6.8 million dollars per lineman.  That's a lot of overhead.

Top Union Executive in Fight for $15 Resigns After Complaints of Misconduct With Staff.  One of the top labor figures in the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign on Monday resigned from his senior position at the Service Employees International Union amid complaints about his sexual conduct toward staffers.  Scott Courtney's resignation as executive vice president of the SEIU and a member of the union comes a week after SEIU President Mary Kay Henry suspended him based on preliminary information from an internal investigation.

AFL-CIO's Trumka:  WH Officials We Could Have Worked With on Trade 'Turned Out to Be Racist'.  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently stepped down from the White House American Manufacturing Council, citing President Trump's response to Charlottesville.  And now he's sounding off on "racists" in the White House.  Trumka said there were "two factions" in the White House he observed: the Wall Streeters and the people who had policies on trade he could have supported.  Unfortunately, as he added, there was one tiny problem:  "They turned out to be racist."

Angry White Boys.  [Scroll down]  I was also the target of a years-long picket by Philadelphia Teamsters, who were displeased that I had been involved in starting a business in the city without their permission.  We owned no vehicles and employed no drivers, but the Teamsters insisted that they were entitled to a generous contract nonetheless.  But Teamsters are expensive — so expensive even the Teamsters can't afford to use them, which is why the protest line outside my office was staffed by one lonely picket captain and a bunch of guys hired (at something less than union wages, I expect) from the local homeless shelter.

So AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka is suddenly against violence?  AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka has loudly announced he's resigning from the president's manufacturing council, to protest, of all things, violence.  He's thrown racism, too, in the mix, baselessly accusing President Trump of it, in line with his long history of race-baiting.  But the doozy is his newfound sudden aversion to violence.  Up until now, violence has always been his stock in trade.

Unions plan massive anti-Trump strike.  More than 300,000 workers are planning to walk out of their jobs in protest of President Trump on International Workers Day, according to a new report.  The report by Buzzfeed News said that "350,000 service workers plan to strike on May 1, a traditional day for labor activism across the world, in the most direct attempt yet by organized labor to capture the energy from a resurgent wave of activism across the country since the election of Donald Trump."  The Service Employees International Union, which endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president back in 2015, will be a large component of the protest.

Home Caregivers, Alleging Fraud, Push to Decertify Union That Deducts Dues.  When the union representative came to her door last month, Mary Barton invited the cheerful young woman in because she seemed friendly, and it was raining.  But about two weeks ago, that visit to her home somehow led to $27.90 in union dues being deducted from Barton's benefit check as a home caregiver to her disabled daughter.  "She never said anything about [union] membership, and she just said we would like your support," Barton told The Daily Signal, describing the visit by the union rep who gave her name as Yuliya.  Now, Barton and her husband Mike are warning other caregivers in Minnesota's Twin Cities region not to fall for the same tactics.

Nurses union buses in outsiders to overpower counter-protesters.  At first glance, nurses from Montgomery County, Md., have created a sizable grassroots effort to unionize.  More than 50 turned out at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring on Monday to rally in the cold.  But it was the anti-union nurses that appeared truly grassroots.  Not even half of the pro-union participants sported Holy Cross IDs or nurses' scrubs.  While some were former Holy Cross nurses, others have worked for AFL-CIO, AFCSME, Teamsters and the Democratic National Convention, according to the rally's Facebook event.

O'Hare Airport Workers Announce Strike Date.  O'Hare International Airport workers today announced they will strike on November 29 to avoid disrupting the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush.

Chicago O'Hare airport workers plan Thanksgiving strike.  Hundreds of workers at Chicago O'Hare International Airport are planning to strike during the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest times at one of the country's busiest airports.  Janitors, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants, who are not unionized but are working with the Service Employees International Union, are seeking a wage of $15 an hour.  Some are paid minimum wage, which is $8.25 in Illinois.

Public transit workers in Philadelphia go on strike as contract expires.  Public transportation workers in Philadelphia went on strike at midnight on Monday [10/31/2016] after they were unable to reach a contract agreement with the transit system that provides almost one million rides a day in and around the fifth largest U.S. city.

8 Times Liberals Claimed An Election Was Stolen Or Rigged.  [#1] Labor Union Leader Roseann Demoro:  The national vice president of the AFL-CIO wrote an article for Salon in which she explained how the Democratic Party primary was "rigged from the start."  She explained the debate times, media bias, and vote rigging were what kept Bernie Sanders from clinching the Democratic nomination for president.  Demoro also claimed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid met with casino owners where many caucuses were being held, in order to tamper with the election process.  "The Nevada caucuses were then rigged with massive voting irregularities such as casino owners orchestrating which workers would be allowed to vote and, in clear intimidation, openly monitoring how they voted," she wrote.

U.S. top court rejects bid to revive Wisconsin governor probe.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [10/3/2016] rejected a request to revive an investigation in Wisconsin into whether Governor Scott Walker's campaign to withstand a union-backed 2012 recall election illegally coordinated with conservative advocacy groups aligned with him.  The justices, on the first day of their new term, let stand a 2015 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to end the probe into whether the Republican governor and conservative groups violated campaign finance laws.

Companies Finally Start Fighting Back Against Organized Shakedowns.  Exhibit A is a case involving Texas-based Professional Janitorial Service and its years[-]long battle with the Service Employees International Union.  As it has done countless times before, the SEIU targeted the company with a vicious, all out "corporate campaign," designed to ruin the company's reputation and starve it of business, until it submitted to the SEIU's demands.  In this case, the union created fliers, emails, and op-eds to smear the company's reputation.  It sent thousands of letters to the firm's customers claiming that PJS was engaged in disreputable labor tactics.

This Union Employee Has Never Voted for His Union.  Of the 8 million unionized, private sector employees in the United States, 94 percent have never voted for their own labor union representation.  An hourly auto worker at the Ford Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Terry Bowman, told The Daily Signal that during his twenty years of employment at Ford he has never voted for the union that represents him.  "I have no power to represent myself in any way, shape, or form," Bowman, a UAW-Ford (United Automobile Workers) employee, told The Daily Signal.  "Everything that I have and do is based on that collective bargaining agreement that I have basically been forced to accept if I want to work at Ford Motor Company."  Bowman, 50, said union representation is forced upon the workers as a condition of employment.

Texas jury slams SEIU with $5M in damages.  How often do you see a labor union get taken to court over their shady, strong-arm tactics and actually be held to task?  If your answer was never then you're in for a pleasant surprise.  The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was dragged before a jury in Houston this summer and accused of waging a smear campaign designed to "kill" a cleaning company because they wouldn't let them organize their workers based on a secret ballot.

New audio:  Ted Strickland jokes that Scalia's death came 'at a good time'.  Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland joked about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday [8/8/2016], saying it came "at a good time" for union workers since he was unable to cast the deciding vote in a March case that ended up in a 4-4 deadlock.  According to a video posted on YouTube Tuesday by NTK Network, Strickland made the remarks in Cleveland, telling AFL-CIO members that Scalia's death "saved labor" from a terrible decision in the case, which could have dealt a blow to the ability of public-sector unions to collect fees from those who decide against joining the union and pay for collective bargaining activities.

Philly airport workers vote to strike during the DNC.  Baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, airplane cleaners, and other workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to walk off their jobs in protest during the Democratic National Convention this month, according to a union that wants to organize them.  The workers are seeking better scheduling, clarity on sick pay, a more predictable disciplinary system, and to be able to unionize.

Belaboring Free Speech.  A federal judge barred the Labor Department from implementing a new policy that would force companies to disclose any advice they seek during union elections.  Texas District Court Judge Samuel Cummings granted an injunction against the Department of Labor's new disclosure requirements known as the Persuader Rule just days before the rule was to take effect.  Previously employers were forced to disclose their use of consultants and advisers who spoke with employees about the negative effects of unionization during organizing campaigns.  The Obama administration adopted a proposal in March that would force employers to make public any legal advice they sought regarding unionization regardless of whether those consultants actually interacted with employees.

Bernie Supporters Practice Getting Arrested At The Democratic Convention.  The big question this weekend in Chicago is how to turn the Bernie Sanders movement into a lasting element of Democratic politics.  For some of the Sanders faithful on Saturday afternoon, the answer was locking arms on a civic center floor and struggling as "police officers" pulled them apart and "arrested" them.  The People's Summit conference, sponsored by the National Nurses United — a progressive union that backed Sanders to the hilt during his run for president — is aimed at uniting all elements of progressivism into a single effort that exerts pressure on the Democratic Party and its presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

The Great CEO-Worker 'Pay Gap' Is Nothing But A Union-Built Myth.  [The AFL-CIO] reports this year that the typical CEO running an S&P 500 firm received total compensation of $12.4 million in 2015 while the average rank-and-file worker was paid just $36,875 — a pay gap of 335-to-1.  But the AFL-CIO can only get such an inflated pay ratio by applying a series of statistical sleights of hand that result in an invalid apples-to-oranges comparison of the total compensation for CEOs to the cash wages of mostly part-time workers.  To start, the AFL-CIO only considers a very small sample of S&P 500 CEOs to get its 335-to-1 ratio.  Using a larger, more representative sample of CEOs produces a much smaller pay gap.

Union flips out over church's school pizza giveaway.  The controversy involves a church that received permission from the Seattle School District to serve free pizza to students at three area high schools.  A union representing public school cafeteria workers in Seattle, Washington erupted with rage last week — warning that the weekly pizza giveaway could result in cafeteria layoffs.

TSA's Union Power Grab:  Thousands Slowing Down Airports.  When it comes to public employee unions, there's no such thing as a coincidence.  All you travelers stuck in mile-long TSA security lines are pawns.  Convenient political pawns.  Big Labor bosses want more power and more money.  Stranded travelers are just the latest victims in this age-old game of D.C. extortion.  Union leaders want you to think the fault lies with a stingy Congress unwilling to fork over enough money to fill screener shortages.  White House spokesman Josh Earnest poured more partisan fuel on the fire last week by blaming the nationwide slowdowns on "the inability of Republicans in Congress to govern the country."

McDonald's workers rally in Times Square for $15 minimum wage.  Hundreds of raucous protesters, including striking Verizon employees, converged on a McDonald's restaurant in Times Square Thursday [4/14/2016] demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage for fast food workers.

Video surfaces of man urinating on assembly line at Memphis Kellogg facility.  Kellogg is looking into the incident, and the FDA has started a criminal investigation.  The video was shot during the same time the company and the workers union fell into a nasty labor dispute and those employees were locked out.

New York-Area Ports Shut Down as Longshoremen Walk Off the Job.  Thousands of longshoremen in New York and New Jersey walked off the job on Friday [1/29/2016], grinding activity at some of the busiest ports on the East Coast to a halt and threatening to disrupt the delivery of goods across the region.  The walkout surprised many involved in the operation of the ports, according to officials, and the reasons behind the move were not immediately clear.

How the National Teachers Union Usurped a Local Election.  [Scroll down]  The unions promptly sent in a full-time organizer from Detroit, forty-eight embedded operatives from eighteen states, as well as a specialist to help coordinate "blitzes, marches, rallies, and other direct actions," all intended to agitate and disrupt our community.  A Seattle-based strategies firm was hired to "beat these [conservative] b*stards," and children were encouraged by their teachers to walk out of classes in protest.  My daughter's school was marked up with hate graffiti, our board meetings were constantly interrupted by bellicose catcalls, and on more than one occasion we required police escorts to and from our cars.

Bernie Sanders has a Eugene V. Debs problem.  Eugene V. Debs is Bernie Sanders' political hero.  A picture of the socialist union organizer hung in city hall when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont.  A plaque honoring Debs is now by the window in Sanders' Senate office.  In 1979, Sanders even directed a glowing half-hour tribute — released on vinyl record — to "a socialist, a revolutionary and probably the most effective and popular leader that the American working class has ever had."  Debs ran for president five times between 1900 and 1920, earning 6 percent of the national popular vote in 1912.  He spent six months in jail in 1895 for leading a railroad strike despite a court ruling that it was illegal.  He went to prison in 1918 for violating the Espionage Act by urging resistance to the draft during World War I.  Debs led his 1920 campaign from a federal penitentiary in Atlanta.

UAW goons intimidating workers who opt out of membership by publishing their names.  There is a long history of unions intimidating those who don't support them.

UAW unit publishes names of workers opting out of union.  A local United Auto Workers chapter in Warren is singling out workers who decide to opt out of the union.  In a recent UAW Local 412 newsletter obtained by The Detroit News, a list of 43 workers "who choose not to pay their fair share" was published alongside "conditions" that will apply to workers who opt out and no longer pay — or partially pay — union dues.  Listed conditions for "ex-UAW members" range from rudimentary things such as not being allowed to attend union functions or vote in local elections, to having to "pay all unpaid dues and/or dues in arrears as well as an initiation fee" if one decides to rejoin the union.

Racism: 'White Men Must Be Stopped' Says Salon Magazine.  Originally published on Alternet under the equally racist title "The Future of Life Depends on Bringing the 500-Year Rampage of the White Man to a Halt," [Detroit labor activist Frank] Joyce throws punches wildly, using every bit of guilt inducing mumbo-jumbo he can muster up to make his case that white men are biggest problem facing the planet and it's the white people reading his article who need to do the "restraining" of white people.

Reality bites the Teamsters.  The bombshell indictment of five Teamsters accused of trying to shake down a "Top Chef" crew left Mayor Martin J. Walsh fielding awkward questions about City Hall's place in the scathing sweep and his ties to the oft-troubled union.  U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz slammed members of Teamsters Local 25 for engaging in "old-school thug tactics" after her office said they tried intimidating the TV crew of the popular Bravo network cooking show to give the union jobs while it filmed in Boston in 2014.

All Hail The Unions! Just Kidding, You're Awful.  Again and again they prove that the end goal isn't to get the most children the best education, but to maintain their power and ability to exact dues from every teacher working in the state.  Even going so far as to vote to, in essence, hold hostage Washington students during their yearly strike in order to bend the state to their contract demands.  As it stands right now over 1,000 students will be without schools in the next 20 days if the ruling is upheld.

Why is union holding a teacher's salary hostage?  Diversité is a word high school French teacher Linda Misja knows well.  Hanging in her Pennsylvania public school classroom is a poster that reads:  "Everyone is different.  Respect the differences."  Sadly, leaders of the state's largest teachers union aren't kindred spirits.  They're holding hostage $2,000 of Misja's pay until she agrees to send the money to a charity they choose rather than one she believes in.  Misja, a Catholic, is a former instructor for home-bound teens.  She volunteered to help young mothers make up classes missed due to pregnancy, enabling them to graduate high school.  Now, she wants to fund a charity that cares for teenage mothers in a pro-life environment.  But teachers union officials said no.

Maine Sign Language Interpreter Has to Pay Nearly $1K in Fees Each Year to Legally Work.  Arricka Nowland is no stranger to fees.  Fees to renew her certification as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter in the state of Maine, fees to renew her national certification with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), fees to take required continuing education courses — she's seen and paid them all.  It's all a part of Maine's occupational licensing agenda, or the process by which the state regulates workers, seeking to protect consumers' health and safety interests as well as provide benefits to workers.  In total, Nowland pays nearly $1,000 per year just to be able to work part-time.

Wisconsin Supreme Court ends 'John Doe' investigations.  The Wisconsin state Supreme Court has ruled 4-2 that the "John Doe" investigations targeting Governor Walker and several conservative groups in the state should be ended, and that no violations of the campaign finance law occurred.  Thus ends one of the most bizarre and frightening chapters in the history of American law enforcement.  The investigation into whether the Walker campaign colluded with outside groups was marked by pre-dawn SWAT raids on ordinary people's homes, as the hyper-partisan prosecutor — whose wife was an official with a local teachers' union — sought to intimidate conservatives statewide.

[Offensive] Sign Shows Up At Nation's Largest Teachers Union-Funded Protest.  Despite the name "Wisconsin Jobs Now," the small, radical group has spent considerable time and energy in recent months protesting police tactics. [...] The National Education Association is a major financial donor for Wisconsin Jobs Now.  The teachers union — the largest in the United States — gave $125,000 to Wisconsin Jobs Now in 2014 alone.

Why Don't Liberals Care About Black-on-Black Killing?  [Scroll down]  This ruling-class tolerance for lower-class violence is not new.  We've had urban gangs in America at least since the Irish gangs of the mid 19th century.  We've had Jewish gangs and Bugsy Siegel running Las Vegas.  We've had the Italians and the Mafia.  We've had the black Crips and Bloods for a while and now we've got Hispanic gangs.  And then there are unions.  The point of a labor union is intimidation, and not just intimidation of employers.  The whole point of the strike and the picket is to intimidate workers eager for a job from hiring on at picketed employers.  And liberals are fine with that.

How the dockworker unions are robbing the country.  There's a very solid opinion piece at USA Today this week which speaks to the recent work slowdown (we don't want to say "strike" I suppose) on west coast docks by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).  They are in the midst of a new round of contract negotiations and have tied up the flow of goods in some of the nation's busiest ports to "leverage" their bargaining position.  This has not been just some minor inconvenience.

How Obama is allowing a union to hold the economy hostage.  PMA claims it has offered to raise the dockworkers' pay by about 3 percent annually over the next five years, from $35.68 to $40.68 per hour, among other concessions.  (In fact, with overtime the workers already make an average of more than $50 per hour.)  But this isn't enough for the longshoremen, who have engaged in work slowages and other acts of sabotage on the job ever since their contract expired in an effort to gain negotiating leverage.

IBEW Incurs Wrath of Sheet Metal Workers' Union For Crossing Picket Line.  San Francisco is generally known as a "union town," where union brothers and sisters share in their gains and losses... together.  Where the union term 'solidarity' still means sticking together.  It appears, though, that times, they are a changin' as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has gone and done the unthinkable — crossed a fellow union's picket line.

Union President Makes Playground Threat To Congress.  How does the union's belligerent, divisive attitude help government function?  How does it make government better at the few jobs it was intended to do?  The answer to both is it doesn't.  That alone might explain why the union is so strong in Washington that it can breezily intimidate lawmakers.  The capital is no longer merely the seat of government, it is the center of coercion, corruption, power, wealthy bureaucrats, well-heeled lobbyists, special interests, favoritism, onerous rulemaking and much harm.  The idea of keeping government small has been replaced with the drive to make government, not business, the business of America.

$1,200-a-Day Union Workers Force Shut-Down of 29 West Coast Ports.  The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced that loading and unloading operations at all 29 West Coast ports would temporarily be suspended this weekend in response to union slowdowns that brought freight movements at the ports to a near standstill.  PMA members stated that they cannot afford the almost $1,200 per day cost to employ International Longshore and Warehouse Union members to do little work.

United Steelworkers Union tells members to go on strike at major refineries.  The United Steelworkers union told its workers at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants to strike early Sunday morning, though both sides have said they still hope to reach an agreement over pay, benefits and safety.  Negotiations between U.S. refiners and the union failed to reach a deal by a 12:01 a.m. Sunday [2/1/2015] deadline.  USW workers have been instructed to finish their shifts and then leave nine refineries from Houston, Texas to the Los Angeles, Calif.

Here's One Of Mary Landrieu's Less-Friendly Union Thug Supporters.  The clip [in this article] was recorded last night [12/1/2014] in Baton Rouge, outside of the venue of the debate between Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu.  In it, you'll see conservative activist Anita Moncrief, who became famous after acting as a whistleblower in the 2009 ACORN scandals, engaged with a Mary Landrieu supporter from one of the local unions.  Moncrief is in town working with the Black Conservatives Fund in its efforts to beat Landrieu.

Mary Landrieu Supporters Silence Black Activists & Assault Journalist.  Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu and her allies prove once again that the Democrats idea of the First Amendment is shouting down conservatives voices, especially black conservatives.  I've learned that if you stand with those black conservatives, watch out because you might just get smacked by an out of control Democrat.  I was and I have the video to prove it.

SEIU Circumvents Supreme Court Ruling.  In a blatant attempt to circumvent the Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court ruling, the Service Employees International Union has devised a scheme where Illinois home care workers are still required to listen to SEIU officials' union membership pitch and receive membership cards.  These mandatory sessions are paid for by the state of Illinois.  The Supreme Court ruled that home care workers cannot be foreced to join a union in order to receive a government stipend.  But the state government has kowtowed to SEIU union officials and aided in their campaign to force dues on unwilling workers.

40,000 Telecom Workers Don't Want to Join Union but Must Pay Mandatory Dues.  Based on the union's 2014 annual report to the U.S. Department of Labor, CWA had 623,020 members and 43,353 "agency fee payers" as of May 31.  CWA takes mandatory fees from workers in private industry and in taxpayer-funded government jobs.  Many workers who decline union membership can be forced to pay agency fees of slightly less than CWA's typical 1.3 percent dues rate.

Union demands driving railcar jobs out of California, Japanese firm says.  A Japanese company's much-celebrated plans to build a light-rail manufacturing plant in Palmdale appear all but dead after months of clashes with local labor unions and community groups.  Kinkisharyo International of Osaka said it is now looking at factory sites outside California, saying pressure from organized labor has made it difficult to do business in the state.  Union officials and activists, however, argue they are simply trying to hold the company to environmental rules it should be following.

UAW Puts Out List of 'Scabs' in Tennessee.  The United Auto Workers distributed a list of "scab" workers to members at a plant in right to work Tennessee in an effort to intimidate non-union workers, according to one longtime GM employee.  UAW Local 1853 published a "Scab Report," listing the names and work stations of more than 40 workers at the Spring Hill General Motors plant.  The list has found its way into the plant, according to a photo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  "The following individuals are NON-dues paying workers.  They have chosen to STOP paying Union Dues and still reap the rewards of your negotiated benefits," the sign says.  "If you work near one of these people listed please explain the importance of Solidarity and the power of collective bargaining."

Protests for $15 fast food minimum wage fizzle.  On Thursday, fast food and home healthcare workers across the country walked away from their jobs and joined the "Fight for $15," an SEIU-backed movement demanding a $15 minimum wage and unabridged union rights for fast food workers.  In the past, organizers and participants have largely avoided trouble with law enforcement.  This time, however, protesters came armed with a mandate from on high to engage in civil disobedience to the point of arrest.

Obama's Department of Labor Bans Employees From Talking To The Daily Caller.  As we celebrate the annual day of paid rest arbitrated into our calendar by powerful 19th century New York labor unions, we at The Daily Caller are also celebrating another milestone:  We're banned from talking to the Department of Labor.  Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Public Affairs senior advisor Carl Fillichio placed TheDC as well as National Review on the department's permanent "no-contact list" in a profanity-laden rant at a March 31 staff meeting.

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi And Crew Flambéed By Boston Teamsters.  The Teamsters picketers were already mad.  By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi's car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, "We're gonna bash that pretty face in, you f***ing whore!"

United We Dream aka SEIU & Teamsters Occupy Washington.  Whenever we see yet another movement group pushing for immigration reform, or in this case, amnesty, you can be sure someone like SEIU is not far behind.

Billions at risk as West Coast port contract ends.  [T]he contract that covers nearly 20,000 dockworkers is set to expire, and businesses that trade in everything from apples to iPhones are worried about disruptions just as the crush of cargo for the back-to-school and holiday seasons begins.

Government union wants 'Duck Dynasty' fans fired.  A union representing federal employees at Eglin Air Force base in Florida is demanding that two senior management officials be removed from their posts because they put decals on their personal trucks supporting Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.

Wisconsin Mobs: Thugs in Union Cause.  Law enforcement agencies reported "numerous threats against elected officials," such as:  "We will hunt you down.  We will slit your throats.  We will drink your blood.  I will have your decapitated head on a pike in the Madison town square.  This is your last warning."  "I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it's a matter of public records.  We have all planned to assult [sic] you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head."  A note pushed under the office door of Sen. Glenn Grothman read:  "The ONLY GOOD Republican is a DEAD Republican."

The Labor Union that Runs the Media.  One of the major speakers at last week's "New Populism" conference was Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a labor union which represents on-line writers, reporters, editorial assistants, editorial artists and correspondents at major news organizations.  Cohen gave his speech after returning from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) conference, where Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, was announced as winner of the title of "the world's worst boss" for trying to keep prices low for consumers and opposing union control of his workplace.  Bezos, the new owner of The Washington Post, will have to negotiate with The Newspaper Guild, which merged with the CWA in 1995 and represents nearly 900 editorial and newsroom workers at the Post.

SEIU's 'Occupy' Fast Food.  Global efforts continue by SEIU to convince everyone they should be able to raise a family on McDonald's entry level wages.  Hoping for a global minimum wage revolt, instigating by organizers has taken place all over the globe. [...] Naquasia was not an organic result of a grassroots movement, but a specifically recruited pawn for SEIU.

Employee Rights Act would make unions accountable to members.  For proof that labor unions don't have employees' best interests in mind, look no further than the SEIU's recent decision to snarl rush-hour traffic in downtown Pittsburgh.  This stunt was part of a broader, multiyear campaign to unionize employees at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  By inconveniencing thousands of Pennsylvanians who just wanted to get to work, UPMC demonstrated organized labor's regard for its own power over the interests of working people.

Union leader representing news industry joins group that shuns news coverage.  Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, is a member of the Democracy Alliance, a Democratic donor network that has raised more than $30 million.  CWA senior director George Kohl joined the network last year.  The group is highly secretive and goes to great efforts to prevent any reporters from covering its activities.  At a recent gathering in Chicago, alliance members called security on Politico reporter Kenneth P. Vogel for trying to interview a member.  That is pretty ironic because one of the groups that CWA represents is ... reporters.

Postal workers plan protest uptown.  U.S. Postal Service workers are planning a protest uptown Thursday [4/24/2014], as they rally against a plan to sell more postal services at Staples without postal service employees.  The 220,000-member American Postal Workers Union has been fighting the USPS for months over the Staples plan.  In November, the postal service began placing counters selling stamps and offering services such as sending packages and priority and certified mail in more than 80 Staples stores.

Obama admin wants to require companies to give workers' numbers, addresses to unions before labor elections.  The Obama administration is poised to change regulations to allow for union "ambush elections" in which workers have less time to decide whether or not to join a union — and in which workers' phone numbers and home addresses are provided to unions.  The administration's National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) proposed rules would allow for union elections — in which workers at a company vote whether or not to unionize — to be held 10 days after a petition is filed.  And what, exactly, would be happening to the unions during those 10 days?  The new rules require employers to disclose workers' personal information, including phone numbers, home addresses, and information about when they work their shifts.  Insiders close to the situation believe the new rules will almost certainly go into effect with few or no fundamental changes.

Labor Fascism in Chattanooga.  As the labor movement tells the story, two months ago, the silly, ungrateful Volkswagen factory workers in Tennessee foolishly rejected the generous invitation of the company and the United Auto Workers to welcome the Detroit-killing union with open arms.  In an election supervised by the federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the workers in VW's Chattanooga plant rejected UAW representation by a vote of 712 to 626.  Amazingly, the UAW and the automaker both refuse to take the workers' "no" for an answer.  The two sides are acting in unison to overturn the democratically expressed will of the workers.

Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone.  A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  A letter distributed Friday [4/11/2014] by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November."  Their crime:  signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

SEIU Uses Federal Inspections to Target Houston Small Business.  Union organizers are showing up at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections of an open-shop business that has been targeted by the country's second-largest union.  Professional Janitorial Service (PJS), the largest non-union janitorial company in Houston, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) haven't gotten along for seven years.  The company is currently suing SEIU for $9 million, alleging that the union has repeatedly slandered it.

Manufacturing Outrage.  [Scroll down]  The group, which is supported by prominent labor unions such as the SEIU, organized several similar protests in 2011 and 2012 demanding higher wages.  Fast food locations are generally owned and operated by individual franchise owners who pay a set amount to parent companies to do business under the company umbrella.  Wage theft perpetrated by franchisees has attracted increasing attention in recent months after lucrative lawsuits and state investigations into big-name brands, including Dominos and McDonalds.  Mike Paranzino, spokesman for ROC Exposed, a union front group watchdog, said the protesters are trying to force parent corporations to pay up for the misdeeds of franchise owners.

Fast-food protests to spotlight 'wage theft'.  It's part of an ongoing campaign by labor groups to build support for pay of $15 an hour and bring attention to the rights of low-wage workers.

Union reps reportedly intimidate VW employees ahead of vote.  United Auto Workers (UAW) representatives reportedly intimidated workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen facility Tuesday [2/4/2014], one week before employees there are scheduled to cast their vote on union membership.  UAW members paced up and down assembly lines in the Chattanooga VW plant, each wearing goggles and black T-shirts emblazoned with the letters, "UAW," according to The Daily Caller.  The union's battle to bring Volkswagen's 1,600 employees into its fold is already shaping up to be bitter and factious.

Mr. President, Suspend Davis-Bacon.  [The Davis-Bacon Act of 1931] unnecessarily inflates construction costs, imposes wasteful bureaucratic paperwork requirements on contractors, and allocates employment opportunities unfairly.  It would seriously undermine this latest phase of the president's proposed infrastructure program.  But, of course, the statute is the sacred cow of labor unions.

Staples might save Post Office, unless unions get their way.  We all know the Post Office is hemorrhaging money.  So cutting costs is now Job One.  And what better way to cut costs, and enhance service in the process, than by outsourcing their retail operations?  Naturally, the unionistas are teed off.

Unions threaten protests, boycotts over Postal Service's Staples outlets.  The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions.

AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka getting 'grief' from members over Obamacare.  Trumka made the comments in response to a question from Politico reporter Mike Allen during a breakfast event hosted by the news website.  Allen wanted to know if Trumka, who has been an enthusiastic backer of the law since it passed, was getting angry responses from rank-and-file members.

Teamsters allege right-to-work laws are 'slavery'.  Michigan labor unions are understandably upset over the Wolverine State's adoption of a right-to-work law and are fighting it in every way they can.  Detroit-based Teamsters Local 214 has gone so far as to argue that it violates anti-slavery laws.

SEIU Prepares Airport Protests to Snag Holiday Travel.  Just when you think your holiday travel is safe, the Service Employees International Union is ready to help ruin the holidays.  Employees of private contractors at New York airports congregated at LaGuardia's Terminal B on Tuesday [11/12/2013] to protest their wages — what they call "poverty wages and poor working conditions."

Supreme Court to Take Up Challenges to Union Practices.  Labor leaders and businesses are closely watching a Supreme Court case to be argued this Wednesday [11/13/2013] that involves a popular strategy used by unions to successfully organize hundreds of thousands of workers.  That strategy — widely deployed by the Service Employees International Union and the Unite Here hotel workers union — involves pressuring an employer into signing a so-called neutrality agreement in which the employer promises not to oppose a unionization drive.

Showdown in Seattle: Boeing vs. Union.  A dramatic showdown is underway in the State of Washington, pitting Boeing against its largest labor union, the International Association of Machinists (IAM).  If the union, voting Wednesday, rejects a proposed contract that includes lower health care benefits, Boeing is threatening to move production of its next generation airliner, the 777X, out of the Puget Sound region, to such locations as Charleston, SC (where it is assembling the new 787) or Texas, right-to-work states where the union's demands would hold no sway.

Big Labor blocking workers from using new right-to-work laws.  Right-to-work laws protect workers against being forced to either join a union or pay dues to one as a condition of employment.  Unions insist on these provisions, called "security clauses," in their contracts with employers, even though they are barred in 24 states.  Michigan approved its right-to-work law in January, making it the 24th and most recent state to do so.

Florida Labor Union Accused Of Breaking Federal Law To Organize Casino.  The Supreme Court will hear a case in November that could drastically curtail the ability of unions to collect personal information of workers they are trying to organize.  Martin Mulhall, a groundkeeper for Mardi Gras Gaming, alleged that the Florida casino traded the personal information of non-union employees to UNITE-HERE, a hospitality union, in exchange for the union's endorsement of a bill that would expand gambling in the state.  Mulhall said that the union used the personal information, as well as access to casino grounds, to wage a 2004 card-check campaign, which would allow the organization of the casino without a secret ballot election.

Tennessee autoworkers claim they were tricked by the UAW.  Autoworkers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant say they've been tricked into supporting a drive to bring in the union.  Workers at the two-year-old Chattanooga plant informally indicated support for bringing in the United Auto Workers, a decision that could pave the way for letting the powerhouse labor organization represent workers in collective bargaining.  However, since Tennessee is one of 24 so-called "Right to Work" states, plant employees don't have to sign up or contribute dues.

Fraud alleged in auto plant 'card check' union organizing bid.  Eight workers at a Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen plant have alleged that United Auto Workers officials used "misrepresentations, coercion, threats, and promises" in an attempt to organize the plant.  In charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday, the eight allege that union officials lied to them, claiming that signing union cards did not count as a vote to join.  In fact, the cards were presented by the union to the company as proof the workers wanted to organize.  The workers further allege that the UAW resisted giving the cards back after they learned of their true purpose.  The workers were told they had to appear in-person at the union's office to get the cards back.

VW Employees Claim UAW Misled Them.  Volkswagen (VW) workers are claiming that the United Auto Workers (UAW) union used "misleading tactics" in its push to unionize a plant in right-to-work Tennessee.  UAW regional director Gary Casteel said on Sept. 12 that a majority of 2,500 workers at VW's Chattanooga, Tenn. plant signed cards endorsing union organization.  Workers came out less than two weeks later alleging that UAW organizers misled employees about what they were signing, according to a complaint filed to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Union Thugs Disrupt Event on Labor Reform; Police Arrest Ensues.  The left talks a good game when it comes to 'choice'.  But, their actions time and again demonstrate that the idea of choice only applies to instances that they determine.  When it comes to a person's choice regarding whether or not to join a union, they will not only argue against that 'choice', they will resort to violent and dirty tactics to force their will and desire for control and union dues upon that person.

With labor negotiations stalled, Star-Ledger publisher again threatens to shut down paper.  With union negotiations at a stalemate, The Star-Ledger's publisher once again today [9/5/2013] threatened to shut down the newspaper by the end of the year if millions of dollars in labor concessions are not forthcoming.

Walmart workers to strike for higher wage, right to unionize.  Thousands of Walmart employees around the country will hold a massive strike on Thursday [9/5/2013], demanding higher wages, the right to unionize and the rehiring of more than 70 employees fired for striking earlier in the summer.  The strike is being organized by a group called "OUR Walmart," according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  It comes on heels of last week's strike by fast food workers with similar demands.

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Here is a bit of advice for the union organizers:  If you are employed by a store, that doesn't make it your store.

Union Front Groups Agitate for Higher Restaurant Wages.  Union front groups turned out hundreds of fast food workers from dozens of cities demanding union representation and $15 minimum wages.  Service Employees International Union, one of the largest Democratic special interest groups, and activists with Restaurant Opportunity Center, a nonprofit union front group, inspired the mass demonstrations that closed down fast food joints from New York City to San Francisco.

Ford gets a lesson in Chicago muscle.  If you wonder why this jobs-hungry city has a reputation as a hard place to do business, read on.  Looks to us like developers of a big Ford dealership planned for the North Side got tutored in Chicago-style political muscle.  It's a familiar story in a city and state where elected officials, in the words of Illinois Chamber of Commerce chief Doug Whitley, treat potential investments as opportunities for "threat, coercion, a union squeeze, a minority holdup, a double-dip, a no-show job, a kickback and a sweetheart deal."

SEIU Man: If McDonald's Strikers Don't Get What They Want, They May Contaminate the Food.  So I guess going to a New York McDonald's isn't a good idea right now. [...] The strike for $15/hour to flip burgers is stupid.  Working the line at McDonald's was never intended to be a full-time career.  It's an entry-level job at low wages to gain experience to help advance to the next, better, job.  Obama's wretched economy is forcing many Americans into underemployment, though, where benefits are scarce and wages are low.

Government unions flex muscles.  Big labor is threatening to strangle the liberal San Francisco Bay Area in order to protect the principle that government workers should be insulated from the effects of rising medical costs and enjoy generous pensions to which they contribute nothing.  Led by the ultra-leftist SEIU, the biggest union representing workers at BART and a progressive movement powerhouse, big labor orchestrated the Bay Area organized left to march and demonstrate at BART headquarters in Oakland Thursday night [8/1/2013].

SEIU threatening San Francisco Bay Area Greenies.  An ugly drama is playing out as the most powerful leftist union in the country is signaling its intention to paralyze the transit backbone of San Francisco Bay Area travel by striking BART, possibly for an extended period, devastating air quality and selling out the progressive coalition allies, environmentalists.

Labor Law Limits Volunteer Help for Sandy Relief.  A state statute now under review by state officials prohibits anyone under age 18 from coming within 30 feet of construction work.  While there is an exception for helping nonprofit organizations with affordable housing, no such exception currently exists for disaster relief.

Union bosses threaten Hurricane Sandy cleanup contractors, their families.  Unionized local employees repeatedly harassed and intimidated non-union workers of a private disaster cleanup firm that won a government contract to restore Long Island, New York, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The vice president of the union even made threats against the wife and kids of one of the workers.  That worker felt it necessary to call the police and pursue other security measures to protect his family, a source told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  [#50]  Unions:  Unions have always been given a pass by the media.  Take AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, for instance.  Trumka has a long history of inciting violence as well as partaking in such.  In the 90s Trumka was even involved in a murder.  Yet the media ignores all this when reporting on his actions.  Unions commit violence all the time yet the media rarely bothers reporting it.  Now imagine if a right-wing group had such a history of violence?  Do you think we'd ever hear the end of it?

AFL-CIO Ignores The Union-Related Inferno That Killed 97 People.  On New Years Eve, 1986, negotiations between Local 901 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters — led by militant armored-truck-robber-turned-union-lawyer, Jorge Farinacci — and the management of the Hotel Dupont had come to a screeching halt when union members rejected management's final offer.  Ten minutes later, an inferno was ignited, sparked by the hands of union militants.

'Do you know a Scab lives in your neighborhood?'  A teachers strike in Strongsville, Ohio, has entered day five — and things are starting to get ugly.  Parma, a town located near Strongsville, was littered with flyers outing a so-called "scab" (i.e. a person substituting in place of one of the union members).  "I got a letter about four in the afternoon Wednesday," Parma resident Dan Dubecky told Fox 8 Cleveland.  "It starts off by saying, 'Do you know a scab lives in your neighborhood?'  It gives the gentleman's name, his address, his telephone number, personal information.  And then it says, 'Why is he a scab?'  And it talks about him crossing the picket line in Strongsville," said Dubecky.

9 Phony Martyrs of the Left.  [#2]  The McNamara Brothers:  No, this isn't a movie about Irish thugs, but rather the true story of John ("J. J.") and James ("J. B.") McNamara, two union members who bombed the Los Angeles Times building in 1911, killing 21 innocent newspaper employees and injuring over 100 more.  Both were found guilty, and James admitted setting the bomb, for which he got life in prison.  His accomplice, John, served 15 years in prison and went back to being a union organizer.

Goon City.  The engineer's assault was caught on tape.  But despite being charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment of another person, and conspiracy simple assault, two union members, Ryan P. Stewart and Philip J. Garraty, each got off with a $200.50 fine and 18 hours of community service.

Goon City — Part 2.  Jamie Lokoff hung up his phone and rushed downtown on a summer day in 2011.  An arsonist had targeted his new bar, MilkBoy, just weeks before it was scheduled to open.  The butcher paper lining the windows had caught fire, alerting a passerby to call 911.  The incident marked a sinister turn in the MilkBoy owners' ten-month battle with the carpenters' union over the construction of the bar and music venue in downtown Philadelphia.

Obama, The Left and the National Football League.  [Scroll down]  Demonstrably, the Left and Unions are joined at the hip in a corrupt manner that embraces extortion, violence, thuggery, threats, criminal acts, often the mafia and always the unspoken truths of "Nice business you got.  Shame if anything happened to it."  My example?  Let's start with Toyota and Starbucks and Jesse Jackson.  Shakedown covers his racketeering skills in detail.  Al Sharpton, the king of boycotts including Colgate, Chrysler and Macy's.  The experience of Sinclair Broadcasting at the hands of the Left's media machine.

Pay Up or Get Sued.  The president of Michigan's largest union is instructing officials to prepare to sue its own members, according to a leaked memo issued after the state adopted right-to-work laws in December.  Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, circulated an email to local unions officials and staff instructing them to monitor revenue streams in light of the right-to-work laws, which are set to go into effect on March 27, 2013.  The law allows workers to opt out of union membership unless they have an existing contract with their employer.

The Philadelphia Story.  The video [in this article] shows a Philadelphia union keeps non-union engineering contractors off the premises.  He tries to sneak past them to do his job and they crush him against the fence until he passes out.  Then they laugh at him.  When not similarly engaged they also use tire-busters and direct threats.  Maybe that's not news.  What is news is that the video was collected by the Pestronk brothers, a pair of developers, who used it and similar surveillance videos to fight back.  No they didn't go to the police.  They took the videos to the public.

Union Dissidents Fear Retaliation For Speaking Out.  There has been an undercurrent of dissent in the union ever since the company locked the gates of the Wilcox Street plant in November, but the unorganized faction has confined itself to speaking at union meetings and through anonymous flyers and Internet postings.  Until now, no one has spoken openly.

Lawmakers push for new laws to punish union sabotage.  Labor groups are immune from prosecution under the Hobbs Act, a 1946 provision that criminalized extortion and robbery using the threat or fear of force.  Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) attempted to close that loophole last year with the Freedom from Union Violence Act (FUVA).  The bill never left committee but Lee has pledged to crack down on the sabotage and violence some unions use during labor disputes.  "Union violence and intimidation are serious issues and my legislation is an effort to close the loophole that protects unions from being held accountable for their actions," Lee said.  "Threatening workers and damaging property shouldn't be defended as 'legitimate union objectives' and the law should be clear about that."

Phila. police tie construction-site arson to union sabotage.  The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project's nonunion contractor.

Potential port strike shows that Big Labor needs big reform.  Over the past few months, we've witnessed the death of Hostess and its Twinkie (until someone buys the brand), a teacher strike in Chicago, a Thanksgiving Eve strike at Los Angeles International Airport, failed union walkouts at Wal-Mart and New York City's fast food restaurants, and an eight-day, $8 billion strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California.

Summary of Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals".  Union organizers are often highly trained.  In many unions this training includes indoctrination in Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals."  Saul Alinsky was a ruthless radical organizer.  He would stop at nothing to win.  Before he passed away in 1972 he published a book called "Rules for Radicals" in which he outlined his power tactics and questionable ethics.  Anyone interested in staying, or becoming, Union Free, whether in an organizing campaign or in a decertification or deauthorization election, ought to become familiar with these rules.

Pro-Union Activist Threatens the Michigan Governor: 'We'll Be at Your Daughter's Soccer Game'.  A speaker at a protest against Michigan's right-to-work legislation said that Republican governor Rick Snyder will "get no rest" from pro-union activists if Snyder signs the bill into law.

Union Thug to Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan, "We'll be at your daughter's soccer game".  Remember kids, this is how the left operates.  They want what they want, and if anyone stands in their way, they will be subjected to threats, attacks, intimidation, and harassment.  They aren't above threatening children, or families, or disrupting Church, because even God takes a back seat to the temper tantrums of the petulant left.

Right-to-work proponents demand justice for violence.  Conservative activists and supporters of Michigan's new right-to-work law gathered on the Statehouse lawn Thursday [12/13/2012] to demand justice for what they said were threats, intimidation and entrapment under a tent that was destroyed by union supporters during protests two days earlier by thousands of labor union activists.

MI Union destroys hot dog cart, calls owner an 'Uncle Tom' over right-to-work.  Clint Tarver's hot dog cart, which he has operated since 1996, is another casualty of the union protest against the right-to-work law.  Union members destroyed the cart and called Tarver an "Uncle Tom," among other racist epithets, for serving right-to-work proponents.  After destroying the Americans for Prosperity tent, where Tarver was catering hotdogs, the mob turned there [sic] attention to the hot dog cart.

Union Thugs Demolish Lansing, Michigan Hot Dog Vendor Clint Tarver's Equipment.  Everyone who has passed the hot dog cart knows what a kind and caring individual Clint is.  He never fails to bestow a smile or friendly greeting.  In no way [did] he provoke this attack, nor any of the behavior displayed toward him.

Union Goons Destroyed Man's Hot Dog Cart While Calling Him [Names].  So Mr. Tarver runs a business, semi retires, operates a hot dog cart for so long that it becomes a local icon, then gets himself hired by those Koch minions and somehow gets the unions' tolerant and thoughtful ones to call him names and wreck his business, er, if you're a liberal and buy the alternate history view of Tuesday's events.  That's one of the longest and weirdest false flag operations I've ever heard of.

Liberals: Political violence is okay (if it's for a really good cause).  Liberals are portrayed as nonviolent and peace-loving.  And some of them are.  But some on he left prefer an "ends-justify-the-means" mentality.  And that seems to be on full display right now.

Union Violence In Michigan Is No Tea Party.  The assault on a Fox News contributor protecting women and seniors in a tent is but the latest example of the civil discourse and respect for democracy the president's union supporters really have.

'Democratic Underground' Users Claim Steven Crowder Caused Michigan Union Violence.  Shame on Steven Crowder for brutally smashing his face down upon the tender closed fist of union member Tony Camargo.  Although the network news shows are carefully avoiding committing themselves to real journalism by not reporting on union violence in Michigan, those of us who have access to the censored news via the Web are well aware of what is actually happening.

Union Thugs? No Kidding.  Had King Electrical Services owner John King been shot by, say, a Tea Partyer, there'd be no end to the public pontificating from Washington's politicians and media commentators about their rhetoric or protests inciting violence.  It's quite a different story for the Lambertville, Mich., contractor who woke up in the dead of night a week ago found a silhouetted figure on his driveway spraying "SCAB" on the side of his vehicle.  The figure fired a gun at him before fleeing.

Money pours in to replace hot dog vendor's equipment destroyed at Capitol.  During Tuesday's [12/11/2012] mass demonstrations that attracted an estimated 10,000 to the Capitol lawn, protesters of the right-to-work law the Legislature was passing and voting on tore down a tent rented by the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity.  Witnesses and Internet videos show protesters, some wearing union clothes, using knives or box cutters to cut the tent's ropes.  Clint Tarver, owner of Clint's Hot Dog Cart, said he was trapped inside as the tent came down and damaged about $400 in catering equipment.

Lansing Union Attack Victim: Assailant Wore Guy Fawkes-Like 'Devil Mask'.  Local Lansing Michigan hot dog vendor Clint Tarver was catering for Americans For Prosperity during the right-to-work demonstrations at the State Capitol on Tuesday [12/11/2012], when two men rushed into the tent.  In a video interview with Breitbart News, Clint claims one of the men wore a "Devil Mask."

This is who they are. This is what they do.  As the organized left, right down to Obama himself, ramp up pressure to keep Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder from signing right to work legislation into law, the hired thugs / "labor activists" they deploy to drive home the seriousness of their "suggestions" attack those who stand for fiscal responsibility and real freedom of speech and association — here, the tent of Americans for Prosperity, who have been helping in the effort to turn Michigan into a right to work state.

Union thug violence towards right-to-work supporters in Michigan.  Moral of the story, besides the obvious?  GET A CAMERA.  The Left STILL doesn't get how bad they look when they get recorded Acting Badly.

Union Violence in the Age of Obama.  Not so many moons ago, President Obama urged us all to "make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."  He Who Heals advocated "a more civil and honest public discourse" in the wake of the January 2011 Tucson massacre.  As usual, though, the White House has granted Big Labor bullies a permanent waiver from the lofty edicts it issues to everyone else.

Hoffa predicts 'civil war' in Michigan.  Jimmy Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said Tuesday [12/11/2012] he expects Michigan unions and lawmakers to break out into "civil war" after the state legislature passed right-to-work bills that would weaken unions' power.

AFSCME Openly Threatens WI Businesses.  Business owners are now receiving threatening letters telling them that, if they don't support government-sector unions, their businesses will be boycotted.

Michigan Dem on right-to-work law: There will be blood.  As protests against Michigan's right-to-work laws swelled, pro-union Democrat legislator Douglas Geiss took to the state House floor — and Twitter — to promise violence.

Democrats threaten violence on Michigan House floor.  "There will be blood," State Representative Douglas Geiss threatened from the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives today as the body debated legislation that would make Michigan the nation's 24th right to work state.

WH: 'There will be blood' might not mean real blood.  President Obama's spokesman cited the ambiguity of the statement, "there will be blood," as he avoided condemning the remark made by a Michigan Democrat who opposes the imminent state's right-to-work legislation.

Fox News contributor punched in face at pro-union protests in Michigan.  A Fox News contributor was punched in the face during a pro-union protest Tuesday [12/11/2012] in Michigan, one of a series of confrontations between union demonstrators and opponents on the day the state Legislature approved so-called "right to work" legislation that unions oppose.

Obama's Union Goons Assault Steven Crowder.  President Barack Obama owes conservative Steven Crowder — and the nation — an apology after union thugs, angered by right-to-work laws passed by the Michigan legislature today, assaulted Crowder several times in the capital city of Lansing, causing mild injuries.

MI Pro-Union Crowd Destroys Tent with People Inside.  A group of pro-union, progressive protesters leveled a large tent with people inside during Tuesday's demonstrations outside the Michigan Capitol building in Lansing against right to work legislation.  [Video clip.]

Right-to-Work Supporters Assaulted Multiple Times By Union Mob.  Steven Crowder peacefully confronted union protesters today in Lansing, Michigan when the mob turned violent.  Crowder was punched multiple times and, at one point, when his back was turned to the crowd as he was leaving a confrontation, he was pulled by the collar of his coat back into the mob to be assaulted again.

MI Right to-Work Battle: Union Members Shout Down Tea Party Counter-Protest.  Just a few minutes into the demonstration against Michigan's right to work legislation, Union loyalists show their disdain for free speech by instructing and shouting down members of the Tea Party on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building.

Right to Sue.  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will make Michigan one of the largest right-to-work states in the country on Tuesday [12/11/2012], but opponents have vowed to fight the legislation.  "You can expect the lawsuits.  There's nothing to prevent the unions from filing suit, so they're going to do it," said Patrick Wright, a senior legal scholar at the conservative Mackinac Public Policy Center.

Worker Freedom Comes to Michigan?  As Michigan lawmakers prepare to strike a blow for worker freedom, organized labor is resorting to its old playbook in an effort to prevent the state from adopting "right to work" legislation" aimed at restoring the Rust Belt state's economic vitality.  True to form, the entrenched forces of organized labor that have been gnawing away at Michigan for decades are throwing a big, carefully stage-managed, media-saturated temper tantrum.

Memo To Strikers: You Could Have Killed Your Own Job.  For a week, an 800-member clerks' union shut down most of the vast Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport.  Who's winning?  Workers in Mexico.  Who's losing?  Workers in Southern California.

CA Union Shuts Down America's Largest Ports.  California may find itself in a disastrous fiscal situation, but that won't stop California's newly-empowered unions from flexing their muscle.  In the aftermath of the failure of Proposition 32, which would have prevented public sector unions from funding politicians, the unions are celebrating their confirmed power by striking.

Small union is causing big problems for ports.  The small band of strikers that has effectively shut down the nation's busiest shipping complex forced two huge cargo ships to head for other ports Thursday [11/29/2012] and kept at least three others away, hobbling an economic powerhouse in Southern California.  The disruption is costing an estimated $1 billion a day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, on which some 600,000 truckers, dockworkers, trading companies and others depend for their livelihoods.

Happy Thanksgiving: Unions Shut Down Traffic to LAX.  Ready to fly out of Los Angeles today to get to your family before Thanksgiving?  Not so fast.  Los Angeles' labor unions have decided to protest on Thanksgiving Eve — one of the busiest travel days of the year — to snarl traffic around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  President Obama's favorite union, the Service Employees International Union, is spearheading the obnoxious effort; it's supposed to last from 11 a.m to 4 p.m., virtually the entire day.

NLRB sues to reinstate union saboteurs at nursing homes.  President Obama's National Labor Relations Board asked a judge this week to force a Connecticut nursing home to re-hire employees involved in a labor dispute, including the workers who sabotaged patient homes as they went on strike.  The Service Employees International Union members who worked at HealthBridge went on strike after rejecting the company's final offer in contract negotiations.

Endangering the Elderly.  Judge Robert Chatigny on Wednesday [12/12/2012] ordered Healthbridge Systems to lay off hundreds of replacement workers in order to make room for the 600 striking members of the SEIU Local 1199, one of the Atlantic region's most powerful unions.  Those workers walked out of their jobs over a contract dispute in July.  Some employees allegedly tampered with the identification materials and medical records of patients, including some suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's, on their way out the door.

Trumka Promises More than 2,000 Union 'Poll Monitors' in Battleground States.  Setting the scene for possible post-election legal challenges, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said his unions plan to deploy 2,000 "poll monitors" who will be linked with lawyers around the country as a way to prevent "voter suppression" in states such as Ohio.

4 men arrested in Perrysburg for stealing Romney signs while driving sheet metal union truck.  Perrysburg police arrested four Toledo area men early Friday morning on charges of stealing Mitt Romney campaign signs in Wood and Lucas counties in Northwest Ohio.  The signs were found in a pickup truck owned by Sheet Metal Workers International, Union Local 33 in Parma, according to the police report.

Georgia power crew turned away from Sandy-stricken New York for refusing to join union.  A business coordinator at a power company in western Georgia told The Daily Caller Friday afternoon [11/2/2012] that workers from his electric-utility employer were not permitted to help restore power to New York consumers because they would not join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  The revelation comes on the heels of similar stories TheDC has reported about power crews from Alabama and Florida who volunteered to fix downed power lines after Hurricane Sandy left millions in the Northeastern United States in the dark this week.

IBEW thugs strike again, turn away transformers delivered by non-union truckers.  Is your power still off?  Blame the IBEW!  For the second time since Huricane Sandy their unionista thugs put solidarity above customer service.

Nonunion Alabama crews turned away from Sandy recovery.  Crews from Decatur Utilities headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can't do any work there since they're not union employees.  The general manager of Decatur Utilities, Ray Hardin told Fox Business they were presented documents from the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers at a staging area in Virginia.  The documents stated they had to affiliate with a union to work, which the crews could not agree to.

'No Red Tape'? New Jersey Turns Away Non-union Relief Crews.  How desperate is hurricane-ravaged New Jersey?  Not desperate enough to suspend a union monopoly that keeps the state in the bottom ten states for economic competitiveness (and #48 for business friendliness).  Relief crews from Alabama who were specifically called to New Jersey found themselves diverted to Long Island, NY after they arrived because they use non-union labor.  Alabama is a right-to-work state.

Hey, New Jersey!  You should have thought of this earlier.
Non-union power crews welcomed in NJ to help restore service, state says.  New Jersey's power companies are stressing today that they are accepting help from both union and non-union crews during the massive effort to restore power to those still in the dark in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The clarification comes after a utility company from Alabama said a six-man crew was headed to New Jersey on Wednesday, but turned back in Virginia after they said concerns were raised about whether New Jersey would accept help from the company's non-union utility crew.

11 days without power, Sandy victims want answers.  Eleven days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, hundreds of thousands of utility customers in New York and New Jersey are still without power — and they want answers.  Unfortunately, the answers provided by the power companies have generated even more anger and frustration.

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Attention New York and New Jersey residents: The IBEW turned away workers because they were non-union.  Talk to the IBEW about "answers."

The Union Racket.  The union that launched the career of Democratic National Committee executive director Patrick Gaspard is being accused of strong-arming a group of nursing homes to increase membership rolls.  HealthBridge and CareOne, two nursing home companies, are suing the New England Health Care Employees Union (Service Employees International Union Chapter 1199 New England), accusing the labor leaders of using political threats and dangerous workplace sabotage to force several non-union shops into their ranks.

Care One, HealthBridge nursing homes accuse SEIU affiliates of extortion in RICO lawsuit.  Two of the largest health care labor unions are engaged in racketeering and endangering the lives of elderly residents, according to a federal lawsuit filed by a chain of nursing homes in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Instead of bargaining, the Fort Lee-based Care One and HealthBridge companies say that two local affiliates of the Service Employees International Union are resorting to criminal activities, defamation and sabotage to get contracts approved and workers organized.

Allen West event turns into beer-throwing fight when SEIU-backed protesters arrive.  Union-backed protesters interrupted Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., by taking over the balcony above an outdoor event on Wednesday [9/26/2012] before reportedly participating in a beer-throwing fight with West's supporters.  Stand Up Florida, a group backed by the Service Employees International Union, hung a banner from their hotel balcony criticizing West.  One of his supporters pulled the banner down, and then things got interesting.

State worker union has its own labor issues.  A messy fight between California's largest state employee union, SEIU Local 1000, and another union that has represented 160 of its staff has spilled into public view.  As they battle for those workers, the United Auto Workers is calling Local 1000 a hypocritical union-buster.  An official with the National Labor Relations Board says SEIU, as an employer, has engaged in "unfair labor practices."  The local rejects the accusations.

Meet the bragging teachers' union chief who has brought Chicago schools to a standstill with strike.  The union chief leading 26,000 public school teachers out on strike in Chicago bragged last year about 'smoking lots of weed' at college and mocked the lisp of President Barack Obama's Education Secretary.  Speaking at a North West Teaching for Social Justice conference in Seattle, Washington in October 2011, Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, pacing up and down a stage, delivered a sarcastic tirade.

Union thugs crying about Democratic convention.  Labor leaders have had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year, politically speaking.  So bad, in fact, that they decided to throw a temper tantrum and partially boycott the Democratic National Convention — holding their own "shadow convention" in Philadelphia on Saturday [8/18/2012].

Some Laws Favor Labor Unions.  A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to "threatening or disruptive behavior," union members have far more rights — or, at least, far more license — than their fellow Americans.  The Chamber's study, "Sabotage, Stalking, and Stealth Exemptions: Special State Laws for Labor Unions," examines little known state laws that favor organized labor, even to the point of exempting union members from laws prohibiting "conduct that would otherwise be considered criminal activity."  Although none of the laws highlighted by the Chamber's report condone violence, the report suggests that state laws facilitate or even encourage the circumstances in which a labor dispute might become violent — or even deadly.  The report highlights exemptions for violations such as stalking, trespassing, and other kinds of behavior that can be intimidating or seriously disturbing.

Union organizing exempted from stalking laws in four states.  A new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlights a striking example of Big Labor's strength at the local government level:  the states of Pennsylvania, California, Illinois and Nevada have all exempted unions from the state's own anti-stalking laws.  The report, titled Sabotage, Stalking & Stealth Exemptions: Special State Laws for Labor Unions, claimed:  "union favoritism under state laws tend to occur in criminal statues and allow individuals who engage in truly objectionable behavior to avoid prosecution solely because they are participating in some form of labor activity."

Union Exemptions from Criminal Laws.  West Virginia declares that all persons in the state "have the right to be free from any violence, or intimidation by threat of violence" committed against them or their property based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, political affiliation or sex.  These broad protections for civil rights are commonly found at the state level and even exceed the protections afforded by federal law and the U.S. Constitution. [...] Remarkably, the state's civil rights protections provide an exemption that says the law cannot be construed in such a way as to "impede or to interfere with any person conducting labor union or labor union organizing activities."

Unions offer reward for Romney's Olympic whereabouts.  Two of the U.K. and U.S.'s largest unions say they are determined to locate the exact location of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the London Olympics.  And they're willing to pay for that information.

Unions Offer Reward For Romney Event Locations.  Why the manhunt?  So they can organize 'grassroots' demonstrations. So their goons can beat up any Romney supporters they can get their clutches on.  So they can intimidate people for expressing any opinions they don't like.  Why else?  Students of history should recognize this kid of behavior.  We saw it from Hitler's 'Brown Shirts' in Weimar Germany.  We have seen it from the 'Red Guards' in the Soviet Union and China.  It has a long tradition.

The "long arm of the Union" concept.  The idea of "sending a message" is what Unions have in mind when they go on strike.  That message is that if anyone dares cross them, the Unions will provide penalties.

Unions target hotel chain owned by Obama supporters with 'global boycott'.  On Monday [7/23/2012], Richard Trumka's AFL-CIO and a host of other labor unions and liberal activists will publicly target Hyatt, the hotel chain owned by wealthy supporters of President Barack Obama.

Striking SEIU workers intentionally endangered CT nursing home patients, says company.  After the collapse of 17-month-long union negotiations on July 3, unionized health-care workers walked out of five nursing home facilities in Connecticut, but not before placing some elderly patients in dire medical risk through acts of sabotage, according to the company that owns and operates the facilities.  "In the hours leading up to the strike by the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU (the Union) against five HealthBridge Management Health Care Centers in Connecticut, Union members engaged in multiple illegal and dangerous acts against Center residents," reads a statement released by HealthBridge on Tuesday afternoon [7/17/2012].

Longshoremen file suit while clogging Northwest cargo at Port of Portland.  An escalating dispute between two unions tying up millions of dollars of freight across the Northwest boils down to a spat over just two waterfront jobs, the Port of Portland's executive director said Thursday [6/14/2012].

Old tone: South Carolina AFL-CIO president beats piñata with Nikki Haley's face on it.  According to Dave Weigel, the guy who recorded it and uploaded it is a progressive.  This is something he and the local union brain trust actually wanted people to see.

South Carolina AFL-CIO Leader Bashes Nikki Haley piñata.  Donna Dewitt, the outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, is seen in this video bashing a piñata of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's face while Dewitt and her colleagues were at a retreat in Columbia, S.C. Saturday afternoon [5/19/2012].

South Carolina AFL-CIO Head Takes Aim at Gov. Nikki Haley's Head.  The incident occurred at a Saturday meeting of the South Carolina Progressive Network, a group of about 60 organizations that Dewitt co-chairs.  [Governor Nikki] Haley, who has voiced her dislike for unions and has been sued by the International Association of Machinists and AFL-CIO, wrote on her Twitter and Facebook pages, "Wow. I wonder if the unions think this kind of thing will make people take them seriously."

Unhinged, bat-wielding Big Labor thug of the day repeatedly whacks Nikki Haley pinata.  The head of the South Carolina chapter of the AFL-CIO, Donna DeWitt, thought it would be fun to take a baseball bat to GOP Gov. Nikki Haley's face on a piñata. [...] Just watch it and see how other Big Labor goons shrieked "Hit her again! Whack her again!"

SEIU Astroturfs May Day Protest to Disrupt LAX.  Local Los Angeles talk radio station KFI reported that the SEIU May Day protest snarling traffic around Los Angeles International airport was Astroturfed.  The vast majority of protesters at LAX were not the grassroots employees protesting working conditions but were, in fact, bused in by union organizers.  But that was enough to delay flights by almost an hour.

Union Leader Says Education Reforms Are an Attack Against 'Human Rights'.  Is teacher tenure a "human right"?  That's what the head of the Nevada State Education Association seemed to suggest in a television interview last weekend.  Appearing on a local news show, NSEA President Lynn Warne said the Silver State's new education reforms — which focus largely on teacher tenure — "really struck at the heart of what are educators' rights, workers' rights, human rights really."

Indiana Union Claims Right-to-Work Is Slavery.  Indiana's operating engineers' union has filed a suit against the state's new right-to-work law.  Among other counts in the lawsuit, they allege that providing union-negotiated benefits to non-union workers toiling alongside union members violates the 13th Amendment.  That is, because non-unionized workers aren't paying dues in exchange for the union's negotiations, union workers are being enslaved.

Protesters Mock National Anthem at Wisconsin Tea Party.  Not long ago, it was unthinkable to disrespect the National Anthem in anyway whatsoever.  However pro-labor union protesters showed no hesitation in crossing that line on Saturday [4/14/2012] in Madison, Wisconsin.

Unions Plan to Train 100,000 Occupy Protesters.  Welcome to Occupy Spring.  The Occupy Movement has become more sophisticated, how?  It now officially has big name backers like the Teamsters, and other groups.

Secretive SEIU network partners with Occupy movement, raises nationwide [strife and disorder].  During the past year, politically aggressive front groups founded by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been partnering with regional "Occupy" groups to pressure businesses and politicians, The Daily Caller has learned.  The organizations — including This Is Our DC; Good Jobs, Great Houston; Good Jobs, Better Baltimore; Detroit's Good Jobs Now; Fight for Philly; One Pittsburgh; Good Jobs LA; and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy — employ "flash demonstrations" and other tactics to deluge their political targets with protesters, sometimes numbering in the hundreds.

Government workers vs. their unions: Cato.  As part of the payroll tax bill on Friday [2/17/2012], Congress voted to tweak federal worker benefits.  New federal hires will be required to make an additional contribution to their pension plans.  While just a small change, federal worker unions railed against the bill as if were armageddon.

Attack on civility:  The crowd of more than 2,000 — bloated by swarms of Occupiers and their teachers-union promoters — shouted down any opposition via a standard Occupy trick, the so-called "peoples' microphone," in which one speaker's words are picked up and relayed in short phrases.  Naturally, four-letter words flew.  The goal was to thwart a legal and democratic process through disruption and intimidation.

12 Union Protestors Arrested At AT&T Protest.  Did I say union members?  Sorry I meant Occupy protestors.  Oh wait now I am confused.  Most of these protestors appear to be middle aged black people with jobs and a union card.  The whole occupy movement has been taken over by the union goons now and it is pretty transparent.  In Atlanta when the occupy protest began you couldn't find an African American among them.

Unions plan 'Occupy CPAC' thuggery.  Those who do not have logic and reason on their side, tend to violence to make up for it.  The CPAC attendees are as much a part of the "99%" as the occupy crowd.  Same socio-economic caste; same middle and upper middle class upbringing.  Even attending most of the same colleges (the CPAC crowd is mostly young college age activists).  This is will not be an enobling demonstration against "greed" and corruption" but rather a grubby political dispute.  The unions and their occupy allies disagree politically with conservatives and will seek to disrupt their gathering.  Their desire for confrontation will no doubt be realized.

NLRB Wants to Force Companies to Turn Over Employee Contact Info.  [NLRB] Chair Mark Pearce is introducing a series of new regulations.  One of these regulations, if passed, would require businesses to surrender their employee's personal contact information to campaigning union heads.  "If the National Labor Relations Board gets its way, companies could be forced to hand over your contact information, whether you like it or not, to union leaders," Fox host Neil Cavuto said.  "Union leaders having access to your phone number, your email address?"

Will Unions Occupy Super Bowl Over Right To Work?  Indiana unions, opposed to becoming the first right-to-work state in the Rust Belt, may disrupt Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.  Their unnecessary roughness will cost the Hoosiers needed jobs.

Bored with union organizing, SEIU gears up for thuggery.  We've already seen the kind of thuggery SEIU has in mind.  Remember two years ago when 14 busloads of leftist demonstrators from SEIU, National Peoples' Action,, and other activist groups converged on the private home of a bank executive in the Maryland suburbs of the nation's capital?  Fortune Magazine's Washington editor Nina Easton described the scene:  "Waving signs denouncing bank 'greed,' hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer's steps, and onto his front porch."

Anti-safety? Old union trope withers.  The old chest-thumping power plays used by public employee unions for years are not resonating with voters like they used to. ... Still, the union brass know no other way to behave, so they keep pounding their chests as if the ancient tribal call will be enough to send the reformers with the green eye shades back to their offices to cower in fear.

Greedy Union to Destroy Black Restaurant Owner's Business.  An actress, model, and African American business entrepreneur credited with reviving a once-blighted neighborhood and bringing back theater goers to the New York Theater District is about to lose her business to a greedy union that wants to hike the rent for her famous restaurant 350 percent.

The Union War on Wisconsin Governor Walker.  Unleashing forces of hate, making it personal, unions roll out heavy artillery in their all-out war against their declared enemy, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  Union devotees will need about 540,200 signatures on petitions in 60 days to trigger a special recall election targeting the besieged rookie governor.  Meanwhile, protesters' signs hang in the Capitol rotunda, left from February protests, depicting Gov. Walker as a mustachioed Hitler, the devil himself, object of daily exercises of almost ritual union members' hatred, like an Emmanuel Goldstein in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984.  Only the ritual hate sessions are not two minutes daily; rather, eight grueling months for unions' most faithful haters.

Union Chief Leo Gerard says:
'Resistance Movement' Needed to Seize Bridges, Banks in Case OWS Fails.  United Steelworkers international president Leo Gerard has a message to the flea party whiny-whiners still camping out instead of sleeping in their parents' basements — playtime is over.  Just in case the Occupy movement fails — in other words, when it fails — Gerard is urging union members to fill that gaping void with "more militancy."

Useless unions.  The right of unions to compel with a 51% vote of the workers at a shop or organize has been seen as vital to improvement of the lot of workers in America.  That is not true.  Unions are granted by law the right to "bargain" on behalf of workers who do not want to be part of the union in states which are not right to work states.  These unions assess dues, which are overwhelmingly used for political purposes.  These workers serve a much meaner and rougher boss than their nominal employer:  union overlords.

'We're going to break your legs,' labour minister told as strike envelops Quebec.  Quebec's construction industry, already at the centre of a corruption crisis, hit another low Monday [10/24/2011] as a battle between powerful unions and the government descended into a province-wide illegal walkout and someone threatened to break the labour minister's legs.  Given the high tension and heated tempers in a province where workers in the industry are forced to belong to a union, the minister, Lise Thériault, had already been given an extra bodyguard since she introduced Bill 33.

AFL-CIO Trumka: Wisc. Governor 'Lucifer,' Will Support a Recall.  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said that his union coalition would participate in a planned recall campaign targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) — a man Trumka referred to as "Lucifer."  "Would I support going after Lucifer?" Trumka said, after being asked if he would support a recall of Walker.  "Let me think about that.  That's a tough one.  Of course we're gonna' be there."

Video: Unionized Longshoremen Assault Police Officers.  You may recall that these classy gentlemen are locked in a bitter labor dispute with a company at the Port of Longview (a company, by the way, that actually employs other unionized workers).  The Longshoremen are incensed, you see, because they've been denied their God-given "right" to work at an EGT facility — and they've responded with characteristic restraint and circumspection.  And by that, I mean they've damaged railroad cars, sabotaged brake lines, destroyed property, criminally trespassed, taken security guards hostage, and threatened police with baseball bats.

NLRB Chairman's Former Law Partner Defends Union Violence.  A little over a month ago, in a case that drew national attention, a man was targeted at his home, shot and injured, all because he dared to run union free business.  Now, in Buffalo, New York, a case involving outrageous allegations of labor-racketeering and union violence aimed at non-union construction workers and company owners is proceeding through the judicial process.  Its outcome, however, may have wide-ranging ramifications on a national level.

Forty Policemen Needed to Control Wisconsin Democrats.  Since getting wiped out in the 2010 election and failing in their massively-financed recall elections, Wisconsin's Democrats have embarked on a permanent temper tantrum.  Like little children, they apparently intend to stamp their feet and hold their breath until they get their way.  Most recently, they infiltrated and disrupted a Rotary meeting at which Paul Ryan was speaking.  More than forty policemen were needed to keep the unruly Democrats under control; they escorted twenty from the Rotary meeting and arrested three.

Union protesters clash with police in Longview.  A train carrying a shipment of grain made its first delivery to a new terminal in Longview on Wednesday night, surviving a day of union protests that included two blockades and a tense clash with police.

'Day of Rage' an irony.  On Saturday [9/17/2011], the Service Employees International Union is planning a Day of Rage in locations all across our great county, with the theme being a "takeover" of Wall Street and those dirty, nasty, capitalistic American businesses.  Imagine that, an international union composed of American public-sector government employees, paid by us, the taxpayers, are going to make a direct attack on the source of the tax monies that pay their wages.

Meet the Democratic Party, Up Close and Personal.  Remarkably, this union violence seems to have received hardly any national news coverage.  Local reporters did follow up on the story, however, and went to the union's local headquarters to try to get the longshoremen's side of the story.  What followed wasn't pretty; in fact, there is hardly any part of the encounter that we can quote on this family web site.

Unions on the warpath.  In the wild, a wounded animal is the most dangerous kind.  Right now, the labor movement in the United States is such an animal, reeling from a string of devastating injuries that have eroded its ability to raise money, organize and influence elections. ... But unions are not going gently into that good night.  Rightly perceiving their very existence to be at stake, Big Labor and its bloated bureaucracies and bosses have reacted with rage.

NLRB Investigates Longshoremen Union for Strike Gone Wrong.  After a union wildcat strike turned violent on Thursday [9/8/2011], triggering a walkout at five ports in Washington state, longshoremen went back to work on Friday.  But in an unusual twist, the National Labor Relations Board succeeded in getting a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction Thursday against further union activity at the Port of Longview after the union ignored the temporary restraining order that he issued a week earlier.

500 Tea Party Protesters Storm a Government Building, Take Hostages.  Got your attention?  Good.  Because it seems that unless a story has negative implications for the tea party no one (even Fox News) is going to make a stink about it.  On Thursday morning [9/8/2011], over 500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (an AFL-CIO union) did something that should have been the top news story on every major news network in the country.

Warning:  Vulgarity throughout.
Longshoreman assaults media.  A member of a Pacific Northwest longshoreman's union verbally attacked and threatened a news crew that showed up at the union's local headquarters in Longview, Washington.  The confrontation was captured on a video that hit YouTube Friday morning [9/9/2011].

Thuggery in the Wisconsin Union Battle.  [Scroll down]  A death threat is the ultimate form of thuggery.  Lesser threats — not to life, but to others' well-being and property — include intimidation of local businesses.  Sadly, unions are up to that tawdry task.  If a business does not bow to their demands, such as placing a pro-union poster in their windows, the threat — in writing, no less — is to boycott it. ... Astoundingly, even Wisconsin police and fire public unions hint that they would not respond to crime in progress or fires at non-union-compliant businesses.

Politics turns dangerously rougher.  Tea Party members could reasonably feel fear of violence from union activists after Mr. Hoffa's call to "take out" Tea Party members.  Given the history of violence associated with unions in general and the Teamsters in particular.  (Mr. Hoffa's father, also president of Teamsters, is widely believed to have been murdered by fellow Teamsters.)  Of course, both the Michigan attorney general and the U.S. attorney general would need to assess the specific statutes to see whether Mr. Hoffa's words are criminally proscribed.

Obama Gives Free Rein To Union Thugs.  To do something about kids in school getting shoved around, the White House sends the first lady onto the Ellen Show to bemoan the supposed "culture of bullying" in America.  But when it comes to those kids' hard-working fathers and mothers struggling for a paycheck amid 9.1% unemployment, President Obama is only too happy to see them bullied at the hands of labor thugs.

Nurses union holds dozens of rallies for Wall Street tax to 'Heal America'.  Carrying signs that read "Heal America Tax Wall Street," nurses union members rallied in front of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's downtown Orlando office Wednesday to solicit support for a tax on Wall Street that would help fund projects on Main Street.  About 30 protestors wearing red shirts gathered on the sidewalk, carrying signs and chanting, "Human need not corporate greed."

Does Anyone Care About Actual Political Violence?  Over the last year, we have seen absurd efforts to blame violent acts committed by people who had nothing to do with politics on politicians and activists who have nothing to do with violence.  No matter:  it is all about political opportunism.  In fact, however, we do have a political or quasi-political movement in the United States that in recent years has often resorted to violence:  the union movement.

Name That Milwaukee Union Thug.  The unions are so angry and have become so obsessed with Scott Walker, that a contingency of union thugs followed him to Milwaukee's Messmer Preparatory Catholic School last Friday [8/26/2011] where the governor was to read to students and tour the school.  An unidentified union thug tried to prevent the visit from occurring by tampering with the school's door locks.  Media reports indicate that the vandal put super glue and sticks in the locks of eight school doors late Thursday night [8/25/2011].

Milwaukee Thug ID'ed as Former Teachers Union and SEIU Organizer!  When the protests turned ugly outside of the Milwaukee Catholic school where Gov. Scott Walker was appearing last Friday, I instinctively knew that the worst offenders would be teacher union leaders.  Why?  Because a nasty, belligerent attitude has become a requirement for a leadership post in most teachers unions.  Sure, union leaders publicly talk about the need for civility and open-mindedness, but in their unscripted moments they spew vitriol, intimidation and hatred.

Striking Union Agrees Not To Drop, Spread Or Throw Feces.  Well, actually, it's feces and other objects like "nails, glass, cinder block, spikes, feces, clubs, rocks, screws, or puncture devices of any kind, or other object or debris..."

Union organizer suspected of shooting non-union Ohio employer.  King Electrical Services owner John King was shot by a person who appears to be from one of the many unions who have targeted his workers, Toledo News Channel 11 WTOL reports.  King is the largest non-union electrical contractor company in the area of southeastern Michigan near the Ohio border.  He has a long history of being on the receiving end of union-related violence, and this case doesn't appear to be any different.

Ohio Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union, Police Investigating.  With around 25 employees, John King owns one of the largest non-union electrical contracting businesses in the Toledo, Ohio area.  As a non-union contractor, his business happens to be doing well at a time when unions in the construction industry are suffering.  This, it seems, has made the usual animosity unions have for him even greater, making him a prime target of union thugs.  So much so, that one of them tried to kill him last week at his home.

Union Thugs? No Kidding.  An Ohio contractor was wounded by gunfire Wednesday [8/17/2011] by a shadowy man vandalizing his SUV with union threats. ... Had King Electrical Services owner John King been shot by, say, a Tea Partyer, there'd be no end to the public pontificating from Washington's politicians and media commentators about their rhetoric or protests inciting violence.

Non-Union Business Owner Shot, 'SCAB' Carved Into Car.  A business owner in Southeastern Michigan was shot last week after confronting a man carving "SCAB" into his car.  John King, the shooting victim, owns King Electrical Services, the largest non-union electrical contractor in the area.  Last Wednesday, King reportedly awoke at night to find someone in his driveway vandalizing his car.  When King stepped outside, the man shot him in the arm and fled.

Union Rep Declares "Open Season" on "Managers and Scabs".  As the CWA picketing of Verizon continues it seems some of the union leadership is becoming more and more unhinged.  Apparently one member of the union leadership went so far as to instruct his members, by way of publicly accessible telephone hotline, that it is now "open season" on "managers and scabs".  The thug went on to say that union members should "follow them" and "torture them, torture them with chants and noise".

Union Extremists Harassing & Menacing Replacement Workers In Verizon Strike.  It's only been a few days since 45,000 CWA and IBEW members walked off their jobs at Verizon, however, incidents of harassment, sabotage, and illegal picketing have already begun to pile up.

The Verizon Strike Gets Ugly Fast.  Refusing to comply with union demands is not "union busting."  Verizon's landline operation is shrinking.  They're entitled to make whatever offers of compensation fit their business plans.  Workers — either individually or organized — are equally free to accept or refuse their offer.  It's telling that the unions so quickly decided that the scales needed to be tipped in their favor through sabotage and intimidation.

Verizon gets injunction against NJ picketers.  Company spokesman Rich Young says it made the move after dozens of reports of sabotage, harassment and obstruction at its facilities.

Internal E-Mail Reveals Striking Union's Tactics Against Verizon.  Since the union strike against Verizon began a little more than a week ago, incidents of sabotage and property damage have been reported, homes of company executives swarmed upon by union protesters, and injunctions issued.

Union Extortion.  Union organizers reportedly are telling South Carolina Boeing workers they'll halt a National Labor Relations Board action to shut their plant as long as the workers join their union.

Racketeering Charges against SEIU; What Does Obama Know?  United States District Judge Claude Hilton, acting in the eastern district of Virginia, has ruled that the French-based food service and facilities management company Sodexo can proceed with an extortion claim against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The SEIU, which has strong ties to the Obama administration, has been accused of using ties to the federal government to harass companies such as Sodexo.  The alleged methods include using regulatory or government action to pressure or embarrass the company or its employees.

Obama's Favorite Union Heavies.  Unions thrive on workplace conflict.  The AFL-CIO, for example, sponsors a "Bad Boss Contest," which awards the employee who submits the best story about a horrible boss a "seven-night vacation escape" from his or her workplace travails.  But aggressive union tactics are no laughing matter, as a recently unveiled playbook distributed by one of America's biggest unions reveals.

'New' ACORN Groups Join SEIU's Economic Terrorism Campaign.  Newly created ACORN front groups across America have signed on to SEIU's economic terrorism and sabotage campaign.  ACORN, long associated with President Obama, is participating in the disruptive campaign through its newly renamed state chapters.  Mortgage and student loan strikes, crippling bank boycotts, intimidation, and who knows what else are all on the agenda.

Auto industry worker testifies on union harassment.  Larry Getts was a union shop steward at a past job, so he was inclined to support unionization when labor organizers showed up at his current job at a Fort Wayne, Indiana Dana Corp. plant that packs and ships auto parts.  But this morning Getts testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce that he eventually soured on the union as its representatives launched a campaign to harass and misinform workers as part of its "card check" organizing drive.

Conservatives and the "N" Word.  It is simply unacceptable in America for liberals to continue to refer to conservatives as Nazis.  Last week at a union protest in Trenton the Vice President of Communications Workers of America, Chris Shelton, came close to using this barbaric language, but exercised slightly more tact by only referring to New Jersey's Governor as "Adolf Christie."  But the insinuation was still evident.  This type of vituperative language from the left is not uncommon.

Union Boss Calls Christie "Hitler".  Once again the leaders of America's union movement are providing more evidence of the devotion of liberals to civil political discourse.  At a rally in Trenton, New Jersey yesterday [6/16/2011], Chris Shelton, the vice president of the Communications Workers of America, told a crowd assembled to protest pension reform that "It took World War II to get rid of the last Adolf Hitler — it's gonna take World War III to get rid of Adolf Christie!"

Union that's pushing card check suddenly all about 'free and fair elections'.  With the dues and support of as many as 25,000 workers on the line and one of the nation's largest air carriers in the mix, this is an important election. ... Apparently it's so important that, according to a letter we have exclusively obtained, the IAM is frantically pestering the AFA-CWA to stop "intimidating" the workers who are voting in the election.  Yes, you read that right — a union that is affiliated with the AFL-CIO wants another union to stop intimidating people.

Hard to get good goons these days.  So the public employee unions have been on the defensive across the nation, and they've been losing battles in state capitols from Wisconsin, to Ohio, to Tennessee.  Although there have been some violent incidents and death threats, overall, despite the talk from many right-leaning pundits about "union goons," the actual danger posed by the union members appears to have been very small by labor-historical standards.  Apparently, you just can't get good goons nowadays.

Union whistleblowers: We were beaten and harassed.  Unionized phone company employees say they were beaten or threatened after they accused their labor bosses of looting their coffers through various scams.  One member of Communications Workers of America Local 1101 said that after he reported a time-sheet padding scheme, a thug beat him so badly his spine was injured.

Union Thugs Provide Card-Check Preview.  Card-check legislation is the unions' top priority and is strongly favored by Barack Obama and most Democrats.  Why?  Because under card check, there is no secret ballot.  The unions know who is supporting them and who isn't.  How will they treat the ones who don't sign the union card?  The same way they treated the communications union workers who didn't appreciate having their money stolen by the bosses.  If you think union violence is an old-fashioned concept, just let the Democrats adopt card check.

Union Official Teaches College Course in Violent Union Tactics.  If you are wondering why some folks are starting to question whether a college education is worth the cost, the video below goes a long way towards explaining it.  Recently, the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) sponsored two college courses:  Introduction to Labor Studies and Labor Politics and Society, to be taught simultaneously through a video conference between to two campuses.

Wisconsin Mobs: Thugs in Union Cause.  "Rampaging crowds invading the Capitol, overwhelming police, kicking in doors and climbing through windows.  Bomb threats and rounds of ammunition discovered at the State Capitol.  Is this Nazi brownshirts at work, busting up a meeting of political opponents in 1933 Germany?  No, it's what has passed for democratic opposition in Wisconsin over the last six weeks," wrote columnist Katherine Kersten.  Protestors shouted, "This is what democracy looks like!"  Though the union supporters claimed to be defending the noble cause of democracy, they were in fact subverting it.  And the Democratic members of the Wisconsin Assembly ran away from democracy to hide in Illinois, choosing to obstruct democracy rather than participate in it.

SEIU protesters take over bank HQ.  While the left will undoubtedly claim that Stephen Lerner and his plot of economic terrorism has nothing to do with them, SEIU continues to use radical tactics to attack economic institutions.  The latest shows a group of SEIU protestors infiltrating a bank in Pennsylvania and disrupting business for a portion of the day.

Union Thuggery Run Amok.  Having lost its war on economics, the SEIU has declared war on the economy.  Literally.  One of its top minds was caught vowing to crash the stock market to redistribute wealth.  Is this a union or a subversive group?

Union Organizer Defends His Plan To Crash The Stock Market.  Stephen Lerner, a veteran union organizer, wants collective bargaining for homeowners that owe money to the big banks.  And this week, he was caught on tape talking about a "mortgage strike" against the big banks.  He suggested that a large number of homeowners stop paying their mortgage until the banks agree to negotiate and modify loans.

Union Animals Storm Bank, Demanding CEO.  For the life of me, I still don't get why so many unions don't realize that acting like untamed beasts in public hurts their cause for amassing widespread support for their agenda.  In Wisconsin, for instance, not only did we see union supporters marching around the state capitol as a herd of cows, but they were harassing state senators at their offices and homes as well.  There were also the death threats.  Now comes a story from northeast Pennsylvania, where hordes of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) fanatics stormed a bank demanding to speak to its CEO.

Union boss goes off at meeting, prison guards say.  Prison guards at a Western Maryland correctional facility say a union boss berated and tried to intimidate them after they raised questions at a pre-shift meeting about how their fees are spent and the benefits of belonging to a union. ... The meeting took an unexpected twist, they say, when Mr. Berger opened the floor to questions.  When asked about the benefit of belonging to a union, why non-union members must pay a fee to AFSCME and whether the fees go into the same pot that helped the union give millions to Democratic candidates and causes in the 2010 elections, the representative launched into a threatening and profanity-laced tirade.

Uncivil disobedience: Media ignores union thuggery.  In Michigan, protesters opposed to Gov. Rick Snyder's austerity budget broke a window to get into the capitol building.  One faces felony charges after assaulting police with an edged weapon; 14 were arrested.  In Washington, DC, the windows at GOP headquarters were shot out, not the first time that Republican offices have been subject to such attacks.  In Madison, Wis., the state capitol was occupied for weeks by teachers-union members and their supporters.  Doors and windows were broken; a mob tried to keep Republican state senators from entering the Senate chamber to vote.

Wisconsin after the Union Takeover:  "Are you wearing a bulletproof vest?"  Click.  Michael Hintze's phone line went dead — the caller never identified himself.  A prominent Wisconsin Tea Party leader, Hintze is the latest recipient of anonymous death threats.  Maybe you thought it was finally over in Wisconsin. ... But there's more.  Though chapter one undeniably ended with a resounding victory for Walker, the next part may easily become a forgotten chapter among thousands in the left's annals of Alinsky-style combat.

State Tea Party Leader in Brookfield Receives Threat.  Police are increasing patrols near the Brookfield home of a state tea party leader who has pushed for greater health and pension concessions from public employees after he received a veiled death threat over the weekend.  Wisconsin Tea Party Patriots State Coordinator Michael Hintze told police when he answered a call on his cell phone about 2:30 p.m. Saturday [3/12/2011], a male voice "asked if he was wearing a bullet-proof vest" and then hung up.

'Civility' Was Always Dead.  Blogress Ann Althouse, a university of Wisconsin law professor, is half of the husband-and-wife team that has done a better job than any journalist of reporting on the skirmish in Wisconsin over government union privileges.  Yesterday [3/12/2011] she posted a link to a bizarre threat against her and hubby Laurence Meade that was posted on

Progressives in Their Own Words.  A death threat serious enough that State Department of Justice is investigating it -- along with "several" others made to Republican legislators, followed by a thinly-veiled threat of extortion by public service union police official sent to the director of a financial services company.  An extortion letter co-signed by other police, firefighting and teacher union "leaders" as well.  Take a good, long look at progressivism minus the mainstream media filter, my fellow Americans.

Death Threats by the Dozens in Wisconsin.  'We will hunt you down.  We will slit your throats.  We will drink your blood.  I will have your decapitated head on a pike in the Madison town square.  This is your last warning."  Is this a passage from Bram Stoker's Dracula?  A snippet from al-Qaeda's latest missive?  No, this e-mail reached Wisconsin state senator Dan Kapanke (R., La Crosse) on March 9, after he voted for GOP governor Scott Walker's controversial budget and labor reforms.

Chilling threats made against Althouse.  It's like living in Venezuela.  Blogger, lawyer Ann Althouse, who has been covering the Wisconsin labor dispute, received what can only be called a declaration of war on her from someone — or, more likely, some people — who don't like her anti-union sentiments.

The Aroma of Illegality.  For the last few weeks, Madison, Wisconsin, has been Malodorous Central, as various government employees, from the 14 Fleebagging Democratic state senators to protesting teachers and sundry public union apparatchiks, have endeavored to substitute mob rule for the rule of law.  "After the vote on collective bargaining in the Wisconsin Senate," John Hinderaker reports at Powerline, "armed guards led Republican Senators through a tunnel, out of the Capitol and onto a waiting bus, which reportedly was commandeered for the purpose on an emergency basis.  A howling mob of union members threatened the Republicans, shouted obscenities and pounded on the bus."

Union equates lavish benefits to black civil rights.  Fresh from defeat in Wisconsin, union leaders are planning a new campaign not just to head off future challenges to their collective bargaining powers but also to make the case that organized labor's benefits and prerogatives — wages, health care, and pensions that are more generous than those of comparable workers in the private sector — are the moral equivalent of rights won by black Americans during the civil rights movement.

Thousands of union members storm Annapolis.  As Maryland lawmakers prepare to make decisions in the coming weeks on budget cuts and pension reform, thousands of union members on Monday [3/14/2011] marched on Annapolis to send a message.

Top 10 Ugly Moments in the Wisconsin Union Battle.  [#6] The owner of the Easy Street Cafe in Madison called 911 when a group of union protesters, led by members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199, stormed his restaurant and verbally accosted seven Republican state senators who were sharing a meal after a vote at the capitol.  The group of about 10 people chanted and shouted obscenities at the legislators.  When asked to leave by the owner, they refused and got into a scuffle with the restaurant staff.

March of the Solidarity Cows.  It's a good rule of thumb that anyone who thinks Hitler is the only person who could possibly disagree with them has dug a deep foxhole on the losing side of an argument.  The point of all this is not persuasion, but intimidation.  No thinking taxpayer would be eager to support the continued looting of a bankrupt state, with vast new taxes looming on the horizon, to fund the diamond-studded results of collective bargaining by public unions.  The unions don't want Wisconsin taxpayers to think, and they really don't need their "support."  They require only their submission and silence.

The union bullies in Wisconsin target businesses.  Wisconsin's public employee unions are now hell-bent on punishing selected Badger State taxpayers for the transgressions of electing Scott Walker and sending too many Republicans to the legislature. ... Any pretense these unions had of showing civility, intelligence, or rational thought has evaporated in the sunlight.  We are left with the uninhibited tantrums of a spoiled child, angrily lashing out at his parents who have begun to teach the painful lessons of sharing with the rest of the family.

Union mobocracy drowns out democracy in Wisconsin.  [Scroll down]  Republican legislators were often surrounded and threatened by cursing demonstrators; protesters repeatedly disrupted the legislative process; and chanting, screaming, horn-blowing crowds took over the rotunda and other parts of the capitol.  Outside agitators were shipped into the state by President Obama's Organizing for America, the SEIU and other national unions, and the organization formerly known as ACORN.  As events reached a crescendo, demonstrators broke past security police, breaking windows and forcing doors open in mob actions clearly intended to bring Wisconsin government to a stop and to nullify the results of last November's elections.  Worst of all, many credible death threats were received by Republican legislators and are now being investigated by Wisconsin law enforcement authorities.

Bureaucrats to union thugs: Come out fighting.  No, the ruling was not issued by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  It was the National Labor Relations Board that gave a green light to union thuggery in workplace representative elections.  The ruling was handed down by NLRB Chairwoman Wilma Liebman and board member Gary Becker.  Liebman was originally appointed to the board by President Clinton, then was reappointed twice by President George W. Bush.  Becker is President Obama's recess-appointed former AFL and SEIU lawyer who refuses to recuse himself from multiple cases in which he formerly participated as a union attorney.

Teamster Threatens To Break Cameraman's Neck.  Yesterday was a lovely day in Columbus, Ohio.  The sun was shining, the breeze was crisp, birds were singing, and union thugs were marching around the state capitol, demanding the "right" to squeeze more platinum benefits out of taxpayers. ... You probably already know where this is going, but stick with me until we get to the embedded video.

American Brownshirts.  'Every once in a while, you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary," Rep. Michael Capuano (D., Mass.) told a February 22 union rally in Boston.  Even if union members and their supporters missed Capuano's call to mayhem (or his subsequent tepid apology), many of them are on the same brutal wavelength.  Although Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., Ariz.) still is recovering from a January 8 assassination attempt, the Left's post-Tucson civility campaign has vanished like gunsmoke in a desert breeze.

Uncivil Unions.  As Obama rakes in historic campaign contributions from Wall Street money, liberals claim Republicans are beholden to "the rich."  However that may be, it is far more true, and far less remarked upon, that the Democratic Party is the party of public sector unions.  And now, the nation watches helplessly as public sector unions and their Democratic allies say to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:  Nice state you got there, governor.  Be a shame if something bad happened to it.

Protesting Teacher: Give Us the Billionaires' Addresses!  The Democrats and the unions had a very bad election last November.  Their only hope of stopping the inevitable demise of collective bargaining privileges for public sector employees is by swaying public opinion.  The unions are playing a very weak hand, and the protests are their "ace in the hole."  But what's inexcusable is the attempt of some protestors to villanize and make veiled threats against private American citizens (namely "The Rich").

Union bile runneth over.  The Boiling Over of the Liberal Mind is on full display these days, and it is not a pretty sight.  Union protesters in Wisconsin compared Gov. Scott Walker to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and other tyrants.  A sign showed him in a Nazi salute and screamed, "Heil Walker."  Another said, "Hitler, Stalin, Walker."  Still another showed a swastika next to his name.

Desperate Wisconsin Unions Resort to Alinsky Tactics.  [Scroll down]  Realizing that they could not win using aboveboard tactics, the unions went far beyond peaceful protest, engaging in dishonest, unethical and probably illegal activity.  Doctors were filmed at the protests fraudulently handing out notes to excuse state employees from work so they could protest. ... Efforts are also being made to sabotage the democratic process of the State Assembly.  Republicans took over the Wisconsin State Assembly last fall.  As the majority, they intend to pass Governor Walker's budget.  Yet the unions, with the complicity of the Democrat minority in the Senate, are trying to stop the Assembly from conducting business.  Protesters outside the Assembly are blocking legislators from entering the building to vote.  House Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald adjourned the Assembly early on Friday [2/18/2011] after receiving a call from Governor Walker warning him that he could not assure his safety nor that of his caucus members.

State board sanctions 11 more doctors for sick notes.  The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board on Wednesday [12/12/2012] sanctioned 11 more doctors for writing questionable sick notes to protesters demonstrating at the Capitol in February 2011.  The board reprimanded six doctors, who also took classes in medical record keeping or physical exams as part of their discipline.  The board said the doctors provided the notes without adequate documentation.

Why I Changed My Mind About Unions.  Buffalo is a place where actual union thuggery, violence and vandalism still exists in the 21st century.  In 2010, members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 17, an AFL-CIO affiliate, pleaded guilty to Federal racketeering charges.  According to The Buffalo News, the union members were charged with "death threats and stabbings," "throwing scalding coffee at non-union workers," "telling a construction company official they were going to his home to sexually assault his wife," and "pouring sand into the engines of 18 pieces of [nonunion] construction equipment, causing $330,000 damage."  What employer in his right mind would want to do business here?

The Audacity of Mobs.  Late on Friday the news cycle was abuzz that both President Obama's campaign organization as well as the Democratic National Committee were both utilizing significant resources to bring tens of thousands of out-of-state protesters to march on the capital grounds in Madison, Wisconsin to interfere in what amounts to a state matter.  Some of those protestors were dispatched to the private home of the Wisconsin Governor.  Others to the homes of Republican state legislators.

The Thugs Come Out in Wisconsin.  The last few days have made quite clear that, if you cross the public-employee unions, you run risks:  and not merely political risks (which are nothing).  I hope our national media will be covering Wisconsin, just a little.

'Our Political Process has been Stopped by a Mob'.  If you want to know just how unruly the union protests are at the state capitol in Madison, check out this eye-opening account from a Wisconsin political insider over at a Milwaukee radio station:  ["]Last night one Senator told me they had been told to clear the Capitol because the new groups coming in overnight are filled with with people 'who aren't afraid to be arrested' and the Administration could not guarantee the safety of the legislators and their staffs.  In our Capitol.["]

Union operative attempts to destroy Tea Party rally's speaker system.  Police officers in Madison detained and subsequently released a labor union operative who attempted, somewhat successfully, to destroy the speaker system at the Tea Party counter rally Saturday.  Police would not release the name of the man, or any more details, but eyewitnesses told The Daily Caller he ripped the wiring out of several different speaker systems.  Part of the sound system went out for about five minutes.

Democratic Party chief charged in fight.  The chairman of the Madison County Democratic Party is scheduled to appear in Jackson City Court this morning on a charge of simple assault that stems from an incident after a party meeting last week.  T. Robert Hill received a criminal summons on the charge and went to the Madison County Jail to be fingerprinted and photographed on Thursday afternoon [2/10/2011], said Sheriff David Woolfork.

Progressive Ralliers Call for Lynching of Black Justice.  We were joined by at least half a dozen busloads of public sector union members and common demonstrators from AFFCE, The Ruckus Society, 350, Greenpeace, Code Pink, and the Progressive Democrats of America, among others, without whose valuable contributions to the yelling, the rally would've been just a lousy bust.  Video camera in hand, I purposely engaged them to get beyond their programmed talking points, only to find some rather colorful agenda items — particularly for Justice Thomas.  In post-Tucson America, where for the past few weeks a chorus of voices on the left have amplified their attacks on the "racist tea party," "racist conservatives," "racist Republicans," and their "violent, irresponsible rhetoric" to the degree of accomplice-to-murder accusations, I figured a left-wing rally such as this would also be a demonstration of the left's ideal, self-proclaimed rhetorical composure.

Union Desperation in Michigan.  Kathy Hoekstra at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan has a great report about how unions, who are losing members in droves, are creating labor disputes out of thin air and engaging in new pressure tactics (they are always coming up with new pressure tactics) like "bannering."

Thuggery Prevails among Leftist Unions.  In Washington, D.C., a group calling itself "Wal-Mart Free DC" targeted the developer of a proposed Wal-Mart in that city for a protest.  The location of that protest?  The front lawn of the man's private residence, where 25 people showed up last Thursday night.  How did they know where to go?  The group distributed a flyer with the developer's home address — one which also contained drawings of cross-hairs and a smiley face.  The group claimed it is not affiliated with any particular union, but on the right side of its website home page it displays a link to "Wal-Mart Watch" which is funded by two union groups, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and United Commercial and Food Workers International Union.

Big Labor's Bloody Legacy.  Meet Eddie York.  He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama's teleprompter.  A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago.  Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee.  The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time?  Richard Trumka.  Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993:  "I'm saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you're likely to get burned."

AFL-CIO President Bashes Palin, But He's The One With a Record of Violence.  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, gave a speech in Sarah Palin's home state accusing her of using rhetoric that could lead to violence by her supporters.  Trumka's words were certainly disingenuous, because if anybody has a track record of inciting violence, its Richard Trumka.  He had a reign as President of the United Mine Workers where his inflammatory rhetoric lead to bloodshed and death.

Video:  Union Goons In Action.  This footage was shot at a pro-Democratic Party union rally in California.  If those shirts were brown instead of pink, the video would have a disturbingly retro feel. ... It's funny how the political class is always wringing its hands about the potential for violence at Tea Party rallies, while 100% of the actual violence and intimidation that take place at political events is committed by union goons.

Union Goons Start Pushing and Hitting Videographers.  This is how "nurses" act?  The kind, gentle folks of the California Nurses Association are seen in [a video clip] intimidating, pushing and knocking around some videographers at the union's recent pro-Democrat rally in California.

SEIU strikes against Red Cross.  Blood collections were suspended Wednesday as 60 union workers joined a broader coalition to initiate a strike against the American Red Cross.  Locals workers sit and stood along Veterans Memorial Boulevard.  Some held signs, while one yelled into a megaphone.  Each belonged to Service Employees International Union Local 1199.

Bloody-Minded Union.  Is there any low to which the SEIU won't stoop?  Now it's interrupting blood donations in a strike against the American Red Cross.  The Boy Scouts and Baptist churches are also on unions' enemies list.

What Did President Obama Know And When Did He Know It?  Unfortunately, there are no alleged reporters in all of the Washington press corps who are either smart or curious enough to ask the President what the American people are to believe about the appearance of the Administration coordinating with unions to intimidate private citizens in their homes, terrorize their children, and break federal laws by organizing mobs to occupy and shut down bank buildings.  If the Executive branch of the government were conspiring with any group to break the laws of this nation, would that be grounds for impeachment, if not a few questions on the subject?

SEIU Storms Private Residence.  By now, you've probably seen the mob-scene that developed on the front lawn of the private residence of Greg Baer, deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America.  This was planned for some time by the SEIU as part of a larger national event, their Showdown on K Street, which was shared with National People's Action and thousands of other activists from and other left-wing groups.

What's really behind SEIU's Bank of America protests?  Every journalist loves a peaceful protest — whether it makes news, shakes up a political season, or holds out the possibility of altering history.  Then there are the ones that show up on your curb — literally.  Last Sunday [5/16/2010], on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer.

D.C. Metro Police Escorted SEIU Protesters to Bank Of America Executive's Home.  The family of Greg Baer, Bank of America executive, is located in a jurisdiction protected by the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), which responded promptly to a disturbance call from his neighborhood last weekend.  According to Corporal Dan Friz, an MCPD spokesperson in Rockville, Maryland, the department received a disturbance call from one of Baer's neighbors at 4:10 pm last Sunday [5/16/2010].  Four MCPD units arrived at Baer's Greenville Rd. address at 4:15 pm.  At least two Metropolitan Police Department units from the nearby District of Columbia were already at the scene when they arrived.  Why?

SEIU thugs terrorize banker and his family.  Protesting in front of a Congressman's house is one thing.  He is a public servant and deserves little privacy.  But a banker?  SEIU thugs, bused in from around the region, descended on the private house of Bank of America deputy general counsel Gregory Baer.  More than 500 strong, they terrorized the banker's teen aged son while screaming through bull horns about bank "horror stories."

Hypocrisy in the Liberal Establishment.  [Kenneth] Gladney is African American.  And the SEIU thugs reminded him of his color as they beat him to a pulp, using the N word repeatedly.  Two members of the SEIU are under indictment and 4 others are under investigation.  Why didn't the main stream media bother to tell this story?

Who's To Blame For SEIU Thug Tactics at Bank Exec's Home?  [Scroll down]  Yeah, we have problems all right.  The problem is the actions of the jerks who claim to be with the Tea Party movement were condemned immediately by Republicans, conservatives and the Tea Party organizations themselves.  Meanwhile, the Democratic Party and the Obama Administration are practically behaving as cheerleaders for the SEIU home invasion.

Obama's Thugocracy.  This past Sunday, in one of the most aggressive and offensive intimidation tactics to date, hundreds of members of the largest union — the SEIU — stormed the front yard of Bank of America deputy general counsel Greg Baer's home. ... This is what unions do.  They pressure politicians into spending too much.  They push government into bad policy decisions.  They sacrifice the private sector for the public sector.  And now, they trespass and break the law only to scare the children of private citizens to get their way.  If you think the unions are working alone, think again.

No more police escorts for union thugs.  Imagine you are sitting at home on a peaceful Sunday when you hear buses pull up in front of your house and begin disgorging hundreds of angry people waving signs with threatening messages, shaking their fists and crowding onto your lawn.  Soon, hundreds of screaming people are tromping on your flower beds, peering into your windows, and scaring neighbors who nervously begin placing calls to 911.

A thug too far, part 2.  Nina Easton's account of the SEIU demonstration that terrorized the son of her next-door neighbor — the deputy general counsel of Bank of America — has drawn remarkably little attention.  That's the way that SEIU wanted it; the union only alerted one of its handmaidens at the Huffington Post of the event.  Easton notes that only "a friendly Huffington Post blogger showed up, narrowcasting coverage to the union's leftist base.  The rest of the message these protesters brought was personal — aimed at frightening Baer and his family, not influencing a broader public."

IBD Rips 'Mob Rule from SEIU'; Media Virtually AWOL.  Investors Business Daily called attention to an alarming story that goes back to Sunday, May 16 in a Monday evening editorial.  A protest noticed by the target's next-door neighbor who happened to be home at the time, namely journalist Nina Easton (who also took the photo at right), occurred in a Metro DC suburb in Maryland marked the next round of a national labor union's attempt at persuasion through intimidation.

As D.C. Cops Fine-Tune Their Story...
Where's the Washington Post On the SEIU Protest?  Why is the Washington Post ignoring the SEIU protest at the homes of two bank executives, one being an employee of the Bank of America?  Aside from a brief mention in a larger story on May 17 about SEIU protests, the paper of record in the nation's capital has been strangely silent.

Mob Rule From SEIU.  Does belonging to the service workers' union give you the right to invade private homes, terrorize children and smear anyone questioning such tactics?  Apparently so, based on recent events in Maryland.

Hit job:  What Media Matters and the SEIU got wrong about Fortune's Nina Easton.  Last week, Nina Easton, the Washington editor of Fortune, wrote a column about the SEIU and National People's Action.  The two progressive groups had sent roughly 500 protesters to Easton's Chevy Chase neighborhood on May 16th to picket the front yard of Bank of America's Greg Baer.  Easton had just put her 2-year-old son down for a nap, and stepped outside to ask the protesters to quiet down.  They didn't.  Easton wrote a column.  And now she's become the target of the SEIU and Media Matters for America.

DC Bank Protest:  So, SEIU Now Owns the Cops Too?  [Scroll down]  Let me quickly digress to point out that Bank of America is SEIU's largest creditor.  Under the leadership of Andy Stern, SEIU leveraged itself to the hilt, largely to support Democrat campaign efforts, and now owes the bank around $100 million.  The loan payments are likely playing havoc with the union's finances.  (Rich that SEIU thinks it has a credible voice on financial reform, given that their own behavior is a set-piece for much of what went wrong.)  Coincidence that the bank is the target of a comprehensive and coordinated protest from the union?  (Dear Bank of America, Call the loan.  Today.)

The Rise of the Thug Left.  [Scroll down]  History may be repeating itself where the left is concerned.  But it's doubtful they'll duck anything this time around.  Union thugs have none of the romantic air of campus rebels, and the beards and filthy tee-shirts of the anarchists lost their shock value long ago.  They will get little in the way of protection from a media that's on the verge of collapse.

Meet Another One of Harry Reid's 'Rent-a-Thugs'.  When thousands of peaceful, Tea Party protestors came to Harry Reid's hometown of Searchlight, Nev. last Saturday [3/27/2010], you would have thought that the favorite son of this hardscrabble, mining town would garner tons of local support.  Not so.  Members of IBEW Local 357 were called to action to agitate the crowd and, as we've previously shown, to hurl eggs at the busses carrying them.

Payday For Unions.  If there's any question as to why union toughs turned up at recent health care town halls and got violent, consider what they were gooning for:  a $10 billion bailout for their mismanaged pensions — at our expense.

Victim of Alleged SEIU Town Hall Assault in St. Louis Interviewed on Cavuto.  On Friday's [8/7/2009] Your World program, Fox News Channel's interviewed Kenneth Gladney, the victim of an assault outside a health care town hall meeting in St. Louis on August 6, along with his lawyer David Brown.  A video of the immediate aftermath of the attack (posted earlier on NewsBusters by Seton Motley) showed some of the suspects wearing t-shirts bearing the logo of the SEIU union, which is a member organization of Health Care for America Now!, a left-wing coalition pushing for the passage of ObamaCare.

Eye Witness to St. Louis Scuffle:
'SEIU Representative Punched Him In the Face'.  Last night [8/6/2009], as reports began to emerge of unrest at two big health care town halls in Tampa and St. Louis, a man on Twitter claiming to work with SEIU, claimed a handful of arrests in St. Louis had been Obamacare critics, and they'd been arrested for assaulting SEIU members.  His report was dutifully repeated by liberals looking to paint the violence as caused by critics of the administration.  When I went looking for corroboration of his story, I found something quite different in this report from the Post-Dispatch...

Obama, ACORN, and the SEIU?  They Go Way Back.  The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been acting as the president's thug squad, attacking ObamaCare protesters across the country.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reached out to them when the administration needed "backup" for the town halls...

The Storm Upon Us:  [Scroll down]  The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is run by Andy Stern, a militant Far-Left thug, and Anna Burger, another Far-Left radical.  The SEIU has increased its size and power through arm-twisting intimidation tactics, and other nefarious means.  Two years ago Obama said before an SEIU rally, "I've spent my entire adult life working with SEIU."  That is not good news.  Once you've looked into the corruption, ruthlessness, and Far-Left agenda of the SEIU leadership, you will know that it is not good news at all.

Union thugs aren't helping Obama on health care.  I wonder who's the genius who first thought up the idea of having a bunch of thugs all wearing the same colored shirts show up to intimidate opponents of the government.  Now I remember!  It was that funny little guy with the mustache from Austria.  What's his name again?

Union Thugs Beat Up Man at Anti-Obamacare Meeting.  The St. Louis Tea Party movement is incensed that thugs from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) beat up an African-American conservative that had come out to a recent anti-Obamacare protest.  The attack sent the man to a local hospital.

Obama's Three Stooges.  The Service Employees' International Union made its presence felt in the 2008 election, spending a reported $150 million to elect Obama and Congressional Democrats.  And they're showing up at the town hall meetings in considerable numbers.  We've all seen the video of people wearing SEIU t-shirts pushing and shoving — physically assaulting — protesters outside one town hall meeting.

Obama Rent-A-Thug Program moves into High Gear.  As Obama already had SEIU (Service Employees International Union) in his back pocket, it was easy for him to have his union management friends pay overtime to SEIU rent-a-thugs at several recent Democrat Town Hall meetings.  Interestingly, as appears on one of the videos of the ObamaThugs referenced below, after one of the SEIU purple-shirted thugs beats Ned Gladney the thug pretends he has been injured.  Note:  This is part of the Obama and Alinsky Chicago Way — attack another unmercifully then claim to be the real victim.

"Brown Shirts" vs. Purple Shirts:  Who are the real thugs?  Democrats attack congressional town hall protesters as "Brown Shirts" — likening taxpayer activists across the country to Hitler's storm troopers.  But it's the Big Labor hoodlums clad in identical purple shirts — the uniform of Service Employees International Union members — who own the mob label.

Union Violence, Harassment, and Intimidation of Workers:  Many union officials have ordered or approved of violent, coercive, and harassing conduct aimed at making an example of employees who don't toe the union line.  The National Institute for Labor Relations Research has compiled a list of incidents of union violence that average nearly 300 per year for the last 30 years.

Labor Unions Admit They Are Killing American Jobs.  Industrial unions' origins have in nearly all cases involved violent property destruction and deaths as they strove to supplant capitalism and place business management in the hands of the workers.

I Was a Victim of Union Violence.  They shot me as I opened the door of my pickup truck.  They hit me five times.  ... I didn't have to see them to know they were militants from the local of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union.

Elections, Extortion, and Unions:  The American union movement is not the American labor movement.  In the private sector only 10 percent of the work force is unionized, and that percentage is getting smaller and smaller.  By 2000 private-sector unionization will be down to no more than 7 percent — just where it was in 1900.

Unions and Gangs:  A gang is a bullying group of individuals that draws its strength from numbers for the purpose of pushing other people around.  It operates at the expense of others.  Any such group deserves to be called a gang.  And when it receives legal acceptance and approval, it deserves the title of dictatorship.

Marine:  Union bullying me to pay $500.  A retired U.S. Marine who runs a high school ROTC program in Worcester says he faces the boot for refusing to pay local union dues, leaving the 58-year-old father of two crying foul and school administrators bewildered.

Unions budget up to $15 million for August campaign.  Labor unions and liberal advocacy groups will spend between $10 million and $20 million this month to twist lawmakers' arms over the stalled healthcare reform effort in Congress.  Much of the grassroots activity and television ads will be aimed at persuading centrist Democrats and Republicans to support the creation of a robust government-run health insurance program.

Unions now protesting churches.  Recently, we saw that the SEIU held a 500 person protest at the home of a bank executive, while his 14-year-old son was home alone, afraid and barricaded in the bathroom.  But ... here's another contender for most inappropriate union protest.  It seems Grace Baptist Church in Bakersfield, California added a building and one of the subcontractors on the project was non-union.  This was enough to get unions to stand out in front of the church holding a banner that said, "Shame on Grace Baptist Church".

American Union May Help BA Strikers.  The US transport union the Teamsters has said it does not rule anything "in or out" when it comes to supporting the British Airways strike action. ... Union bosses in Australia have also vowed to support any industrial action by making it hard for strike-breaking volunteer staff to work in airports.

SEIU chief:  We won't be silenced.  Andy Stern, head of the Service Employees International Union, has just released a statement vowing not to be "silenced" by "right wing attack dogs" targeting "progressive individuals" and "community organizations."

Economic sabotage with a union label.  During the mid-90s, for example, United Steelworkers Local 9121 targeted Bayou Steel Corp. In addition to striking, the local union (supported by the national union) advanced its demands through assaults, vandalism, blackmail, and threats against management's family members.  The exasperated Louisiana-based company filed a civil RICO suit against the union, eventually settling out of court.

So America wants Socialism, eh?  In the mid-sixties, Union activists started visiting my Dad's shop, pressuring [harassing] him to hire Union Employees and pay Union Wages.  As Ohio was a "right to work" state at that time [as I recall].  Dad told them that this was his business and that if they wanted to set the rules that they should go start their own business.  This was unacceptable to these organizers.  I remember the resulting vandalism, a slashed tire the following night on the family's only vehicle. ... Calls to the police never resulted in any arrests.  Telephone threats persisted.  Today, forty years later, ACORN has shown that nothing has changed.

Aviation Security:  Are We Looking for Answers in the Wrong Place?  The perpetrators of the violence were not the striking flight attendants but rather other TWA employees, predominantly from the air side of the airport, who supported the striking flight attendants by openly menacing working flight attendants and reputedly sponsoring and participating in acts of violence including assault, fire bombings and even an attempted shooting of a flight attendant through the window of her hotel room while on a layover in Denver.

Images from the Teamsters Attack on Don Adams.  President Clinton came to Philadelphia for a fundraiser October 2, 1998.  Because he was to visit several places in the same general area both his supporters and detractors were spread throughout a several block radius for most of the event.  The assault on Don and Teri Adams occurred just minutes after arriving in front of city hall where they encountered 150 Teamsters.

Making children cry:  How the unions stole Christmas.  Inside a South Florida Wal-Mart last Thursday [12/15/2005], union-sponsored protesters handed out empty, gift-wrapped boxes to children and made them cry, according to multiple witnesses — and it appears that the arrests of two of the protesters may have been part of a grand strategy designed by Big Labor-backed

The Editor says...
If you are a member of a labor union, would you stoop to that level to get publicity for your cause?  I assume most of you would not.  How then can you continue to support organizations that have no moral boundaries?

Union Demands Washington Workers Be Fired.  On November 2, 2005, the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), Washington state's largest public employee union, delivered a list of 800 workers' names to the state Labor Relations Office.  The state then notified those employees they would be fired just after Christmas if they did not acquiesce to the union's demands.  Their crime?  Not paying union dues.

Rival Labor Unions Beating Each Other Up.  The effort to unionize Ohio nurses has ended with one labor union accusing another labor union of waging a "vicious union-busting campaign."

One union fights another -- over politics.
Voter-Fraud Rethink:  Nevada allies of Hillary Clinton have just sued to shut down several caucus sites inside casinos along the Las Vegas Strip, potentially disenfranchising thousands of Hispanic or black shift workers who couldn't otherwise attend the 11:30 a.m. caucus this coming Saturday.  D. Taylor, the president of the Culinary Workers Union that represents many casino workers, notes that legal complaint was filed just two days after his union endorsed Barack Obama.  He says the state teachers union, most of whose leadership backs Mrs. Clinton, realized that the Culinary union would be able to use the casino caucuses to better exercise its clout on behalf of Mr. Obama, and used a law firm with Clinton ties to file the suit.

Unions bitterly divided in Democratic race.  The tight race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama has opened surprisingly deep and bitter divisions in the ranks of organized labor, as rival union leaders fly planeloads of last-minute volunteers into key states, accuse each other of trying to disenfranchise members, and even launch open attacks on rival Democratic candidates.

Teachers Sue to Block Hotel Workers' Union Vote in Nevada Caucus.  Nevada's state teachers union and six Las Vegas area residents filed a lawsuit late Friday that could make it harder for many members of the state's huge hotel workers union to vote in the hotly contested Jan. 19 Democratic caucus in Nevada.  The 13-page lawsuit in federal district court here comes two days after the 60,000-member Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Nevada endorsed Senator Barack Obama, a blow to Mrs. Clinton.

The Voters Beat Shameful Suit by Nevada Teachers.  This year's presidential contest already has sparked massive voter interest in Iowa and New Hampshire, and for those of us who are embarrassed by America's low voter turnout the past few election cycles, it is something wonderful to watch.  So thank goodness a federal judge in Nevada didn't damage this excitement by siding with the state's teachers union, which filed a shocking lawsuit eight days before Saturday's primary [1/19/2008] in a clear effort to dilute the voting strength of working-class people.

Tennessee raids Teamsters amid union rivalry.  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday hauled away files and computer hard drives from the Teamsters, which took over as the police department's representative from the Fraternal Order of Police last year in a bitter department election.  Earlier this month, International Brotherhood of Teamsters organizer Calvin Hullett was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.  Agents said he hid cameras at a youth camp run by the FOP.

Why union assault is 'failed campaign'.  Who is Gomez, I wondered, and what does he have to do with Cintas?  The answer tells us a lot about how far unions will go to distort the truth and destroy a successful company.

Union Ordered to Pay Sutter Health $17.3 million.  The jury found the New York-based Unite Here union had acted with "fraud, malice or oppression" when it mailed defamatory postcards about Sutter Health. … Unite Here sent a mass mailing last year claiming Sutter Health used inadequately cleaned bed linens in its hospitals.  The linens were cleaned by a commercial laundry service, which was embroiled in a labor dispute with the union.

When is a picket line not a picket line?  When AFL-CIO officials cross it.  Even we weren't ready for the union execs' shocking hypocrisy:  the hotel where labor leaders are spending their members' money is currently being picketed by a union in a labor dispute!

Unions play Social Security hardball.  Unions are losing members and clout at the bargaining table, but that doesn't mean they aren't still powerful players on the political scene.  Now, Big Labor is trying to stop Social Security reform, even if it hurts union members.

Accusations fly in Teamster race.  When control of one of the country's largest and most influential labor unions is at stake, nothing is left to chance.  So as 1.4 million North American Teamsters decide this month who will be their next president, the campaign rhetoric between incumbent James P. Hoffa and challenger Tom Leedham has rivaled the most heated political election.

Union Leaders Accused of Profiting From Insider Trading:  "These guys got rich, basically, off the workers they're supposed to be protecting," said Dan Cronin, spokesman for NRTW. "This is exactly what Enron did."

Union Sacks Stadium Sign.  The Madison Square Garden-led campaign to halt construction of the West Side stadium project hit a snag when union workers refused to hang a sign opposing the controversial plan, The New York Post has learned.

Single Mother Files Suit After Union Had Her Fired on Mother's Day:  Union officials illegally ordered United Airlines clerk to join union or else.

Union Boss Says Advocates for Spending Cuts are 'Mentally Retarded'.  In a perfect example of why unions are the biggest problem for government budget reform, John Gage, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), has just pronounced anyone that wants to cut the overly generous pay, benefits, and pensions of government employees are "mentally retarded."  This is the to-the-hilt fight that the unions will go to, not only to keep their cushy remuneration, but to enlarge it still more all on the backs of the working poor taxpayers that don't have luxurious government jobs.

Will Unions Clip Boeing's Wings?  Can a union that workers voted out and a government agency with an anti-business agenda tell America's largest exporter in which state it can create jobs?  Is this revenge for Wisconsin?

This proves that organized labor is a branch of the Democratic Party.
Labor Day parade organizers: No Republicans allowed in parade.  Labor Day parade organizers confirm that no Republicans will be allowed to participate in this year's Labor Day Parade.  Council president Randy Radtke says they choose not to invite elected officials who have "openly attacked worker's rights" or did nothing when state public workers lost most of their right to collectively bargain.

Obama's Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps.  Writing back in 2007, Naomi Wolfe catalogued the steps to creating a dictatorship (which she sought to apply to George W. Bush).  Interestingly enough, they apply far more to the man who replaced him.  Wolfe's steps include:  [#1]  Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.  Isn't that precisely what Occupy Wall Street has done with the banks and businesses?  OWS has ties to Obama's friends in ACORN, as well as to SEIU.  Isn't that what was done with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his attempts to save that state from bankruptcy?

Secretive nationwide network gives SEIU new organizing muscle.  The politically aggressive Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has quietly created a national network of at least eight community-organizing groups, some of which function alongside the Occupy Wall Street movement, a Daily Caller investigation shows.  Incorporated by the SEIU as local non-profits, the groups are waging concerted local political campaigns to publicly attack conservative political figures, banks, energy companies and other corporations.

Snyder Signs Bill Limiting Union Dues Collection.  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a measure Friday [3/16/2012] banning public schools from automatically deducting union dues from the paychecks of teachers and other employees, a move that unions consider another attack on collective bargaining rights.

The Editor says...
Collecting dues from members' paychecks is not bargaining.

"Catholics vote for Democrats because their parents and grandparents were Democrats.  Democrats are seen as being for the poor and workers, and the Republicans favor the rich.  Labor issues and money trump everything else.  The Democrats have been extremely adept in waging class warfare and exciting jealousy of the rich."

Rev. Nicholas DeProspero,
Pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,
Pottstown, PA.

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