ALERT: Hearing to Examine Transparency and Accountability of Union Finances

On Thursday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), will hold a hearing entitled, ”The Future of Union Transparency and Accountability.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) was enacted to ensure union transparency and accountability for rank-and-file union members. Among other requirements, it set forth standards for the reporting and disclosure of financial transactions and administrative practices of labor organizations, labor organization officers and employees, and employers, including the election of union officers. From 2001 to 2008, the Office of Labor-Management Standards expanded transparency and accountability protections, but many of these improvements have now been rescinded by the Obama administration.

Thursday’s hearing will give members the opportunity to

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Union Logic Fails on FAA Reform Act

The AFL-CIO has issued more puffed propaganda on the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act up for a House vote this week. The bill would repeal last year’s NMB ruling that rewrote the rules for union elections in the airline industry.

The AFL-CIO applies its de rigueur wafer thin logic in comparing apples to apricots, pointing out that no current member of Congress would have been elected using the RLA standard. Nevermind that when 25% of eligible voters send Rep. Apricot to Congress the rest of us in his district aren’t forced to pay him hundreds of dollars a year in campaign contributions just to

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YouTube Union Free Video: Union Dues at Work

On Monday in LA, SEIU raised the bar for dumbest waste of dues by sending a “flash mob” of SEIU staff (and staff wanna-bes) to eight different area businesses they labeled “bad actors” including Target, JP Morgan Chase, McDonalds and Chipotle. It appears SEIU intends to somehow shape corporate practice by publicly humiliating its own staff members. ( Perhaps as a team building exercise? ) Just imagine the union outrage if Chipotle or Chase demanded their employees dance around on street corners in plastic garbage bags and zombie makeup in order to keep their jobs!

Be sure to visit the LRI Union Free YouTube Channel to view this and other entertaining and informative videos.

NLRB ALERT: New Standard in Rights to Solicit

The National Labor Relations Board, in a 3-1 decision, found that a Las Vegas casino violated federal labor law by prohibiting off-duty employees of a restaurant contractor from distributing union flyers on casino property. The Culinary Union was not attempting to organize employees of the casino, New York New York, at the time. The flyers were distributed not only to restaurant employees but NYNY patrons at the front door of the casino proper.

Last week’s decision states “[T]he property owner may lawfully exclude such employees only where the owner is able to demonstrate that their activity significantly interferes with his use of the property or where exclusion is justified by another legitimate business reason, including, but not limited to, the need to maintain production and discipline…”

In dissent Brian Hayes wrote of the majority opinion, “..they

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Solidarity vs. Low Low Prices

A Quinnipiac Poll released last week shows 63% of union households in NYC would shop at Walmart if they could. Currently, union members (and everyone else) can’t shop at a Walmart in NYC because their union bosses won’t have it — and they’ve been putting the screws to city officials to keep NYC Walmart free.

Not only do union members not seem to agree with their union bosses about Walmart, but there seems to be a certain lack of solidarity on the Walmart issue between labor lords who stand to get something from new Walmart stores (the Building Trades) and those who make their living demonizing Walmart. (the UFCW and SEIU). Mums the word on both sides when it comes to the concerns of the other

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INK: March 24, 2011

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In this issue:

Union Bailout Update Wisconsin Fallout Us vs. Them: Why Unions Make Workers Unhappy The Battle Over PLAs Heats Up Scoreboard, SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers and more…

Union Bailout Update

It’s been a busy week in Washington for both sides of the fight over workers’ and employers’ rights in remaining union free. In our March 11 issue of INK we mentioned Senator Jim DeMint had introduced a national Right-To-Work bill certain to fail in the Senate. On March 14, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) reintroduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R.972) in the House of Representatives, legislation that would amend the NLRA to guarantee the right to secret ballot union representation elections. On March 21

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Social Media Spotlight: Feds

The NLRB isn’t quite done interfering with your internet use policies. You may remember the complaint issued by the NLRB last month against a Connecticut ambulance service that fired an employee for trashing her employer on her Facebook page. In the new Student Transportation of America case, also out of Connecticut, the NLRB expands that ruling to go after the employer’s rules against using “electronic communication and/or social media in a manner that may target, offend, disparage or harm customers, passengers or employees” and “making demeaning/derogatory statements about the company, fellow employees and customers.” In other words, they expanded past the enforcement of a company policy to finding the existence of such a policy in violation.

The Battle Over PLAs Heats Up

Those interested in seeing an end to Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) should visit and share ABC’s Facebook page The Truth About PLAs for up to the minute status reports on the legislative fight against PLAs. ABC also makes it easier for you to follow and support legislation like the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (S.119/H.R.735) by visiting its Advocacy Center.

For those new to the topic, on Wednesday, Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) introduced a bill designed to reverse President Obama’s Executive Order 13502. That EO, one of four issued during the President’s first month in office in 2009, allows federal executive agencies to require contractors on large-scale government construction projects to enter into a project labor agreement as a condition of

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Union Logic: The Rite Aid Strike

UFCW 880 has pulled its member out on strike from six stores in the Greater Cleveland area over stalled contract talks. The union issued this press release

“Local 880 is asking the public to support the workers in their battle with this corporate giant, to refrain from shopping at Rite Aid, and to take all new prescriptions to union pharmacies at Acme, CVS, Dave’s, or Giant Eagle. Local 880 is also asking customers to pull any existing prescriptions from Rite Aid for one year to show their support for the workers and to send a strong message to Rite Aid.” (Emphasis added.)

And somehow this makes perfect sense to them.

SEIU Watch

It’s also been a busy two weeks for SEIU!

As we reported last week Sodexo has filed RICO charges on SEIU for a pattern of “illegal campaign of extortion” that includes “blackmail, vandalism, trespass, harassment, and lobbying law violations designed to steer business away from Sodexo USA and harm the company” including tossing plastic roaches in Sodexo buffet lines and arranging to have Danny Glover arrested outside Sodexo US headquarters. In a press release, SEIU responded to the suit by casting Sodexo into a pit of worker hating vipers including the Koch brothers, Scott Walker and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The union also accused Sodexo of hiring operatives to “discredit” SEIU. (Easy work if you can get it.)

We also reported on 76% of SEIU members at Pocono Medical Center crossing their own

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