Let the Unions Decide What's Best..........

A new SEC rule will allow an investor or groups owning 3% of a company’s stock for 3 years or more to place its own candidates on the ballot to be a company director. This means……you guessed it…… Union Leaders will be eligible to be one of the directors for the company they have their union’s pension in.

The Wall Street Journal reported former SEC commissioner Paul Atkins stating:

“It’s no coincidence that only unions and cause-driven, minority shareholders want this coveted access. They would use it to advance their own labor, social and environmental agendas instead of the corporation’s goal of maximizing long-term shareholder wealth. The rule will give them pressure points with which to hold companies hostage until their pet issues are addressed. Many corporate managements and boards will acquiesce to avoid a

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INK: August 26, 2010

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EFCA Update Facts Refute CNA Smokescreen Ghost Of Sherman Marching On Atlanta? Scoreboard, SEIU Watch, Only In A Union and more…

EFCA Update

Washington’s pro-Big Labor officials handed the unions their third reprieve from transparency rules since taking over in November 2008. This time the focus was on the Form LM-30, which was intended by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) to require labor organization officers and employees and their spouses and minor children to publicly disclose certain financial interests held, income received, and transactions engaged in to prevent any conflicts of interest.

The proposed changes would accomplish the following:

• Return to the pre-2007 practice whereby

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Tankhaul Companies Beware!

The recent Teamsters win with tankhaul drivers at Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) West in Southern California has apparently sparked a new drive at the Teamsters International headquarters. “Tankhaul is a core Teamster industry, which makes this such an important organizing victory,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters general president. “We will build on this victory and organize more professional tankhaul drivers across the country.”

The Teamsters believe that this victory, coupled with the implementation of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program, will provide huge leverage for the union in its organizing efforts. The program is expected to force a significant number of current drivers off the road, turning a current driver shortage into a crisis.

SEIU to Spell Death of Nursing Home?

Connecticut nursing home Courtland Gardens has lost almost $4 million in each of the last two years, and is close to having to close its doors. A buyer from Michigan is poised to take on the ailing facility, but may be forced to walk away from the deal because the union, SEIU Local 1199, is not willing to accept the needed concessions.

Paul Fortier, vice president of the SEIU local, said even with the heightened stakes of the home potentially closing, the union would not negotiate concessions based on a motive of fear.

The owner of the home had asked the Department of Social Services to be allowed to close the home, but the DSS insisted that a buyer be sought instead. Although Ciena Healthcare Management has stepped to the table willing to

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Only In A Union

Jim Callaghan used to work for the United Federation of Teachers. That is, before he attempted to organize the non-unionized workers at the UFT headquarters. For his stellar commitment to the concepts espoused by Big Labor around the world, he was quickly canned.

This hypocritical act would be comical, if it were not so common!

Ghost Of Sherman Marching On Atlanta?

Georgia has one of the lowest rates of unionization in the country, (only 4.6 percent as in 2009). A coalition of forces has arrayed itself against the prime target of Atlanta in an effort to crack open the state to union influence, and they seem to be pinning their hopes on upcoming efforts to unionize employees at Delta Airlines, and Coca Cola Enterprises.

“We need to make a breakthrough and establish a beachhead of union support right here in the Deep South,” state Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, said at an ATL Solidarity committee event last month.

The ATL Solidarity committee is a coalition of unions, community organizations, politicians and clergy formed to campaign for the union elections at Delta and the Transportation Security Administration.

“Delta and Coca-Cola have tremendous influences throughout our city and region,” said Ben Speight, organizing director for Teamsters Local 728. “I think it will

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Nine Pins Down

The ninth official of the incorrigibly corrupt Carpenters Union in New York has pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, leaving just one defendant left to face the music. Brian Hayes, former Business Agent of the District Council of New York City and Vicinity of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, faces up to 20 years in prison each for the two counts.

The only official left to face the jury in this long-running FBI racketeering case, Joseph Olivieri, is scheduled to begin on Oct. 18.

In a related story, another Carpenters official, Joe Firth, president of Carpenters Union Local 608, has been stripped of his job as president and banned from holding office for 10 years. Firth has been charged with rigging hiring lists in his former post as

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SEIU Watch

As SEIU’s showdown with NUHW at Kaiser Permanente nears, SEIU stewards continue to resign their positions in order to support NUHW. Among the latest defections, two former stewards wrote a stinging open letter to Dave Regan (SEIU Trustee) and Mary Kay Henry, stating some of their reasons for resigning:

Kaiser Hospital

We are appalled at SEIU’s past and continuing use of mass firings and purges and of loyalty oaths as prerequisites for past and future participation in union activities and labor-management committees. We are outraged at SEIU’s passing along to Kasier for termination the names of IBHS workers who, out of conscience, refuse to pay SEIU dues. At the same time SEIU is using millions of dollars of those same

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Facts Refute CNA Smokescreen

In an apparent attempt to deflect attention from their inability to secure a contract after 3 years of negotiations, the CNA accused Sutter Health and their San Francisco hospitals of discrimination.

The union made claims in a press conference that the hospital had placed a quota on hiring Filipino nursing staff. Management countered with an effective rebuttal of the accusations, and charged the CNA with trying to cover up their failure to come to a contract. “We pride ourselves on our diverse hiring policies and our longstanding commitment to promoting equal opportunity employment,” said Dr. Warren Browner, CEO of California Pacific Medical Center. “The  allegations of discrimination made by the California Nurses Association (CNA) are dishonest and without merit.”

“The claims made by the California Nurses Association are ridiculous” said Dr. Browner. “In 2007, 63% of our nurses at St. Luke’s were Asian. Today that number is 66%.

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