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Money Hungry Teamsters

Teamsters Union Local 710 may need to have their books audited when it comes to union dues. UPS package sorter Jerry Clair is trying to get to the bottom of what appears to be Teamster’s taking advantage of short term disability entitlements, and the sad thing is it is the second time this has happened. While preparing to undergo shoulder surgery & recovery, Clair signed all necessary paperwork to receive an exemption from his $11 per week union dues, but upon return to work, there was a mysterious $115.25 deduction taken from his paycheck that the union would not take ownership of. After sending an email stating “What’s your problem?” he received a refund of $90.25. “Getting the money back is nice,” he said. “What I’d rather see is a resolution to this thing where someone takes ownership

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NLRB Breaking News

The NLRB just announced a proposed rule requiring businesses to post notices in break rooms to inform employees of their rights to to bargain collectively, distribute union literature or engage in other union activities without reprisal. The NLRB issued a statement saying: “The intended effects of this action are to increase knowledge of the NLRA among employees, to better enable the exercise of rights under the statute, and to promote statutory compliance by employers and unions.” The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, and members of the public can submit comments on the proposal for 60 days, until February 22, 2011.

We’ll keep an eye on this for you, and will have a response ready for you as soon as the ink dries on this one!

Labor unions under fire in South Carolina featuring Phil Wilson

Boeing has announced that their second assembly plant for their new 787 Dreamliner will be built in South Carolina, partly to escape unionization. Governor elect Nikki Haley has vowed to do all she can to keep Big Labor out of her state, and is particularly interested in helping Boeing remain union free.

Will unions follow Boeing to their new home? Given the history of the aerospace industry and Big Labor, LRI President Phil Wilson thinks it is very likely. Read the entire article, including Phil’s comments, here.

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Teamster's Focus On Dues, Not Fair Pay

Teamster Bus Attendants in New York City are making less than minimum wage. Their union-negotiated contract specifies a work week of 40 hours “within a twelve hour spread,” which equates to $4.38 per hour. The attendants are also not paid for all their time worked. Attendants stop getting paid after the last patron exits the bus, and often are not paid for mid-day field trips. Over 100 bus attendants have signed three group grievances to achieve gaining pay for field trips, time-and-a-half for overtime, and to make at least minimum wage.

INK: December 16, 2010

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In this issue:

EFCA Update LRI’s Labor Predictions for 2011 CNA-NNU Marching Stron Only In A Union, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers and more…

EFCA Update The aggressive NLRB continues to forcefully tilt the field in favor of its Big Labor patrons. On Dec. 6th, the board reconsidered the Dana Corp. decision, dismissing a complaint that an employer and the UAW had violated the Act by respectively rendering and accepting unlawful support. Dissenting Board Member Hayes noted that the holding threatens “the establishment of collective-bargaining relationships based on self-interested union-employer agreements that preempt employee choice and input as to their representation and desired terms and conditions of employment.”

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Only In A Union

Union Tries To Micromanage

The Saigon Grill in New York City was recently sold when the prior owners faced criminal charges. The Chinese Staff and Workers Association, a labor-rights group based in Chinatown, attempted to force the new manager to accept new staff of their choosing, but after one day on the job, the manager fired them all.

Manager Frank Chang claims that the waiters the CSWA had sent “were not qualified.” He explained, “They sent seven people, and only one or two were qualified. Customers complained.” When Chang tried to keep those who were acceptable and let the others go, all of the workers complained of unfairness, so he fired them all.

Chang complained that the CSWA “wants to control the business. They want to pick the wait staff. I said one or two. They wanted all of them (hired).”

Social Media Spotlight

We apparently struck a nerve with a recent story about the impact of social media on workplace labor issues. When over 100 INK readers responded to an offer for a Social Media Strategy Call, we also developed a webinar on the topic, and after listening to the questions and hearing the concerns of those on the webinars and calls, we’ve added this new section to INK designed to highlight social media news and issues. Keep an eye out for it!

This month, in an interesting twist on the “Facebook” question, it appears Canada may be more business-friendly in its approach to employee conversations and comments on the mammoth social media venue than the U.S. When two workers at a British Colombia car dealership were fired because of comments they made about their employer and managers on Facebook,

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Death Threats Dismissed by NLRB

Unite Here Local 878 represents employees working for the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa in Alaska. During a recent labor dispute, the union has apparently reverted to “old school” union tactics – including death threats and vandalism.

A police report filed on June 8 noted 3 instances of threats made to incoming hotel manager Denis Artiles and director of operations Eduardo Canas. Lt. Dave Parker, a public information officer with the Anchorage Police Department, paraphrased the reported threats, “Watch your back. You will die, motherf—. We will get rid of you at every cost,” and “I know you just arrived in town. If you think your press release is going to make us back off, you’re wrong, bitch.”

At least four vehicles were vandalized, belonging to the hotel chef, another of the hotel managers, and a transportation contractor working

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