All Mobbed Up

It will apparently take more than hauling its top officials off to jail and placing the New York City District Council of Carpenters under supervision to disentangle the union from the mob. According to a 71-page report, supported by hundreds of pages of exhibits, includes evidence and allegations that the union still operates in much the same fashion, union officials are still under the control or influence of organized crime.

David M. Walsh, the court-appointed reviewer, stated, “My office has deep historical knowledge and is developing current information about actual and attempted influence of organized crime over the affairs of the district council and the funds. We have developed sufficient information to reasonably suspect that there are certain district council employees who have been and are currently under the influence of La Cosa Nostra figures.” Walsh also noted “that efforts

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Union Bailout Update

Wow – it seems that as soon as the EFCA was put to rest, every government friend of Big Labor, from the halls of Congress to the backrooms of bureaucratic agencies, has opened their toolbox to find every possible way to continue to work on behalf of their benefactors. Fortunately, friends of American Enterprise seem to have stepped up their engagement in the tug-of-war.

Our story below (Public Union Debacle…explains the effort of many state and municipal leaders to reign in costs by reforming public pensions (many of them union) and nullifying collective bargaining agreements. At the federal level, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a House Resolution aimed at preventing the federal government from bailing out failed public employee pension funds.

Many states are ratcheting up the assault on both public and private unions, including

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King Admits UAW On The Ropes

United Auto Worker’s President Bob King told more than 1,000 members and retirees of the UAW that the union’s very survival is at stake in its efforts to organize foreign auto workers. King spoke for over an hour, including this apocalyptic comment: “If we don’t organize these transnationals, I don’t think there’s a long term future for the UAW — I really don’t.” To date, none of the foreign manufacturers has agreed to Kings “set of principles,” and King has said they will pick their next organizing target within 90 days. He threatened that the UAW had already assembled a list of the 50 largest dealers of one of the targeted companies, in preparation for protests.

King also admitted the union relied heavily on political favor to be successful, even in earlier decades, telling

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NLRB Says "No" To Secret-Ballot Union Elections

The NLRB has ruled that states requiring secret-ballot elections for employees seeking union representation is unconstitutional and the board will sue to invalidate the laws. During the 2010 Mid-Term elections voters in Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah elected to require secret-ballot elections in unionization campaigns to defend against any form of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) law imposed by NLRB rulemaking. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is giving the states two weeks to respond before lawsuits are filed in federal court to block the laws. The amendments have taken effect in South Dakota and Utah, and are expected to become effective soon in Arizona and South Carolina. A backer of the Utah law is confident that the NLRB lawsuit won’t prevail. “We paid lawyers to research if this would be pre-empted, and it will

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YouTube Video: Union Organizer Video Newsletter on Social Networking

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Union Boss Gets Big Payday

Randi Weingarten, the former head of the New York City teachers’, received $194,188 for unused vacation and sick days accrued while working for the United Federation of Teachers, before taking her new position as President of the American Federation of Teachers. This boosted her total compensation to $600,000 for 2010. Weingarten’s pay “adds up to five times the annual salary of the average teacher, and it’s all money that comes from forced union dues from teachers,” union said Sarah Longwell of the Center for Union Facts.

Sodexo Gains Ground On SEIU

The SEIU recently settled charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed against them by Sodexo that will allow Morehouse College dining hall employees access to their jobs. Several Sodexo employees who chose not to participate in union activity complained that the union tried to prevent them from coming to work at the campus dining venues operated by Sodexo. In addition to the open access for the employees, the SEIU has to post a notice that states it will not “restrain or coerce” employees “in the exercise of the rights guaranteed” under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, including the right to “choose not to engage” in union activities.

YouTube Video: UFCW Exposed: Thanks UFCW Bosses

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INK: January 07, 2011

inkquill22 Labor Relations INK

In this issue:

Union Bailout Update Storm Center Over Wisconsin Unions, Crime, and the Mob Labor Relations Insight, Social Media Spotlight, Sticky Fingers and more…

Labor Relations Insight by Phillip Wilson

EFCA, we hardly knew ye.

With this issue of INK we finally officially lay the Employee Free Choice Act to rest. While the writing’s been on the wall for a while unions continued to threaten action on the bill during the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress. With the swearing in of the 112th Congress this week, I think even the strongest EFCA supporters must now admit it is officially dead.

If you’ve been reading INK recently you know that EFCA

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EFCA, we hardly knew ye

EFCA, we hardly knew ye.

With this issue of INK we finally officially lay the Employee Free Choice Act to rest. While the writing’s been on the wall for a while unions continued to threaten action on the bill during the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress. With the swearing in of the 112th Congress this week, I think even the strongest EFCA supporters must now admit it is officially dead.

If you’ve been reading INK recently you know that EFCA hasn’t really been the issue for a while. The action has been – and will continue to be – at the agency level. For example, three days before Christmas the NLRB put a big lump of coal in nearly every private employer’s stocking.

On December 22nd the NLRB filed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will require every employer covered by

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