Spirit Airlines Pilot Strike Leaves Thousands Stranded

Early Saturday morning Spirit Airlines pilots walked off the job leaving literally thousands of travelers stranded. The airline has offered a thirty percent increase in pay over the next 5 years, but the pilots have yet to decide on the offer. Apparently the pilots don’t get the fact that these pissed off travelers are the ones who ultimately pay (or more important don’t pay) for the wage increases.

SEIU Wants “Internal” Organizers

We are always amused at job postings for “internal” union organizers. From the announcement itself:

“Responsibilities include identifying, recruiting and mobilizing activists and leaders to support the union’s agenda for addressing large systemic problems that workers encounter in their work place. This is an internal organizing position, not a traditional representational role.”

These jobs are to make sure that the people who are already union members stay that way (plus making sure that they do all the other things good union members are supposed to do, like show up for political rallies and the like…). One thing we’ve always wondered. If you just focused on the “traditional representational role” would you really need internal organizers in the first place?

Your Wages and Benefits are Fair. We're Striking Anyway!

When asked the question as to why their employer objects to the prospect of its employees becoming a member of a labor union, I tell them that it has nothing to do with wages and benefits, because the truth is, the employer can generally maintain control over those costs in a collectively bargained workplace. The real fear can be found in this example of union irresponsibility, both to the employees it “represents” and the employer trying to maintain a competitive workplace.

Teamsters Local 773 has decided that while the wages and benefits offered by the employer in question is decidedly “fair,” it has decided to strike anyway. Effective today!

Union Representative Tim Groller commented: “The company wants the ability to just tell us what we’re going to do and send us where ever they want us to go for a day, a week, a

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YouTube Video: Japan CEO Takes The Bus

Check out this YouTube video covering: Japan CEO Takes The Bus.

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Cottage Industry

Cottage Industry

Stanley makes Tom an offer he can’t refuse.

YouTube Video: UBC Local 22 SF Carpenters Picket Union Hall To Protest Discrimination

Check out this YouTube video covering: UBC Local 22 SF Carpenters Picket Union Hall To Protest Discrimination.

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Teacher’s Union Wages War Against Marine

A retired United States Marine who now teaches a Massachusetts public school ROTC program is under fire from the Teacher’s Union for not giving in to their demands of paying unnecessary “agency fees”. The Union demands Maj. Stephen Godin pay $500 immediately or face termination on June 15th. The former Marine already receives insurance and benefits from the military, and does not have a need for the Union. “It’s really nothing,” Godin said of the amount. “It’s the principal of the matter. I think they’re trying to extort money from me. They do nothing for me.” Godin has filed for arbitration five times, without hearing a word from the Teacher’s Union.

INK: June 10, 2010

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In This Issue:

EFCA Update Blunt Talk About Unions IAM Organizing Drive Goes “Net” Labor Relations Insight, ULP Charge of the Month, and more…

Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

Have Unions Lost Their Political Mojo?

Mini Super Tuesday is now in the books, and unions have got to be feeling a little hung over after the $10 million dollar bender they just finished in Arkansas. So far the strategy to rescue their friends (aka Arlen Specter) and punish their foes (aka Blanche Lincoln) has notched a big goose egg on the scoreboard for 2010.

The Specter debacle wasn’t really that bad. To be honest, unions (and POTUS Obama) only half-heartedly came to Specter’s aid in that primary.

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Union Tries Flash

You’ve probably seen YouTube videos of a “Flash Mob” – a group of people who at first seem to be just part of the crowd at a train station (or other public space), who suddenly gel as if by magic into a well-choreographed song and dance routine, purely for the thrill and entertainment value. Check out this union’s attempt:

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How Obnoxious Can You Get?

The giant rat has seemingly worn out its welcome in New York City. According to an organizer from the Carpenters local, the rat became a turn-off with the general public, not garnering the attention the union had hoped.

What to do instead? The union has launched a new strategy: blowing whistles for 2 solid hours while walking the picket line.

City dwellers are not charmed, but when an attempt was made to call in the disturbance, the caller was told not to hold their breath – the racket would probably subside before they could arrive, and besides, there was an 8-hour window on a noise complaint.

Most would probably welcome back the inflatable rat – at least he was easier to ignore!

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