Right To Work

When the United Steelworkers attempted to make a Buckeye Florida Corp. employee pay to be represented in a grievance case, although he was in a right-to-work state and had opted out of paying dues to the union, an administrative judge ruled that the USW violated the NLRA. The USW appealed to the NLRB, which gave the board the opening it needed to request briefs as to whether it should change the rules, to allow unions to charge “fair share” fees for such representation.

Fortunately, the case was settled (in the employee’s favor), and with the impetus no longer existing, the NLRB suspended the request for briefs. One can imagine that the unions are frantically looking now for another case to push this question back onto the board agenda.

Exposé of Union Fat-Cats

fat-catThis is an intriguing article partly because of its source.  Shannon Jones, writing an article for the World Socialist Web Site, pivots on the term “freeloaders,” which is usually used to describe those who take advantage of right-to-work laws to opt out of paying dues to a union, using the term instead to apply to the bureaucrats who run the union, in this case the UAW.

I cannot verify all of the facts quoted, but even if the numbers are off slightly, we know enough about how unions operate via public documents to know they probably are not far from the truth.

Recommended reading, particularly if you have issues with the United Auto Workers.

Whistlin’ Dixie

aft-logo2At the end of this week two teams of Oregon School Employees Association members, an extension of the American Federation of Teachers, will head south in an attempt to convince teachers in Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas that the best way to kick off the school year would be to instigate a union organizing drive. Best for who? Certainly not the kids.

uawContinuing their pattern for attacking southern manufacturers, the Auto Workers now have Hyundai in their sights.  Late last month the union sent members to Hyundai facilities across the country to spew degrading accusations at an organization that has employed thousands of American workers during its 10 years of operation in the U.S.

Hyundai responded to UAW’s classic accusations of low wages and unsafe working conditions with the following statement:

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SEIU Watch

Mendocino County employees have set up a website in an effort to gather enough signatures to approve a decertification vote. Ross Liberty, leader of the drive, said all SEIU has done for them is make things worse.

“Union negotiators have created an adversarial relationship between employees and county officials that is beneficial to neither…I think that’s the nature of unions. They need to keep their members in a constant state of fear and loathing. That’s how they get the employees to part with their dues.”

The situation for home care workers in Minnesota is even more interesting – they didn’t realize they were a part of the union until they saw dues being deducted from their check. Here’s what went down. Employees signed a card that as far as they knew simply meant they supported the decision to hold an election. SEIU, however, had included a note in Continue reading SEIU Watch

Teamster Beat

ibtWhen IBT Local 726 dissolved in 2008, it left behind a 15-year lease agreement with intent to buy after 5 years in the hands of the real estate developer that purchased and developed the property at the union’s request. Local 726 transferred its entire membership, assets and liabilities (minus the lease agreement) to newly chartered IBT Local 700. Local 700 then informed the developer, who was left with an empty building unable to resell or re-let, that since it was different than Local 726, Local 700 was not responsible for the financial commitment made to the developer. They were wrong.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Mitchell “became the first Illinois court to apply the doctrine of ‘corporate successor liability’ to unincorporated labor unions.” Local 700 must pay $1,996,853 to the landlord in damages, plus legal fees and costs under the lease.

Unions Around The World


Kathy Jackson – Source: www.afr.com

Kathy Jackson, former union official for Australia’s Health Services Union, is being sued by HSU for spending over $1.3 million of union funds on personal expenses such as fine dining, artwork, and expensive toys.

Canadians have had a big win with the passage of C-377. The bill follows America’s lead in requiring union financial transparency. Most importantly, it requires unions to report transactions that exceed $5,000 and the names of officials who earn more than $100,000 a year.

On July 9th, members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers employed at the London Underground went on strike over concerns about some new nightly services. The effect was chaos. Wired reported nearly 1,500 “congestion hotspots” and 833 miles of traffic jams. It was gridlock for 8.6

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Sticky Fingers July 2015

Current charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:prisoner

Russell Cameron Hill – NALC: $1,300 Jacqueline Askew – IUPAT: $40,930 Salvatore Mauro – APWU: $8,856 John Jones – UBC: $12,000 Wayne Wedderman Jr. – NEA: $23,000 Timothy Casperson – NALC: $9,650 Rodney Horne – UGSOA: $6,045 Helen Herold-Roden – CWA: $138,658


SEIU Learns Nothing From Harris v. Quinn

For those who missed this article in our July edition of INK Links, here’s the scoop.

Remember when the Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn last year that individual home care providers were not considered full-fledged employees of the state, thus not required to join a union or pay union dues? Apparently SEIU doesn’t.

This hidden camera video captured one alleged SEIU representative misleading a provider into thinking that she was in fact a member of SEIU and owed union dues.

SEIU Leader Admits to Minimum Wage Exemption Scheme

David Rolf

David Rolf

In the same way that Big Labor pimped for Obamacare in order to be seen “fighting for the little guy,” and then asked for exemptions from the law in order to have a union bargaining chip to pressure employers, unions are following the same playbook with “Fight for 15.”

In a 2013 interview, SEIU 775 President David Rolf admits that the union exemption to the $15 minimum wage initiative passed at SeaTac in Washington state was meant to be used as a union attack strategy.

Read the Freedom Foundation article here, or listen to the full interview here.


Labor Relations INK June 2015

In this issue:

Organizing Hotspots Tribal Gaming Claims a Victory Young People More Supportive of Unions SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, Scoreboard, Insight and more…

The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site.

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

The NLRB Should Stop Protecting Racial Hatred

The NLRB has a chance to take a stand against racism and racial hatred. I hope they make the right choice. I don’t think they will. But we will get to that in a minute.

First, a quick update on ambush elections. We now have a little over two months under our belt and the impact of the new rule is starting to emerge. There was a fair amount of concern last month about the big increase in NLRB petitions. It looks like after two months the number of petitions overall is starting to look more like it

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