New York City and Chicago’s fast-food industry
have been the recent targets of a three-year planned attack by the SEIU
. They started in New York and then it began shortly thereafter in Chicago. SEIU internal documents from 2009 detail their planned attack, including metro areas with a favorable workforce composition and local political environment as well as 7-10 of the largest fast-food chains
, including Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s and Yum! brands including Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut.Despite the difficulty of organizing a work force with traditionally high turnover rates, one advantage of the churn is the ability to collect “initiation fees” every time a new employee is hired, creating an ever-paying slot machine for the
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A total of 948 representation (RC) elections were resolved for all unions through the Third Quarter of 2012, an increase of 3.9% compared to the same quarter for 2011. Unions won 63.8% of all representation elections through the Third Quarter of 2012, down from 69.3% in 2011. As a result of those elections, unions organized a total of 31,732 workers.
A total of 177 decertification (RD) elections were resolved for all unions through the Third Quarter of 2012, a decrease of 10.6% compared to the same quarter for 2011. Unions own 39.0% of all decertification elections through the Third Quarter of 2012, down from 47.4% in 2011. As a result of those elections, unions lost a total of 5,114 workers.
The Teamsters was the most active union,
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The Teamsters Local 72 are weighing in on the importance of “the human touch” on automated toll collection in New York (no word yet on when their push to bring back horse-drawn carriages begins, after all a horse in a wagon wheel remains their logo). The Teamsters are stressing the value of a human connection at the tollbooths as a top priority for native New Yorkers and the multitude of visiting tourists who come to visit the city. After all, what is more welcoming than a Teamster at a tollbooth, right?
To really appreciate this story you have to read the Teamster pleas to save the toll collectors:
Our toll collectors are the greatest ambassadors of goodwill that the Thruway Authority, and the State
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Democrats foiled another effort by Republicans to lend a hand to struggling US businesses by blocking another attempt to slow down the runaway NLRB. At issue was the recent Specialty Healthcare decision that has opened the door to “micro-unit” organizing. A measure to reverse the ruling was defeated on a 15-15 vote. While introducing the legislation, Senator Lindsey Graham explained his motive for the bill. “The reason I’m involved is because businesspeople from over the country have indicated to me that this ruling is basically creating chaos in the private sector,” Graham said. “The NLRB is becoming the Grim Reaper of job creation.”
The National Retail Federation and its National Council of Chain Restaurants division filed an amicus brief before the NLRB, attempting to defeat micro-units
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Staying with the Teamsters for a moment, Judge Robert Drain of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York has denied a request by Hostess to terminate its collective bargaining agreements with the Teamsters. A Hostess spokesperson said the company had planned to continue to negotiate with the IBT in good faith and it’s been the goal of the company to reach an agreement.
The mood on the Teamsters side seems much less composed and conciliatory. “We told our Hostess members all along that we would vigorously oppose the imposition of unjust working conditions since Hostess first filed for bankruptcy and we have done just that,” IBT’s general secretary and treasurer Ken Hall said in a Tuesday statement. “It’s a rare day when a bankruptcy judge
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According to the New York Times, rooting out discrimination in union hall hiring in New York Harbor is nearly as hard as rooting out corruption. The longshoremen’s union has again defied government order last week, refusing to send a representative to a mandatory hearing and making the stunning announcement that the Waterfront Commission had no authority to demand that all hiring be done without discrimination. Put another way, the ILA is exerting the right to continue to discriminate at its own discretion.
The commission has been pushing for years for a more diverse workforce on the docks; union hiring halls are sending in a workforce that is 80% white and male and not at all reflective of the neighborhoods surrounding the
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