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New Year, Same Fight

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LRI’s Phil Wilson was asked to comment on a recent online article about the rise of the minimum wage in New York. Wilson explained the economic reasons that defy the “logic” of Big Labor (and most other Progressives) on the issue of minimum wage:

“The basic thrust of Big Labor’s argument is that every job should at least pay someone enough to get above the poverty line, no matter what that work is valued at by the market. Big Labor’s tactic is to try to embarrass and harass employers into raising wages above market rates, and barring that trying to force them to do so through legislation. Creating media and PR events is one of the things unions are very good at. Economics not so

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Fast Food Industry in the Crosshairs

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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LRI Third Quarter Elections Review Comparisons 2011-2012

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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Known By The Friends (?) You Keep

It is not uncommon for members of the NLRB, particularly those who lean Democrat, to have worked for a union at some point in their career. Such is the case for recent recess-appointee Richard Griffin, Jr. The difference this time happens to be the nature of the union Griffin worked for.

Dating back to 1983, Griffin had served in various positions with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), including as general counsel. Public documents reveal the IUOE is a violent union, with past ties to the mob. More than 60 IUOE members have been arrested, indicted or jailed in the last decade on charges that include labor racketeering, extortion, criminal enterprise, bodily harm and workplace sabotage. Federal prosecutors alleged in February 2003 that two mob crime families took control of two IUOE locals, and stole $3.6

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Teamster’s Watch: Technophobia, Voo Doo Dolls, And A Beer Please?

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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Union Bailout Update

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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Talking Teamsters and Twinkies

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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Why Would You Send a Known Criminal to Organize?

Eric Gundersen has emerged as the spokesman and leader of a new union in New York City – the Amalgamated Carpenters and Joiners. The new union broke away from the District Council of Carpenters last year after Carpenters Local 1456 was dissolved and its key leaders tossed out of the Carpenters under allegations of corruption.

Gunderson was briefly the treasurer of Local 1456 in 2010 but was forced to step down when it came to light that he had an extensive criminal record, including serving time for the brutal beating of an off-duty police officer in 1994. The case was widely publicized, as the defendants were found guilty of knocking all the teeth out of the officer who had asked them to turn

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NY Longshoremen Still Defiant About Diversity

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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