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Union Wrestling Match

The Teamsters have been picketing Chicago’s Navy Pier tourist attraction. A new security contractor has allegedly made plans to replace the Teamster security personnel, who now make $24 an hour, with personnel provided by SEIU Local 1 at a wage rate of $13 per hour. Seems ironic, since SEIU is leading the national Fight for $15 charge.

Teamster Beat

Four years ago the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power invested in power nodes at three busy filming locations around the city in an effort to help production companies save on the costs of electricity. The idea is that rather than “renting expensive, exhaust-spewing diesel generators to run their lights and equipment,” the companies can run their cables into essentially a giant electrical socket. The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development promoted the nodes on its website saying that using the nodes “reduces greenhouse gas emissions, production costs and intrusion in the general public’s right of way. And it’s just one way we’re making a commitment to our signature industry.”

Too bad the nodes aren’t actually being used. Why? Because the Teamsters are worried that if these nodes are successful, IBT members who run the generators will be put out of a job. When asked for a

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Philadelphia Convention Center Officials Grow A Pair

We’ve discussed the disastrous stranglehold that six different unions have on Philadelphia’s convention center. It seems the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority decided to “man-up,” and voted unanimously to implement work rules that would let exhibitors set up their own booths, choose workers and foremen on union jobs, communicate directly with union workers, expand dispute resolution, and submit workers to a standard drug-testing program.

It probably comes as no surprise that the action didn’t go down easily for the unions. Carpenters secretary-treasurer Ed Coryell Sr. howled as he interrupted a meeting, “This won’t be the end of things. We won’t be run out of this building and go away. That’s not going to happen. I will do whatever’s necessary to keep our members in this building.” Despite the rhetoric, the Center authorities stuck by their guns as the other four unions signed on to the new rules.

The Teamsters

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Violent Squabble Goes Afloat

The grain terminal violence in Portland has received abundant coverage over the last couple of years (see our articles: July 25, 2011; Sept 9, 2011; Oct 6, 2011; Jan 19, 2012; July 19, 2012; Sept 6, 2012). Recently, the activity took to the water when on May 7 a flotilla of nine fishing boats blocked the grain ship Mary H from docking in Kalama, WA. The “fishermen,” gallantly waved their picket signs on the water while an additional group of demonstrators posted themselves onshore in front of the grain terminal.

The picketers were protesting lockouts and replacement labor. “We’re not ever going to tolerate a scab boat, and it’s going to escalate” if any vessel serviced by non-union workers tries to dock, said Jake Whiteside, president of Longview-based Local 21 of the ILWU. “I’m paying very close attention.”

Violent Squabble Goes Afloat

Will Obamacare Lead to Massive Nursing Strikes?

Nearly 660 nurses who work at Sonoma County’s Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, and who are represented by the Staff Nurses’ Association, walked off the job three days prior to the presidential election and planned a three-day strike to picket for better wages and levels of staffing. This received a lot of attention in the media.

Simultaneously, approximately 3200 members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, walked off the job in three Bay Area Alta Bates Summit Medical Center facilities. What’s more, it is the sixth time since September 2011 that the CNA/NNU has set up picket lines and gone on strike in front of Bay Area Sutter facilities. The issue is that the two sides have been negotiating for 18 months

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INK ~ October 18, 2012

In this issue:

Alabama Seeks Secret Ballot Amendment Union Goons Have Had Their Heyday – Or Have They? NLRB Ruling Changes Union Stance One Move Left in the Great Twinkie Debate Teamsters Beat, Score Board, SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, and more…
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********** Alabama Seeks Secret Ballot Amendment

We mentioned in our last issue that a pro-union group in Michigan is attempting to

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INK ~ October 4, 2012

In this issue: Union Bailout Update Unions May Lose Power If Prop. 32 Passes In California Lafe Solomon Being Investigated SEIU To Mug Healthcare Employees Into Fitness Social Media Spotlight SEIU Watch, Sticky Fingers, and more… **********

 

Union Bailout Update

It’s been a quiet few weeks on the national scene where government largess to Big Labor is concerned. Maybe the left/union/progressive front is waiting for the furor to die down over the Chicago teachers strike … maybe they’ve been told to lay low for the rest of the presidential

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SEIU Watch

In early September, clerical workers staged a lunchtime picket of the SEIU’s headquarters after Mary Kay Henry, SEIU president, demanded a three-year wage freeze for the office workers – a deal which the workers voted down.

“If SEIU was hurting financially, things would be different,” said Virginia Rodino, Chief Steward for the picketing workers. “But they just got done at our national convention saying how well they’re doing, so to demand a 3-year wage freeze just feels like a slap in the face to staff who are so dedicated to the union and to the movement.”

148 of the SEIU’s clerical staff are members of OPEIU Local 2, which represents professional, technical and clerical workers at SEIU and SEIU’s pension fund. Contract

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