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Labor Around the World

One of the world’s largest ever industrial actions occurred earlier this month in India. Tens of millions of public sector workers, from state bank employees to power station workers to school faculty, protested against government policies.

Relationships continue to remain dicey in France over recent labor law changes that give employers more control over scheduling and layoffs. Last week, approximately 13,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Paris. While most participants were peaceful, sporadic violence broke out amongst some small groups and police officers.

uniforIn Australia, one union is trying to exempt itself from a national anti-bullying policy because they say their union “is not a constitutionally covered business.” The case involves claims against a senior union official who accused of “bullying and harassing” a coworker. The ruling on this could potentially “exclude

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Only The Names Have Changed…

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Rome Aloise

…since the Teamsters union was forced in 1988 to submit to oversight by the Independent Review Board, a Federal agency, for being in bed with the mob. The Justice Department agreed last year to phase out this oversight, but in the meanwhile, corruption continues to operate unabated in several quarters of the IBT. The IRB recently charged Rome Aloise, arguably the most powerful Teamster in Northern California, with a whole host of offenses, including racketeering and influence-peddling. The Teamsters General Executive Board must now respond to the IRB charges.

In Michigan, where right-to-work recently passed, employees who decide to exercise their right not to join the union are finding out just how rooted in old-school intimidation tactics unions still are. Their names are posted on public lists

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SEIU’s Felony Fiasco

Rob Murray - Photo: William Miller

Rob Murray – Photo: William Miller

Robert Murray, a top 32BJ SEIU organizer earning a six-figure salary, has been charged with two felony counts and three misdemeanors, including resisting arrest, inciting to riot, and obstruction of governmental administration, for his participation in the December 13 assault of two NYPD police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge.

A week after the incident, Murray turned himself into the police. The union has reportedly put Murray on unpaid leave until the matter is settled. Elaine Kim, a spokesperson for the 32BJ SEIU, said “The union did not organize any official contingent to participate in the protests.”

While that may be true, it is also true that the

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SEIU Has Dirty Hands in Ferguson

fergusonThe eruption of violence following the Michael Brown decision in Missouri and the Eric Garner decision in New York were blamed by the media on “outside agitators,” people who descended on the scene to generate unrest, and publicity. But just who were these hoodlums?

According to Bill O’Reilly, the SEIU was front and center in the escapade.

Knowing that the connections would be made sooner or later, SEIU is attempting to jump on the bandwagon calling for “racial justice” in relation to the two incidents. Not surprisingly, many of the “Black Lives Matter” protestors have also been actively protesting for the Fight for $15 movement, another protest project spearheaded by SEIU behind the scenes.

Perhaps SEIU should be responsible to pay the bills for all of the property destroyed in the SEIU-fomented unrest and violence.

 

The Tao of Unionism

taoJoseph Burhoe, former Teamster member, and John Perry, former head of local Teamster chapter, were convicted last month for charges of racketeering, conspiracy, conspiracy to extort business, and extortion.

The two, along with two other defendants, were accused of threatening fellow members to ensure Perry was elected as chapter head, intimidating business owners to earn union jobs, and threatening to “shut down” any “event that hired nonunion workers.” Victims included nonprofit organizations.

Another fine example of the Tao of Unionism.

Big Labor’s Inherent Aggression

It pays to remember that violence is a mainstay of Big Labor tactics. According to The United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania, on February 18, 2014

“An indictment was unsealed…and arrests made, in a case charging ten members of Ironworkers Local 401 with allegedly participating in a conspiracy to commit criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault, in order to force construction contractors to hire union ironworkers.

The group, who one member referred to as “THUG” – The Helpful Union Guys,” were employed by the Local to “protest construction sites that used non-union labor.” From allegedly assaulting non-union members with a baseball bat to setting a crane on fire, these men are independently facing anywhere from 15 years to a statutory maximum of 130 years in prison.

In Baltimore, the International Longshoremen’s Association punishment isn’t as harsh as jail time, but that’s because

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Penchant For Violence

crowder_attackedBig Labor’s history of using threats, violence, and property damage as a means to increasing their numbers is no secret; it is, however, something that most like to believe is a thing of the past. The Operating Engineers Local 17 is on trial to prove the contrary.

The decade between 1997 and 2007 is being hailed by federal prosecutors as the “Local 17 Criminal Enterprise” – headed by organizers Carl A. Larson and James L. Minter III, and local president Mark N. Kirsch. Larson, along with four other members of Local 17, have already pled guilty. The following is transcribed from Larson’s own account of one of his most memorable incidents.

On February 5, 2003, the contractor’s owner asked Larson, “What are the positives

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ULP Charge of the Month

ULPWe’ve reported on the huge confrontation at the Oregon port over the last year or so, including our account in this issue of the NLRB getting a hand-slap for inappropriate involvement. Last month, this employee of United Grain Corporation filed this ULP, accusing ILWU Local 4 members of threatening “we know where you live” and “we are going to kill you.” Interestingly, the employee reports that these threats have extended to vendors and service providers of United Grain up to 100 miles away from the port! You can click on the image to download a PDF of the ULP charge.

 

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.”

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98 Arrested In Vegas Protest

Source: Christopher Devargas / Las Vegas Sun

Source: Christopher Devargas / Las Vegas Sun

The Culinary Workers Local 226 led an estimated crowd of 1,500 people to shut down rush hour traffic on the Las Vegas strip for more than an hour on Wednesday, March 20.

The union held two 1-day pickets, but this marked the first time protesters have displayed civil disobedience outside a unionized casino in over two decades. Police hauled 98 protesters away in a police bus in an attempt to quell the protest.