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Although I do not own a company any more, and never did have more than four employees, I never had a good interaction with a union. I appreciate this site because it's good to know that business owners can get help in dealing with unions. I believe that in spite of some good results from union efforts in our nation's history, the bottom lien score for unions overall are about a minus-5 on a scale of minus 10 to plus 10. If I had a large company here in Florida, I'd be watching out for unions very much, because our Governor is on the make for a presidential bid, and he's a RINO. Even though our state is RTW, that can change. It is good to have a resource like the Labor Relations Institute for companies that need help, especially when our so-called President has never seen a law he won't break for his own advantage.
R. Canary

Informative on current events, trends and pending actions of unions, congress, NLRB, Administration and business community (Chamber, etc.). Helpful for small business owners and management who don't have the time for a daily "watch" of the critical players in this milieu.
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Content is consistently relevant and addresses key issues influencing labor relations and union avoidance.
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Teamsters $150K Club

As it does every year, the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) has issued its “$150,000 Club” Report.  The TDU study of Teamsters finances showed —

  • 123 Teamsters officials made over $150,000 in salary in 2010; 35 made over $200,000. The total paid to that group went up $259,636 over the previous year.
  • 129 Teamsters officials got paid a multiple salaries by the International Union, most of them appointees of James Hoffa.
  • For the first time since he took office, James Hoffa did not get a salary increase. This is because his salary goes up by a percentage equal to the rate of inflation, and inflation did not rise.
  • Hoffa did take a $6,000 hike in his total compensation: Hoffa is paid a very lucrative “housing allowance” on top of his salary.

The report also gives examples of egregious behavior on the local level including the story of John Coli who added his teenage sons John Jr. and Joseph to the Local 727 payroll.   Their combined total compensation last year: $586,690. In 2010, Coli Senior was the fourth-highest paid Teamsters official.

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