Teamsters in New York apparently staged another work slow down during a snow storm, once again coinciding with stalled contract negotiations. Town Supervisor John Coyne was forced to declare a state of emergency to force the employees to get to work clearing roads.
In Chicago, an attorney contemplated suing the Teamsters when he was forced to pay $1200 to use “approved” contractors to move his office into a new location, rather than the moving contractor he had secured for $500. The building lease contained a clause forcing tenants to submit any requests to use contractors to the building management, effectively creating a “secondary boycott.” In essence, the building is colluding with the union to keep non-union labor (ie. less expensive) out of the building.
In another display of Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa’s complete ignorance of economics, he has promised to “hold accountable” those congressmen who approved three recent free-trade agreements. Hoffa’s position stands at odds with Obama, who finally got behind the trade deals with South Korea, Columbia, and Panama.