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Archive: Jul 2010

  • The Raiding Party: SEIU attacks another union for deal with city of LA

    Posted on Jul 28, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    As cities across California and moreover, the entire state face financial obligations they can’t meet, the city of LA was on the cusp of reducing costs when the SEIU stepped in to bully another union. Heaven forbid that the city of LA should be able to reign in employment costs and that another union be […]

  • It’s settled: SEIU and UNITE-HERE comes to terms with reality, each other

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    The SEIU and UNITE-HERE have settled up. Made peace. Cut ties. According to the press release from the SEIU: “The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Workers United and UNITE HERE today announced a settlement agreement on behalf of the unions’ members and elected leadership that will bring to a close the protracted dispute between the […]

  • Andy Stern gets new gig

    Posted on Jul 23, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Almost one month ago to the day, it was announced that Andy Stern had joined the staff of Siga Technologies Inc. He wasn’t done yet. It was announced today that Mr. Stern will be gracing the good people of Georgetown with his…research. ¬†According to the school: The past president of one of the largest unions […]

  • Trucks for Bucks: Hollywood Teamsters consider entertainment industry shutdown

    Posted on Jul 21, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Remember the the Hollywood strike of 2007-2007 by the Writer’s Guild of America. Your favorite show probably had a strangely short season. Plot lines were truncated. Favorite shows on the cusp of being renewed were canceled. ¬†It produced Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Colbert, Stewart, and Conan (remember him) fought. And we learned that some late […]

  • Craig Becker: Nevermind what I said about recusing myself

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Everybody does it. When you work for the government and your personal interests or background (or even future employment opportunities) conflict with your ability to do your job, you have to recuse yourself. End of story. It’s commonly practiced; we could even say it’s ethical. Well, leave it to NLRB board member and union favorite […]

  • Florida candidates looking to end teacher tenure

    Posted on Jul 19, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    A pair of political races in Florida are a microcosm of the battle being waged for the soul of our nation’s public school system. Sensing that he was on the verge of losing the Republican nomination for Senate, Charlie Crist opted to veto SB6 — a bill that would have brought massive reforms to Florida’s […]

  • VP to Trumka on EFCA: You have my….assurances

    Posted on Jul 16, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Sandwiched in the middle of a bit of NAFTA-hating, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took the time remind everyone, anyone, who would listen that EFCA is still around. From the Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Trumka said union leaders did discuss the proposed Employee Free Choice Act with Vice President Biden. The measure is a union-backed bill […]

  • Something stinks in Yonkers as Teamsters take trash into their own hands

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Sometimes I think there is never a more abrupt reminder that sometimes unions….stink….than when the garbage starts piling up in idyllic suburban neighborhoods. The Teamsters know this. From the Wall Street Journal: A deal that would have brought laid-off sanitation workers back on the job was voted down by the Teamsters Union local that represents […]