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Archive: Jul 2013 (Page 2)

  • AFL-CIO Orders New Rubber Stamps for NLRB

    Posted on Jul 18, 2013 by Team

    Avoiding the nuclear option might have been a success for Senate rules; however, the president’s new nominees are rubber stamps for labor and don’t change much for the rights of employees. President Obama replaced his previous “recess” nominees to the National Labor Relations Board as Republicans and Democrats debated over Senator Reid’s nuclear option to end debate on the tentatively unconstitutional […]

  • Big Labor Outsourcing for Membership

    Posted on Jul 15, 2013 by Team

    The AFL-CIO is considering opening unions to non-union members in an effort to bolster the ranks of union ground troops with members they would otherwise have no hope of organizing. The 12 million-member union federation will vote to include non-union members at their yearly convention in September. Non-union members would primarily serve as grassroots organizers taking part in protests and […]

  • The Nuclear Option is Bad…Good…Okay Sometimes…

    Posted on Jul 12, 2013 by Team

    NLRB nominations are only a problem when Republicans nominate them. Pro-labor, anti-labor, it doesn’t matter; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid only plays partisan politics. For the first time in American history, Senator Reid is seriously considering invoking the “nuclear option.” The nuclear option removes the power to filibuster and moves the required votes for a […]

  • United Food and Commercial Workers to Return to AFL-CIO

    Posted on Jul 11, 2013 by Team

    Big labor sees the writing on the wall as some members of the “Change to Win” alliance and AFL-CIO look to rejoin forces as union membership dwindles. The 1.3 million members of the United Food and Commercial Workers will vote on returning to the AFL-CIO following negotiations. Between 2001 and 2005, The United Brotherhood of […]

  • Teamsters Goodfellas Indicted for Links to Organized Crime

    Posted on Jul 10, 2013 by Team

    The Teamsters in Long Island were caught in a scene reminiscent of the gangster classic “Goodfellas” when the president of Local 917 was accused of participating in a $10 million crime ring.  Nicholas Bernhard, President of Local 917, was arrested along with nine members of the Bonanno crime family for reputedly engaging in drug trafficking, extortion, loan sharking, and […]

  • SEIU Local 503 Internal Problems Continue

    Posted on Jul 09, 2013 by Team

    SEIU Local 503, Oregon’s largest public sector union, has been found to have committed “regular, sustained and ongoing” violations of Oregon non-profit regulations by a state judge. Local 503 was sued by its former president, Joe DiNicola, for allegedly conducting illegal elections and failing to disclose information regarding the union’s membership. According to the Statesman […]

  • Corruption Update

    Posted on Jul 05, 2013 by Team

    Cora Carper, secretary for the 21,000-member International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, was caught with her hand in the cookie jar. Carper was sentenced to more than three years in prison for embezzling over $500,000 in union funds. As head of its political action committee, she cashed over 300 checks for […]