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Category Archive: Crime & Corruption

  • Teamsters Employee Allegedly Embezzles with a Side of Hypocrisy

    Posted on Feb 02, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    An interesting item crossed the wires: Politico reports that the Teamsters Union’s court-appointed Independent Review Board (IRB) filed a subpoena for some Uber transportation account records. Court records show that the IRB believes that a Teamsters headquarters employee (who makes six figures in total compensation, according to DOL filings) was using the union’s credit card […]

  • Sexual Harassment Scandal Shutters Labor PR Firm

    Posted on Dec 23, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Fitzgibbon Media is a major D.C.-area public relations shop that specializes in working political and advocacy campaigns for national labor unions and other left-wing outfits (many funded by unions as well). Or rather, it was a major D.C.-area public relations shop—it closed its doors abruptly last week. The reason? The company’s president was accused by numerous female […]

  • Not-So-High Times for the UFCW

    Posted on Aug 20, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In California, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has a multi-year ongoing campaign to organize workers in the budding retail marijuana industry. In 2011, UFCW organizers appeared with dispensary owners calling for San Jose to allow more dispensaries to open and be unionized by UFCW. Pot shops also hoped that closer alignment with the […]

  • Nineteen Years for Corrupt Ironworkers Union Boss

    Posted on Jul 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Joseph Dougherty, the business agent and financial secretary of Ironworkers Union Local 401, AFL-CIO, was convicted in January of numerous racketeering and violence-related offenses related to his union’s “goon squads,” which union bosses called the THUGs (apparently with no sense of irony). This week, he learned his fate. Federal Judge Michael Baylson sentenced Dougherty to nineteen […]

  • California’s Worst Franchisor? The SEIU.

    Posted on Jul 14, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is currently directing its political lackeys in the California State Legislature to advance a bill that makes it harder for franchisors to change, revoke, or fail to renew contracts with their franchisees. This political fight has created a bizarre alliance between SEIU, which has spent something on the order […]

  • Racial Slurs by Union Picketers A-OK, NLRB Judge Says

    Posted on Jun 10, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    If a normal person stood outside his or her workplace and shouted racist epithets at coworkers and passersby, that person would be fired. But an Administrative Law Judge with the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that normal rules of civilized conduct don’t apply while on union business, ordering Anthony Runion, a United Steelworkers picketer […]

  • Ironworkers Boss Stands Trial for Mafia-Style Racket

    Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We covered the indictment of the “THUGs” — seriously, that was the name of one of their “goon squads” — of Ironworkers Local Union 401 back in February. Ten people affiliated with the Philadelphia union, including the union’s financial secretary and multiple business agents, were charged with RICO crimes related to a series of actions […]

  • SEIU Organizer Allegedly Beats Up NYPD

    Posted on Dec 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve noted before that unions are desperately trying to shake off their well-deserved reputation as “thugs.” Unfortunately for their rebranding effort, union bosses just can’t seem to get out of the old habit of physical violence, with an SEIU Local 32BJ organizing coordinator charged with numerous offenses relating to him allegedly assaulting New York City […]