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Category Archive: Teamsters

  • “Top Chef” Staff Reportedly Treated to Teamster Tirades, Threats

    Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Hell hath no fury like a union scorned. Earlier this year, Philadelphia-area Ironworkers Union members (including several officials) were brought up on federal charges for allegedly burning down a Quaker meetinghouse being built with nonunion labor. And now, the stars and staff of television cooking competition “Top Chef” have taken some fairly horrific abuse from […]

  • Luddite Unions Pick Cabbies over Consumers

    Posted on Jun 27, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Back in Industrial Revolution-era England, the Luddites were a group of artisans who engaged in sabotage against factories they felt were taking their jobs. They lost, but don’t tell Big Labor: In cities across the nation, taxicab drivers backed by various national unions are protesting new internet-based car-hire services such as Uber. Consumers tend to […]

  • AFL-CIO Wants to Re-Write Labor History

    Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big Labor, most notably the AFL-CIO, is pushing its political allies to propagandize children in school social studies curriculums. Union membership is suffering among all ages—total union membership has fallen to only 11.3 percent of the total employed workforce—and it seems Big Labor is very worried about losing the young, who are even less unionized […]

  • What One Teamsters Local Forgot to Mention…

    Posted on Oct 17, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Ordinarily, when an organization lists the ways in which it expends members’ dues, it starts by highlighting the good (half of them), transitions to mentioning while mitigating the bad, and concludes by apologizing and explaining the ugly – before then highlighting the other half of the good. Apparently, one Teamsters local didn’t get the memo. […]

  • Teamsters Harass Families in Mourning

    Posted on Jul 22, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    We wrote last Friday about how unions will stop at nothing when it comes to getting what they want, regardless of how their heavy-handed tactics may impact the lives of wholly uninvolved third parties. In that same post, we also noted how the SEIU’s endangering of the public’s safety is perhaps a new low when it […]

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

    Posted on Jul 11, 2013 by LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 […]

  • The Next Great Bailout: Teamsters Pensions?

    Posted on Apr 09, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    The Wall Street Journal reports on what might be the next great federal bailout. The Teamsters Union Central States pension fund has been in trouble for some time—UPS pulled out of the fund in 2009—but now it’s advancing towards a point of no return. It seems the Teamsters Union’s Central States pension fund is going […]