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Category Archive: Teamsters (page 3)

  • When Bystanders Become Collateral: NLRB rules in favor of letting unions intimidate neutral businesses

    Posted on Oct 21, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Labor unions are allowed to “pressure” businesses with which they have a direct dispute. But what about companies that are completely neutral? Keith Eastland, a labor lawyer in Grand Rapids, wrote an op-ed explaining an unfortunate decision by the National Labor Relations Board. Employers can expect the new board to grant much broader protections to […]

  • Trumka: This Political Atmosphere Reminds Me of the Kennedy Assassination

    Posted on Oct 19, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Talk about inappropriate comparisons! As reported by the National Journal, Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO and one of the heavy-hitters in the labor movement, came out swinging today and racked up yet another uncomfortable gaffe. Trumka, the nation’s top union official, said that the anti-Obama views aired by conservative commentators like Glenn Beck constitutes […]

  • Obama to AFL-CIO: There’s more than one way to skin a cat

    Posted on Aug 06, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    There have been several times when I’ve discussed the alternate means of implementing some of the key tenets of the Employee Free Choice Act, like HERE and HERE. It’s just nice to have the President blatantly confirm this agenda in his speech to the AFL-CIO.  Basic story? EFCA will be a challenge in the lame […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Teamsters release rats as contracts plagued, refuse to pay the piper

    Posted on Jun 28, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    This falls under the “You can’t make this stuff up” catagory. From the Detroit Free Press: City officials said that as many as a dozen rats were set loose in the [Yonkers] City Council chambers on Tuesday night, when union workers showed up to protest looming layoffs – a showdown that ultimately included expletive-filled taunts […]

  • Time waits for no man, Teamsters wait on no man

    Posted on Jun 24, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    The Teamsters are contemplating a strike at funeral homes in Chicago, and I wish the good people of Chicago well. From the Chicago Sun Times: The Teamsters and a funeral home chain are coming down to the wire in contract negotiations, raising the specter of a strike by funeral directors and drivers at 17 Chicago-area […]