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Archive: Jan 2008

  • Seattle Teachers Union Has Something to Hide

    Posted on Jan 31, 2008 by Jon Berry

    Mike Reitz over at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has written up a worrying little story on EFF’s blog, Liberty Live. The Seattle Education Association has gone to court to prevent the release of public records, in this case union-related e-mails sent using the Seattle school district’s network. The judge has sealed the e-mails, unfortunately, because […]

  • Charming

    Posted on Jan 30, 2008 by Jon Berry

    In its rush to collect money from people not yet unionized, Working America, the AFL-CIO’s “community affiliate,” employs some shady characters. As a report from The Independent in Ohio indicates, the group appears to flagrantly disregard laws designed to protect public safety. Wayne C. Christopher, 48, was arrested in Canal Fulton in eastern Ohio for […]

  • Clintonites Allege Union Dirty Tricks

    Posted on Jan 24, 2008 by J. Justin Wilson

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is crying foul over alleged voter intimidation in Nevada, after two workers reported that the Culinary Workers Union — one of the most powerful unions in the state and a division of UNITE-HERE — intimidated them to vote for Obama.

    …Under the Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act, secret-ballot elections to decide whether a plant is unionized would be replaced with a public “card check” system, under which both employers and union organizers would know how each worker voted.

  • Union intimidation is alive at the UAW

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Several dealers testified this morning that they had been intimidated by pro-union employees before a union vote at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Others said they were either told directly or overheard union supporters telling dealers prior to the election that their jobs were in jeopardy if they voted against unionization.

  • Laying down on the job

    Posted on Jan 22, 2008 by J. Justin Wilson

    Doing nothing for a living is not as easy as it looks. That was the militant message from Italy yesterday where artists’ nude models climbed back into their clothes and went on strike for better pay and conditions.

  • Justice Returns to the Waterfront

    Posted on Jan 15, 2008 by Jon Berry

    Federal prosecutors have re-filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations suit against the International Longshoremen’s Association, after the judge asked the government to make its original suit, filed in 2005, more clear. As the Bureau of National Affairs reports (subscription required): [T]he wide-ranging government lawsuit alleged that the union, several of its top officials, and […]

  • Exposing UFCW Hijinks in Arizona

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    In case you missed it: Over the weekend, the Center for Union Facts landed an opinion piece in The Arizona Republic, the Grand Canyon State’s largest newspaper. As with our last foray into Arizona opinion journalism, this article concerns the United Food and Commercial Workers union’s questionable attempts to unionize Bashas’ supermarkets: Bashas’ has accused […]

  • Employee Disenfranchisement Act

    Posted on Jan 11, 2008 by J. Justin Wilson

    For union organizing elections, the legislation would replace the secret ballot with a system of “card checks,” where union organizers pressure workers to publicly sign a card stating they want to join a union. Workers would never have the option of voting against union membership, and millions of workers could be forced into a union without ever getting the chance to vote on the matter.