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Archive: Apr 2009 (Page 2)

  • Growing Influence Of Labor Unions Seen With NLRB Appointments

    Posted on Apr 28, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Las Vegas Sun reports on the growing influence of labor with President Obama’s announcement that he will appoint two veteran labor lawyers, Craig Becker and Mark Pearce, to the National Labor Relations Board. If the Senate confirms them both, they will join Obama appointee-and-chairman Wilma Liebman. In case you worried about any potential conflicts of […]

  • Missouri and Florida House Vote To Protect Secret Ballot

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Yesterday, both the Florida and Missouri House of Representatives passed constitututional amendments to uphold secret ballot elections. In Florida, the House passed the proposed constitutional amendment 74-44. A similar measure remains in committee in the Senate. If approved, the constitutional amendment will go on the ballot in 2010. In Missouri, the House approved the constitutional […]

  • Obama Admin Rolls Back Union Transparency

    Posted on Apr 27, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The Washington Times details the Obama Administration’s efforts to reverse union transparency. The Labor Department is rolling back rules on financial disclosure requirements for labor unions and their officials. One of the rescinded regulations is the LM-30 rule, which was the basis of an AFL-CIO lawsuit against the Labor Department last year. Incidentally, one of […]

  • UNITE HERE Takes On SEIU: Vegas Edition

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Las Vegas Sun reports on the SEIU’s attempts to raid Culinary union members (whose parent union is UNITE HERE). The SEIU’s motions to organize hotel and casino workers comes only a month after SEIU President Andy Stern said his union would not. Stern said, “We are certainly not intending to go raid anybody. We don’t […]

  • Key Union Activist Appointed To Dept. of Labor

    Posted on Apr 24, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The Associated Press is reporting that President Obama will appoint Mary Beth Maxwell, a prominent union lobbyist, as senior adviser to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Maxwell served as the executive director for the pro-union group,  American Rights At Work. As the AP framed it: “Mary Beth Maxwell’s appointment is seen as another sign of the […]

  • ND House of Reps Pass Resolution Opposing EFCA

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    The North Dakota House of Representatives passed a resolution yesterday urging the state’s congressional delegation and the U.S. Congress to oppose EFCA. The resolution passed 58-36.

  • UNITE HERE Fights Itself (and SEIU)

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    The clash between factions of UNITE HERE at the national level has spilled over to the local chapters.  The Minnesota Independent details UNITE HERE Local 17’s troubles with its rank and file. UNITE HERE’s divisions started in January when a top UNITE HERE official in Michigan was ousted. The two factions, led by former HERE […]