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Archive: May 2009

  • Union Boss on Union Boss Action

    Posted on May 31, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Today, the Las Vegas Sun sat down with UNITE HERE president (formerly “co-president”) John Wilhelm to discuss his tumultuous relationship with the SEIU, the future of the labor movement, and the future of his own union. Wilhelm didn’t pull many punches when discussing his relationship with Service Employees president Andy Stern. Wilhelm on Stern’s brand […]

  • UNITE HERE’s Bruce Raynor Resigns

    Posted on May 29, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The UNITE HERE intra-conflict between the two sides and its leaders – John Wilhelm of the “HERE” faction and Bruce Raynor of the “UNITE” faction – spiraled into a full-on raging civil war in the past year. It reached a critical point last night when Bruce Raynor, leader of the dissident group, officially resigned as […]

  • AFL-CIO Used “Creative Accounting” To Hide Financial Woes

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Bloomberg is reporting that the the AFL-CIO – the largest union in America – utilized “creative accounting” to hide its deteriorating finances last year. According to Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the AFL-CIO “obscured its financial difficulties heading into last year’s presidential election campaign.” The union’s net assets […]

  • Unions Resort To Intimidation Against CVS

    Posted on May 28, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The Houston Chronicle reported on Change To Win’s protest efforts against pharmacy retailer CVS, providing a revealing look at how unions operate intimidation and misinformation campaigns. Change to Win, a labor conglomerate which includes unions like the SEIU and UFCW, has targeted CVS for “questionable business practices.” But in reality, the campaign is a union-coordinated […]

  • “Blinding” Arbitration

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    We’ve discussed how labor may be shifting its focus towards binding arbitration amidst talk about compromise on EFCA. The Wall Street Journal ran an editorial focusing on the problems with binding arbitration, or as the paper called it, “federal wage setting.” The Journal discussed how binding arbitration would upend the incentives for unions to bargain […]

  • Showdown at UNITE HERE HQ

    Posted on May 26, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The civil war at UNITE HERE escalated Friday when John Wilhelm- the leader of the “HERE” faction of the union – and his supporters rushed the union’s Manhattan headquarters. The executive offices were being controlled by the Bruce Raynor-led faction, which house the offices of  Raynor and the “UNITE”  portion of the union. A judge […]

  • Unions Trying To Intimidate Wall Street

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    The Politico is reporting that unions are intimidating Wall Street by leveraging the billions in dollars in pension funds that financial firms manage for workers and retirees. In a questionnaire making the rounds on Wall Street, unions are asking pointed and specific questions about fund managers’ history and associations. Although it’s not explicit in the […]

  • Unions Hurt Stock Prices

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    The Investor’s Business Daily featured an editorial about how unions hurt a company’s stock price. According to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, a unionized public company lost, on average, $40,500 per each worker eligible to vote to organize. Researchers also found that a doubling of unionization in the U.S. would lead […]