Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Oct 2009

  • City of Angels . . . and Demons: President of LA Local cashes in, then taken in.

    Posted on Oct 29, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The former head of the SEIU Local 660, which represented more than 50,000 LA county workers until it folded into Local 721, was terribly creative in his attempt to make a little cash on the side…and take advantage of the members of the union he headed.  A shout out to the National Legal and Policy […]

  • Just the usual: Union fraud in Detroit (even Kwame is involved)

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Detroit’s citizens (and union members) can’t catch a break. Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is even involved in this one too. According to the Detroit News, the general vice president of Local 324 of the International Union of Operating Engineers John M. Hamilton allegedly  received multiple kick backs for investing millions in a Chicago-based investment firm.  […]

  • SEIU stews in Chicago

    Posted on Oct 27, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The SIEU has descended en masse (Do they descend any other way?) on Chicago this week to protest the ABA (American Bankers Association). . . and Wall Street . . .and bailouts..and big banks. You get the idea. While it’s easy to blame a group that sounds guilty, like the American Bankers Association, it’s another […]

  • The roofers are on fire.

    Posted on Oct 26, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The headline in the Chicago Tribune says it all.  In fact I couldn’t think of a better one. “Roofers, landscapers in turf was over Chicago’s rooftop gardens: Roofers union feels pushed out of green roof pastures” Here are the parties involved, according to the NLRB: International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, AFL–CIO and International […]

  • Unions: Poor Authority on Port Authority

    Posted on Oct 23, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The Journal of Commerce had some words for Bloomberg in the wake of his announcement that he will fall in line with Teamsters bid to re-regulate America’s trucking industry. Well, that’s not what the Teamsters are calling it exactly… they are calling their initiative “green” and “environmentally friendly.”  But you get the idea. The Journal of […]

  • SEIU, AFSCME bid to unionize home health care workers in Illinois fails miserably.

    Posted on Oct 21, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Other groups of home health care workers in Illinois have fallen in line, but not those who provide care to the developmentally disabled. Why? Fundamentally, these homecare workers didn’t buy it that the unions could help them. And aside from the drive receiving national press coverage, the entire unionization drive was entirely without class, i.e., […]

  • Martin County, Florida: Union shoots self in the foot, takes 8 years to bleed out.

    Posted on Oct 20, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Martin County, Florida, July 2001: The Public Employees Union representing Martin County clerical and blue collar workers requests and successfully acquires a ruling from the county that allows workers to receive cash payouts instead of taking vacation.   The blue collar county workers request a plan estimated to total $250,000+.  The county administrators push for a […]

  • Empty bargaining tables and California’s public sector unions

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    On Friday, we were treated to news that the federal deficit is officially $1.42 trillion for fiscal year 2009. Couple that with California’s eventful week trying to solve their budget crisis (while dealing with their unions), and come Monday morning, you’ve got a spate of article on the role of unions, public workers, and the public […]