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  • Union Corruption Roundup: Academy Awards Edition

    Posted on Feb 26, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    On the Waterfront: Terminal operator sues longshoremen’s union for racketeering The Newark Star-Ledger reports that American Stevedoring, a former operator of shipping terminals in Newark and Brooklyn, has alleged that officials of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) are involved in organized crime. The company sued the ILA and its leadership for $160 million for what American Stevedoring says […]

  • Obama’s Latest Payback To Labor May Come In Cash

    Posted on Feb 19, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor payback can come in many forms. First, President Obama tried to pass the inappropriately named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) that would eliminate basic rights of union members at the behest of union officials. More recently, the D.C. Circuit made it clear that Obama’s recess appointments were unconstitutional. His appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), even back in 2010, […]

  • Obama Risked Executive Power To Give Labor Its Payback

    Posted on Jan 29, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In President Obama’s recently extended quest to duly reward organized labor for helping him take the White House, he took a serious risk. When he couldn’t deliver “card check” with EFCA, Obama opted to illegally appoint three new members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The risk that Obama took was not only that his picks would be thrown out, but that the President’s recess appointment power would […]

  • Surrounded By Scandal? Perhaps You Should Run Our Union

    Posted on Jan 25, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Although former speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives Christopher Donovan came up short in his run for Congress, the Hartford Courant reports that he’s being encouraged to campaign to be the next head of the state’s AFL-CIO. Donovan has a great prerequisite: he’s already involved in a serious scandal. A few months before the Democratic primary, seven people were indicted by a federal […]

  • The Wheels Come Off NYC Union’s Bus

    Posted on Jan 15, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    New York City’s yellow school bus drivers are taking the concept of wanting what they can’t have to a whole new level. The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181 has authorized a strike that it says will begin on Wednesday morning. The ATU is demanding that the city include special employee protections in the competitive bidding that […]

  • Labor’s Hatred of Democracy In Action

    Posted on Jan 11, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    As members of Congress, state legislatures, and the President of the United States are sworn into office, we’re reminded of our American democratic ideals. Unfortunately, many union members don’t get the chance to celebrate democracy thanks to a unionization procedure known as “card check.” Take Karen Cox and her coworkers at Americold Logistics, who are only the latest […]

  • News Roundup: Labor Laughs Off Civility

    Posted on Jan 09, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Illinois Labor Crowd Finds Decapitation Hilarious Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was a big hit at the Illinois Labor History Society. As the keynote speaker at the Society’s “Salute to Labor’s Historic Heroes from the History Makers of Today” event, Lewis recalled the labor days of yore by saying, “[W]e are in a moment where the wealth disparity in this […]

  • Affidavit Reveals Major Flaw in NLRB Investigator’s Excusing of Solomon

    Posted on Jan 08, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Acting General Counsel, Lafe Solomon, has been under the gun from members of Congress and others for his alleged ethical shortcomings. Now, new information has emerged that questions the decision that let Solomon off his most serious — and potentially criminal— alleged conduct. Cause of Action, a nonpartisan watchdog group, has called for an investigation into the NLRB’s Office of […]