NILRR Weekly News Clips August 1, 2013


NILRR News Clips

Holden postal worker files complaint after dues still taken from paycheck despite quitting union

Bangor Daily News Online, August 2, 2013

She said she could not discuss details of the charge because of the ongoing investigation. Staff attorneys from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation provided Johnson with free legal assistance and helped him file the paperwork, a press release states.

Senate GOP got taken to cleaners on NLRB deal

Washington Examiner Online, July 28, 2013

In some ways, the general counsel is even more powerful than the board members, notes Patrick Semmens, spokesman for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which is often involved in NLRB cases.

SFO security workers vote to stay unionized, but opponents cry foul

San Francisco Examiner Online, July 29, 2013

On the day of the election, Burke sent an incident report to Covenant, the National Labor Relations Board and attorney Glenn Taubman of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation — an anti-union organization based in Virginia. In the report, Burke accused an SEIU shop steward of entering the break room with doughnuts and cupcakes, which he interpreted as a “food bribe.” He accused another union representative of tearing down the “Vote Yes” fliers he had posted all over Terminal 2. He also accused SEIU members of grabbing security employees’ ID badges and demanding to know how they voted.

More Bankruptcies, Please

The Weekly Standard Online, August 5, 2013

Although Detroit’s bankruptcy is only a few days old, it already has become clear that it could bring answers to two very important questions: whether municipal bankruptcy law is a plausible alternative to either bailouts or decades of fiscal malaise for large cities that are sagging under unsustainable debt, and whether it is time for Congress to enact a bankruptcy law for states too. So far, the answer to both questions looks like yes.

Chicago Labor Union Picketing Funerals, Harassing Mourners

National Review Online, August 1, 2913

The company testified in its filing that union members blocked grieving family members from leaving its parking lot, used bullhorns to shout obscenities at workers and mourners, and unleashed a German Shepard on a dead woman’s daughter and husband.

ACLU fights its own workers’ union, complains of ‘extortion’ tactics

Washington Examiner Online, August 1, 2013

Romero told the Village Voice in a July 25 interview that the workers’ union, United Auto Workers Local 2110, was engaging in a “subtle form of extortion” by criticizing the ACLU to the press.

Wisconsin’s Walker targets collective bargaining — again

Maddow blog Online, August 1, 2013

Two-and-a-half years after mostly sparing police officers and firefighters, Gov. Scott Walker said this week he is open to the idea of limiting their ability to collectively bargain.

Such a move would undercut the few unions where he has found support. The unions for Milwaukee officers and firefighters, for example, were among those that endorsed Walker in 2010 and in the 2012 attempt to recall him from office.

EDITORIAL: The right to flight

Washington Times Online, August 1, 2013

Union members in Wisconsin are voting with their feet, abandoning the organizations that promised to best represent their interests. Scott Walker, the brave Republican governor, took on the public-employee unions in a noisy high-stakes struggle, with sit-ins and noisy rallies in an attempt to recall him, and won.

NLRB wants ‘poster rule’ revived

Washington Times Online, July 31, 2013

National Labor Relations Board lawyers are trying to revive a rule that forced businesses to post signs explaining workers’ rights to form a union. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the NLRB’s rule in May, saying it violated management’s First Amendment rights.


Teamster whistleblowers claim union submitted forged signatures to federal agency

Washington Examiner Online, July 30, 2013

Two insiders at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have signed affidavits claiming their union was involved in fraud by submitting forged signatures to a federal agency in an attempt to raid members from another union.

What You Should Know About Job Killing ‘Worker Centers’, July 30, 2013

How would you feel if someone you never met from a “worker center” went to your boss and said he represents you? What if this person took outrageous positions that might get you fired, or might make your employer move out of state, or out of the country?

AFL-CIO wants Federal Government to Bail Out Detroit, July 29, 2013

The United States is $16.7 trillion in debt and the total state debt of Michigan is $124.5 billion, yet Richard Trumka and the members of the AFL-CIO executive board want Michigan and Federal taxpayers to bail out Detroit. According to The Hill:

President Obama’s Taxpayer Funded UAW Event, July 29, 2013

But it doesn’t look like the UAW’s normal campaign of propaganda seems to be succeeding; therefore, it’s time to call in the big dog himself and hope their investment of $148,967 into the reelection of President Obama does the trick.