NILRR News Clips May 15, 2015


Big Labor Gave $2 Million to Clinton Foundation, May 15, 2015

U.S. Department of Labor’s union financial disclosure reports reveal that Big Labor gave at least $2,034,500 in union general treasury funds to Clinton Foundations. Union treasuries are funded mostly by compulsory union dues or fees collected from workers who would be fired for refusing to pay. As Mrs. Clinton became closer to her current run for president, donations amounts appear to have increased.

Call the Secret Service

Intercepts, May 14, 2015

I’ll turn the stage over to Ladner, and simply highlight a Heritage Foundation chart he used. He likes it because it shows where the money goes. I like it because it bolsters the sad reality that U.S. public education policy is a labor issue, not an education issue.

Big money from labor union flows into Morris GOP freeholder primary, May 14, 2015

An infusion of organized labor money to support one of the freeholder teams in the Morris County Republican primary has emerged as a contentious issue in the campaign.

Senate Hopes To Stop The Next Big Port Dispute

Daily Caller Online, May 14, 2015

Senate leaders proposed a bill Wednesday to prevent the type of labor disputes that caused an almost yearlong disruption along West Coast ports that cost the economy up to $2.5 billion per day.

What Was Hidden?, May 13, 2015

The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a complaint on May 5 with the U.S. Department of Labor after learning the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois-Indiana, or SEIU Healthcare, failed to comply with federal financial-disclosure requirements.

Moody’s downgrades Chicago debt to ‘junk’ with negative outlook, May 12, 2015

Following that May court decision, Moody’s said it believes that “the city’s options for curbing growth in its own unfunded pension liabilities have narrowed considerably.”

Workers Can’t Sue as Class

Courthouse News, May 13, 2015

Nonunionized child care providers in Michigan cannot form a class with union members to sue the state for deducting union dues from state-funded subsidies, the 6th Circuit ruled Tuesday.

Carrie Schlaud and five others objected on First Amendment grounds. They are represented by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

A federal judge denied class certification, and the 6th Circuit affirmed that ruling in 2013.

But the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the judgment, and ordered the Cincinnati-based appeals court to revisit the issue in light of the high court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn.

Feds Probe Free-Spending Boilermakers Local in Pittsburgh

National Legal and Policy Center Online, May 12, 2015

When it comes to living large, no union is quite the match for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.  And the IBB appears to be setting an example for its local affiliates.  Late last month, KDKA, the CBS television affiliate for the Pittsburgh area, confirmed that the FBI has launched an investigation of the Pittsburgh-based Boilermakers Local 154.  The union, which represents more than 2,000 welders, pipefitters and other construction workers, may have diverted as much as $1 million in member dues for unauthorized expenditures during the three most recent fiscal years.  The probe is based on financial reports submitted to the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.