NILRR Weekly News Clips May 23, 2014



Top federal leaders suggest dismissal of lawsuit against UAW/VW, May 23, 2014

Patrick Semmens, vice president of the National Right to Work Foundation, said in a prepared statement that:

This extremely unusual move by the Obama administration to file a brief at the District Court level shows just how much they are in the pocket for Big Labor. The very union bosses who complained about outside interference after they lost the unionization election are now relying on outside interference from their Washington, D.C., allies to justify UAW bosses’ ability to negotiate a backroom deal for assistance in organizing workers who already rejected them once in a secret ballot election.

Grocery Union Bosses Force Members and Nonmembers Alike to Pay For Mendacious and Cynical TV Ads, May 22, 2014

Back in 2010, Pennsylvanians who are fed up with the inordinate power wielded by Big Labor over their state’s economy and government elected a GOP governor and gave the same party control over both chambers of the General Assembly in Harrisburg. At the time, they hoped newly elected Gov. Tom Corbett and his allies in the state Senate and House would roll back union bosses’ special privileges.

A Man of No Convictions

National Review Online, May 23, 2014

But since Gus Dougherty was released from prison in November 2010, the same union he stole from has given his company, Dougherty Electric, Inc., at least $270,000 “to subsidize contractor to create jobs,” records filed with the Department of Labor show.

Big Labor Shuts Down Vegas?, May 22, 2014

As always, the union claims to have the employees’ best interests in mind, but its past anti-employee shenanigans suggest otherwise. One Culinary steward was found to have committed an unfair labor practice by a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge. The judge found that the Culinary steward attempted to coerce a non-member employee to join the union by threatening loss of seniority and loss of benefits if she didn’t. How’s that for a membership perk?

Economist Morici: Americans Reject Unions’ ‘Left-Wing Rhetoric’

Money, May 22, 2014

“Let’s face it, America has rejected unions. Only 7 to 8 percent of the private sector workers in America are in a union because unions aren’t good for workers,” Morici told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

Veterans Affairs employees union fears veterans will get care elsewhere because of scandal

Washington Examiner Online, May 22, 2014

The union’s preferred solution is the hiring of more VA caregivers. “Until Congress gives the VA the resources to hire enough frontline clinicians to meet demand, our veterans will continue to face long waits,” J. David Cox, Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, wrote Thursday at the Huffington Post. “And to be clear, sending veterans to expensive health care providers outside the VA system on a massive scale will not fix the underlying resource deficiencies plaguing our veterans medical centers.”

Right-To-Work States Dominate Economic Recovery, May, 2014

States that protect workers’ rights to choose whether or not to join a union are dominating the economic recovery currently underway in the United States. Nine of the 12 top growth states are right-to-work. In contrast, the bottom 12 states are all forced-unionization with Michigan as the exception. However, it is important to note that Michigan became a worker freedom state in 2012.

U.S. says auditor was fired for aiding probe of union leader

Los Angeles Times Online, May 21, 2014

The federal government filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing officers who oversee benefit trust funds for Southern California cement workers of illegally firing an employee because she cooperated with a criminal investigation of a local union leader.