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  • Teamsters boss Jim Hoffa was the election's big loser

    12/08/2004 11:53:07 AM PST · 21 of 22
    flim-flam to MamaLucci; jmaroneps37
    Bush did issue an executive order enforcing Beck back in 2001. A union sued to block E.O. 13201, but ultimately the Supremes upheld it. In short, the Beck poster should be hung up in the workplace where workers typically look for information about their workplace rights or communication about their jobs. The Beck poster applies to workers who have been classified under the Railway Labor Act or the National Labor Relations Act and whose employer are federal contractors.

    The above link can take one to the DOL's E.O. 13201 guidelines. The Beck poster was displayed where I work for about six months. I think I must have been the only person in the building who noticed it. I believe it was taken down via employer ignorance when the Human Resources office was recently moved. Once the holidays are over, I plan to bring this issue up with my employer.

  • Mail Early: Canada Post workers threaten to strike Dec. 8th!

    11/27/2004 9:28:37 AM PST · 7 of 13
    flim-flam to xp38

    UPS drivers were on strike Monday and Tuesday of this past week. A tentative agreement has been reached, but if this one is rejected, these guys could be back out on strike in January. Don't know how true these rumors are, but if the drivers strike again, the company plans to shut down the Canadian operation. These Canadian postal workers must have been inspired by their UPS brethren.

  • "Beck's Law" Needs To Be Enforced With Unions

    11/23/2004 3:02:54 PM PST · 17 of 18
    flim-flam to jaydubya2
    Beck applies to non-right to work states because of union security clauses in collective bargaining agreements. If one decides to resign one's membership, one pays for activities which are germane to collective bargaining, contract administration and grievance adjustment, i.e. - representational activities. In right to work states, under the National Labor Relations Act, union security is a moot issue and no dues are paid as a condition of employment, if one chooses to be a non-member of the union. I am a Beck objector myself residing in a non-right to work state. For more information check out National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
  • Strike looming at UPS

    11/21/2004 11:28:43 AM PST · 1 of 11
    A heads up to all those who use UPS for Canadian shipments. Just in time for the holiday shopping season. From the Teamsters-Canada website:

    Teamsters Canada announced that 3800 employees of UPS across Canada will be on strike Monday, November 22 at 12:00 a.m., Eastern Time.

    Subsequent to a postal vote ordered by the Teamsters Union, the 3800 employees of the parcel delivery company, United Parcel Service (UPS), have refused the offers made by the employer in the negotiation of a new collective agreement.

    Complementary information will be provided on the Teamsters Canada Website as developments occur.
  • How Socialist Unions Rule the Democratic Party

    07/14/2004 4:35:35 AM PDT · 3 of 5
    flim-flam to kattracks
    Linda Chavez also had a book published in June of this year on this very subject. Information on the book can be found at Stop Union Political Abuse.
  • Police: Man Believed to Be Target of Cruel Prankster Admits Faking Story About Wife's Death

    02/15/2004 11:35:03 AM PST · 8 of 12
    flim-flam to nuconvert
  • Arrest warrant will be served, Husband made up the story, police say

    02/15/2004 9:36:49 AM PST · 25 of 29
    flim-flam to Erasmus
    Off the top of my head, I'm not exactly sure who owns the paper, but their editorial board is conservative.
  • Arrest warrant will be served, Husband made up the story, police say

    02/15/2004 9:06:52 AM PST · 22 of 29
    flim-flam to sweetliberty
    I'm wondering how his wife is handling all this. No doubt, she has her hands full in Iraq, while her wacko husband makes front page news in CT with this bizarre story.
  • Arrest warrant will be served, Husband made up the story, police say

    02/15/2004 7:00:34 AM PST · 7 of 29
    flim-flam to Criminal Number 18F
    I believe you are right, as I couldn't immediately think of a motive, other than insurance fraud.
  • Arrest warrant will be served, Husband made up the story, police say

    02/15/2004 6:17:58 AM PST · 1 of 29
    This is truly sick. My heart goes out to Sgt. Betsy Valentin.

    01/11/2004 6:51:56 AM PST · 11 of 35
    flim-flam to Mr. Bird
    UPS has bills in the Senate (S.1492) and the House (H. R. 2910) on this matter and seek a Congressional debate. (The text of the bills are the same.) The company wants to "partition" the multi-employer pension funds it contributes to. The assets and liabilities of the multi-employer fund would be partitioned in proportion to the amounts each employer contributes to the fund. So in effect, each contributing employer stands on their own and if they go bankrupt, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation takes over their share, while the remaining contributers remain unaffected. For the most part, UPS is tired of subsidizing the floundering and notorious Central States Pension Fund, which consists of many trucking companies that have gone bankrupt over the years, and it has acted in the past as an ATM machine for corrupt Teamster officials.
  • Governor changes story

    12/13/2003 8:12:07 AM PST · 11 of 12
    flim-flam to republicanwizard
    Would you know the governor's salary off hand? I was wondering that myself this morning.
  • Governor faces rising firestorm (Rowland RINO-CT, admits to taking free stuff after lying about it)

    12/13/2003 8:05:50 AM PST · 6 of 49
    flim-flam to Rodney King
    Here's the article from the Waterbury paper. It also includes Rowland's statement on the issue.
  • Governor changes story

    12/13/2003 6:35:51 AM PST · 4 of 12
    flim-flam to Drango
    The CT media is all over this story. Its on the front page of local newspapers and the lead story on the broadcast news. His credibility has taken a huge hit and it will be very difficult for him to govern over the next three years.

    Although he was forthright enough to issue his own statement on the matter, it still is hypocritical, especially after suggesting mayors Giordano (R) and Ganin (D) to step down from their posts after their own corruption scandals broke. Additionally, I believe he will get little sympathy from the CT public. Guess that governor's salary isn't enough to pay for that second home on the lake.

  • Governor changes story

    12/13/2003 5:23:06 AM PST · 1 of 12

    Governor's statement lists free services

    WORK: Governor issues statement listing free cottage work

    Saturday, December 13, 2003

    Gov. John G. Rowland's statement Friday:

    In 1997, my wife and I purchased a small cottage on Bantam Lake in Litchfield. We began repairs and renovations. This work was done by me and my family, by professional contractors and subcontractors, and by friends.

    In the limited, spontaneous remarks I made about the cottage and repairs, I provided information that was incorrect and incomplete. I regret doing this and I am sorry I did it. I apologize to the Capitol press corps, which deserves forthright information. But more importantly, I apologize to the citizens of Connecticut, whose trust and respect I prize above all else. I intend to keep that trust through my continued hard work over the next three years.

    By releasing this statement and the attached documents, it is my intention to set the record straight. The information I am providing is based on my knowledge and information gathered by my attorneys at my direction.

    Attached are documents that reflect improvements made to the cottage, our payments for that work, and bank loans we obtained to help make those payments.

    As reflected in these documents, we paid over $30,000 for improvements to the cottage. On my initiative, I have voluntarily provided all of these documents to the U.S. attorney's office.

    In addition to the payments identified in the documents, I did not pay for certain work and services. Specifically:

    In 1997 workers affiliated with a company owned by the Delahunty family of Southington helped to install a new ceiling in the cottage. P.J. Delahunty paid these workers.

    In 1999 employees of a company owned by members of the Tomasso family performed exterior work at the cottage, including work on the gutters and drainage.

    In 1999 Mr. and Mrs. Larry Alibozek and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ellef paid for the installation of heating improvements and a water heater.

    Peter Ellef provided a stepping stone for the front stoop of the cottage.

    Other personal friends helped perform and/or coordinate work on the cottage. They are: Jo McKenzie, Vinny DeRosa, Ed Mikenas, and Maurice Fabiani.

    In 2001, Christine and Paul Corey gave me a hot tub to use at the cottage as a birthday gift.

    None of the people mentioned above received any benefit from my office or the state in exchange for their assistance. Nor did they ask for any such benefit. I am sure they were trying to help my family and did not expect that their assistance might someday embarrass them or me. I am grateful for their kindness, but am sorry for any appearance of impropriety that was created.

    I am continuing to cooperate with a review of the matter by the U.S. attorney's office. Therefore, I will have no further public comment on these issues.

    Source: Governor's office

  • The Teamster Promise--Union violence gets too little media coverage.

    09/30/2003 9:42:38 AM PDT · 4 of 7
    flim-flam to All
    Additionally, I believe there is still a RICO suit pending against the Teamsters. I haven't seen any new information to date since this report from Union Corruption Update:

    Overnite's RICO Suit Rolls On
    The U.S. Dist. Court for the W. Dist. of Tenn. has given a green light to Overnite Trans. Co. to proceed with a federal racketeering suit naming Int'l Bhd. of Teamsters boss James P. Hoffa and other bosses as defendants. In the suit filed last year by the Richmond, Va.-based company, Hoffa, Nat'l Freight Director Philip E. Young and other members of the IBT Exec. Bd. were named as defendants alleging a host of illegal activities, including attempted murder.

    Overnite, one the nation's largest predominantly non-union carriers has been the target of an IBT job action since Oct. 1999. Less than 5% of the firm's 13,000 employees have followed IBT's call to strike the firm. The job action, which has been marked by violence, has seen judges in 14 states issue retraining orders to curb union activity.

    The 225-page suit, filed in Jan. 2000 under the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, alleges a pattern of racketeering activities that includes over 50 "predicate acts" of attempted murder, destroying and vandalizing company and personal property and beating and threatening non-striking Overnite employees. Under RICO, Overnite can recover treble damages and costs for injuries.

    The dependents argued they should not be held responsible for the criminal activities because Overnite had failed to link them to the specific predicate acts. On Feb., 2001, the court rejected the argument noting that "RICO defendants are typically complex, hierarchical enterprises, where the offenses are perpetrated by 'underlings' at the direction of distant and removed 'bosses'."

    As to Overnite's specific allegations regarding attempted murder, the court found "Firing a gun at a truck driver on the highway may support the conclusion that the person doing the firing acted with an intent to kill. Similarly, dropping a cinder block from an overpass while a truck is passing beneath at highway speed or throwing a brick or rock at a truck's windshield when it is traveling at highway speed may be found to constitute attempted murder ... "

    "We will vigorously litigate the 55 attempted murder claims the court has authorized Overnite to pursue," said Overnite spokesman Ira Rosenfeld. In a section of the suit, the court departed from existing precedent under RICO in holding that the alleged criminal activities, short of attempted murder were not, in the strike context, among the racketeering activities prohibited by RICO. "The company remains confident that this limited portion of the court's ruling will be overturned on appeal," said Rosenfeld. [Overnite Trans. Co., Media Release 3/12/01]

  • Court strikes staggering blow to free speech

    06/26/2003 10:56:16 AM PDT · 59 of 84
    flim-flam to goodnesswins
    What a sick ruling! This decision brazenly violates the U.S. Supreme Court rights established in Abood, Hudson, Beck and Lehnert for starters. This should be appealed ASAP. The assertion that the union has "no fiduciary responsibility" to its members is simply incomprehensible. If an appeal fails, Evergreen should file a suit to eliminate exclusive representation because one's free association rights are lost to the collective. Unions exist via government-granted privileges and do not meet the definition of a free association. If a unions were true voluntary associations, the political agendas would not be an issue to its members. If it is, the member can simply resign and bargain individually.
  • NEA Teacher's union HATES tax cuts (except for them)

    05/31/2003 4:10:05 PM PDT · 44 of 57
    flim-flam to ladylib
    The union is too strong.

    I agree and I've come to the conclusion that compulsory unionism is a lost cause. The so-called "labor peace doctrine" is a hoax. At a minumum, a national right to work law should be passed. Better still, eliminate exclusive representation, which would leave unions as true voluntary associations.

  • NEA Teacher's union HATES tax cuts (except for them)

    05/31/2003 9:48:00 AM PDT · 39 of 57
    flim-flam to Michael.SF.
    I can understand the peer pressure because I'm a Beck objector myself, even though I work in the private sector. In my case, it was one union corruption scandal too many, which forced my conscience to act. Nobody at work bothers me about this and my co-workers actually respect my position. Even my steward is chummy with me. IMO, resignations serve a a useful check on union power grabs. Having said all that however, resigning may not be the best option for everybody, given individual situations. Others may wish to work within the system to effectuate positive changes.
  • NEA Teacher's union HATES tax cuts (except for them)

    05/31/2003 5:27:03 AM PDT · 33 of 57
    flim-flam to Michael.SF.
    Yes, my wife is Union, she has to be to work there. But she is not happy about it.

    Union membership is not a condition of employment in any state.

  • Anti-war 'shields' in Iraq go home

    03/02/2003 4:30:37 AM PST · 90 of 131
    flim-flam to Drammach
    I wonder if that traitor who renounced his U.S. citizenship is among this group. Where does the "citizen of the world" go if he quits Iraq?
  • Man Wraps Entire House In Plastic After Terror Warning

    02/16/2003 7:26:11 AM PST · 37 of 37
    flim-flam to veronica

    House wrapped in plastic attracted national media

    Reader Essay
    Paul West

    I made national news last week. My picture was in the papers, national and local. How, you ask? Did I do something notorious, in the broadest sense of that term? You may decide for yourself.

    I merely covered the greater portion of my house with plastic sheeting.

    Under the threat of terrorist attack, and with a cold northwest wind blowing under the eaves of my small New England farm house, it seemed, as so many consequence-filled actions do, like a good idea.

    All modern houses have what is called a "vapor barrier." This is nothing more than an air-impermeable layer of plastic or fiber installed under construction, under the clapboards or siding, amd it covers the whole house, right up to the windows and doors. It is part of modern building codes and practices. Modern homes also have modern windows, which are, unlike mine, actually designed to keep out cold air. Modern windows have double panes with thermal barriers, inherent weather stripping and non-conductive layers between the exterior and interior. The vapor barrier is "flashed," or vapor and water sealed, and when the windows are closed, air, water, even sound and ultraviolet light can be kept out.

    How well these methods and materials of construction would help in the event of radioactive or chemical fallout is open to debate, but all these things can be measured in terms of degrees of exposure.

    My house was built in the 1800s. From outside in, in cross section, my walls consist of cedar clapboards, 3/4-pine boards, native lumber studs (actual two-by-fours) and a layer of fiberboard and plaster. Remember the old fiberboard? It was made in 4-foot by 8-foot sheets and looked like it was made of pressed horse hair. Perhaps it was. It expands and contracts in reaction to temperature and humidity, unlike modem wallboard. This causes cracks in the plaster, and cold air finds those cracks.

    My windows are vintage, original to the house. Vinyl window contractors drool when they drive by. They call me all the time. They truly want to help. But modern windows are made with clear, distortion-free glass. When you look through my windows, the world appears pleasantly swirled, and this effect changes as you move through the room. It is pleasing to me to preserve this old glass. It reminds me of the window views of my youth, when I was young enough to note such things and actively wonder at them. I wouldn't change them for the world.

    The government tells us we can protect ourselves in the event of a terrorist attack by picking a safe room in the house, an interior room, and sealing ourselves in with duct tape and plastic. We then wait for the threat to pass. Will this work? I don't know. I'm just some guy, not a scientist. But I grasp the concept of minimizing the exposure to the "bad stuff," whatever it may be.

    One Army newsletter describes a more elaborate scheme: You wrap your house in rolled plastic (this eliminates seams,) seal yourself in your safe room, then you set up a tent and crawl inside that. You have scuba tanks in the tent, which you set to slowly release good air. This creates a "positive pressure" inside the tent and room, so any air infIltration is from the inside going out, not the opposite. This, to me, sounds like it could actually work. Again, it's all about minimizing one's exposure. Presumably, the plume of radiation or nerve gas will disperse in time, and you can come back out, perhaps to help clean up the toxic waste. It's not a nice scenario to imagine, but at least you survived the initial attack.

    Knowing all this, I decided to wrap my house with plastic. It was rather simple to do. Aided by my brother-in-law, we started at one comer and went around the house, fastening the plastic sheeting with staples and funing strips. (These are thin sticks of wood which are tacked on last, to keep the wind from getting under the plastic and shredding it.)

    I did not use duct tape. Duct tape doesn't stick when it's 5 degrees out.

    Now that we are done, the house looks a sight, but then again, it looked bad to start with. We scraped the walls of loose paint last summer, exposing the bare wood in many places. We planned to paint in the nice fall weather, when it wasn't hot and humid. Well, the fall never came, rather an early form of winter hit us in late September, with unseasonable cold and snow. Yes, up here on this hill in Northwest Connecticut, the ground was covered with snow in October. So we didn't get a chance to paint.

    The plastic wrap is actually rather pleasant to look at in the nighttime, with a soft glow from the interior lights and odd shadows created by the plants on the window sills. From the inside, of course, our view is spoiled, but the effect is rather like the Japanese rice paper walls that admit light but afford privacy. It's different, but in cabin-fever season, different is good.

    Well, the press got a hold of the story, and the world came to our door and knocked. And called. We were on the front page of the Republican-American, our local paper. A satellite truck got stuck in our driveway and had to be towed out. Howard Stern talked about our house. So too the ladies on "The View." CNN mentioned us, and MSNBC came and did an interview, complete with comments from my 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. She said, with her precocious way, "Well, at first it looks kinda crazy, but it's good for protection."

    But is it? Ah, the big question. I do not know. I do not know that when I tried to do something, attempted some preventive measure, I created a news story. That, to me, is a little scary. What I did made sense to me, what I call "common sense."

    The press people handled me somewhat in the vein of "the crackpot up in the hills," but they were generally kind and efficient. The fire marshal came by and checked our Co2 detectors, which also made good sense. Do not seal yourself in anything without one of these! (Our detectors indicate 0 parts per million Co2.)

    I received calls from strangers, some with advice, many indignant at my work. My wife's family thinks I'm a little crazy. All of this I handled as best I could, knowing as I did that everybody was forming some opinion of my actions. And that is fine, their opinions don't matter much to me. My daughter's does.

    At least people are thinking: about preventive action, consequences, and perhaps, degrees of sanity. All react differently to this threat, this cloud of gloom and doom hanging over our heads, and the other shoe dropping after 9/11. We are living through a very scary time.

    I aim to keep on living.

    Paul West lives in Winchester.

    The above is from the tinfoiler himself, found in today's above mentioned newspaper. The locals I've talked to share the same sentiments as his wife, myself included.

  • NFL Football Postseason Thread: Scores, pics, predictions and oh yeah... trash talking (Vanity)

    01/02/2003 9:30:31 AM PST · 83 of 920
    flim-flam to hobbes1
    Thanks. Best explanation I've seen yet. I can't seem to find an official one anywhere.
  • NFL Football Postseason Thread: Scores, pics, predictions and oh yeah... trash talking (Vanity)

    01/02/2003 9:25:10 AM PST · 77 of 920
    flim-flam to hobbes1
    My guess is that Cleveland had a better divisional record than Miami. The Browns were 3-3 and the Dolphins were 2-4.
  • NFL Football Postseason Thread: Scores, pics, predictions and oh yeah... trash talking (Vanity)

    01/02/2003 9:09:18 AM PST · 62 of 920
    flim-flam to nypokerface
    The one I can't figure out is how the Browns got in over the Dolphins, Patriots and Broncos. Does anyone know which tie-breaker got them in?
  • Telemarketing scam

    11/04/2002 10:52:25 AM PST · 94 of 95
    flim-flam to FreedomPoster

    Why Telemarketing Is Evil

    Telemarketers may be relentless, exasperating, even unethical. But you have to give them this: They’re good. With the help of technology — everything from autodialing software to cheap overseas labor connected by fiber optics — they’ve turned phone solicitation into a $270 billion industry.

    The key to the telephonic onslaught is predictive dialing, a breakthrough of the mid-’90s. These systems churn through huge databases of phone numbers, weeding out busy signals and out-of-service numbers, and routing answered calls to agents. They are mercilessly efficient: Out of an 8-hour day, agents can work the phones a staggering 7.2 hours. One loan company calling deadbeat borrowers boosted “promises to pay” by 129 percent.

    The systems use a “pacing” algorithm to keep a steady flow of calls going, but there can still be a gap of three or more seconds between your “hello” and the telemarketer’s reply. That hiccup is critical — it’s when many people hang up, and it’s led California and Oklahoma to enact “dead line” laws that make it illegal to use predictive dialers that drop too many calls. More states are drafting similar laws, and soon dropped calls may be banned altogether.

    Telemarketers want to cut down on hang-ups, too — they represent lost opportunities. That has driven them toward the latest advance in predictive dialing: IP-based systems. By converting from traditional circuit switches to digital packet switching, a center can increase its hits by as much as 35 percent. Agents don’t wait as long for connections, calls don’t get dropped, and the center halves its long-distance charges.

    Eventually, machines may do all the talking. Avaya Inc. says its predictive dialing system is about 80 percent accurate in detecting a greeting message, bypassing the operator, and leaving a prerecorded sales pitch on the answering machines. Only one thing: Now some states are outlawing that, too.

    How to Fight Back

    Junk mail can be tossed and spam can be filtered, but telemarketing has always had a technological edge. At least until the TeleZapper. The device — AS SEEN ON TV! — promises to erase you from telemarketers’ lists and stop the unsolicited solicitations. And it works, at least until the industry devises a workaround. But why spend $50 for uninterrupted evenings? The fledgling Telemarketing Resistance has banded together online to help you do it for free. Just follow the steps below. — N.M.

    1. Get the Audio
    The TeleZapper fools telemarketers’ autodialing equipment by emitting the ascending three-note special-information tone you hear before, “We’re sorry, the number you have reached has been disconnected.” You can download this tone from the Web. Do a Google search for “sit.wav” to find one of these audiofiles.

    2. Chop It Down
    Open sit.wav in an audio-editing program like Microsoft Sound Recorder. Edit out the second and third notes. (You don’t actually need those, and they’re sure to annoy family and friends.) Save the WAV file.

    3. Press Record
    Play that one note on your computer and record it as the first sound on your answering machine’s outgoing message. Follow with an oh-so-witty greeting.

    4. Enjoy the Silence
    Now sit back and screen those calls. Over time, telemarketers will get the “zapping” tone and take you off their lists.

    - Neil McManus

  • U.S. judge upholds right-to-work law; appeal pushed

    06/07/2002 3:33:13 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    flim-flam to Harrison Bergeron
    The union should only represent those who are truly voluntary members. Those who are not should be free to bargain on their own behalf. As it stands now, collective bargaining in its present form is akin to bargaining with a gun under the table. Its coercion pure and simple. Additionally and presently, unions typically cater to the lowest common denominator, often leaving employees of merit frustrated with the union. Voluntary unionism would put some accountability back into the system.
  • U.S. judge upholds right-to-work law; appeal pushed

    06/07/2002 1:39:06 PM PDT · 5 of 13
    flim-flam to Rodney King
    Unfortunately, this is true under exclusive representation. Under this irrational doctrine, the union must represent every bargaining-unit employee whether that person is a member of the union or not. This is called their "duty of fair representation." Personally, I would like to see exclusivity get thrown out, which would pave the way for one's true freedom of contract rights.
  • U.S. judge upholds right-to-work law; appeal pushed

    06/07/2002 1:21:12 PM PDT · 1 of 13
    Glad to see this law upheld. Whatever appeal will be just another pathetic attempt to overturn the will of the Oklahoma voter.
  • Davis, Ansara Sentenced; Pay $1,345,000 in Restitution

    05/13/2002 10:37:35 AM PDT · 1 of 8
  • Longtime labor leader John P. Morris dies

    04/29/2002 9:40:20 AM PDT · 11 of 22
    flim-flam to Rodney King
    Thanks for the summary. I know the "Teamsters for Clinton" saga took many bizarre legal twists and turns since the beating. Hopefully, this will offer closure for Don Adams.
  • Longtime labor leader John P. Morris dies

    04/29/2002 8:47:22 AM PDT · 1 of 22
  • NEA: Lawbreaker

    04/25/2002 12:49:58 PM PDT · 41 of 47
    flim-flam to Motherhood IS a career
    One's freedom of contract is also lost because of exclusive representation, which is an unconstitutional grant of power to a private group. Here is more food for thought on this subject:
  • NEA: Lawbreaker

    04/25/2002 9:02:50 AM PDT · 15 of 47
    flim-flam to moneyrunner
    Unions are supposed to be free associations. Under the various unconstitutional statutes, they are anything but. If I don't pay my agency fee, I lose my job. I have no desire to voluntarily fund radical union political objectives, which I rarely agree with. Given current realities, disclosure is a necessary evil. On top of this, it is still easy to bury corrupt activity on their disclosure forms mainly due to lax enforcement.
  • The Washington Times - Complaint accuses NEA of misusing funds to aid DNC

    04/23/2002 9:45:24 AM PDT · 26 of 30
    flim-flam to wcdukenfield
    Congress recently held a hearing on the LM-2 Reports. The data on these forms is often vague because everything is listed in general categories, which makes covering up any financial shenanigans relatively easy to do. Additionally, many unions don't file these reports on time and some don't even bother to file. Too bad Mark Levin wasn't invited to testify.
  • TEAMSTERS (IBT) Nash Finally Sentenced, Gets Off Easy

    04/17/2002 8:49:43 AM PDT · 8 of 11
    flim-flam to Elle Bee
    April 12, 2002

    Former U.S. Attorney
    Will Rejoin Law Firm

    By a WALL STREET JOURNAL Staff Reporter

    NEW YORK -- Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White is rejoining her old law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, as it expands its white-collar crime practice amid growing financial scandals.

    Ms. White, 54 years old, will be chairman of the firm's litigation group and oversee 150 lawyers in addition to defending companies and conducting internal investigations for those accused of securities-law violations and corporate crimes. She was a partner at the firm from 1983 to 1990, focusing on white-collar work.

    "Obviously, in the current business climate, that's what I expect to see a lot of: white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, Securities and Exchange Commission matters," Ms. White said.

    As U.S. attorney in Manhattan from 1993 until January, Ms. White was best known for her prosecution of terrorism cases, winning convictions in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. Her office also prosecuted many securities-fraud and other corporate cases

    Updated April 12, 2002 12:13 a.m. EDT

  • Teamsters local faces trial on bias suit

    04/08/2002 8:31:08 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    These thugs are pathetic. Anything goes in their lust for power.
  • Labor Department Sues Ullico Units For Mismanaging Two Pension Funds - [AFL - Global Crossing]

    03/30/2002 6:03:14 AM PST · 3 of 8
    flim-flam to Elle Bee
    Thanks for the ping. I keep checking the DOL's Office of Inspector General for a press release, but nothing yet. Hopefully, more dots will get connected in the near future.

    03/28/2002 9:10:29 AM PST · 1 of 14
    Compulsory unionism and corruption go hand-in-hand.

    03/27/2002 2:24:27 PM PST · 135 of 337
    flim-flam to madison46
    Link for Buckley v. Valeo.
  • A CLASS STRUGGLE: Tenure of Avowed Marxist Controversy jolts College

    03/24/2002 6:59:22 AM PST · 76 of 108
    flim-flam to 4Liberty
    Hopefully, the arbitrator will understand this. Based solely on your posts on this thread, you clearly did not deserve what happened to you. NRTW is a benevolent organization who may be able to write a supporting brief on your behalf. I can vouch for them because they helped me assert my Beck rights. I wish you the best of luck.
  • A CLASS STRUGGLE: Tenure of Avowed Marxist Controversy jolts College

    03/24/2002 6:20:05 AM PST · 65 of 108
    flim-flam to 4Liberty
    You can't be terminated for refusing to join the union. Contact National Right to Work for free legal aid.
  • Defining 'Social Democracy'

    03/23/2002 6:05:25 AM PST · 20 of 32
    flim-flam to Elle Bee
    As I'm sure you know, AFL-CIO's Sweeney is a member. I'll have to study this garbage some more, but I'm getting the impression the "Working Family Agenda" is totally based on socialist ideology.
  • AFL-CIO Cranks Up Money Machine for Leftist Pols

    03/21/2002 8:03:38 AM PST · 7 of 7
    flim-flam to Tumbleweed_Connection
    Sweeney is showcased on DSA's site. Barf alert!
  • AFL-CIO Cranks Up Money Machine for Leftist Pols

    03/20/2002 2:42:51 PM PST · 6 of 7
    flim-flam to Vladiator
    In order for a union member to assert Beck rights, one must resign from the union. On becoming a nonmember, one pays a reduced dues rate for activities relating to collective bargaining. The union is required to provide a breakdown of this reduced fee and the Beck objector has the right to challenge how this fee was calculated. An arbitrator may deem certain challenged expenses non-chargeable — hence the refund. Beck only applies in non-right to work states because union-security clauses can legally be used in collective bargaining agreements.

    The principle enforcer of Beck right now is the National Labor Relations Board. Their track record of enforcing the Beck decision is abysmal. Additionally, the average union member has no idea Beck rights exist. Most who do learn about these rights are afraid to assert them because of all the potential hassles.

  • Shays-Meehan Gives Unions a Free Ride - WSJ. ~ LINDA CHAVEZ

    03/06/2002 9:09:07 AM PST · 6 of 8
    flim-flam to Elle Bee
    Despite this Supreme Court decision, unions have continued to abuse union workers' rights because there has been no federal agency enforcing that prohibition.

    LOL! This is supposed to be the job of the NLRB. The only thing they try to do is to gut Beck.

  • Big Labor's Top Ten Special Privileges

    03/01/2002 11:41:10 AM PST · 14 of 14
    flim-flam to Freedom'sWorthIt
    Agreed! I am a supporter myself. Like Free Republic, your support gets a lot of bang for the buck.
  • Big Labor's Top Ten Special Privileges

    02/28/2002 1:53:09 PM PST · 7 of 14
    flim-flam to gfactor
    The conclusion I have come to is compulsory unionism is a coercive system of social engineering. Furthermore, it serves as a breeding ground for corruption. What's needed is an accountable system which respects free association and freedom of contract. This will benefit both employers and employees. The union will actually have to offer something all interested parties want.
  • Big Labor's Top Ten Special Privileges

    02/28/2002 10:39:17 AM PST · 1 of 14
    Nothing really new to report other than a terrific summary of organized labor's power grabs. It also illustrates why labor law, in regards to unions, is badly in need of an overhaul.
  • AFL-CIO Leaders Vote to Raise Member Dues for Political Funds

    02/27/2002 10:06:12 AM PST · 8 of 9
    flim-flam to spald
    National Legal Aid Group to Spend $1,000,000 to Help Workers Opposing AFL-CIO Politics
    Condemns AFL-CIO decision to force working Americans to fund political power grab
    February 27, 2002

    Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2002) – In response to the AFL-CIO’s decision at its New Orleans meeting this week to hit America’s working families with another mandatory tax to pay for electioneering, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation announced it intends to spend $1,000,000 to assist workers who object to paying for union political activities in 2002.

    “According to polls, most rank-and-file workers object to Big Labor’s electioneering with their forced union dues,” said Stefan Gleason, Vice President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “We intend to spend at least $1,000,000 to do everything possible through the courts and public information efforts to help workers reclaim their hard-earned money.”

    Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Communications Workers v. Beck, a case won by National Right to Work Foundation attorneys in 1988, employees cannot be compelled to formally join a union or pay dues spent for politics or other activities unrelated to collective bargaining. Because of union officials’ routine and systematic non-compliance with the law, a vast majority of unionized employees still do not know they have these rights, polls show. In the past, workers who have sought to exercise these rights have been the victims of harassment and even violence.

    “Backed by the purely voluntary financial support of tens of thousands of Americans, the National Right to Work Foundation does not have Big Labor’s resources. But we cannot allow union operatives to force America’s working people to serve as political ATM machines,” stated Gleason.

    Though significant, the AFL-CIO’s political program is only the tip of the iceberg. The federation’s member unions collect a total of more than $10 billion in forced union dues annually, much of which is spent on politics.

    In 2000, experts estimate that union political operatives spent $800 million, mostly taken from forced union dues, to support their handpicked candidates for public office. This money was used to support candidates and policies with which large numbers of union members disagree. For example, in 2000 more than 90 percent of Big Labor’s support went to Democrats, even though 40 percent of union households voted for George W. Bush. More recently union officials have ignored the majority of their members who support tax cuts and Social Security reform.

    To schedule an interview with a Foundation spokesman contact Dan Cronin at 703-770-3317.