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  • Trapped by the Teamsters: Why it can take 7,000 signatures to decertify a union with nine members.

    12/08/2019 3:58:16 PM PST · by karpov · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 8, 2019 | Mark Mix
    School-bus drivers Billie McClinsey and Brad Mayer didn’t like being represented by the Teamsters and wanted to put the matter to a vote. That should have been straightforward. Federal law provides that if union opponents collect signatures from 30% of their co-workers, they can ask the National Labor Relations Board to schedule a vote. But the process is frequently made convoluted and oppressive. As a result, Messrs. McClinsey and Mayer are trapped—likely indefinitely—in the union they oppose. The NLRB is soliciting comments on proposals to lift barriers that limit workers’ right to remove a union. Messrs. McClinsey and Mayer work...
  • Vanity: Biden Mafia Connection

    11/08/2019 12:17:54 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 6 replies
    Vanity
    It was revealed in 2004 that in the week prior to Election Day in the 1972 United States Senate election in Delaware, an unidentified representative of the Biden campaign (described as the campaign's legal counsel) approached Teamsters Local 326 President - and Mafia hitman - Frank Sheeran about preventing the distribution of the Wilmington News Journal because Sen. Boggs was running an advertisement unflattering to Biden. In exchange for undisclosed considerations and because Sheeran felt "Biden was better for labor anyway," the Teamsters Union organized a strike preventing the newspapers from being delivered. Additionally a shipment of newspaper printing materials...
  • Illinois state Sen. Tom Cullerton indicted

    08/03/2019 10:01:17 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Chicago Business.com ^ | 8/2/2019 | A.D. QUIG
    A federal grand jury indicted Illinois State Sen. Thomas Cullerton this morning on embezzlement charges related to a job with Teamsters Local Union 734. Prosecutors allege he received $275,000 in salary, bonuses, health and pension benefits for “little or no work” as a union organizer. The Villa Park senator, 49, worked for the union before assuming office in November 2012. In a statement, Cullerton’s attorney denied any wrongdoing and suggested Cullerton was the victim of Teamsters boss John Coli. Coli is cooperating with federal investigators as part of a plea deal in an extortion case related to Cinespace Studios on...
  • Democrat Illinois State Senator Indicted on Federal Embezzlement Charges

    08/03/2019 8:16:58 AM PDT · by mplc51 · 17 replies
    llinois Democrat State Senator Tom Cullerton on Friday was indicted on federal embezzlement charges for allegedly defrauding a union. The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced the charges on Friday. Cullerton, a Democrat, was accused of taking approximately $275,000 in salary and benefits from the Teamsters Union, but doing no work for the union. The state senator took the union job before he was elected in 2012 and continued to collect money for three years without doing any work, according to the 39-count indictment.
  • Politically connected ex-Teamsters boss pleads guilty to extorting film studio, to cooperate

    08/01/2019 12:33:15 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-30-19 | JASON MEISNER
    Longtime Chicago union boss John Coli Sr. doesn’t necessarily seem like the type to cooperate with authorities. A politically connected and nationally known fixture in the Teamsters, Coli once told a lawyer in sworn testimony to “go f--- yourself.” He dodged controversy for years — from suspicious appointments to state boards to allegations of organized crime ties — often accusing his accusers of using overzealous investigative tactics. And in 2016, Coli was caught on an undercover FBI recording urging the firing of an executive at a West Side film studio who was purportedly balking at paying him extortion money. “You...
  • Biden tears into Trump at Pittsburgh campaign kickoff

    04/29/2019 5:07:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | April 29, 2019 | MARC CAPUTO
    PITTSBURGH — In his first official event as a 2020 presidential candidate, Joe Biden skipped past the primary on Monday and went right to the general election. From the atmospherics of his first campaign rally to the substance of his speech, the former vice president delivered a carefully calibrated message: While his rivals are chasing the Democratic nomination, Biden plans to pursue a mission focused on Donald Trump. “If I’m going to be able to beat Donald Trump in 2020, it’s going to happen here,” Biden told a packed crowd at the Teamsters Local 249 banquet hall. Biden offered an...
  • Canada ‘disappointed’ with court ruling blocking Keystone XL (Canada wants pipeline)

    11/09/2018 12:36:11 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/18 | Timothy Cama
    Canada’s government is joining President Trump in criticizing a Montana judge’s ruling that blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. “We are committed to supporting our energy sector and the hard-working Canadians it employs. Our government has always supported the Keystone XL project, and we are disappointed by this decision,” Vanessa Adams, spokeswoman for Canadian Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, said in a statement. “It is important for good, middle-class jobs in Canada and for a successful energy export market. The project has received all necessary approvals in Canada,” she said. Adams said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government “is taking...
  • Jimmy Hoffa investigation: Frank Sheeran and the blood evidence we found in the case

    07/31/2018 10:24:29 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 30, 2018 | Eric Shawn
    It all began, and ended, on this day 43 years ago. It was a hot July afternoon, nearly 92 degrees, when Teamsters president and labor icon Jimmy Hoffa is said to have opened the rear door of a 1975 maroon Mercury in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and climbed in. But I believe, based on my 2004 investigation, that Frank Sheeran did it. "Suspects Outside of Michigan: Francis Joseph "Frank" Sheeran, age 43, president local 326, Wilmington, Delaware. Resides in Philadelphia and is known associate of Russel Bufalino, La Cosa Nostra Chief,...
  • More Winning at SCOTUS!

    06/27/2018 7:04:17 AM PDT · by luv2ski · 174 replies
    SCOTUS ^ | June 27, 2018 | SCOTUS
    JUSTICE ALITO delivered the opinion of the Court. Under Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsi­ dize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bar­ gaining and related activities. We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmem­ bers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern. We upheld a similar law in Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed., 431 U. S. 209 (1977), and we recognize the importance of following precedent unless there are strong reasons for...
  • ‘Damn this president!’ Maxine Waters fails to serve Teamsters red meat in unleashed tirade

    05/08/2018 9:46:20 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 54 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 8, 2018 | BPR staff writer
    Sadly it’s becoming clear that Democrats believe their own ridiculous lies. While Speaking to the Teamsters Union Local 630 in Los Angeles this weekend, Maxine Waters had another public meltdown as she laughably claimed that “It has not been Republicans, it is always Democrats. We’ve been there for you. We’re gonna stay there for you. And damn this president!” Waters went on rambling tirade as she tried to convince the group that the Democrat Party is on the side of working class Americans, as she simultaneously admitted many middle-class Americans have felt abandoned by their representatives in D.C. “We’re in...
  • Teamsters Tell UPS: No Drones or Driverless Trucks

    01/24/2018 5:32:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 24, 2018 | Paul Ziobro
    The Teamsters union wants to prohibit United Parcel Service Inc. from using drones or driverless vehicles to deliver packages. That was one of the labor union’s initial demands as it kicked off high-stakes contract talks with UPS this week. The Teamsters also want the parcel giant to eliminate late-night deliveries and add another 10,000 workers to the ranks, among other things. The two sides are starting to negotiate one of the largest collective bargaining agreements in the U.S., which covers around 260,000 UPS employees and expires in July. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ National Negotiating Committee this week submitted to...
  • Puerto Rico Teamsters Union, “Frente Amplio”, Refuse to Deliver Supplies

    10/01/2017 8:07:04 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 48 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | September 30, 2017 | Sundance
    The reason for truck drivers not showing up? The Puerto Rican Teamsters Union, Frente Amplio, is refusing to move the product. Report: Puerto Rico Teamsters Union, “Frente Amplio”, Refuse to Deliver Supplies – Use Hurricane Maria as Contract Leverage… Puerto Rican born and raised, Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria relief efforts, has the following comment: …They have the generators, water, food, medicine, and fuel on the ground, yet the supplies are not moving across the island as...
  • Report: Puerto Rico Teamsters Union, “Frente Amplio”, Refuse to Deliver Supplies –..

    09/30/2017 3:09:00 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 9/30/17 | sundance
    ... Use Hurricane Maria as Contract Leverage… Puerto Rican born and raised, Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria relief efforts, has the following comment: …They have the generators, water, food, medicine, and fuel on the ground, yet the supplies are not moving across the island as quickly as they’re needed. “It’s a lack of drivers for the transport trucks, the 18 wheelers. Supplies we have. Trucks we have. There are ships full of supplies, backed up in the...
  • How union thugs get a free pass

    09/04/2017 9:02:59 PM PDT · by TBP · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, August 31, 2017 | Mark Mix
    The recent acquittal of four Boston Teamsters charged with attempting to extort the producers of the popular “Top Chef” television show is the latest illustration of a loophole in federal law that permits organized labor to engage in acts of extortion that would be illegal if anyone else tried it. Since a 1973 Supreme Court decision exempted union extortion and racketeering actions from the Hobbs Act, so long as the object being extorted constituted a legitimate union objective, union thugs have been getting a free pass on violence and threats such as what occurred in June 2014. Perhaps inspired by...
  • NY Teamsters Pension Becomes First To Run Out Of Money As Expert Warns "Pension Tsunami" Is Coming

    02/28/2017 2:42:02 PM PST · by blam · 64 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-28-2017 | Tyler Durden
    The New York Teamsters Road Carriers Local 707 Pension Fund has won the unfortunate award for "First Pension to Officially Run Out of Money." According to the New York Daily News, and a host of angry former truck drivers who've had their pension benefits slashed, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) has officially been forced to step in and take over payments to retirees of the Local 707, albeit at a much lower rate. Teamsters Local 707’s pension fund is the first to officially bottom out financially — which happened this month. “I had a union job for 30 years,”...
  • Town Hall Project Founded By Former Clinton Staffer

    02/22/2017 7:22:13 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 10 replies
    freebeacon ^ | February 22, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    A group serving as a central hub of information for congressional town halls was founded by a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer and its parent company is located at the same address as an organization funded by liberal billionaire George Soros. Democrats have insisted that recent town hall outbursts against Republican politicians occurred organically, likening them to the Tea Party, while President Donald Trump yesterday tweeted that the "so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous occasions, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!" The Town Hall Project, a group that serves as a one-stop shop...
  • Teamsters Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

    08/26/2016 6:52:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Teamsters Website ^ | August 26, 2016
    Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. The Teamsters General Executive Board unanimously voted to endorse the former senator and secretary of state. “We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States,” said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa. “She is the right candidate for the middle class and working men and women across the country. She will stand strong for the workers of America by fighting to reject job-killing trade deals, enforcing labor laws and working to provide retirement security for millions of people who have sacrificed so...
  • Who Will Bail Out Insolvent Union Pension Funds?

    08/05/2016 6:19:53 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 5, 2016 | George Leef
    Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be the next president, but one of the bills he has sponsored, the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA)could become law during the next president’s term. That ought to worry anyone who knows that the collectivistic instincts of Bernie Sanders mean spreading the costs of bad policies to the entire population. Here’s the background. The Central States Pension Fund (CSPF) of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has a troubled history going back to its founding in 1955 by long-time Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. (Carl Horowitz of the Organized Labor Accountability Project looks into that history...
  • 1975 Jimmy Hoffa vanishes (This day in History)

    07/31/2016 12:20:49 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing in Detroit, Michigan. He was last seen alive in a parking lot outside the Machus Red Fox restaurant the previous afternoon. To this day, Hoffa’s fate remains a mystery, although many believe that he was murdered by organized crime figures. By the time of his disappearance, Hoffa had a long and murky career in union politics. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he became the main focus of government investigations into corruption. In 1962, Hoffa faced misdemeanor charges in Tennessee. He managed to get a mistrial but was convicted two years...
  • Hoffa on tea party, congressional conservatives: ‘Let’s take these sons of bitches out!’

    09/05/2011 10:57:27 AM PDT · by martosko · 180 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/05/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    While warming up a Detroit crowd for President Barack Obama’s Labor Day speech, Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. said unions need to fight a “war” against tea partiers and congressional Republicans. “President Obama, this is your army,” Hoffa said. “We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and take America back to where America we belong.”