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  • VP Biden to Teamsters: If You Vote Republican, 'Don't Come to Me...You're On Your Own, Jack!'

    07/06/2011 7:50:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/05/11
    VP Biden to Teamsters: If You Vote Republican, 'Don't Come to Me...You're On Your Own, Jack!'July 05, 2011 2:23 PM At the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Friday, Vice President Biden addressed a convention of the International Teamsters, telling the union members to vote Democratic next year. "And don't any of you, by the way, any of you guys vote Republican,” the garrulous Vice President started to say, after which he caught himself. “I'm not supposed to say, this isn't political, I'm not supposed to say this.” The crowd cheered him on. “Guys!” Biden continued. “Let me put it this...
  • BMW layoffs exemplify the evisceration of the middle class

    07/03/2011 6:38:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 132 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 3, 2011 | Michale Hilzik
    Every working American should be dismayed by — and afraid of — what BMW is doing. By all accounts, BMW's parts distribution warehouse in Ontario was one of the jewels of the company's system. Supplying dealer service departments throughout Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, it received gold medals from BMW for its efficiency and employed several of the top-ranked workers in the country. In the roughly 40 years its workers had been represented by the Teamsters union, there had never been a labor stoppage. Times being what they are, when a Teamsters committee came to the plant in early June...
  • Video: Angry Biden Tells Teamsters They Better Not Vote Republican

    07/03/2011 1:05:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Verum Serum ^ | 7/3/11 | John
    Hot Air posted a link to the story in their headlines. Here’s the video of Biden unloading on the GOP at a Teamsters rally: He’s pretty red faced and angry in that first bit. Based on this account, that might have come after he made the statement about voting Republican. Good to know that the Vice President is there to serve all the people. Just don’t go to him if you’re a Republican is all.
  • VIDEO: Liberals Dance in Protest of Target

    04/19/2011 1:23:38 PM PDT · by · 7 replies
    There once was a day where an organized demonstration in support of the Teamsters union was something to be feared if you did not agree with them. That day, my friends, is no more. “You’d better unionize or we will come to you stores and perform a choreographed dance routine!!”. That doesn’t exactly send the same message Teamsters used to send. Have the unions lost their edge?
  • Federal Rights For State Workers Upheld (states cannot pass laws that limit rights to negotiate)

    04/04/2011 12:58:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Official Wire ^ | 4/01/11
    Federal Rights For State Workers UpheldPublished on April 01, 2011 by Staff Reporter CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (USA) A U.S. district court judge has ruled states cannot pass laws that limit private-sector workers' rights to negotiate job terms, a union attorney said. "The state can't legislate workers' rights," said attorney Terrance McGann, who represented the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters in a case challenging a 2010 law in Illinois intended to allow exhibitors at Chicago's McCormick Place convention hall to bypass paying overtime, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Judge Ronald Guzman's ruling upholding the National Labor Relations Act on behalf of the...
  • Ruger Issues Special-Edition Firearm Honoring Union Palooka Richard Trumka

    03/10/2011 5:27:05 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 10, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Meet the Ruger "Union Worker"... Key Features: It doesn't workYou can't fire it Speaking of unions, looks like all-out war up in Wisconsin...  but a major conservative victory is now unfolding,  and with wide national implications...Wisconsin update/links/more at Reaganite Republican________________________________________Thanks Speedunque and Pookie's Toons
  • U.S., Mexico reach truck deal

    03/08/2011 11:05:08 AM PST · by MissTed · 27 replies
    SignOn San Diego ^ | 3/3/11 | Elizabeth Aguilera
    President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón agreed Thursday to remove most restrictions on trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border, sparking furor from the Teamsters and raising concerns for truckers on both sides of the border — for different reasons. The American Trucking Association praised the announcement, saying it will promote trade. The Teamsters and certain trucking companies oppose the deal, saying it sacrifices American jobs when unemployment is high so that big business can save money partly by hiring cheaper drivers. The Obama-Calderón plan comes 17 years after passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which permitted cross-border...
  • New York’s Teamsters Local 237 to bus in support to union protestors in Wisconsin

    02/21/2011 5:39:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies
    daily caller ^ | 2/21/11 | Corky Siemaszko
    The Wisconsin workers who have staged a week-long protest against their union-busting governor are getting some Big Apple reinforcements. Teamsters Local 237, which represents various city workers, intends to “bus a couple hundred” members to Madison – possibly this week, Deputy Director Pete Gutierrez told The Daily News.
  • New York's snow storm slowdown probe widens to include sanitation workers' voice mail, text, email

    01/07/2011 10:13:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 7, 2011 | Lisa L. Colangelo & Erin Einhorn
    Sanitation workers have been told to save every voice mail, text or email about last week's blizzard - even on personal phones and computers.As investigators probe rumors some workers staged a plowing slowdown to protest budget cuts, city lawyers fired off orders to workers to comply with demands from the Department of Investigation.A copy obtained by the Daily News shows that DOI wants "all employees who have had a role with the response" to the storm to hang on to every piece of paper or instant message from friends, bosses - even their unions.Some workers grumbled the order was another...
  • New York City Snow Removal Response Investigated as SEIU-Teamster Slowdown, Payback

    01/04/2011 3:01:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 4, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
      New York City residents finally are digging out of a devastating post-Christmas blizzard, aided by unexpectedly warmer weather. But a growing number are sounding as if they want to use their shovels against union snowplow workers and their supervisors. Various news outlets have reported that leaders of the Service Employees-affiliated Sanitation Officers Association ordered their Teamsters-affiliated work crews to slack off as a protest against recent City Department of Sanitation budget cuts and demotions. The apparent work slowdown not only paralyzed traffic, but also led to two deaths, and more indirectly, to the trapping of numerous subway commuters...
  • A Teamsters High? Dope Growers Join Union

    09/25/2010 9:03:21 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/25/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Can you imagine the Teamsters mellowed? Can you think of them being more interested in munchies than in beating up non-union workers? Imagine them just hanging out instead of doing some mobster's bidding on the mean streets. The good news today is that we may finally see the violence and agitation in which Teamsters have for so long been embroiled come to a mellow end because California's pot growers have joined the union. Maybe the dopers will spread the mellow? In California, the teamsters have organized 40 marijuana workers. They work as gardeners, trimmers and cloners. It's not clear how...
  • UPS and Homeland Security - UPDATE - IT WAS UPS AND THE TEAMSTERS

    09/14/2010 6:35:02 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 35 replies
    Me | Follow up to Earlier Post | JessDuntno
    I own a small business. About two hours ago, a woman came through the door marked NO ADMITTANCE EMPLOYEES ONLY and started talking to one of the guys, asking questions about the business. He tried to point out to her that she had just walked through a door that was pretty clearly marked as for employees only and she waved that off and produced a business card that said she was a UPS Representative. she starts to explain that she is here by request of Homeland Security and is doing a checkup on our business because we do a lot...
  • Obama spending Labor Day with real thugs

    09/03/2010 7:15:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/3/2010 | Michelle Malkin
    To mark Labor Day 2010, President Obama will join hands with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in Milwaukee and pose as champions of the working class. Bad move. Trumka's organizing record is a shameful reminder of the union movement's violent and corrupt foundations. The new Obama/AFL-CIO power alliance -- underwritten with $40 million in hard-earned worker dues -- is a midterm shotgun marriage of Beltway brass knuckles and Big Labor brawn. Trumka warmed up his rhetorical muscles this past week with full-frontal attacks on former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He indignantly accused her of "getting close to calling for...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains New Documents Related to Closed-Door Obamacare Meetings

    08/25/2010 2:26:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 25, 2010 | Staff
    Documents Detail Meetings with Union Officials, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Obamacare Czar Nancy-Ann Min DeParleContact Information:Press Office 202-646-5172, ext 305 Washington, DC -- August 25, 2010Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained new documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding closed-door health care meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Obamacare Czar Nancy-Ann Min DeParle and union officials. The following are highlights from the documents obtained by Judicial Watch...
  • Bobby Bailout: Casey to Put Taxpayers on Hook for Teamsters’ Shenanigans

    08/17/2010 8:11:12 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 7 replies
    Sen. Robert Casey (D., Pa.) and Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D., N.D.) are pushing legislation that would commit taxpayers’ dollars to bailing out the Teamsters’ retirement pension fund. The financial crisis and the Great Recession may have upset your retirement plans, but that’s not reason that politically connected union thugs have to share the pain. Here’s the deal, as former Department of Labor official Vincent Vernuccio, now an analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, tells Exchequer: Under the Democrats’ plan, the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which is basically a pension-insurance fund run by the federal government, would be able to...
  • Neighbour accused of ‘green rage’

    08/08/2010 8:22:04 AM PDT · by Todd_Gray · 64 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2010-08-08 | QMI AGENCY
    A man became so enraged at his neighbour for not sorting her recycling properly, he began throwing pop cans at her, Victoria, B.C. police say. Officers were called to a home Tuesday afternoon, the police reported on their operations blog Saturday, after a man confronted a woman who lives in his building. Police said the man was aggressive and swore at her, then began throwing pop cans at her as the woman took her garbage out to the curb. "Officers learned that the man was (obviously) quite upset because the woman had not sorted her own pop cans into the...
  • Unions Bus Californians to Phoenix for Illegal-Immigration Protest (Thugs)

    08/01/2010 9:46:11 AM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies · 4+ views ^ | Aug. 1, 2010
    550 California residents, representing labor unions and civil rights groups, are marching in unity for Mexican-Americans. Protesters can be seen in this video wearing the trademark purple shirts of the SEIU, green shirts of AFSCME and blue shirts of the Teamsters..
  • Major Hollywood studios threatened by Teamsters pay dispute (Will the nation survive?)

    07/23/2010 10:37:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/24/10 | Richard Verrier
    Major Hollywood studios threatened by Teamsters pay disputeThe union, which provides drivers who haul equipment to film sets, is expected to provide a strike authorization vote from members. By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times July 24, 2010 Hollywood's drivers and the major studios continued last-ditch contract talks late Friday in an effort to avoid a head-on collision. The local Teamsters branch, which represents drivers who haul equipment to film sets, has been negotiating for a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which bargains on behalf of the major studios. But a major stumbling block has...
  • California Teamsters oppose effort to delay global warming measure (AB 32)

    04/25/2010 9:31:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 645+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/25/10 | Margot Roosevelt
    The California Teamsters, one of the state's most powerful unions, has voted to oppose a proposed ballot initiative to delay enforcement of the state's Global Warming Solutions Act, the nation's toughest law to control greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Seattle Teamsters local talked tough about striking until 1600 applied for their jobs backing off

    04/13/2010 7:25:39 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 33 replies · 1,235+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | April 13, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Teamsters Local 174 based in Seattle is getting a lesson on how to play hardball from the negotiating team at Waste Management (WM). Their tough talk about striking caused WM to post a “help wanted” ad for replacements. They got 1600 applications. The best offer According to WM it made it’s “best, last, final offer” to settle with its garbage haulers’ union. It’s up to the union to make the next move. Seattle is ... suffering nearly 10% unemployment and perhaps at least that much more in under employment. At least one million people will be affected by the Teamster’s...
  • Teamsters to represent workers at Continental (Airlines)

    02/12/2010 5:02:51 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 16 replies · 493+ views ^ | February 12, 2010 | Staff reports
    DALLAS -- The Teamsters won an election to represent Continental Airlines ground workers who had rejected bids by other unions in recent years. The Teamsters said Friday that about 4,100 workers out of 7,600 voted to join the union. The airline industry is among the most heavily unionized in the U.S. private sector. The Continental fleet service employees were among the largest groups of nonunion workers in the industry, according to labor officials. "This is a big victory," Teamsters President James Hoffa said in an interview. "It proves there are people to organize out there." Hoffa said the union won...
  • The Curious Case of the Delayed State of the Union

    01/16/2010 5:07:40 AM PST · by flowerplough · 25 replies · 1,056+ views
    it’s Jan. 14, almost halfway through the month that usually serves as bookends to presidential years. Usually around this time, members of Congress return groggily from the holiday recess and then settle into their seats for the president’s State of the Union address at the end of the month. But almost halfway through January, the White House says it still has no date for the prime-time speech on the Hill. In principle, setting the timing is the job of congressional leaders, who technically have to invite the president to come speak (they've never not invited him, and he’s never declined...
  • It Was "Too Cold" For Union Members To Protest A Hedge Fund Yesterday

    12/31/2009 11:20:57 AM PST · by FromLori · 3 replies · 321+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/31/09 | Courtney Comstock
    There was supposed to be a protest yesterday at Brigade Capital Management, a Manhattan hedge fund. The teamsters, a group of union workers, had planned to protest Brigade, UBS, Barclays and the other creditors of YRC, a trucking company, in hopes of urging them to tender their bonds and cooperate with a debt to equity deal. Without the debt swap, which would allow YRC to "erase" or side-pocket their debt and restructure, the trucking company apparently might be forced into Chapter 11. But with a debt swap, the bondholders will get a 95% stake in the company. A protest at...
  • YRC Teamsters in Chicago Vote Down Wage Cuts a Third Time

    12/10/2009 7:43:12 PM PST · by uptoolate · 13 replies · 1,159+ views
    LABORnotes ^ | December 9, 2009 | Jane Slaughter
    YRC Teamsters in Chicago Vote Down Wage Cuts a Third Time by Jane Slaughter / December 9, 2009 Despite pressure from Teamsters officials and YRC management, Chicago dock workers rejected a $1.16 per hour wage cut for a third time yesterday. City drivers voted no for the second time. Teamster officials had told workers that floundering YRC, which employs 40,000 other Teamster drivers and dock workers nationwide, would go out of business if 1,500 Chicago workers did not accept the wage cut Teamsters voted up nationally last summer. But many members, as well as industry analysts, believe YRC is doomed...
  • Teamsters Local 250 wants nonmembers to pay dues again

    11/27/2009 12:28:30 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 2 replies · 691+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 11/24/09 | Brian Bowling
    Teamsters Local 250 argued Monday that it has jumped through enough hoops to resume collecting partial dues from seven Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission employees who left the union in 2004. The lawyer representing the employees argued that the union still hasn't shown that none of the nonmembers' money will be used for political activities. Under state and federal law, employees can resign from a union but still can be required to pay dues that cover representation expenses. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer ordered the Turnpike Commission in June to quit withholding the nonmembers' dues until Local 250 shows the money...
  • Audubon zookeepers join Teamsters union [New Orleans]

    10/19/2009 12:05:04 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 17 replies · 797+ views ^ | October 19, 2009 | Bruce Eggler
    A small but important group of workers at the Audubon Zoo has voted to join the Teamsters union. Audubon's zookeepers voted 17-14 to join Teamsters Local 270. Despite the close vote, the zoo's management has decided not to challenge the election results, and the union will now be certified as the workers' official bargaining agent. Zookeepers work directly with the animals in exhibits such as the Asian domain and primate center, but their ranks do not include animal curators, who are considered part of management. Audubon has a total staff of about 600, including 450 full-time workers. The Teamsters represent...
  • Union Port of Call--Congress may abet a Teamsters takeover.

    09/16/2009 10:54:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 689+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 16, 2009 | Editorial
    President Obama gave a corker of a campaign speech yesterday at the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, promising to deliver on his promise to ease the rules for union organizing. If you want to know what this means in action, consider the current Teamsters play to control California ports. The dispute concerns the Clean Truck Program announced in 2007 by the Port of Los Angeles to ban the dirtiest trucks from carrying port cargo. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a former union organizer, seized on the program as an opportunity to help his Teamster friends. Current law doesn't let the Teamsters organize...
  • Teamsters Chief Says ‘Public Option’ Not Vital to Healthcare Reform

    09/07/2009 11:12:00 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 9 replies · 494+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/07/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    James P. Hoffa is now saying that if Obama pulls the "public option" out of his healthcare bill, it is not a deal killer as far as union support is concerned. Hoffa said that he was only interested in what was "doable" and that they need to "get something done… and declare a victory." Now let's take a look at these quotes from Mr. Hoffa, shall we? What does it mean if we aren't seeing obliged union support without integrity for Obama's healthcare coming from Hoffa's Teamsters? Hoffa is saying that he doesn't care at all what healthcare "reform" will...
  • Union Bosses Trying to Bust Strike of OWN Staffer's Union

    08/13/2009 9:38:53 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 492+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/12/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Remember how unions are for “the little guy”? Remember how unions can’t wait to take to the street with obnoxious signs and thug behavior to strong-arm some business or another to their will? It’s all about the workers, dontcha know? Well, unless those workers that want to strike happen to be a union’s headquarters staff, that is. In that case union bosses frown on any striking going on. As notes, this hilariously hypocritical situation has, indeed, happened inside Teamsters headquarters (known as the “marble palace” for its opulence) in Washington D.C. The HQ staffer’s union has announced that they...
  • Union Thugs Force Members to Attack FedEx

    08/10/2009 8:41:01 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 10 replies · 784+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/10/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    UPS employees and Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are claiming that their union leaders forced them to participate in a letter writing campaign and politically motivated envelope stuffing sessions to attack their chief business rival FedEx, the Washington Post reported on August 7. It seems that union members that work for UPS felt pressured and intimidated by union thug leaders to take their personal time to participate in envelope stuffing sessions where mailings attacking FedEx were gathered and set up for the post office. Naturally, the union operatives claim that that all the union members that felt forced...
  • Businesses, Obama Feuding Over Mexican Truck Law

    08/05/2009 9:33:01 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 8 replies · 463+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/5/09
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. business groups are growing increasingly frustrated with President Barack Obama's failure to resolve a cross-border trucking dispute with Mexico they say has threatened thousands of American jobs. "We've got companies that are really concerned," said Frank Vargo, vice president for international economic affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers. "Our calculation is that we've got 15,000 jobs at risk and the longer this goes on, the more likely it is that Mexican buyers are shifting suppliers," Vargo said. U.S. manufacturers hold out hope Obama's meeting early next week in Guadalajara with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian...
  • Teamsters Launch Campaign To Support Health Care Reform

    07/28/2009 9:04:32 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 17 replies · 1,565+ views
    International Brotherhood of Teamsters ^ | July 27, 2009 | by Leslie Miller
    For Immediate Release July 27, 2009 Contact: Leslie Miller 202-624-6911 ( Web Site, Ad Campaign, e-Activism Part of Unprecedented Union Effort Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa on Monday announced that the union will campaign vigorously for health care reform using a new Web site, an ad campaign, call-in days, e-activism and events planned throughout Congress’s August recess. The campaign will kick off with a new Web site today,, to mobilize members in the fight for health care reform. The Web site launch will be supported by a Web-based ad campaign on targeted state blogs and on-line publications.Tens of thousands...

    08/10/2003 6:08:19 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 17 replies · 1,078+ views
    Portland Phoenix ^ | August 10, 2003 | LANCE TAPLEY
    Dr. Howard Dean’s fans come out for the big Democratic summer shindig As Tom Andrews, the director of the leading national antiwar coalition, began his speech at the Maine Democrats’ big outdoor summer shindig in Falmouth, John Baldacci signaled his bodyguard/driver to move the large, dark SUV up the driveway. The vehicle soon hid in the trees, its engine quietly humming. At first, the governor seemed to be paying attention as Andrews, the former First District congressman, launched into rousing tales of how the country, under President George W. Bush, had gone "from peace and prosperity to war and recession."...
  • A ploy to clip some wings

    07/16/2009 12:40:15 PM PDT · by americanophile · 1 replies · 432+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | July 16, 2009 | George F. Will
    WASHINGTON -- How does the Obama administration love organized labor? Let us count the ways it uses power to repay unions for helping to put it in power. It has given the United Auto Workers majority ownership of Chrysler. It has sent $135 billion of supposed stimulus money to state governments to protect unionized public sector employees from layoffs and other sacrifices that private sector workers are making. It has sedated the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards, which protects workers against misbehavior by union leaders. Cap-and-trade legislation might please unions with protectionism -- tariffs on imports from countries not...
  • WaPo Publishes Glowing Article About Incoming AFL-CIO Leader; Ignores Sleazy Background

    07/14/2009 3:02:49 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies · 434+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 14, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Washington Post has published a glowing article about likely incoming AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka (photo), titled "Trumka Hopes to Mend the AFL-CIO." Writer Chris Cillizza asks in the very first sentence of his story, "Can Richard Trumka reunite the labor movement?" Cillizza portrays Trumka as genuinely puzzled over the reason for the big split in the labor movement: With Trumka's election virtually ensured, the central question is whether he can heal the rift that occurred four years ago when the Service Employees International Union and the Teamsters (among others) left the AFL-CIO to form a new labor coalition known...
  • Kneecapping FedEx - Democrats carry freight for Teamsters and UPS

    06/09/2009 9:24:53 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 58 replies · 3,552+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2009
    FedEx Express is learning what could be the Democrats' economic motto -- "Never Let Success Go Unpunished." Led by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minnesota), the House on May 21 passed legislation that contains a hidden provision -- a mere 230 words -- that would hobble FedEx Express by completely changing the labor laws under which the company operates. Unless the Senate removes the language from the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, a mere dozen or so workers in just one city could hamstring much of the nation's overnight delivery service. Americans take for granted that things can "absolutely, positively ......
  • Teamsters Union Convictions

    05/02/2009 10:54:50 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies · 346+ views
    The Chicago Tribune reports that a "former union officer and two employees of Teamsters Local 743 were convicted in federal court Friday for rigging two elections in 2004": "The three were found guilty on the third day of jury deliberations after a four-week trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The federal jury convicted Richard Lopez, the local's former secretary-treasurer, as well as Thaddeus Bania, its former comptroller, and David Rodriguez, an organizer." And President Barack Obama seriously contends the federal oversight to monitor corruption within the Teamsters that has been in place since 1989 pursuant to a consent decree...
  • LOWRY: The big truck turnaround

    03/29/2009 2:31:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 70 replies · 1,749+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    Anyone worried that, once in charge, Democrats wouldn't be vigilant in protecting our southern border can relax. The grave threat of Mexican long-haul truckers has been shut down. With any luck, Mexicans will never have the temerity to attempt to deliver commercial goods into the United States again. At least such is the fervid hope of the Teamsters, the fiercest adversary the Mexicans have faced since President James K. Polk sent Winfield Scott south in the Mexican-American War. The union can't abide Mexican trucks because they represent competition, and so they must be blocked - legal obligations, economic rationality and...
  • EDITORIAL: The Mexican-American War of 2009

    03/24/2009 1:54:47 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 1,096+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2009 | Editorial
    Talk about shades of Smoot-Hawley, the 1930 tariff act that was designed to protect American jobs but, not too surprisingly, crippled industries relying on international trade when other nations retaliated. Production kept on plunging and unemployment kept on rising, extending the Depression. In today's extremely global economy, we shudder to think how much worse the consequences today might be. The Mexican trade war may just be getting revved up, thanks to the Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress ending a Bush administration pilot program that allowed a limit of 97 Mexican long-haul truck drivers into the United States (whereas, under...
  • Washington Starts Another Trade War

    03/21/2009 6:59:29 AM PDT · by dr_who · 9 replies · 461+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 16, 2009 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    When G-20 finance ministers met in England over the weekend to discuss a way out of the global financial crisis, the group pledged to eschew trade protectionism. That sounds good. But some of the governments represented at the meeting aren't walking the walk on global commerce at home. Instead they're taking the side of special interests that want to weaken foreign competition. One culprit that comes to mind is the U.S.
  • Teamster President Denies Secret Ballot is Basic Tenet of Democracy

    03/18/2009 6:49:59 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 367+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 3/18/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    James P. Hoffa tried his hand at some spin against opponents of the Orwellian named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) last week, denying that a secret ballot is a basic tenet of democracy. "Since when is the secret ballot a basic tenet of democracy," Hoffa is quoted as saying in a Teamsters press release. How does he justify this idiotic claim? Because, you see, the Soviet Union had a secret ballot "but those weren't democratic," Hoffa reminds us. A facile comparison, for sure. So, Hoffa thinks that eliminating a worker's right to a safe and fair election is perfectly in...
  • ‘Card check’ bill on the way (Bill Introduced Today - Warren Buffet Opposes EFCA)

    03/10/2009 7:46:43 AM PDT · by Fred · 21 replies · 939+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 031009 | Susan Ferrechio
    House and Senate Democrats will introduce a bill to ease rules on labor union elections as soon as Tuesday, thrusting Congress into one of the biggest battles ever between business and labor and putting moderates in the hot seat as no other piece of legislation has this year. On Monday, investment guru Warren Buffett announced on CNBC that he is opposed to the Employee Free Choice Act, which would allow unions to bypass the secret ballot and require only signatures on a petition to organize a company’s work force. “I think the secret ballot is pretty important in this country,”...
  • LaHood won't challenge Congressional efforts to end Mexico truck project

    03/02/2009 4:20:18 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 25 replies · 752+ views
    The Trucker ^ | February 27th | Lyndon Pinney
    The U.S. Department of Transportation will make no attempt to stop Sen. Byron Dorgan's effort to kill the Cross Border Demonstration Project, The Trucker learned Friday afternoon. Earlier this week, Dorgan, a Democrat from North Dakota, included language in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill that the senator said would finally bring to an end “the Mexican long-haul trucking program in the U.S. started by the Bush Administration.” The bill, not to be confused with the stimulus package, allocates federal funds for the remainder of the fiscal year. Sources have told The Trucker that LaHood has indicated he will...
  • Bill aims to halt Mexican truck travel in US

    02/24/2009 1:51:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | February 24, 2009 | By ANABELLE GARAY
    DALLAS — Union officials were confident Tuesday that new legislation in Congress would halt Mexican trucks from making long-haul trips into the United States. A $410 billion spending bill House Democrats presented Monday includes language that would prevent Mexican-licensed trucks from traveling beyond commercial zones along the U.S.-Mexico border. The wording is aimed at ending a pilot program backed by the Bush administration that permitted up to 500 U.S.-certified trucks access deep into the U.S. "This is a really big win for us," said Leslie Miller, an International Brotherhood of Teamsters spokeswoman. "Historically, there has been very, very strong support"...
  • Robert Reich: Keep stimulus money away from skilled workers and “white male contractors”

    01/22/2009 7:13:19 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 93 replies · 2,869+ views
    michellemalkin ^ | 1/22/09 | michellemalkin
    I missed Clintonite moldy oldie-turned-Obama economic adviser Robert Reich’s testimony a few weeks ago on how the government should spend federal stimulus money. The Berkeley professor engaged in academic fantasy land talk about getting all the cash out to workers as quickly as possible — a pipe dream debunked by the CBO report I mentioned in my column yesterday. Even more noteworthy, however, were the comments Reich made about which workers deserve the stimulus bucks most. Reich’s proposal exposes the lie that the Obama administration is actually interested in revitalizing basic infrastructure for the good of the economy. No, what...
  • Card-Checkocracy (Card Check - Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    12/03/2008 9:19:21 AM PST · by Fred · 4 replies · 891+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 120308 | Opinion
    Organized labor helped elect Barack Obama and now eagerly awaits his promised support for its top priority—a bill that would make it easier to set up union locals. The Employee Free Choice Act would allow unions to create local bargaining units without winning the vote of a majority of workers in a secret ballot. The local unit would be certified if a majority of workers endorsed it by signing an authorization card handed out by union organizers. Fair enough? Not really. The so-called card-check bill would not protect workers and it would not be "free choice." It would strip away...
  • There's no 'free choice' in Employee Free Choice Act (Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    11/25/2008 2:35:05 AM PST · by Fred · 8 replies · 1,147+ views
    Regarding Dr. John David's commentary, "Make it Easier to Unionize Workplace": Labor unions certainly have their place in a contemporary American economy, but not at the expense of employee free choice and economic security. Indeed, the Employee Free Choice Act would severely erode the freedom enjoyed by employees for nearly 75 years to make a private, fully-informed decision about whether or not they want a union to represent them. Too often, the losing party in a union election - the company or the union - blames its loss on the opposing party's "coercive and underhanded" tactics. In reality though, the...

    11/24/2008 7:17:59 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 8 replies · 982+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | November 24, 2008 | Neal Boortz
    Alright so this auto bailout bill is in a holding pattern. But just remember that it doesn't mean it is dead. So here are some facts that should keep you seething ... The Big Three currently pay 85% of union benefits to UAW members ... who aren't even working. Yep. Remember how I told you about the Job Banks for union workers? If a union worker is employed at a plant that closes, the auto makers still pay 85% of their union benefits. Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors, says that his company must reduce operating costs ... but his...
  • New Fears Arise in Michigan

    11/22/2008 7:53:40 PM PST · by mathwhizz · 264 replies · 4,614+ views
    “You just sit and you worry,” said Pat Weber, a construction administrator in Fennville who was laid off more than a year ago. “In the last year, I’ve put in for more than 100 jobs. I stopped counting after 110. It’s just so defeating.” All around Fennville and its neighbors here in southwest Michigan, front lawns are peppered with for-sale signs and merchants complain about slow days. But while this remains a beautiful place with none of the obvious blight of Detroit on the other side of the state, residents say the hardship beneath the surface is very real. It...
  • The New Plan? Cripple Honda! Save Detroit with Card Check!

    11/22/2008 1:37:12 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 17 replies · 1,013+ views
    The New Plan? Cripple Honda! Save Detroit with Card Check! Eliminating the secret ballot and making it easier to organize U.S. Honda and Toyota workers (and imposing contract terms via binding arbitration) would "level the playing field," says Dem. Congressman Tim Ryan. ... Then when Honda and Toyota responded by importing more cars from abroad, we could have import quotas! Eventually the whole automotive sector could be planned by Congress in conjunction with existing business and labor interest groups. Red State has seen the future and it is corporatist. ...12:21 P.M.