NILRR News Clips May 08, 2015



NLRB Schedules Fifth Vote to Decertify Local UAW

Washington Free Beacon Online, May 07, 2015

Alabama workers are being forced to take a fifth vote to kick out a local UAW chapter despite giving the union the boot in February.

Top N.J. lawmaker helping embattled ironworkers union rebuild as criminal case wanes, May 01, 2015

State Sen. President Steve Sweeney will remain at the helm of an embattled Philadelphia ironworkers union for likely another year, he said this week, following the Jan. 20 conviction and pending sentencing of its former leader on corruption and arson charges.

Sweeney, a longtime union official for Ironworkers International who represents the Third Legislative District in Trenton, was appointed to oversee Ironworkers Local 401 following the February 2014 indictment of its business manager and treasurer Joseph Dougherty, its city business agent Edward Sweeney and 10 other members.

Right to Work: We really can raise wages in Delaware, May 01, 2015

Other states are showing the way to increase manufacturing, with the adoption of Right to Work Laws. Right to Work simply means workers have the freedom to choose whether to pay union dues or not. It has paid dividends of jobs in states that have adopted them. Between 2009 and 2014, manufacturing jobs have increased 2 percent, and manufacturing wages are up 5 percent in Right to Work states while manufacturing jobs and wages fell 3 percent in states without Right to Work laws (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

The Ambush-Specialty Ambush, May 05, 2015

If anyone had a question about how the National Labor Relations Board decision on Specialty Healthcare and the recent implementation of the Ambush Election regulation would play out, we got an answer today. Today the NLRB released a decision on four cases involving Nestle Waters. The company has gone from having no petitions filed on April 13, to four petitions in four facilities filed in California on April 15. The petitioned bargaining units were contested to the Regional Director and ruled on today, May 5th. The elections in each of the four petitioned units will occur on Friday – this Friday, May 8th, just three weeks after the employer received the petitions.

Republicans Vote in Favor of Union Giveaways, May 05, 2015

The second amendment that would put tax dollars to better use was authored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), and would prohibit Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements for projects funded by the bill.

Simply, the two amendments intent was to end special interest giveaways and require tax dollars to be for the public good. Unfortunately, the below Republicans voted in favor of supporting the private interests of labor unions instead of the American public.

Obama Admin Warns Bureaucrats Not to Do Something …That Shouldn’t Even Have to Be Said, May 04, 2015

NLRB General Counsel Richard F. Griffin Jr. penned the memo in April to the regional directors, resident officers, and officers-in-charge, instructing them to not use voter list information for personal gain. It reads, in part:  “Some examples of violations of this restriction are (1) selling the list to telemarketers, (2) providing it to a political campaign, or (3) using the list to harass, coerce, or rob employees.”

Feds file complaint against union local once victimized by embezzlement, May 04, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a federal complaint April 28 in Detroit U.S. District Court against Durand-based Communications Workers of America Local 84555 after, the department claims, the local failed to file its annual financial report with the government.

Unions Buy Airtime On Al Sharpton’s Show

Daily Caller Online, May 04, 2015

“PoliticsNation” MSNBC host Al Sharpton is in hot water for allegedly using his show to benefit labor groups that contributed to his nonprofit.