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Two more Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401 members have been sentenced for their part in the reign of terror and violence, once again demonstrating that violence does not pay.  Jeremy Roebuck has the story in the Philadelphia Inquirer. William Gillin, 43, was sentenced to 51/2 years Friday. He is one of 11 members of the…(Read More)

  Former labor union official pleads guilty in federal database case Buffalo News Online, April 09, 2015 Jeffrey A. Peterson, 51, of Freedom, a former business agent of Local 17 of the Operating Engineers International, AFL-CIO, pleaded guilty Thursday before Senior U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny to a federal charge of…(Read More)

U. S. Steel is establishing two more plants in Alabama, a Right to Work state.  This is an example of another big industry leaving a forced-dues state for the freedom of a Right to Work state, another industry leaving non-right to Work state.  James Anderson has the story in These investments…(Read More)

Public Unions vs. the Public Wall Street Journal Online, January 15, 2015 The facts: Public-sector unions are not underdogs. . . As Mr. DiSalvo shows, public-sector unions are also rich. Taken together, they spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually lobbying governments on behalf of their members. Our courts have ensured that funding for political…(Read More)

Stephen Moore, Investors Business Daily Online, recounts the latest in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, bankruptcy debacle, brought on mostly by generous pension packages negotiated by union officials. The city also increased various fees, such as for garbage collection, by two-thirds. It’s becoming a tax hell. These taxpayer costs are skyrocketing because the city’s…(Read More)

Three more members of Ironworkers Local 401 have pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering, but the judge is refusing to accept the charges without further information.  U. S. District Judge Michael Baylson, indicated he believed in “proportionality.”  That is, the more culpability the client has, the more severe the sentence.  Julie Shaw has the…(Read More)

In an effort to improve underperforming schools, the Philadelphia school district has cancelled the monopoly bargaining contract with teachers in that district.  Predictably, teacher union officials are grousing about the cancellations, but principals are loving it.  Larry Sand, President of California Teacher Empowerment Network, and teacher union expert, has the story in The…(Read More)

Working-Age Resident Deficit Compulsory-Union-Dues States’ Total Population Aged 35-54 Fell by Roughly Two Million from 2003 to 2013 By Stan Greer Because, as a group, they already have plenty of work experience, but are still able to put in a lot of hours on the job, the 84.2 million Americans…(Read More)