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Teamsters got your goat?

You know times are tough for unions when they’re willing to take union dues from farm animals.

The Teamsters in Oakland, California filed a grievance against Mills College, complaining that the school had violated its collective bargaining agreement by hiring non-union workers to clear brush.


The Teamsters demanded that the college either (1) award backpay to the union members who lost out on the work or (2) require the 500 non-union workers to join the union.


The only problem? The 500 non-union workers were — and we’re not making this up — goats.


“If the college opts to have the goats become members,” said a Teamsters spokesperson, “we intend to represent them in the same aggressive manner as we do every member.” [Emphasis added, though not really needed.]

This sort of gives new meaning to George Orwell’s Animal Farm, doesn’t it?
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ABF Freight Teamsters Reject Plan to Protect Jobs, Benefits

Apparently, according to a Teamsters press release, Teamsters at trucking company ABF rejected a plan to protect their jobs and and benefits.

Teamsters employed at ABF Freight System have rejected a Wage Reduction-Job Security plan aimed at protecting the jobs of more than 7,000 workers and securing their health, welfare and pension benefits for the remainder of the National Master Freight Agreement.

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Mail ballots were sent out April 30 and counted today with the process being overseen by an independent election officer. With a final count of 3764-2936, the workers voted no on the plan with about 80 percent of the members affected participating in the vote. The plan had called for a reduction in gross wages and mileage rates of 15 percent effective next pay period and running through March 31, 2013. Negotiated wage increases (less 15 percent) and cost of living adjustments, if any, would have remained in effect for the life the plan.

Teamsters at ABF may soon be joining this illustrious list of other Teamster-represented freight companies.
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Unions Throw a Fit, Taxpayers Take the Hit…

In a union city like Philadelphia, it really shouldn’t come as a shock that when unions pitch fits, politicians’ knees buckle, and taxpayers end up paying the price.

A few months ago, we posted on Philadelphia’s proposed soda tax that drew union protests by the Teamsters.  To be clear, we also believe the soda tax idea is a stupid idea–sort of like tea taxes were in 1773–as are most taxes today that go to pay for bloated governments.

However, instead of curbing the gorging at the public trough that has caused municipal budgets nationwide to collapse and prompting public workers’ demands to raise taxes, the Philadelphia City Council has capitulated to union demands once again.  Now, in yet another union shakedown, the residents of Philadelphia will be seeing their property taxes go up.

If you live in Philadelphia, higher property taxes and a fee for trash pickup may be two things you’ll pay for next year.

Philadelphia City Council approved Mayor Michael Nutter’s $3.9 billion budget for 2011 with a vote Thursday evening.

To fill in a $150 million budget gap, officials made several tax increases, the most notable being a 9.9-percent jump in property taxes, officials told NBC Philadelphia. That increase will only last for two years.

The 9.9 percent temporary tax hike has to get final approval from council next week.

Council also passed measures that will institute a new, yearly $300 fee for trash pickup from small businesses, duplexes and apartment buildings and a tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco.

One high-profile tax that wasn’t included in the approved budget was the proposed soda tax.

The measure — which would have put a tax of 2-cent per ounce on all soda and sugary drinks sold within the city limits — was both lauded and detested by residents.

Once again, taxpayers take a hit all because unions threw a fit.
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Teamsters accused of threatening FL mayor with smear campaign

Is a union’s political threat considered free speech? That seems to be the issue in Panama City, Florida where the Teamsters union represents the city’s police officers and now stands accused of threatening Panama City’s mayor, Scott Clemmons, over the City’s bargaining position.

A letter sent by an Alabama Teamsters Union member, Jim Gookins to Mayor Scott Clemons and Commission Billy Rader outlined a proposed benefits package. The plan he claimed could save $40 thousand a year for Panama City’s 62 union officers, was never discussed during negotiations.


Griffin responded with a lengthy letter emphasizing proper procedure, stating, “it is unlawful for an employer to engage in direct dealing with employees who have a certified bargaining agent.


A month later Mayor Clemons received a letter from Teamsters Washington D.C representative, with negative campaign ads against an unrelated politician attached.


“There’s no doubt in my mind that he was threatening me that if I did not meet with him… that they would launch this campaign,” said Clemons.


Union Council Cecil Gardner says the letters were not a threat, but free speech.


“It’s not a smear campaign at all; it’s a campaign of public education. It might very well be a campaign which indicates that the police officers union is not satisfied with what the mayor has done,” he said, “We believe that the city is trying to intimidate the police officer’s union and chill their exercise of first amendment rights.”

Yes, it’s the Teamsters union. And, yes, it represents police officers.

Go figure.
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Ridiculous Teamsters End Trash Strike

There is just no other word for this, except ridiculous

Striking garbage workers in King and Snohomish counties said Thursday afternoon they’d return to their jobs at midnight to prevent a “public health crisis.”

Um…yeah, okay… We know the real reason but...if you say so...
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Teamsters end Seattle garbage strike faster than you can say “that stinks!”

Almost as soon as it started, they’re throwing in the towel…raising the white flag…calling it quits.  The Teamsters gave an unconditional offer to return to work thereby calling off their Seattle-are strike against Waste Management only a day and a half after they walked off the job.

Union garbage haulers who service King and Snohomish counties have offered to return to work unconditionally at midnight Thursday, and their employer, Waste Management, said it weclomes the workers back.

The union and the company are also slated to return to the negotiation table on Monday, according to a Waste Management news release.

“We are glad the Teamsters have announced that they will return to work tomorrow, but feel that this unfortunate situation could have been avoided entirely had the union simply responded to our earlier request to meet,” said Jackie Lang of Waste Management in the news release. “We look forward to our drivers returning to work tomorrow to provide Friday collection services as scheduled.”

Union representantives said they plan to have about 700 sanitation workers resume normal operations Friday morning to catch up on the backlog from Wednesday’s work stoppage.

In a statement, Rick Hicks, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 174 said the union was concerned that a continued strike could induce the company to lock out members.

Since they were already on strike, there would be no point to locking them out.  However, permanently replacing them has always been a possibility.

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Labor Shorts: Exposing Union Bosses One Skid Mark at a Time

This week, to give break to the weightier milieu of the union agenda we wanted to lighten things up a bit by bringing back our ever-popular Labor Shorts and share some of the usual (and not-so-usual) shenanigans of today’s union bosses:


First things first:
  • The NLRB Scorecard: With the new, union-controlled National Labor Relations Board finally seated, we introduced the NLRB Scoreboard on the LaborUnionReport blog over the weekend to keep an unofficial tally of NRLB decisions, as well as general NLRB “stuff” (blogs and other souvenirs from the Land of Liebman and Becker).  If you have suggestions, blogs you’d like to see posted, tips, or see a case we haven’t posted, please give us a shout here.
  • NLRB Blowback: The business community is on edge, as Politico notes this morning, over President Obama’s appointment of Craig Becker to the NLRB, as well as the prospect of appointing the NLRB’s General Counsel in the Fall.  We blogged about it here.

All About Andy…

When Hypocrisy Strikes…
  • Shock! Not All Unions Like Card-Check…? After hundreds of millions spent and years of hard work to pass the job-destroying and hallucinogenically-named Employee Free Choice Act, it’s hard to believe (well, maybe not) that when a union’s own employees want to unionize, the union-employer wouldn’t just voluntarily succumb agree to recognize the union based on card-check.  Such is the case here.
  • Shhh!… Don’t tell the UFCW you saw this, ’cause this is not your normal UFCW strike and they’d rather not have it talked about.
  • Oh Hilda! You’ve got picketers at your door!  Will you or won’t you cross?
  • An Injury to One?… AFSCME throws Solidarity Under the Bus…  (again…)

Strike That!…

And then there’s this…



If you can’t do the time…

And this…
And, that, dear readers, wraps up this week’s edition of LaborUnionReport.com’s LaborShorts.

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