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In Fifth Decertification Vote, Alabama Workers Yet Again Say No To Union

Connor D. Wolf Contributor 2:15 PM 05/20/2015 Workers at an Alabama plant voted for a fifth time Tuesday to remove their union after the previous attempts were deemed invalid by federal labor board officials. “Once again, employees at the Hamilton NTN-Bower plant have made it abundantly clear that they are not interested in the UAW’s […]

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Convention Center files racketeering suit against Carpenters

Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Friday, May 8, 2015, 1:08 AM Accusing the Carpenters union of “prolonged and coordinated violent, illegal, and extortionate conduct,” the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority filed a racketeering lawsuit Thursday against the union. “The complaint seeks to recover more than $1 million in damages inflicted on the [authority] […]

Legislation giving PA taxpayers insight into cost of union contracts on the move

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two pieces of legislation that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday would give taxpayers a better look at public-sector union contract negotiations, but Democrats and union leaders have decried the effort as an attempt to undermine organized labor. One bill would require that the Independent Fiscal Office […]

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Will the Senate end PA’s 75-year-old union intimidation exemptions?

By Jana Benscoter | Watchdog Arena Pennsylvania is one of four states that allows unions exemptions for actively engaging in illegal activities that would ordinarily be punishable under the state’s criminal law. A recent state House vote may finally turn the tide to afford Pennsylvanians the same protection granted to individuals and nonunion workers throughout […]

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Suspicious reversal

Inquirer Editorial Board Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015, 1:08 AM A mysterious change of heart by a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board examiner who had dismissed union carpenters’ plea for work at the Convention Center should be investigated by the Attorney General’s Office to ensure there was no coercion involved. Considering the union’s deserved reputation for […]

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Labor unions take forced fees from 550,000 nonmembers

By Jason Hart  /   April 27, 2015  /  Watchdog.org You make it, we’ll take it. To keep their jobs, 554,799 American workers were forced last year to pay union agency fees. In the 25 states without right-to-work laws, unions can take mandatory “fair share” or “agency” fees from workers who decline union membership. Those fees often […]

Judge puts hold on agreements under Gov. Wolf’s care worker policy

By The Associated Press Thursday, April 23, 2015, 4:12 p.m. Updated 3 hours ago A Pennsylvania judge Thursday put a hold on an element of a Gov. Tom Wolf policy that critics describe as an illegal attempt to unionize home care workers who look after elderly and disabled people. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini’s order will […]

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Ironworkers union leader gets 8 years in arson, extortion case

Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM Last updated: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:48 PM A top Ironworkers union leader who approved the use of violence and intimidation to maintain a grip on city construction jobs was sentenced Thursday to eight years in federal prison. Edward Sweeney, 56, was a business agent for Ironworkers Local 401 when he OK’d attacks […]