Teamsters Acting Like a Company Over Back Pay Fight

I always chuckle when a union’s behavior mirrors behavior unions condemn about companies. For example, when unions try to stop their own employees from organizing or joining a union. Or when union officials live a luxurious lifestyle. The same goes for openly pro-union National Labor Relations Board Regional Directors. I had a good conversation with…
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Another Pension Plan Frozen, Benefits Dramatically Cut

Faced with insolvency or major benefit cuts, retirees and employee-members of the Alaska Ironworkers Pension Plan chose benefit cuts. Well, at least 175 of the 824 eligible voters did and that’s enough to effectuate the cuts. Majority of votes submitted wins, and since 507 people did not vote, the 175 who voted in favor of…
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Trump Continues to Please Unions

The Trump administration will allow prevailing wage protections for construction and other workers as part of its $1.5 trillion infrastructure spending plan. Prevailing wage is oftentimes referred to as “union scale” because it is the wages union members receive on construction projects. Prevailing wage can be as much as 22% above market rate. For those…
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Facebook Cafeteria Employees “Win” a Pension Plan

Cafeteria workers (who are not Facebook employees) at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California headquarters just ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. In a strange U-turn from current trends, the workers replaced their 401(k) plan with the union’s defined benefit pension plan. Defined benefit pension plans, once the crux of generous union benefit packages, have been decreasing…
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Union Members are Getting Younger and More Educated

I’ve been saying for years that union members are getting younger and more educated. Union membership that once consisted of stereotypical blue-collar factory workers is being replaced by high-tech media-related jobs. Workers at The Onion and Clickhole are the latest in a line of media employees who have chosen union representation. Editorial and video staff…
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Unions Demand Workers Get a Piece of Savings from Trump’s Corporate Tax Cuts

Unions are pressing companies they bargain with to disclose details of what they’re doing with savings from the Trump tax cuts. When I first heard about this, I thought there is no way unions are entitled to this information. And I remain firm on my belief. Four separate unions recently filed formal information requests with…
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