WASHINGTON, D.C. | June 13, 2012 –
Despite President Obama’s erroneous claim “the private sector is doing fine,” the American people aren’t buying it. Washington’s regulatory onslaught has forced many job-creators to sit on the sidelines, and as a result, the nation has experienced 40 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent and millions are searching for work. A notorious example of the regulatory hurdles facing employers is the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) relentless effort to cripple employers’ free speech and workers’ free choice.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Saturday issued a rebuke of a regional National Labor Relations Board ruling claiming it’s been employing delay tactics to slow operations at the Port of Portland’s container terminal as part of an ongoing labor dispute.
The ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association have filed a complaint in federal court and with the NLRB claiming ICTSI Oregon Inc., the company that operates Terminal 6 for the port, is failing to comply with labor pact, the Portland Business Journal reported.
Locked-out workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. factories in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa will vote for a third time on the company’s contract offer.
The vote is scheduled for June 23, union spokesman John Riskey said. Union members overwhelmingly rejected the contract offer last July 31 and Nov. 1, saying it takes away too much job security and that wage increases would be offset by health insurance costs.
The decision to hold another vote came after representatives of the two sides met last week for a fourth time with a federal mediator but were unable to end the impasse. The company — the largest sugar beet processor in the country — is standing by its final offer, saying it is fair.
STOCKTON – Workers at O’Connor Woods Retirement Community saw their union officially ousted this week following six years of contentious labor relations and a final decision by the National Labor Relations Board.
“I’m happy. I’m glad they’re gone,” nine-year employee Crystal Gleason said Thursday, referring to Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West’s final day, which was Tuesday.
As of Wednesday, the union no longer represented 186 workers from dining services, housekeeping and laundry, janitorial, maintenance and grounds, as well as activity staff, personal care assistants and certified nurse assistants.
WASHINGTON, DC–(ENEWSPF)–June 14, 2012. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after President Obama’s comments at a campaign event today in Ohio:
“President Obama’s speech today reinforces his belief that the economy grows not from the top down, but from the bottom up. He shares our vision of a nation that invests in good jobs here at home, where everyone pays their fair share and where workers can securely retire in dignity after a career of hard work.
It’s never wise to inject oneself uninvited into labor-management disputes, but I have too much affection for both sides — and for this community and for our country — to stay silent any longer.
The labor dispute between Lockheed Martin and the Machinists union (IAM) local in Fort Worth is going into its ninth week, the plant’s longest strike ever. The dispute is quickly shifting into a losing proposition for the union employees, their families, the company, the community and our country.
It’s time to end the pain.