According to many historical accounts, Chavez ordered union members to call the Immigration and Naturalization Service and report illegal immigrants who were working in the fields so that they could be deported. Some UFW officials were also known to picket INS offices to demand a crackdown on illegal immigrants. In the 70s, the UFW set up a "wet line" to stop undocumented Mexican immigrants from entering the United States. Under the supervision of Chavez's cousin, Manuel, UFW members tried at first to persuade Mexicans not to cross the border. One time when that didn't work, they physically attacked and beat them up to scare them off, according to reports at the time.
Pro-Union activists using bullhorns and spit interrupted a quiet discussion in Vancouver, Washington, about “right to work” laws that would allow prevent workers from being forced to join unions... The protestors’ main tactic was to use bullhorns to shout down the meeting attendees. One of the protestors went so far as to spit on Vencent Vernuccio, a labor expert for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and a keynote speaker.
I was very troubled to learn recently that despite having made stalking illegal in Illinois, elected officials in the state have afforded union bosses an exemption. Yes, that’s correct; during labor disputes, Illinois’s law against “aggravated stalking” does not apply to union organizers (Public Act 097-0468). This leads to a simple and logical question: is it ever acceptable to engage in stalking? Apparently, the answer in the Land of Lincoln is yes. -Katie Packer Gage
Liberal, Union, Violence, Character, Assault
The vice president of a union representing two million members has been accused of assaulting a process server at his Kensington home, and intimidating a police officer investigating the incident. Dave Regan is accused of pushing a process server down the steps of his Kensington home, refusing to be served legal documents in a dispute with the California Hospital Association. Police say the server was injured and had to have medical treatment.
Crime, Union, Violence, Threats, Corruption, Assault, Vandalism, Convict
A former Philadelphia union boss was sentenced Monday to more than 19 years in prison for overseeing violence, vandalism and intimidation at nonunion work sites, including a Quaker meetinghouse... "His leadership led to a lot of damage," the judge said. "It led to a lot of crimes and it continued the bad reputation Philadelphia has for tolerating union violence."
Witnesses also described torching another site, attacking nonunion workers and their cars with baseball bats, rumbling with a rival union and flattening tires and causing other "mischief" on an 18-month picket line outside a new apartment complex.
Crime, Incitement, Union, Violence, Assault
Robert Murray, a six-figure-earning organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is reportedly on unpaid leave after being charged with two felony counts of assaulting a police officer during protests on the Brooklyn Bridge... He was reportedly charged with two felony counts and three misdemeanors counts, including resisting arrest, inciting to riot and obstruction of governmental administration during protests that took place Dec. 13.
Crime, Union, Violence, Character, Threats, Greed, Corruption, Assault, Vandalism, Convict
According to the indictment, Local 401’s business agents (chapter heads) would visit non-union worksites, offer perfunctory invitations to employ unionized workers, and when declined, the union organized pickets, assaulted non-union workers and conducted clandestine attacks on worksites, including arson, frequently at night. Collectively, twelve union members, including two business agents, have been accused and eleven have pleaded guilty.
Liberal, Hate, Union, Violence, Misogyny, Racism, Threats
The Teamsters picketers were already mad. By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore!”...
Angry that the show had not signed a Teamsters contract and that the production hired local PA’s to drive cast and crew vehicles, the dozen or so picketers from Boston’s Teamsters Local 25 kept at it for hours, raining down racist, sexist and homophobic threats and slurs as staffers came to and left the set that summer day.
Crime, Union, Character, Vandalism
United Grain, a division of Japan's Mitsui & Co., said it hired a former FBI investigator to examine several suspicious equipment failures at the Vancouver terminal. On Monday, United Grain received a report from the investigator claiming that a ILWU Local 4 worker — a member of the union's bargaining committee — on Dec. 22 placed a two-foot-long metal pipe into the company's conveyor system, causing it to shut down. On the same day, the same worker put sand and water into a gear box, causing enough damage that it would have to be replaced at an estimated cost of $105,000, according to the investigator's report.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Hate, Union, Violence, Character, Racism, Tolerance, Vandalism
“It was terrible,” Tarver said of yesterday. ”I lost two tables, all my utensils, all my catering equipment, they smashed my buns, my coolers.” Tarver said that the union protesters assumed he was with AFP because he was in close proximity to their tent. Even though he repeatedly told them that he was not, it didn’t stop the union protesters from destroying his property as he stood by and watched helplessly. Tarver confirmed what other outlets have reported, that union protesters called him racial slurs and he explains that he just stood there and took it. Tarver said that Republican Michigan lawmaker Joe Hune is paying to replace all of his lost equipment and supplies.
Liberal, Crime, Hate, Union, Violence, Character, Degeneracy, Protest, Assault
Photo of Steve Crowder being punched in the face by union thug.
Apparently, you just can't get good goons nowadays. And that makes sense. In the old days of the labor movement, the unionized industries were, you know, actual industries, involving miners, steelworkers and the like. And those are trades that foster exactly the qualities you need in good goons. -Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Washington Examiner
Hypocrisy, Crime, Union, Violence, Character
Unions tore down AFP tent at MI capitol, with elderly trapped underneath, while chanting "This is what democracy looks like." #thankaunion!
Democrat, Hate, Incitement, Union, Violence, Character
The Michigan House Democrats tweeted out a call to violence today over the right to work bill that was passed by Republicans in the House and Senate. “We are going to undo 100 years of labor relations. And there will be blood. We will relive the battle of Overpass.” -Geiss. The Democrats later removed the tweet.
Crime, Hate, Union, Violence, Degeneracy, Funny, Threats
A union official is facing criminal charges after allegedly threatening MLA Jenny Kwan, her husband and their children and throwing feces onto the family’s roof, according to court documents filed Friday.
Liberal, Hate, Union, Character, Misogyny, Smears, Protest
House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, said the vocal crowd crossed the line by engaging in salty commentary outside of the House chamber and by shouting inside the chamber when the paycheck bill came to a vote. “There were comments of sexually explicit nature directed at both female legislators and female staff,” O’Neal said. “That’s the most disrespectful display from the gallery I’ve seen in 27 years I’ve been here.”
Incitement, Union, Violence, Character, Threats
In Illinois, Trumka told UMW members to “kick the s**t out of every last” worker who crossed his picket lines, according to the Nashville (Ill.) News. And as the National Right to Work Foundation, the leading anti-forced unionism organization in the country, pointed out, other UMW coalfield strikes resulted in what one judge determined were “violent activities … organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”
Crime, Union, Violence, Character, Threats
"I'm saying if you strike a match and put your finger in, common sense tells you you're going to burn your finger." In other words, Eddie York had it coming. His widow, Wanda York, saw things differently. She sued the union for $27 million, naming Trumka and other union officials as co-defendants.
Crime, Union, Character
Yes, Thames says, he’s aware there’s a Local 333 election coming up on Dec. 3, and that Riker “Rocky” McKenzie is running for Local 333’s president. McKenzie has already been president of the union once, having won the position in January 2009. But he was replaced in August by an acting president after the ILA’s national leaders in New York determined that a heroin-dealing conviction from the 1970s rendered him ineligible for the position, since felons are barred from serving as union officers.
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