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  • Crash: Government Bank Losses of $192 Billion Benefit Obama

    08/05/2013 4:56:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | August 5, 2013 | John Ransom
    The Federal Reserve Bank, with a capitalization of $62 billion, has recently lost $192 billion, as interest rates have risen, according to ETF Guide and Scott Minerd, the Global Chief Investment Officer at Guggenheim Partners. This, despite attempts by the central bank of the United States to keep interest rates much, much lower "Our estimate shows that the spike in bond yields since the first quarter of this year,” writes Minerd, “has caused a mark-to-market loss of $192 billion on the Fed’s holding assets, equivalent to approximately all of the unrealized gains that the Fed had accumulated since it began...
  • Labor unions break ranks with White House on ObamaCare

    05/21/2013 6:46:59 AM PDT · by Sopater · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/13 05:00 AM ET | Kevin Bogardus
    Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare. Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) — a 1.3 million-member labor group that twice endorsed Obama for president — is very worried about how the reform law will affect its members’ healthcare plans. Last month, the president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers released a statement calling “for repeal or...
  • Did Obama and IRS Union Boss Talk Tea Party? WH Won’t Say

    05/20/2013 4:24:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 5/20/2013 | Fred Lucas
    The head of the National Treasury Employee Union (NTEU), which represents employees of the Internal Revenue Service, met with President Barack Obama in the White House one day before the manager of the IRS’s “Technical Unit” suggested establishing a “Sensitive Case Report” for the tax-exempt status applications of Tea Party groups, according to data from the official White House visitor log and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The White House visitor log shows that NTEU President Colleen Kelley met with Obama--“POTUS,” President of the United States--on March 31, 2010. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report on...
  • Twinkie The Kid Fires A Shot Across Obama’s Bow

    04/29/2013 9:01:07 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 24 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 04/29/13 | Shout Btis
    Today's fun story is the return of Twinkies, due in stores this summer. Less fun for Pres. Obama's labor agenda is that Hostess's new owner is not hiring union labor to bake and deliver its products. Because the former Hostess liquidated in bankruptcy several months ago, no labor contracts exist between Hostess and powerful unions such as the Teamsters. The steady decline of private sector unions is nothing new, but the Hostess restructuring is a test case for unions and Obama's ability to repay them for their support. Pres. Obama's latest nemesis –Twinkie The Kid Obama is a union man,...
  • Roofers union calls for Obamacare's repeal

    04/16/2013 3:09:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/16/13 | Sean Higgins
    The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers is reportedly the first union to officially call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The health care law is prompting some serious buyer’s remorse in Big Labor, which worked hard on behalf of the administration to pass it: The union’s statement can be found here. The full text is below: United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers International President Kinsey M. Robinson issued the following statement today calling for a repeal or complete reform of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA):
  • After Bankrupting Hostess, Union Workers Rake In The Federal Dough

    02/24/2013 3:07:38 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Labor: Who says intransigence doesn't pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, union bakers have been rewarded by the White House with Trade Adjustment Assistance. It's all the foreigners' fault. Politics: Who says intransigence doesn't pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, the White House has decided to reward the union bakers with Trade Adjustment Assistence, blaming foreigners. What a sweet deal. ... the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International (BCTGM). It refused to deal, taking the entire company, including fellow workers, down with it. Turns out the union...
  • Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers

    01/25/2013 9:55:17 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies ^ | February 28, 2012 | Joe Newby
    In an effort to cut defense spending, the Obama Administration plans to cut health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while not touching the benefits enjoyed by unionized civilian defense workers. The move, congressional aides suggested, is to force those individuals into Obamacare, Bill Gertz reported at the Washington Beacon. Gertz added: The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and...
  • Michigan Poised to Become Right to Work State; Protesters Shout 'Heil Hitler' in Response

    12/07/2012 5:44:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | December 8, 2012 | Kate Hicks
    Michigan is one step closer to becoming a Right to Work state. Last night, both the state House and Senate passed bills that would forbid the public sector unions from taking 2% out of workers’ paychecks for dues payments, regardless of whether or not they’re members. The bills can’t be passed into law until Tuesday, owing to procedural requirements, but they’re almost sure to prevail, at which point Gov. Rick Snyder has vowed to sign them. The House and Senate each passed bills on the same day they were introduced that give private and public sector workers the right to...
  • The adults at Hostess give a reality lesson to Obama’s union children

    11/16/2012 11:47:48 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 89 replies ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This is the end of Hostess Bakery Company. It was started in 1930 and died a few days after Barack Obama was reelected. The smiles have barely left the faces of his supporters, and now thousands of them across the country are being fired and laid-off. “We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike. Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.” With these 45 words the world has been turned...
  • AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: This Whole Fiscal Cliff Thing Is Manufactured

    11/15/2012 8:45:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/15/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    During a speech today in Washington D.C., AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the looming debt disaster a "manufactured crisis" and said "there isn't a fiscal cliff." "There is no fiscal cliff," Trumka says in prepared remarks to the National Mediation Board Conference in Washington on Thursday. "What we’re facing is an obstacle course within a manufactured crisis that was hastily thrown together in response to inflated rhetoric about our federal deficit." Obama met with Trumka earlier this week, in addition to other far left leaders, to discuss economic policy. Apparently a $3500 tax increase on every family doesn't serve as...
  • FBI seizes items at home of former top aide to Gov. Walker

    09/14/2011 1:16:20 PM PDT · by Jean S · 56 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 9/14/11 | Jason Stein, Patrick Marley and Steve Schultze
    Madison - About a dozen law enforcement officers, including FBI agents, visited the home of a former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday as part of a growing John Doe investigation. The home on Dunning St. on Madison's east side is listed in property records as belonging to Cynthia A. Archer, who was until recently deputy administration secretary to the Republican governor. "We're doing a law enforcement action," one of the FBI agents told a reporter. He didn't identify himself or provide further comment but confirmed that he and three others were with the FBI and that sheriff's...
  • Live Thread... Clearing of the Wisconsin Capitol

    02/27/2011 1:44:48 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 234 replies · 1+ views
    Ustream ^ | Ustream
    The Rotunda continues to fill up as the 4pm deadline approaches. The Ustream video showed an almost empty Rotunda 35 minutes ago. Now the Rotunda is packed.
  • AFL CIO Chief: Raising Taxes Will Create Jobs

    02/25/2011 7:40:44 AM PST · by econjack · 58 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Peter Gorenstein
    What's the best way to get Americans back to work? Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. "We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country," he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip. "We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development." Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn't include Obama's objective of high-speed...
  • Joe Biden update: He meets with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to talk about secret stuf

    02/24/2011 10:15:25 AM PST · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24. 2011 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    Public schedule of Vice President Joe Biden for Thursday, Feb. 24: At 10:45 AM, the Vice President and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will meet with President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and with presidents of AFL-CIO labor organizations. Whatever do you suppose they're plotting inside this transparent Obama administration White House? Well, we'll never know. Because this meeting of an elected federal official with top labor union officers is closed to press. Then there are the meetings with lobbyists held just off the executive office grounds to avoid reporting them in White House logs. You are dismissed.
  • Another reminder that the SEIU, Obama’s pet union stinks of hatred for America

    02/24/2011 6:51:57 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies ^ | FEBRUARY 24TH, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    “…. the events in Wisconsin, and other states, unfold it is instructive to consider who is orchestrating the actions of the unions as they fight to keep their stranglehold on our economy. Investigated for terror ties Although you might not have gotten it from the old media, last September the FBI raided the homes of several people in the Midwest including those of two current or former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 Executive Board members. The FBI is investigating the SEIU’s Chicago local (a Barack Obama favored union), for its ties to terror organizations bent on the destruction...
  • The Next Bailout: $165B for Unions (NO WAY!!)

    05/24/2010 12:51:28 PM PDT · by teddyballgame · 30 replies · 1,144+ views ^ | 5/24/10 | Erik Berte
    Democratic senator is introducing legislation for a bailout of troubled union pension funds. If passed, the bill could put another $165 billion in liabilities on the shoulders of American taxpayers. The bill, which would put the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation behind struggling pensions for union workers, is being introduced by Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), who says it will save jobs and help people. As FOX Business Network’s Gerri Willis reported Monday, these pensions are in bad shape; as of 2006, well before the market dropped and recession began, only 6% of these funds were doing well. Although right now taxpayers...
  • Obama Gives Unions a 'Massive Payback' with Executive Order, Contractors Claim

    04/30/2010 3:24:34 AM PDT · by Man50D · 21 replies · 904+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | Christopher Neefus
    The nation’s non-union contractors, who constitute the bulk of the construction industry, say President Obama has given a “massive payback” to unions by implementing an executive order that would help them secure billions of dollars in construction contracts on public projects -- and a House Republican congressman agrees. The executive order, implemented in mid-April, encourages federal agencies to use “project labor agreements” or PLAs on their construction projects, which could require any non-union workers to pay into ailing union pension funds and follow work guidelines set out by a union. Ben Brubeck, who is director of the labor and federal...
  • Public-Sector Unions Bankrupting America

    04/23/2010 6:53:46 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies · 744+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2010 | Editorial staff
    Usually it takes a national government to spend itself into a debt measured in the trillions. Yet it comes as little surprise that the same profligacy that pervades the corridors of federal power infects this country's 87,000 state, county and municipal governments and school districts. By 2013, the amount of retirement money promised to employees of these public entities will exceed cash on hand by more than a trillion dollars. That's according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, which earlier this month released a troubling analysis of 126 state and local pension plans. The center's researchers found...
  • Obama to deliver miners' eulogy

    04/19/2010 7:42:20 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 93 replies · 2,435+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 4/19/10 | Daniel Malloy
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy Sunday for the 29 miners who died in a coal mine explosion earlier this month. The service, announced today by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, will be held in Beckley, W.Va., and will include prayers, musical performances, tributes to the miners, and remarks from Mr. Manchin and other dignitaries. Vice President Joe Biden will join the president to participate in the service, according to a White House news release issued today. The service will be held at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, at 200 Armory Drive in Beckley, at 3:30 p.m....
  • Obama-linked union : White workers 'f---ing rabidly racist'

    04/15/2010 6:01:00 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 22 replies · 755+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | APRIL 15, 2010 | Aaron Klein
    White American workers are "so f---ing rabidly racist" their sentiments can be used to scare blacks into supporting comprehensive immigration reform for illegal Latinos, argued SEIU Executive Vice President Gerry Hudson. "On white workers, I think we got some real problems. I've spent a lot of time in Wisconsin and places like that, where I have heard some of the most anti-immigrant sentiments around," said Hudson, speaking April 6 at a Washington, D.C., conference sponsored by Dissent magazine, which is closely linked with the Democrat Socialists of America group.
  • Card Check By Fiat?

    03/26/2010 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 451+ views ^ | March 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Unions: Republican senators have warned the president not to appoint Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board while Congress is in recess. But he will — and American workers and consumers will be worse off for it. There's good reason to oppose Becker sitting on the NLRB, the five-member federal agency that administers the National Labor Relations Act governing relations between unions and private-sector employers. It's not so much because Becker is a lawyer for the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union and would be the first NLRB member to come straight from the legal staff of organized...
  • SEIU warns House Dem: Vote yes or we’ll primary you

    03/12/2010 6:23:15 PM PST · by blueyon · 45 replies · 1,819+ views
    hotair ^ | 03/12/10 | Allahpundit
    The Democrats can’t afford to let this thing get to the recess without a vote — the risk of another round of angry townhalls is too great — so every last stop will be pulled out over the next week. This is just the beginning.
  • Obama Draws Fire for Appointing SEIU's Stern to Deficit Panel

    03/06/2010 8:02:24 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 27 replies · 1,084+ views
    Fox News / AP ^ | 3/6/2010 | Ed Barnes
    President Obama's decision to appoint his close political ally, union leader Andrew Stern, to the newly created National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has set off a firestorm of criticism from business and conservative groups who charge he is a political radical who should be investigated for failure to register as a lobbyist. President Obama's decision to appoint his close political ally, union leader Andrew Stern, to the newly created National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has set off a firestorm of criticism from business and conservative groups who charge he is a political radical who should be...
  • How The Coming Union Pension Plan Collapse is Affecting White House Decisions

    03/01/2010 9:16:28 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 25 replies · 1,064+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 3/2/2010 | The Lid
    Much of the first 14 months of the Obama administration has been a public "love story" between the White House and the Labor Unions. It seems as if President Obama has been basing many of his decisions on how they help the Union Bosses as opposed to how they help the entire country.... These are just a few ways the President is favoring his friends, the Union leaders over the needs of the Union Rank and file and the American People. The reason for the favorable treatment, the Pension Plans are about to collapse, most of the rank and file...
  • Sinking By The Stern

    03/01/2010 5:07:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 539+ views ^ | March 1, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Union Influence: The White House picks its most frequent visitor to sit on its deficit commission. He believes in big government, in big spending, and that the workers of the world should unite. What could go wrong? Computer security firms have been known to hire the best former hackers because they know best how to stop others like them. But the appointment of Andy Stern, president of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), to a bipartisan commission to come up with ways to deal with the rapidly rising federal budget deficit is like having a serial arsonist organize Fire Prevention...
  • Congress Puts Toyota On Show Trial

    02/23/2010 5:04:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies · 921+ views ^ | February 23, 2010 | INVESTMENT BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Commerce: Toyota's leaders are in for nasty star-chamber hearings in Congress, with politicians grandstanding and regulators pointing fingers. It's no way to treat a big employer that contributes so much to our economy. When Toyota first came to the U.S. in the 1950s and took out TV ads in the 1960s, the Japan-based company was ridiculed. How could its dinky little cars compete with the mighty Big Three automakers for the American market? But by the 1970s, word got out that Toyota was making a superior energy-efficient product and it won the public over. That success seems to be why...
  • Documents confirm White House pushing pro-union contracting policies

    02/23/2010 1:41:26 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 37 replies · 2,763+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/23/10 at 3:53 pm | Gautham Nagesh
    Documents obtained by The Daily Caller confirm the White House is seriously considering adopting a series of proposals that would favor unionized companies bidding on federal contracts. The documents acknowledge the proposals are likely to increase the cost of government contracting and the size of the bureaucracy. The proposals, collectively known as “High Road Contracting Policy,” were first reported earlier this month. The basic elements of the policy would give preference to companies bidding on federal contracts that pay their hourly workers a “living wage” and provide health insurance, employer-funded pension plans and paid sick days. Following the report Republicans...
  • Democrat Caddell rips White House for obeisance to organized labor

    02/17/2010 1:25:00 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 120 replies · 5,499+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/17/10 at 3:55 pm | Jon Ward
    Longtime Democratic strategist Pat Caddell on Wednesday blasted the Obama White House for creating “a world in which there is no dissent,” following his banishment from Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff’s campaign for Senate. Caddell, in a phone interview with The Daily Caller, doubled down on the comments he made in November, when he said public sector employee unions in Colorado used as leverage to get him tossed from the Romanoff campaign. “What I said about Andy Stern and the SEIU? Sure, they’re thugs,” said Caddell, a former adviser to President Jimmy Carter, who until Wednesday had an informal advising role...
  • A Long Slide in Union Membership (except in government)

    02/14/2010 4:07:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 377+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 13, 2010 | Phyllis Korkki
    Some might say it’s a good thing, others might say the opposite, but there’s no denying that union membership is declining in the United States. Last year, 12.3 percent of wage and salary workers were union members, compared with 20.1 percent in 1983, the first year for which the federal government compiled comparable data. A greater share of public- than private-sector workers belong to unions. Last year local government workers — like teachers, police officers and firefighters — had the highest rate of public sector membership, at 43.3 percent. The figures show a gender differential. More men (13.3 percent) are...
  • Construction Industry Opposes Obama Pro-Union Order

    02/12/2010 3:36:25 AM PST · by Man50D · 8 replies · 643+ views ^ | February 12, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    A federal commission has yet to enact a year-old executive order that President Barack Obama thinks will avoid labor unrest but one that critics say discriminates against non-union companies and non-union workers in federal contracting. The construction industry, one of the hardest hit industries from the economic downturn, is speaking out against enactment of the executive order. While unemployment is 9.7 percent nationwide, it is 18.7 percent in the construction industry. Brett McMahon, vice president of the Miller & Long concrete construction firm in Bethesda, Md., said the company is anxious over what will happen if the executive order is...
  • Sen. Brown Delivers: Labor’s Love Lost

    02/10/2010 7:48:20 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 10 replies · 880+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/10/2010 | Ed Carson
    The Senate on Tuesday rejected Craig Becker, President Obama’s nominee for the National Labor Relations Board. Becker got 52 votes — but he needed 60 to break a GOP filibuster. Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Ben Nelson of Nebraska even voted no. On the surface, new Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., wasn’t important. But he denied Democrats' ability to break a GOP filibuster, so there was no point in vulnerable senators sticking their necks out
  • Members Only

    02/09/2010 4:45:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 249+ views ^ | February 9, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Labor Policy: And you thought card check legislation was dead? That certainly appeared to be the case last spring. But now there's talk of attaching it to a jobs bill. Dirty politics and lousy policy. Card check, known last year as the Employee Free Choice Act, is an attempt to fundamentally change the way unions organize. Under a card check law, a union would be certified if a simple majority of workers signed the cards that were used to gauge their interest in unionization. A follow-up vote through a secret ballot, the traditional method of certifying a union, would not...
  • Brown opposes Obama nominee in first big vote

    02/09/2010 2:23:40 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 689+ views ^ | Feb. 9, 2010 | Eric Zimmermann
    Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) cast his first major vote today, helping Republicans maintain a filibuster against President Obama's nominee to the National Labor Relations Board. Brown opposed ending debate on the nomination of Craig Becker, a former lawyer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) who has received stiff opposition from business groups and Republicans. The final vote was 52-33, falling short of the 60 needed to end debate and move to a final vote. President Obama has blasted Republicans for filibustering nominees like Becker. The vote suggests Brown will stick with his caucus on controversial party-line votes. Many suspect...
  • Becker Goes Down (Scott Brown Voted NO! Alert)

    02/09/2010 1:58:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 73 replies · 2,837+ views
    National Review ^ | 2/09/2010 | Daniel Foster
    The nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board was just defeated on a cloture vote 52-33. Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.), Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D., Ark.), and Sen. Scott Brown (R., Mass.) all voted against cloture.
  • Obama's Nomination of Craig Becker to Serve on National Labor Relations Board Fails in Senate

    02/09/2010 1:56:14 PM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 107 replies · 4,940+ views
    Fox News | Feb. 9, 2010
    Fox News now reporting that Pres. Obama;s nomination of leftist radical labor union associated Craig Becker has failed in the US senate.
  • Defeat the EFCA and Card-Check

    02/09/2010 7:25:27 AM PST · by James H. Shott · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | February 9, 2010 | James H. Shott
    Still looming on the legislative horizon is something deceptively called the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, H.R. 800), the provisions of which will make it easier for union organizers to impose union representation on a group of workers by circumventing the current secret ballot method of deciding for or against union representation with an odious mechanism called “card check.” Secret ballot voting has been a feature in US elections for more than two centuries, and that includes union elections. However, if the EFCA were to become law, the federal government will have tilted the playing field toward labor unions by...
  • Obama's Unholy Union—With Unions

    02/09/2010 4:22:34 AM PST · by opentalk · 16 replies · 732+ views
    cnbc ^ | 8 Feb 2010 | Dennis Kneale
    President Obama is losing friends left and right these days. Moderate Dems to his right are getting queasy over just how liberal and profligate some of his policies turn out to be. Ultra-liberals to his left are miffed he isn't even more liberal. ..President Obama still has one unstinting and stalwart comrade: the unions. After decades in inexorable and well-deserved decline, unions are back bigtime in the Obama-nation. It is an unholy union. It’s bad for business, bad for the economy, bad for our country. Worse, for reasons I’ll explain in a moment, this alliance could lead to bigger government...
  • White House considers pro-labor policy for government contractors

    02/05/2010 5:24:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 335+ views ^ | Feb. 5, 2010 | Gautham Nagesh
    The Obama administration is considering a proposal that would heavily favor government contractors that implement policies designed by organized labor. The “High Road Contracting Policy” would give preference to companies that adopt practices above and beyond existing labor laws. Multiple sources have confirmed the discussions, which are part of the White House’s attempt to spur economic growth through procurement reform and are driven by the Center for American Progress and the Service Employees International Union. The proposal would advantage contractors that provide hourly workers with a “living wage”, health insurance, an employer-funded retirement plan and paid sick days. Contracting officers...
  • Senate rushing to do favors for Big Labor before Brown is seated

    02/03/2010 6:25:50 AM PST · by opentalk · 17 replies · 884+ views
    Examiner ^ | 02/02/10 | Mark Hemingway
    Yesterday, Senate Democrats rushed through a party-line cloture vote on Obama's nominee for Solicitor General, Patricia Smith. Smith got 60 Democratic votes even though a Republican senator produced damning evidence that she lied in Senate testimony regarding her role in a controversial program that unfairly benefited labor unions while she was New York State Labor Commissioner. Today, the Senate is again trying to perform as many favors for Big Labor as it can before newly elected Republican Senator Scott Brown is seated and Democrats lose their supermajority. Senate Democrats are now trying to rush through the nomination of Craig Becker...
  • Obama Administration Says It Is 'Not Finished With Toyota'

    02/02/2010 1:35:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 126 replies · 4,896+ views
    Obama Administration Says It Is 'Not Finished With Toyota' By JOSH MITCHELL And NORIHIKO SHIROUZU The Obama administration toughened its stance toward Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday, saying it is still reviewing possible safety defects in the company's vehicles and weighing other actions. "We're not finished with Toyota and are continuing to review possible defects and monitor the implementation of the recalls," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. Another DOT official said the agency is considering a civil penalty against the Japanese auto maker. Mr. LaHood, in his statement, said "while Toyota is taking responsible action now, it...
  • Big Labor Splits On Health Care Tactics

    01/20/2010 1:52:50 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 5 replies · 449+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/20/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The nation’s two top labor coalitions have split over how to proceed on the health care bill, further damaging the already-fading chances that the bill will land on the president’s desk. Bill Samuel, legislative director of the AFL-CIO, told reporter Greg Sargent that his organization is opposed to any plan that is based on passing the Senate version of the health care bill. “We don’t want the House to pass the Senate bill,” Samuel told Sargent. “We would not be in favor of passing the Senate bill without fixing the problems that we’ve identified.” But Andy Stern, president of the...
  • Unions: No tax on 'Cadillac' health plans

    10/02/2009 10:33:13 AM PDT · by RC one · 6 replies · 329+ views
    the hill ^ | 10/02/09 06:11 AM ET | Kevin Bogardus
    Organized labor is turning to House Democrats to oppose a tax on high-cost insurance plans that is under consideration to help pay for healthcare reform. Unions are blasting the idea in the Senate Finance Committee bill, as many union members would be affected because they either have expensive insurance to cover dangerous professions or negotiated for better benefits instead of higher wages. So far, at least one union has now turned to the lower chamber to stop the proposed tax from becoming law. An e-mail accidentally sent to The Hill on Wednesday by a senior lobbyist of the International Union...
  • Democrats Give Unions Special Break in Health Care Bill

    01/15/2010 2:23:09 PM PST · by Starman417 · 23 replies · 867+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-15-10 | Mike's America
    Non Union workers will be forced to pay the difference!Two neighbors do the same kind of work. One is a member of a union and the other is not. Both work in fields which require a substantial health insurance plan. So why is it that the neighbor in the non-union job will now pay a 40% tax on a premium health insurance plan and the union neighbor will get a waiver on that tax until 2018? It's another smack in the face to fairness that has been all too common in the Democrat conduct of health care "reform." First there...
  • Unions, Obama Cut Backroom Deal on Health Care Tax Exemption

    01/15/2010 3:05:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 463+ views
    NLPC ^ | January 15, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
    For organized labor, if there's anything better than a federal takeover of health insurance, it's a federal takeover of health care with a major tax break for union members. Union leaders, led by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (see photo), this week gave the country a first-hand lesson on how to play behind-the-scenes political hardball. Yesterday, following a three-day marathon negotiating session, the nation's top labor officials announced they had reached an agreement to delay introduction of a federal excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans on their rank and file. While a number of Republicans are calling the deal a...
  • Labor's Power Play

    01/13/2010 6:10:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1,285+ views ^ | January 13, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: With the Massachusetts Senate race in a dead heat, the Service Employees International Union makes a massive ad buy for a Democrat raising money from lobbyists. Sorry, Sen. Kerry, but the tea party's coming. Having received a tsunami warning, the purple shirts of the SEIU have sprung into action with a major ad buy trying to pull the Senate candidacy of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley from the jaws of defeat. The buy size of $685,000, extracted from the union dues of not-always-willing workers, is one of the biggest of the election. The ads note that Republican Scott Brown...
  • Unions Collect A Health Care Payoff

    01/14/2010 6:15:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 596+ views ^ | January 14, 2010 | INVESTOR BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: Big Labor carved out a tax exemption for union members' health plans on Thursday, paving the way for passage of health care reform. Call it what it is: a bribe to cronies in an increasingly corrupt overhaul. With Nebraska winning "free" coverage of its Medicare costs in the Senate version of the bill, and Louisiana getting a tax exemption of its own, what's one more bone to a favored political group on a bill Democrats are determined to pass no matter what? That's what made it easy for labor leaders, following a sit-down with the White House, to carve...
  • Did Obama bribe the Unions to back him? Poll

    01/14/2010 5:46:12 PM PST · by DBlake · 5 replies · 404+ views
    Youpolls ^ | 12-14-2009 | Yahoo
    Union leaders bowed Thursday to White House demands for a new tax on high-cost insurance plans....
  • AFL-CIO Predicts 'Card Check' Passage This Spring

    01/11/2010 12:25:04 PM PST · by Big Labor Hater · 6 replies · 508+ views
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 1/11/10 | Brian Buetler
    Speaking at the National Press Club this afternoon, AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka made a bold prediction: The Employee Free Choice Act--the flagship legislation of the labor movement--will pass in the first quarter of 2010. "I think you'll see the Employee Free Choice Act pass in the first quarter of 2010," Trumka said. "You'll have it have some real effect. We'll start creating and making new jobs in this country again."
  • Cadillac Tax’: Has Obama Told a ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Lie About His Position

    01/09/2010 12:47:29 PM PST · by Pacothecat · 35 replies · 2,840+ views
    Cadillac Tax’: Has Obama Told a ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Lie About His Position
  • Obama to Meet Union Leaders Over Their Opposition to Cadillac Tax (Obama lied to the unions)

    01/09/2010 1:46:04 PM PST · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 1,080+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/9/2010 | Fox News
    President Obama plans to meet with union leaders Monday to discuss their opposition to a proposed tax on high-cost insurance plans, a tax that would pay for his health care overhaul plan, sources told Fox News. The meeting is expected to include leaders from the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union and other labor organizations. Union officials told The Associated Press that they view the meeting Monday as a chance to forcefully make their case that the tax is bad policy and bad politics. Unions contend that the tax would be passed along to workers.