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  • SEIU Endorses Clinton, Dealing Blow to Sanders

    11/17/2015 5:01:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/17/15 | Brendan Bordelon
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the powerful 1.9 million-member group that helped fast-food workers protest for a $15 minimum wage, endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Tuesday. “Hillary Clinton has proven she will fight, deliver, and win for working families,” said SEIU president Mary Kay Henry in a press release. “SEIU members and working families across America are part of a growing movement to build a better future for their families, and Hillary Clinton will support and stand with them.” A Clinton campaign press release responded that she was “deeply honored” to earn the union’s support. It’s a crushing...
  • Bernie Snags Another HUGE Union Endorsement

    11/12/2015 3:54:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/12/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders got his biggest union endorsement thus far Thursday as the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) announced its support for his candidacy.Unions aren’t just major financial contributors, they also rally hoards supporters. As a result, Bernie and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton have competed for their support. The latest endorsement represents a huge victory for the Vermont socialist. The union represents 200,000 employees and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.“Politics as usual has not worked,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. “We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not...
  • United Auto Workers union threatens General Motors strike

    10/24/2015 4:45:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 24, 2015 7:30 PM EDT
    The United Auto Workers union says its workers at General Motors will strike if it cant agree on a new contract with the company by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Both sides are still negotiating. The union made a similar threat in recent discussions with FIAT Chrysler before agreeing to a new four-year contract.
  • Trump Leading by 27% in Union Stronghold as Teamsters Want Meeting and Unions Abandon Hillary

    10/03/2015 6:30:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 56 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | Oct 1, 2015
    Reports say that the influential Teamsters union may snub Hillary Clinton in favor of endorsing a Republican candidate such as Donald Trump for the White House in 2016.Such a move would likely be a notable boost for Republicans with Independents and “Reagan Democrats,” a critical segment of swing-voters that candidates spend millions trying to woo. These “middle of the road” type voters are crucial to winning bellwether regions like Michigan’s Macomb County.Clinton also faces snubs from other powerful unions like the AFL-CIO and AFSCME, refusing to back Hillary as they try to push Vice President Joe Biden into the race.According...
  • Seattle May Soon Force Uber And Lyft Drivers To Unionize

    09/23/2015 6:49:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/23/15 | Connor D Wolf
    The Seattle City Council began considering a bill Wednesday it claims will help give Uber and Lyft drivers a voice, but which critics say is nothing more than a giveaway to unions.Democratic Councilman Mike OBrien introduced the bill, which would impact contract drivers for Uber, Lyft and any other ride-sharing company. The goal, its supporters say, is to give the drivers more of a voice by allowing drivers to collectively negotiate.The majority of drivers for hire come from historically disadvantaged communities, the city council noted in an issue page on its website. Unfortunately, they are often taken advantage of by...
  • Scott Walker: Make federal employee unions illegal

    09/15/2015 4:54:17 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/15/15 | Dan Calabrese
    As FDR believed they should be, and as they were before 1962. I know that some of you are going to call this an attention-getting stunt because Walker is struggling in the polls. Heres my response to that: A guy whos running for president should seek success in the polls by making solid, serious policy proposals. Thats what this is. And if anyone thinks hes not serious, they dont know Walkers governing history. He understands like few governors how the cycle of corruption works between public-employee unions and Democrats: Unions fund Democrat candidates, who, once elected, offer generous compensation packages...
  • Obama Job Approval Down to 52% Among U.S. Union Workers [Happy Labor Day]

    09/02/2015 10:11:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Gallup ^ | 9/2/15
    Leading into this year's Labor Day holiday, 52% of U.S. union members approve of President Barack Obama's job performance, down slightly from 56% in the first quarter of 2015 and one percentage point above his personal low among this group. At the same time, the average rating of the president among those who are not union members has been flat at 46%. .....Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted July 1-Aug. 30, 2015, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 25,795 working adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S....
  • The Lefts Minimum Wage Compassion Is Actually Contempt for Entry Level Workers

    08/10/2015 11:01:16 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 7 replies
    Benweingarten.com ^ | 2015-08-10 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Steve Caldeira, CEO of the International Franchise Association, alerts us to the latest plan to ensure economic justice through raising worker pay by government decree. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, believing that the Empire State is free from the strictures of supply and demand curves or more likely that he must appease Big Labor is promoting a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour from $8.75 an hour for workers in fast-food restaurants with 30 or more locations. Such a plan may be politically astute how can anyone...
  • Big Labor defends Planned Parenthood, calls attacks 'extremist,' 'politically motivated' VIDEO

    Two of the countrys biggest and most powerful labor unions have come to the defense of Planned Parenthood, amid a series of recently released videos in which leaders of the group are seen bargaining for the sale price of fetal tissues and organs, according to Watchdog.org. Henry made the statement after the release of at least two videos and after the Republican-controlled Congress began to take action to stop federal funding for the group, which provides abortions and other womens medical services. The for-profit sale of aborted body parts by Planned Parenthood for research is illegal. The group has apologies...
  • Could labor be getting ready to bail on Hillary in favor of Bernie Sanders?

    07/30/2015 10:26:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m still not at the point where I’m willing to raise the possibility of Hillary losing the nomination to some number greater than 0% but there are some interesting smoke signals coming up on the horizon lately which might have me questioning the collective wisdom on the subject. Bernie Sanders is in Maryland this week attending the AFL-CIO’s executive council meeting and making his pitch for why he’s a better candidate to support big labor than Hillary. (Clinton will be there after him.) Obviously he would like to have the support of the unions because, let’s face it, no...
  • America's Top Union Leader Just Destroyed Scott Walker in Six Words (deluded)

    07/13/2015 2:11:10 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 82 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | July 13, 2015 | By Simon Vozick-Levinson
    "Scott Walker is a national disgrace," reads the entirety of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's statement. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one of the most hardcore right-wing extremists in America. His slash-and-burn policies have gutted Wisconsin workers' collective bargaining rights, defunded Planned Parenthood and more all of which has made him a prime punching bag for progressives around the country. For some reason, the Republican zealot is hell-bent on conducting a doomed campaign for president in 2016, a painfully obvious fact which he "revealed" Monday morning after months of tedious teasing, including one recent public appearance in which he bizarrely...
  • One Of The Nations Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders

    07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Bernie Sanders has picked up a key endorsement as one of the nations most influential labor leaders has announced his support for the Democratic presidential candidate. The Sanders campaign made the announcement in a statement: In another show of union support for Bernie Sanders, one of the nations most influential labor leaders on Friday endorsed the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sanders at a news conference held here in a local union hall. This is not a close call, Cohen said at the news conference. This...
  • Is the Democratic Party Becoming Anti-Labor?

    05/16/2015 5:18:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Studies show there are three things you can do that will almost guarantee you will never live in poverty: (1) finish high school, (2) get a full time job and (3) get married, but wait until you are 21 and dont have children until you are married. Do these three things and its very unlikely you will be poor. If you are, you wont be poor for very long.So how does public policy affect these choices? Inner city schools dominated by powerful teacher unions are not meeting the needs of poor minority students. The welfare state (185 federal/state means test...
  • The Democrats Abandon Free Trade

    05/14/2015 11:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    For a long time, there was a bipartisan consensus for free trade. President George H.W. Bush, a Republican, negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement, and Democrat Bill Clinton got it passed. It prevailed in the Senate in 1993 with the support of 27 Democrats and 34 Republicans. The consensus wasn't unanimous by any means, but it was broad enough to steadily advance the cause. Tuesday's Senate vote against considering a bill to give President Barack Obama "fast-track authority" for trade deals suggests those days are gone. Only one Democrat supported it, with 42 opposed -- led by Elizabeth Warren,...
  • Obama after trade deal defeat: This is personal for me

    05/13/2015 11:01:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 13, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Minutes after his former Democratic colleagues in the Senate filibustered his trade deal, President Obama sent a message to supporters declaring the fight was personal for me and pleading with liberals to rally around him. The president has been working with congressional Republicans to try to win fast-track trade powers, which would allow him to more easily negotiate trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership deal with 11 nations that border the Pacific Ocean. But Democrats, including dozens who served in the Senate when Mr. Obama was there, have balked at his efforts, questioning whether he has American workers...
  • Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda (fails 52-45)

    05/12/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obamas trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation. A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle in the 52-45 vote. Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) was the only Democrat to back it. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no to reserve his ability to return to the measure at a later date. Fast-track is a top legislative priority for the White House, but it has run into significant...
  • Union cancels Boeing vote, claiming gun-toting workers told it to take off

    04/24/2015 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The union looking to organize workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint. The North Charleston plant, which opened in the right-to-work state four years ago and builds fuselages for 747s and 787s, employs about 7,500 workers. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had been trying to build support for a vote this week on unionizing 3,175 production and maintenance workers, but called off the vote days before it was to happen.
  • Millennials Dont Want to Join Unions, Heres Why

    04/13/2015 3:00:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Jared Meyer
    Unions are in trouble. Membership is declining, public pension plans are dangerously underfunded, and young workers are not interested in diverting a portion of their paychecks to dues that offer them few benefits in return. Half the states have passed right to work legislation that says that workers cannot be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. In the face of these challenges, the union membership rate has fallen to a 100-year low. Membership rates continue to fall as traditionally unionized industries such as steel and textiles move offshore and younger workers choose the non-union sector. Only...
  • South Carolina governor takes aim at union 'bullies' in Boeing labor vote

    04/02/2015 12:20:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Colleen Jenkins
    - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley considers the bid to unionize workers at Boeing Co's North Charleston plant a threat to one of her state's corporate crown jewels, and she is turning to radio, speeches and social media to denounce the campaign. "We don't need their bully middleman tactics between our associates and their employer," she wrote on Twitter last month. It was a message in keeping with Haley's previous declarations that she is a "union buster" who wears high heels to kick out organized labor "thugs" seeking to gain a foothold in the state. The April 22 union vote...
  • Business Leaders And Unions React To Congress Ending Biased NLRB Rule

    03/20/2015 8:05:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/20/2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Richard Griffin was appointed to the National Labor Relations Board via a recess appointment and still serves despite a court ruling that his appointment was illegal. House Republicans on Thursday struck down a labor board rule which critics say unfairly benefit unions.The National Labor Relations Board rule, which was finalized in December, shortens the length of time in which a labor union certification election is held from the current median of 38 days to as little as 11 days.Calling it the ambush election rule, critics argue it will deprive employees time to fully understand the impact of unionizing before they...
  • Scott Walker could become the worlds most powerful man. So who the hell is he?

    03/14/2015 4:31:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    News Australia ^ | March 14, 2015
    EVERY talking head in the United States has spent the last week prattling on about Hillary Clintons emails.Fair enough. The former Secretary of State violated government rules in an apparent effort to keep her correspondence safe from scrutiny. Thats no small matter. But in the meantime, another politician has come from nowhere to dethrone Jeb Bush as the frontrunner for the Republican Partys presidential nomination. His names Scott Walker.A few months ago, Walker was an obscure underdog with little more than an outside chance of becoming the nominee. Now hes being seriously considered for the most important job on the...
  • Steelworkers strike: More labor board charges filed

    03/05/2015 5:18:12 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 4, 2015 | LM Sixel
    The National Right to Work Foundation announced Wednesday that three employees at LyondellBasell filed unfair labor practice charges against the United Steelworkers Union. The charges allege that union officials from Steelworkers Local 13-227 are harassing workers who are going back to work. The charges were filed Monday with the National Labor Relations Board, according to the foundation that is providing free legal help. The foundation accused an unnamed local union official of making threats toward workers who continue to work during the strike. The group also alleges that union officials have allowed a union Facebook page to threaten union-represented employees...
  • BREAKING: Walker about to sign right-to-work in Wisconsin

    02/22/2015 7:03:32 PM PST · by Mozilla · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/23/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Having lived through this two years ago in Michigan, I can tell you the insanity Wisconsin is in for, but then again the state that dealt with the Democrat fleebagger insanity isnt going to be surprised by too much. Republican leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature have decided to fast-track right-to-work through the legislative process, and Gov. Scott Walker has indicated hes ready to sign it: --snip-- Some will say Walker is only doing this to burnish his presidential bona fides. To that I would say two things: 1. Its the Legislature thats leading this charge; and 2. If the way...
  • In Wisconsin, Walkers anti-union law has crippled labor movement

    02/22/2015 6:02:30 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 02/22/2015 | Robert Samuels
    KING, Wis. At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate.
  • $1,200-a-Day Union Workers Force Shut-Down of 29 West Coast Ports

    02/08/2015 12:57:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | by Chriss W. Street
    The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced that loading and unloading operations at all 29 West Coast ports would temporarily be suspended this weekend in response to union slowdowns that brought freight movements at the ports to a near standstill. PMA members stated that they cannot afford the almost $1,200 per day cost to employ International Longshore and Warehouse Union members to do little work. After Breitbart broke the story on Thursday that union members of the ILWU planned to walk out within the week, the PMA employer group announced they can no longer continue to pay workers the premium pay...
  • Ted Cruz Excellence Award Raises Questions About Caucus Union Ties

    01/20/2015 7:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | January 20, 2015 | David Robb
    The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors former ties to Hollywoods unions are coming into question in light of its recent decision to stand by its award to ultra-conservative presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz. The decision to give the Texas Republican its American Spirit Award had polarized the caucus membership, with internal objections leading to an emergency meeting of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors executive committee Monday, which upheld the decision to honor Cruz. The caucus traditionally hands out American Spirit Awards to a Republican and a Democrat (California Governor Jerry Brown appears to be the choice on...
  • SEIU President Henry: "Obama's Community College Proposal is a Step in the Right Direction....

    01/19/2015 11:29:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    Service Employees International Union (SEIU) ^ | 3:55 PM Eastern - Friday, January 9, 2015 | Jonathan Huskey
    Washington, D.C.-- President Obama has announced a proposal to make two years of community college free for responsible students. Below is SEIU President Mark Kay Henry's statement about the president's proposal: "Access to affordable education for America's students is essential to building a vibrant future for our economy, workforce, and communities. Today, too many hard-working students face skyrocketing tuition bills from poor quality for-profit institutions. President Obama's community college proposal is an important step in the right direction toward expanding access to affordable education for more students. [....] "Sixty-one percent of faculty at America's community colleges are part-time and often...
  • Obama to detail immigration order Thursday night

    11/19/2014 9:00:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama is expected to announce his executive order to grant legal status for millions of illegal immigrants in an address Thursday night, according to sources close to the administration. Mr. Obama will give a broad outline of his action Thursday and follow it up with a trip Friday to Las Vegas to provide more details. The White House would not confirm the report Wednesday morning, nor have Mr. Obamas aides announced any travel plans for later this week. But a spokesman for the AFL-CIO inadvertently disclosed the tentative plans in an email Wednesday. We hear there will be a...
  • UAW publishing names of scabs - aka people who dont want to join UAW

    10/12/2014 8:51:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 10/10/2014 | Dan Calabrese
    To those who buy the romanticized image of labor unions - those brave champions of the working man who work day and night to protect the best interests of just plain folks against the robber barons in the boardrooms and the plush corporate offices - its hard to conceive of why anyone would not want to join the United Auto Workers. Democrats who hate right-to-work laws in states that have them deride said laws as right to work for less. You dumbasses! Why would you not join the union when its going to get you more money and protect you...
  • UAW publishing names of scabs - aka people who dont want to join UAW

    10/12/2014 9:05:07 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    cfp ^ | 10/10/14 | d calabrese
    Democrats who hate right-to-work laws in states that have them deride said laws as right to work for less. You dumbasses! Why would you not join the union when its going to get you more money and protect you from getting fired if you operate machinery drunk and stoned? You dont know whats good for you! But shockingly to the unions and their political protectors, some people prefer not to become part of the collective. And their judgment tends to be vindicated when we see how the overlords of the collective behave when this happens. You dont want to join...
  • AFL-CIO Chief Trumka: Lot of Work to Do on 2014 Turnout

    10/07/2014 4:47:22 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    Washington Wire ^ | 10/7/2014 | Melanie Trottma
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has spent the last month crisscrossing the nation to mobilize voters on behalf of union-endorsed candidates, largely Democrats.His takeaway 28days before the November midterm elections: I feel a sense of urgency that we still have a lot of work to do, he said. Voter turnout is going to be the deciding factor in this election, Mr. Trumka told reporters at a meeting at the labor federations Washington headquarters Tuesday.The challenge labor faces is apathy from prospective voters who are wondering why they should care about this election, Mr. Trumka said. Hes been asked that question many...
  • The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Explained in One Chart

    09/11/2014 8:54:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 10, 2014 | Brent Scher
    Koch Brothers go on offensive to expose dark money in politics. The Koch brotherstaking a break from such nefarious endeavors as spending money in support of their political positions and, worse, donating to hospitalsare going on the offensive with a campaign to expose the vast web of dark money spun by the Democracy Alliance. The Democracy Alliance is a secretive left-wing organization which connects big-money progressive donors to a long list of progressive organizations. A chart mapping out all the groups financed by the Democracy Alliance was distributed by Republicans on the Senate floor on Monday, and it makes clear...
  • Illinois a terrible hostess: Twinkies leave the state

    08/23/2014 11:53:00 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 68 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | August 22, 2014 | Austin Berg
    Hostess Brands LLC announced on Aug. 20 that the Illinois bakery where Twinkies were first invented will close this fall. More than 400 workers will be affected by the shuttering of the companys Schiller Park location in October. Sadly, this isnt surprising. In 2012, Hostess closed three bakeries nationwide after a massive union strike, high labor costs and increased competition turned up the heat on the baked-goods company. Its hard to believe that some variation of these factors didnt cause Hostess to sever its ties with Illinois. About 280 of the companys workers in Schiller Park voted to unionize in...
  • Head of Largest Federal Employee Union Reflects on Events in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 4:18:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    American Federation of Government Employees ^ | August 20, 2014 | President J. David Cox Sr.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AFGE president says reaction to Michael Brown shooting reflects larger civil rights struggle WASHINGTON American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:In the days since Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been an outpouring of anger and grief across the nation. My own reaction is simultaneously one of deep sympathy for his family, a prayer that the justice system works so that a fair investigation and adjudication occur, and an understanding of the righteous anger felt by members of his community who have...
  • Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Ferguson, Missouri Shooting

    08/20/2014 4:32:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    SEIU.org ^ | August 14, 2014 | By Mary Kay Henry
    "Justice is too often elusive in a society that remains segregated and divided by race and class. These divisions are coming to the surface in Ferguson, Mo., and we are encouraged that the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI are intervening with an eye toward easing tensions, guaranteeing civil rights and protecting and serving that community and its residents. "On behalf of the 2 million members of the Service Employees International Union, I extend thoughts and prayers to the family of Michael Brown. May all parties involved in this tragedy find justice and peace."
  • AFSCME Stands in Solidarity with Ferguson Community

    08/20/2014 4:36:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in regards to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri: The thoughts and prayers of our union, AFSCME, are with the family of Michael Brown. As parents, as community members, and as members of a union that works each day for economic and social justice, our hearts go out to them. Our union stands in solidarity with the entire Ferguson community. And we stand with our labor and faith allies to urge a peaceful resolution to this tragic situation.
  • A Short History of the Supreme Court Case That Ended Forced Unionization of Non-Government Employees

    08/15/2014 6:17:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/15/2014 | Patrick Wright
    Organized labors multi-state scheme to gain members, money and influence began to unravel in 2009 when a Michigan housewife started searching for answers on why union dues were being taken out of the checks she received from the State of Michigan for providing daycare to parents who were in a welfare to work program. Sherry Loar owns Baby Steps Childcare Center, a limited liability corporation that she operates out of her home in Petoskey. Sherrys persistence led to the investigation and discovery of the breadth of the union scheme and its flimsy legal justification. Now, nearly five years later, the...
  • Pelosi works to rally Democrats at United Steelworkers conference

    08/11/2014 4:28:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Aug. 11, 2014 | Kyle Roerink
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led a rallying cry for the Democratic Party during a United Steelworkers conference today in Las Vegas. The California Democrats speech to the union comes as her party desperately tries to garner support in the run-up to the Nov. 4 general election. Republicans are likely to make gains in both chambers of Congress, but the partys leaders are showing no signs of surrender. Unions are a historic voting bloc for Democrats and Pelosis speech was a clear pitch to organized labor, asking them to mobilize on Election Day.
  • Unions weep: After becoming RTW state, Michigan incomes rise

    07/27/2014 4:30:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 27, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Hey, do you remember when Michigan shocked the nation and became a right to work state in 2012? That was supposed to usher in the end of the world, at least in the view of union leaders and their Democrat water carriers. As Thomas Lifson reminds us at The American Thinker, the predictions were nigh on to apocalyptic. There will be blood, there will be repercussions, State Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss, speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, warned ahead of the votes. And of course, there were predictions of disaster for the little guy as ruthless bosses would exploit...
  • Supreme Court Deals Blow to Labor Unions

    06/30/2014 7:53:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 83 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 6/30/32014 | unknown
    The Supreme Court says public sector unions cant collect fees from home health care workers who object to being affiliated with a union. The justices on Monday said collecting the fees violates the First Amendment rights of workers who are not union members.
  • Big Labor Declares A War on Tipping

    06/27/2014 2:01:14 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/27/2014 | Ryan Williams
    Workers like tips. For millions of restaurant servers and bartenders, tips are cash-in-hand that can be spent that day for groceries, bills or entertainment. The money isnt bad either... Despite these facts, union front groups known as worker centers are leading an aggressive campaign to eliminate tipping from American restaurants. One of the more prominent critics of tipping is labor activist Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). Jayaraman has attempted to label tipping as sexist, racist and other hot-button terms meant to stir emotion and shame consumers. But the provocative terms used by Jayaraman and other activists...
  • Big Labors VA Choke Hold

    06/01/2014 2:42:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    Public sector unions are out of control. They are extracting wealth from the productive economy and playing taxpayers for chumps. Simple as that. Whether the its the teachers unions, the municipal unions, the SEIU, the workers at the myriad of of alphabet soup agencies, the assumption is that somehow taxpayers work for government employees, for the low level cronies. Our money is supposed to fund their pensions and above market salaries. We owe it to them. The average federal worker makes over $120,000 in total compensation. A comparable private sector worker? About $50,000. This should not be. To some degree...
  • 'Toledo Blade' Closes Printing Facility, Axes 130 Union Jobs

    05/31/2014 5:46:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 May 2014 | John Nolte
    Starting August 1, the left-wing Ohio newspaper, The Toledo Blade, intends to lay off about 130 of its unionized employees due to a permanent shutdown of its Toledo production center that handles printing and inserting. ... In 2013, The Blade lost $8.5 million and has been losing millions for years. As of now there are no plans that will affect the advertising and news-gathering departments. In 2012, The Toledo Blade urged it readers to re-elect President Obama, arguing in part that "He has dealt effectively with economic recession at home
  • The Real Reason Big Labor Wants a Minimum Wage Hike

    05/06/2014 5:33:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    President Obama used a recent weekly address to once again call for an increase in the minimum wage up to $10.10 per hour. The President urged Congress to pass legislation making this change, and praised similar minimum wage hike efforts underway in states and localities. He criticized some in Congress for standing in the way and promised to keep up this fight because our economy works best when it works for all of us not just a fortunate few. Perhaps, before he again employs his lofty rhetoric in defense of this perennial liberal cause, the President should consider the...
  • New Union Ad Says Beer in Grocery Stores 'Kills Children'

    05/04/2014 11:13:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    The liquor store union in Pennsylvania is on the ropes. Right now if one wants to buy beer or liquor in the Keystone State one must buy it from the state owned liquor stores. Run by state employees. But soon Pennsylvania will likely join the civilized world in allowing its residents to buy beer the way God intended. From a gas station. This is curtains for the liquor store employee union and it is not giving up without a fight. The spin guys for the union put together this ad to warn us that if booze was taken out of...
  • Big Labor: ObamaCare is making income inequality worse, you know

    03/08/2014 6:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | ERIKA JOHNSON
    A bunch of labor unions’ massive retrenchment from directly supporting the passage of ObamaCare to publicly taking the legislation to the woodshed is well documented by now, but yet another big union just came out swinging against the law by levying one of President Obama’s favorite intellectually bankrupt themes against him: Income inequality, of course. Via the Washington Examiner: A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.“Only in...
  • Feds Charge Philadelphia Ironworkers (Local 401) with Extortion, Arson and Racketeering

    Feds Charge Philadelphia Ironworkers with Extortion, Arson and Racketeering Federal prosecutors today announced an indictment charging 10 members of the Philadelphia Ironworkers Union Local 401 with extorting and forcing businesses to hire their colleagues and defending their turf from non-union workers with violence. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane Memeger announced the charges at a press conference this morning after the 10 union members named in the indictment were arrested. According to the indictment, members of the Ironworkers would approach foremen at construction sites where iron work was being done and implicitly or explicitly threaten the foreman...
  • Labor Relations Board OKs unions paying people to protest Walmart

    11/28/2013 8:14:18 AM PST · by upchuck · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov 26, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    National Labor Relations Board lawyers okayed a major union's practice of paying people to protest against Walmart in a legal memorandum earlier this month. The federal labor law enforcement agency said the practice of paying workers $50 apiece to join protests did not constitute unlawful coercion of employees. In a Nov. 15 memorandum from the NLRB's general counsel office regarding the so-called Black Friday protests staged by United Food and Commercial Workers against the nonunion retailer last year, the NLRB lawyers determined that the UFCW's offer of $50 gift cards to anyone who showed up to protest was a...
  • UAW Subverting Secret Ballot in TN

    11/21/2013 8:27:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Fred Wszolek
    After bringing Americas automotive industry to the brink of complete collapse, union bosses have set their sights on foreign auto companies with manufacturing plants in the United States, specifically targeting Volkswagens plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The United Auto Workers (UAW) has launched a concerted effort to unionize the Chattanooga plants workers, but have decided to strategically use non-traditional methods to obtain unionization. Last month, UAW representative Gary Casteel poignantly told The Tennessean, We are not seeking a vote necessarily We know if we go for a traditional election where the outside organizations could campaign against us, wed probably...
  • Big Labor's Rewards Come at Public's Expense

    11/12/2013 6:41:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | Fred Wszolek
    Union bosses have an air of entitlement among themselves nowadays. Over the past two election cycles, organized labor has collectively spent hundreds of millions dollars electing President Obama and like-minded Congressmen and Senators. For their efforts, they have come to expect a sizable return on investment. And for the most part, their every wish, no matter how absurd, has been granted by the president himself. Since Big Labor helped President Obama pass his signature healthcare legislation, union bosses have been pushing to receive an exemption from the very same law. The hypocrisy is striking, which is perhaps why the...