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  • 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. Obama’s 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 don’t 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 - it’s 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 it’s going to get you more money and protect you...
  • UAW publishing names of ‘scabs’ - aka people who don’t 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 it’s going to get you more money and protect you from getting fired if you operate machinery drunk and stoned? You don’t know what’s 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 don’t 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 28 days 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 federation’s 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. He’s 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 brothers—taking a break from such nefarious endeavors as spending money in support of their political positions and, worse, donating to hospitals—are 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 company’s Schiller Park location in October. Sadly, this isn’t 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. It’s hard to believe that some variation of these factors didn’t cause Hostess to sever its ties with Illinois. About 280 of the company’s 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 labor’s 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. Sherry’s 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 Democrat’s 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 party’s leaders are showing no signs of surrender. Unions are a historic voting bloc for Democrats and Pelosi’s 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 can’t 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 isn’t 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 Labor’s 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 it’s 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 America’s 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 Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The United Auto Workers (UAW) has launched a concerted effort to unionize the Chattanooga plant’s 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, we’d 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...
  • Unions poised to win delay of ObamaCare tax in budget deal

    10/14/2013 6:07:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/13 05:25 PM ET | Elise Viebeck -
    Labor unions are poised to score the delay of an ObamaCare tax in the bipartisan budget deal emerging in the Senate. The bargain under negotiation would make small adjustments to the healthcare law, including delaying the law's reinsurance fee for one year. The three-year tax is meant to generate revenue that will stabilize premiums on the individual market as sick patients enter the risk pool. The tax applies to all group health plans, but unions argue it will raise their healthcare costs while providing them no benefit.  The reinsurance tax figured prominently in discussions at a recent AFL-CIO convention, where...
  • Trumka Says Shutting Down the Government to Prove a Point is 'Temper Tantrum Worthy of a 4-Year-Old'

    10/01/2013 9:12:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    aflcio.org ^ | September 30, 2013 | Jackie Tortora
    A looming federal government shutdown is slated to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the House Republicans' hostage taking: As of today, it is clear that the Republican Party and the Tea Party have become one and the same when it comes to federal fiscal policy. House Republicans have decided that they will shut down critical public services, stiff public servants, hold America’s credit rating hostage and kill off jobs because they are upset that President Obama decisively defeated Mitt Romney last November. That some Republicans are participating in this fiasco...
  • "No one is above the law, not even the king" except Big Congress & Big Business under ObamaCare

    09/23/2013 7:04:50 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    9/23/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Whether you realize it or not, that is what is taking place. One set of rules for the elite, but a different set for average Joe Americans - they get no one-year exemption, or a Congressional exemption. With all of this in mind, is it no wonder that Obama, Reid, Pelosi and cowardly Republicans are causing Americans to say to h e double l with it all, and leading some like Cruz, Paul, Lee, Palin and others to take a stand and fight for us?
  • Blue-collar laborers rebel at AFL-CIO’s embrace of progressives

    09/12/2013 4:13:11 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    The AFL-CIO needs to stick with representing workers and stop trying to take on social causes for the far left, said the union head for the International Association of Fire Fighters. Harold Schaitberger, who presides over the IAFF, said there is “great value” in aligning with political groups — but only as a secondary mission, he told The Hill. And the AFL-CIO’s recent push to bring in environmental groups and progressive-minded organizations to the union cause is leading the IAFF to express concerns about politics becoming the priority, over the representation of members. “To say that we are going to...
  • CITING OBAMACARE, 40,000 LONGSHOREMEN QUIT THE AFL-CIO

    09/02/2013 8:34:31 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    http://gopthedailydose.com ^ | Sep 2, 2013 | clyde
    Breitbart is reporting that in what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation. In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO’s support of Obamare. “We feel the Federation has...
  • Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO (It's a sign of things to come)

    09/01/2013 6:48:21 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 43 replies
    LABORNOTES ^ | 08/31/2013 | Mark Brenner
    Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO In a surprise move, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced its disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO yesterday. The news comes just a week before the federation is set to hold its national convention in Los Angeles, the nation’s biggest port and an ILWU stronghold.. The ILWU, known for its militant traditions and progressive politics, has been drawn into turf wars with other unions in recent years—particularly in the grain export terminals of the Pacific Northwest, where longshore workers have been locked in a high-stakes battle over master contract standards since 2011. - See more...
  • The Importance of Virginia

    08/15/2013 1:39:03 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 24 replies
    Redstate ^ | 8/15/2013 | Erick Erickson
    Yesterday, the AFL-CIO declared it was going all in in Virginia to get Terry McAuliffe elected. The AFL-CIO has massive amounts of money and, should McAuliffe win, as Jim Geraghty, I, and others have noted, the media and liberal Republicans will claim conservatives cannot get elected. Ken Cuccinelli, as the Attorney General of Virginia, was the first State AG to go to court opposing Obamacare. Ken has also been at the forefront in the fight against Obama’s war on fossil fuels. Ken is the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in this year’s November election and if he loses, it...
  • Obama Inc. Gave $50 Mil in “Green Jobs” Training Cash to Unions

    08/04/2013 9:29:13 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | August 4, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The big revelation in the GAO’s Obama Stimulus “Green Jobs” audit is that much of the 500 million dollars set aside for Green Jobs was really handed over to allied liberal non-profits and labor unions.
  • SEIU Man: If McDonald’s Strikers Don’t Get What They Want, They May Contaminate the Food

    07/31/2013 5:27:08 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 109 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/31/13 | Bryan Preston
    So I guess going to a New York McDonald’s isn’t a good idea right now. Videographer and conservative blogger Adam Sharp of SharpElbows.net attended one such demonstration and interviewed an SEIU member, easily identifiable as such by his purple shirt. When asked whether the union member supported the $15 per hour wage increase the McDonald’s workers were demanding, he admitted, “I’m not sure.” He also said he was there to show his support for the workers rather than the company and expressed a fear that, “if they’re [the McDonald’s employees] pissed off, they could be doing something to that food.”...
  • Senate votes to end debate on NLRB nominee

    07/30/2013 9:48:02 AM PDT · by yoe · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2013 | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate voted 64-34 Tuesday to end debate on the nomination of Kent Hirozawa to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). That vote sets up eight hours of debate time, which could be waived to allow a quick vote on the nomination. After Hirozawa, the nominations of Nancy Schiffer and Mark Pearce to join the NLRB will follow. More than 10 Republicans voted with Democrats to advance Hirozawa's nomination. Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on President Obama’s NLRB nominations as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority's right to filibuster executive branch...
  • 5 Ways Liberalism Destroyed Detroit

    07/30/2013 2:05:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2013 | John Hawkins
    "Does anybody think it's OK to have 40-year-old trees growing through the roofs of dilapidated houses?" -- Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr "A few years ago, the nonpartisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research rated Detroit as the most liberal city in America." -- Michael Tanner Detroit was once one of the world's great cities. It was the 4th largest metropolis in America, jobs were plentiful because of the auto industry, and Motown even kept it on the cutting edge musically. Unfortunately, from 1962 until the present day, the mayor of Detroit has been a Democrat. The result? Detroit's...
  • Video-Opinion: How The Unions Killed Detroit

    07/21/2013 3:37:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 21, 2013 | Staff
    Biggest Bankruptcy in US history. Excerpt:Reason Foundation senior analyst Shikha Dalmia says even bankruptcy can’t save Motown.Detroit had been living on borrowed time and borrowed money for about two decades now with accumulated debt of about 18 times its annual budget, so something had to give so the issue only was detroit needed to restructure through bnkruptcy or an emergency manager.
  • Hostess Brands Returns to Snack Cake Market, Will Not Hire the Professional Bakers

    07/13/2013 4:55:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 130 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 7/12/2013 | Jackie Tortora
    Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) President David B. Durkee issued the following statement in response to the impending re-entry by Hostess Brands, LLC, into the snack cake market:“This coming week, Hostess Brands, LLC, is expected to re-enter the wholesale snack cake market.  Despite the fanfare, the long-term viability of this effort is highly uncertain. Rather than hire professional, experienced bakers who have produced quality snack cakes in the company’s bakeries for decades, Hostess management has chosen instead to hire primarily workers with little or no experience in the demanding wholesale snack cake baking industry.“The BCTGM...
  • NEA Vice President: NRA, Second Amendment Supporters "Are Going to Hell"

    07/12/2013 4:41:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 71 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | June 28, 2013 | NA
    Speaking to all 3,000 of the assembled "progressive activists" at this year's Netroots Nation conference, National Education Association vice president Lily Eskelsen Garcia boldly declared a "prophecy" about the eternal destiny of NRA and Second Amendment supporters, and of politicians and lobbyists working to promote gun rights: "I'm not an ordained minister; I'm not a theologian, but these guys are going to hell." Wow. Going to hell for supporting the Second Amendment? That type of radical thinking might explain the very high incidence of ridiculous cases involving over-zealous school officials misinterpreting and wrongly enforcing "zero-tolerance" rules--and doing so without exercising...
  • Walmart: The Big Labor White Whale

    07/10/2013 10:30:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Barbara Comstock
    Imagine you’ve finished a long, trying day at work. You’ve picked up your two toddlers from childcare, and stop at your local Walmart store on the way home to pick up some groceries. After successfully managing your shopping cart and two squirming little ones you finally reach the checkout aisle, sighing with relief as you realize that your day is almost done. But once there, you find that Big Labor protesters, most of whom don’t even work at Walmart, have taken over the store. They are chanting loudly and yelling directly at cashiers because they are not currently union members...
  • McAuliffe’s dilemma [VA Dem Gov Candidate & Unions]

    06/21/2013 9:45:03 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 21 June 2013 | WashingtonTimes
    "Yes, it's true, My ethics fit neatly between my fingernails..." It’s not easy being Terry McAuliffe. The Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia has a union problem in a state that’s not enthusiastic about unions and their bosses. Since 1947, for example, the commonwealth has protected Virginians from forced membership in a union, however cleverly forced unionism is portrayed, with a tough right-to-work law that protects everyone’s right to hold a job without having to share a paycheck with strangers. Virginia’s stance on right-to-work is rooted in the principle expressed by Thomas Jefferson: “To compel a man to furnish funds...
  • Union Salary Schedule Ensures State 'Teacher of the Year' Earns Near Bottom In Pay

    06/17/2013 6:32:52 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/13/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Gary Abud is a commodity experts say is in great demand around the country. He's recognized as a highly effective science teacher and was named the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year in Michigan. However, the Grosse Pointe North High School Science teacher ranked 477th out of 595 teachers for salary in his own school district, according to data acquired in a Freedom of Information Act request. Abud made $56,876 in 2012-13, which is about $21,000 less a year than the district's average salary of $77,969 a year. The average teacher salary in Michigan in 2012 was $62,631, according to the...
  • Feds to search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains in Oakland Twp. field

    06/17/2013 5:40:48 AM PDT · by equaviator · 45 replies
    Fox 4 DFW ^ | June 17, 2013 | By myFOXDetroit.com Staff
    <p>Investigators plan to dig up an Oakland County field Monday in hopes of discovering the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, an FBI spokesperson confirms to FOX 2.</p> <p>Monday's dig comes after aging mobster Tony Zerilli said earlier this year that Hoffa's body was buried in the northern Oakland Township field, about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen in July 1975.</p>
  • Garcetti Mayoral Win In L.A. Is Sign Public's Fed Up With Unions

    05/23/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 22 May 2013 | Editorial
    Organized Labor: On the surface, the Los Angeles mayor's race looked like a choice between Coke and Pepsi. But Eric Garcetti's lopsided win over Wendy Greuel showed a major difference — in the public's view of unions. City Controller Greuel lost 54%-46% on Tuesday, bested by City Councilman Garcetti, who will become the mayor of America's second-largest city on July 1. It was an interesting result because the candidates are two peas in a pod. Both are left-wing Democrats with ideas so closely aligned they have been political allies; both grew up in the San Fernando Valley; and both hold...
  • Some School Districts and Unions Embrace Right-to-Work

    05/23/2013 7:50:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2013 | Tom Gantert
    While more than 100 school districts rushed to approve new contracts that impeded implementation of right-to-work before the March 27 deadline, at least two districts took a different approach. Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools and Hamilton Community School district embraced the concept of allowing its teachers a choice to join a union as a condition of their employment. Both districts approved new teachers’ union contracts before the right-to-work law took effect, but had specific language in their agreements that allowed teachers to opt out of their union. Hamilton Community Schools did it through a memo-of-understanding. "It was important to me and the...
  • 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...
  • 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):
  • Kroger Reaches Deal With Union Postponing Right-to-Work Law

    04/04/2013 9:04:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/28/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Just days before the state's right-to-work law goes into effect, a union representing Kroger workers in Michigan pushed through a new contract that locks its members into paying dues or fees to the union for four years. Grocery employees represented by the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 876 ratified the agreement March 22, according to the union's website. The previous union contract was supposed to expire June 15, 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The weeks leading up to the law's start date on March 28 have been filled with public sector unions rushing to approve...
  • SEIU Election Legitimacy Questioned by Some Union Members

    03/28/2013 12:07:02 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/26/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Votes were tabulated yesterday for a Service Employees International Union election, the same group that was behind the “home health care dues skim” that took more than $34 million from the elderly and disabled in Michigan. Barring potential legal action, the SEIU Healthcare Michigan election will determine whether Marge Faville keeps her post as union president. However, some have raised questions about the election's legitimacy. Faville and challenger Johnnie Jolliffi, who is the union's secretary-treasurer, are pitted against each other in the race. At issue in the election was Faville's plan to allow the home-based caregivers to vote in the...
  • Free the Workers

    03/23/2013 5:15:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    The labor market is one of the most regulated markets in our economy. Minimum wage laws effectively tell teenagers they cannot work unless they can produce $7.25 an hour. When the ObamaCare mandate kicks in next year, that hurdle will climb to more than $15 an hour for many potential employees. OSHA regulations dictate what risks workers may and may not take while on the job. Wage and hour laws dictate what wage rate a worker can accept in order to be able to work at nights and on weekends. Those same laws tell many parents they can't take off...
  • Tom Perez: What You Need To Know About the Most Radical Cabinet Nominee

    03/18/2013 9:08:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 18, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    Today, President Obama issues a challenge to Republican Senators: in nominating Tom Perez as Labor secretary, he implies that Senate Republicans don’t have either the guts or organizational skill to stop what would become perhaps the most radical left-wing cabinet member in history. Whether the president is right about GOP senators remains to be seen. As they say, I wrote the book on Tom Perez. My New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department is largely a catalog of the rancid racialism over which Perez has presided. The New Black Panther case is one...