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  • Trump reaches out to Teamsters union

    05/07/2016 10:31:06 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/7/2016 | Harper Neidig
    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to praise workers in the Teamster union and attack Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. The union has not made an endorsement in the election so far, but typically backs Democratic candidates. Trump appeared to be referring to a series of "Teamsters for Trump" groups on Facebook, several of which has members numbering in the thousands. NPR reported this week on Teamsters member who normally back Democrats but prefer Trump this election.
  • US unions plan attack on Donald Trump in attempt to derail presidential bid

    04/26/2016 2:25:04 PM PDT · by Nacho Bidnith · 75 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 26 April 2016 07.00 EDT | Lauren Gambino and Jana Kasperkevic
    US unions plan attack on Donald Trump in attempt to derail presidential bid Concerned labor group leaders are organizing ad campaigns and phone banks as Trumpís populist message on trade and jobs draws in union voters The prospect of a Donald Trump nomination has labor leaders scrambling to hold the line as the Republican frontrunnerís appeal to disaffected working-class voters threatens to upset the traditional political calculus. The majority of Americaís almost 15 million unionized workers can be usually be relied upon to back the Democratic candidate in a presidential year, but leaders are concerned by Trumpís populist message on...
  • Outrage after big labor crafts law paying their members less than non-union workers

    04/10/2016 11:50:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 9, 2016 | Peter Jamison
    ... Under an obscure provision of the city's wage hike, unionized hotels were granted an exemption allowing them to pay their employees less... ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed... San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws... At the Sheraton Universal Hotel, a longtime union property, bellhops, waiters and banquet servers make California's current minimum wage: $10 an hour... Those doing the same jobs at a non-union Hilton less than 500 feet away make at...
  • SCOTUS Ruling Forces Teachers to Bankroll Union They Would Never Voluntarily Join

    04/01/2016 12:57:35 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 1, 2016 | Stan Greer
    The two sides in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the closely watched U.S. legal case in which a 4-4 U.S. Supreme Court barely upheld a 39-year-old precedent regarding the constitutionality of forced union fees as a job condition in the government sector on March 29, seemed bitterly divided. And they were, for the most part. But on one important matter in Friedrichs, by the time oral arguments were heard in January, there was no longer any dispute between the plaintiffs Ė 10 independent-minded Golden State educators Ė and the respondents Ė the officers of the National Education Association (NEA) union...
  • Donald Trumpís Working-Class Appeal Is Starting To Freak Out Labor Unions

    03/17/2016 1:31:33 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 50 replies
    Over the course of five weeks, Working America, the non-union affiliate of the AFL-CIO labor federation, did extensive canvassing in union-dense, blue-collar areas of Pittsburgh and Cleveland. They called it a ďfront porch focus group.Ē The idea was simply to listen ó to let likely 2016 voters sound off about their thoughts and concerns headed into the presidential election. What they discovered, among other things, was a lot of support for Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner. For months, this enthusiastic backing of the obnoxious billionaire had generally baffled the chattering class ó not to mention the GOP and Democratic establishment....
  • Man caught on camera urinating on cereal at Kelloggís plant in Memphis

    03/14/2016 5:33:25 AM PDT · by kevcol · 41 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 13, 2016 | Keri Blakinge
    Police are investigating after video surfaced online of a man urinating onto cereal products rolling down the line in a Memphis, Tenn., Kellogg's factory. Though the incident occurred in 2014, the company just learned of the footage on Friday, according to spokesperson Kris Charles. The video was shot during a contentious labor dispute . . The 43-second video was uploaded to the web Friday on World Star Hip Hop, a viral video web site.
  • Scalia's Death Saves Unions From Momentous Ruling Ending Political Power

    02/14/2016 9:57:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/14/16 | John Gizzi
    As the nation and official Washington prepared to mourn the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, watchers of the high court began to assess the immediate impact of his death on several pending cases whose decisions might have had momentous political implications. Among these is Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association, set to have been a landmark case regarding the mandatory collection of union dues and their use for political purposes. The ruling could have meant the death knell of collective bargaining and the political might of America’s unions. newzf After oral arguments in the case in January, The Washington Post...
  • West Virginia Will Become the 26th Right-To-Work State

    02/12/2016 6:53:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed legislation to make West Virginia the 26th right-to-work state, but was quickly overridden by the Republican legislature. For bills that don't deal with budgetary matters or appropriations, a simple majority is needed to override a veto. The state senate had already done so. And the State House of Delegates was expected to follow suit, given that there are 64 Republican members. The law goes into effect July 1 (via Metro News ): The House of Delegates and state Senate made quick work of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's vetoes on the bills that...
  • With West Virginia, A Majority Of The States Are Now Right-To-Work

    02/12/2016 2:18:59 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 12, 2016 | George Leef
    On February 12, the West Virginia legislature voted to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin‚Äôs veto of the right-to-work bill it had passed on February 4. The measure will take effect in May and the state will then be the 26th state to have such a law. Exactly what do ‚Äúright-to-work‚ÄĚ laws do? They provide that workers cannot be fired because they decline to pay union dues. Public opinion polls consistently show that a solid majority of Americans agree that no one should lose his or her job for deciding not to pay what the union demands. Public opinion isn‚Äôt always...
  • Video: Howard Dean admits labor unions are "Super PACs that Democrats like"

    02/07/2016 4:07:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Does this qualify as a ‚Äúgaffe‚ÄĚ when defined in classic Washington terms? Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean sat down with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC to talk about the New Hampshire primary and seems to have lost control of his better partisan senses for a moment. Mitchell was quizzing him about all the money that Hillary Clinton has taken from special interest groups though her Super PACs and her paid speaking engagements, relating these bits of history to recent attacks coming from Bernie Sanders‚Äô campaign. Dean is one of Clinton‚Äôs most vocal (and frequently incomprehensible) supporters and he didn‚Äôt take kindly...
  • Supreme Court Seems Poised to Deal Unions a Major Setback

    01/11/2016 11:24:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2016 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed poised on Monday to deliver a severe blow to organized labor. The justices appeared divided along familiar lines during an extended argument over whether government workers who choose not to join unions may nonetheless be required to help pay for collective bargaining. The court's conservative majority appeared ready to say that such compelled financial support violates the First Amendment Collective bargaining, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said, is inherently political when the government is the employer, and issues like merit pay, promotions and classroom size are subject to negotiation. The best hope for a victory...
  • SEIU Leader: My ‚ÄėBlue Collar‚Äô Members Support Trump‚Äôs Message

    01/09/2016 4:27:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Downtrend ^ | January 9, 2016 | Brian Carey
    This wasn't supposed to happen. The union goons have always been squarely in the camp of the Democratic party totalitarians, haven't they? After all, the economic pig-ignorance that characterizes of a large swath of unionized workers fits perfectly in line with the Democratic party platform. It might surprise you to learn, then, that members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) support the message of GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. "I am deeply concerned about what is stirring, even in our membership... where our members are responding to Trump's message," said Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the...
  • 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‚Äôs presidential campaign on Tuesday. ‚ÄúHillary Clinton has proven she will fight, deliver, and win for working families,‚ÄĚ said SEIU president Mary Kay Henry in a press release. ‚ÄúSEIU 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.‚ÄĚ A Clinton campaign press release responded that she was ‚Äúdeeply honored‚ÄĚ to earn the union‚Äôs support. It‚Äôs 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‚Äôt 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.‚ÄúPolitics as usual has not worked,‚ÄĚ APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. ‚ÄúWe 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 canít 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. Ö
  • 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 ¬ďReagan Democrats,¬Ē a critical segment of swing-voters that candidates spend millions trying to woo. These ‚Äúmiddle of the road‚ÄĚ type voters are crucial to winning bellwether regions like Michigan‚Äôs 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 OíBrien 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.ďThe majority of drivers for hire come from historically disadvantaged communities,Ē the city council noted in an issue page on its website. ďUnfortunately, 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. Hereís my response to that: A guy whoís running for president should seek success in the polls by making solid, serious policy proposals. Thatís what this is. And if anyone thinks heís not serious, they donít know Walkerís 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 Leftís Minimum Wage ďCompassionĒ 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 ďeconomic justiceĒ 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 ó or more likely that he must appease Big Labor ó 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 ó how can anyone...
  • Big Labor defends Planned Parenthood, calls attacks 'extremist,' 'politically motivated' VIDEO

    Two of the countryís 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 womenís 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 Ė 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 Nationís 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 nationís 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 nationís 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. ďThis is not a close call,Ē Cohen said at the news conference. ďThis...
  • 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 donít have children until you are married. Do these three things and itís very unlikely you will be poor. If you are, you wonít 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 ďpersonal for meĒ 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 workersí...
  • 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 Obamaís 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 Donít Want to Join Unions, Hereís 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 ďright to workĒ 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 ďambush electionĒ rule, critics argue it will deprive employees time to fully understand the impact of unionizing before they...
  • Scott Walker could become the worldís 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 Clintonís emails.Fair enough. The former Secretary of State violated government rules in an apparent effort to keep her correspondence safe from scrutiny. Thatís no small matter. But in the meantime, another politician has come from nowhere to dethrone Jeb Bush as the frontrunner for the Republican Partyís presidential nomination. His nameís Scott Walker.A few months ago, Walker was an obscure underdog with little more than an outside chance of becoming the nominee. Now heís 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 isnít 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 heís 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. Itís the Legislature thatís leading this charge; and 2. If the way...
  • In Wisconsin, Walkerís 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. ó 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 ďwalk out within the week,Ē the PMA employer group announced they can no longer continue to pay workers the premium pay...
  • Ted Cruz ďExcellenceĒ Award Raises Questions About Caucusí 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 & Directorsí former ties to Hollywoodís 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 caucusí 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. Obamaís 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. ďWe hear there will be a...
  • UAW publishing names of Ďscabsí - aka people who donít 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 - itís 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 ďright to work for less.Ē You dumbasses! Why would you not join the union when itís going to get you more money and protect you...
  • UAW publishing names of Ďscabsí - aka people who donít 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 ďright to work for less.Ē You dumbasses! Why would you not join the union when itís going to get you more money and protect you from getting fired if you operate machinery drunk and stoned? You donít know whatís 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 donít want to join...
  • AFL-CIO Chief Trumka: ĎLot of Work to Doí 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:† ďI feel a sense of urgency that we still have a lot of work to do,Ē he said.† ďVoter turnout is going to be the deciding factorĒ in this election, Mr. Trumka told reporters at a meeting at the labor federationís 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. Heís 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 brothersótaking a break from such nefarious endeavors as spending money in support of their political positions and, worse, donating to hospitalsóare 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 companyís Schiller Park location in October. Sadly, this isnít 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. Itís hard to believe that some variation of these factors didnít cause Hostess to sever its ties with Illinois. About 280 of the companyís 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 Ė American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:ďIn 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: ďThe 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. ďOur 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.Ē
  • 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 laborís multi-state scheme to gain members, money and influence began to unravel in 2009 when a Michigan housewife started searching for answers on why ďunion duesĒ 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. Sherryís 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 Democratís 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 partyís leaders are showing no signs of surrender. Unions are a historic voting bloc for Democrats and Pelosiís speech was a clear pitch to organized labor, asking them to mobilize on Election Day.