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  • Walker victory humiliates labor

    11/05/2014 11:03:07 AM PST · by mdittmar · 53 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 11/5/14 | TIMOTHY NOAH
    Scott Walker’s victory is a humiliating loss for organized labor. The Wisconsin governor’s challenger was Democrat Mary Burke, a former executive at Trek Bicycle Corp. It was no photo finish; with 72 percent of precincts reporting, Walker was up 6 points. But Walker’s true adversary in this re-election race — and for the four years that preceded it — was the labor movement. He won every time.
  • New Jersey’s First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

    10/29/2014 4:22:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/28/2014 | Angela Delli Santi
    The AFL-CIO national campaign to build stronger communities by empowering eligible immigrants to become citizens and fully engage in the democratic process has become a reality in New Jersey, with the opening of the state’s first labor-led naturalization and community center.The We Are One New Jersey Hudson County Center officially opened on Oct. 28 in Jersey City. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined the New Jersey State AFL-CIO for the opening ceremony, along with Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.), New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan...
  • Labor Secretary: Obama Will Take ´Aggressive Exec Action´ On Immigration For ´Shared Prosperity

    10/23/2014 8:52:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/14 | Tony Lee
    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said President Barack Obama will take "aggressive executive action" on immigration, which Perez said will bring about more "shared prosperity." Addressing the National Press Club this week, Perez, who is reportedly on the short list to be Obama´s next attorney general, said the country needed to "fix our broken immigration system" with comprehensive amnesty legislation that is "big and bold" to ensure that there is "shared prosperity," which he said is a goal of his Labor Department. Though the Congressional Budget Office determined that comprehensive amnesty legislation would lower the wages of American workers, Labor Secretary...
  • Labor Secretary Says Paid Leave Would Boost Labor Force Participation

    10/22/2014 12:07:47 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 28 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/21/2014 | Susan Jones
    Paid leave will improve the nation's labor participation rate, currently at record lows, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said on Monday. "It is a sleeper issue that will sleep no more," Perez told a gathering at the National Press Club. "Every first Friday of the month, the most frequently asked question I get, 'What can you do, Tom, to increase labor force participation?' Well, let's talk about paid leave and let's compare the United States with Canada," Perez said. "The labor force participation rate of women ages 25 to 54 in the year 2000 in the U.S. and Canada was virtually...
  • Labor Dispute Kills Kinkisharyo’s AV Plant (California)

    10/16/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 16 replies
    San Fernando Valley Business Journal ^ | Monday, October 13, 2014 | Mark Madler
    Kinkisharyo International LLC has scrapped plans to build a rail car manufacturing plant in Palmdale following a labor dispute and will instead look outside California to locate the facility. The Japanese company made the decision after failing to reach an agreement with Antelope Valley Residents for Responsible Development, a labor-supported group that objected to the plant citing environmental reasons. The group, which includes members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 11, in Pasadena, also objected to a backup plan by Kinkisharyo to build the cars in leased space from Los Angeles World Airports in Palmdale.
  • A good explanation of the 'real' unemployment rate

    10/13/2014 1:25:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/13/2014 | Rick Moran
    Everyone who isn't an Obamabot (Paul Krugman) or above the age of 5 knows that the current "official" unemployment rate of 5.9% is bogus. The real number that counts is the labor participation rate which has been shrinking for more than 5 years.Why is the labor force participation rate important? Ken Braun of MLive has very clear explanation: The U.S. “civilian noninstitutional population” - the total count of civilian adults - grew by 217,000 in September, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor. Those new entrants represent immigrants, young people coming of age, military personnel...
  • Opinion: Federal employees spent 3.4 million hours working for their unions

    10/07/2014 8:28:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Market Watch ^ | October 7, 2014 | By Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Most Americans think federal employees are working for the public. But a new report issued by the Office of Personnel Management on Monday shows that in fiscal 2012, 1.2 million federal workers spent 3.4 million hours reporting to their government unions. Paradoxically, time spent not working for the taxpayer is called “official time.” OPM reports that official time costs taxpayers $157 million in salary and benefits, up from $129 million in 2009 and $102 million in 2006. Taxpayers are subsidizing unions such as the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Treasury Employees Union and the National Federation of Federal...
  • Disenfranchising the American Dream: An NLRB ruling could take down an engine of economic growth

    10/07/2014 7:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/07/2014 | Lee Habeeb & Mike Leven
    Dawn Lafreeda began working at Denny’s when she was 16, making her way up from hostess to waitress. In 1984, at the age of 23, she bought her first store. She now owns over 70. “When I was a kid, I told myself that I was going to be self-employed when I grew up and have a better life and have the things I’d never had,” she told Entrepreneur magazine this past summer. Franchising was Dawn’s ticket to a better life. She’s not alone. Franchising has been a successful business model for Americans wanting to own their own businesses and...
  • House Dems: We've been abandoned [labor $$ going to protect Senate firewall)

    10/06/2014 10:53:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jessica Taylor and Alexandra Jaffe
    “We made a decision very early on that protecting the Senate firewall was our top priority,” LCV spokesman Jeff Gohringer told The Hill.House Democratic strategists are frustrated that key outside groups are putting their money into the fight for the Senate at the expense of the House. Spending on House races by organized labor as well as groups representing women and environmental organizations as dropped by $18 million compared to the last cycle, the groups said. That has Democrats worried their House losses on Election Day could be in the double digits, making it that much harder to take back...
  • Labor Participation Rate Drops To 36 Year Low; Record 92.6 Million Americans Not In Labor Force

    10/03/2014 6:31:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/03/14 | Tyler Durden
    While by now everyone should know the answer, for those curious why the US unemployment rate just slid once more to a meager 5.9%, the lowest print since the summer of 2008, the answer is the same one we have shown every month since 2010: the collapse in the labor force participation rate, which in September slide from an already three decade low 62.8% to 62.7% - the lowest in over 36 years, matching the February 1978 lows. And while according to the Household Survey, 232K people found jobs, what is more disturbing is that the people not in the...
  • Small California winery to close doors after being fined for using volunteers

    10/01/2014 7:38:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/01/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Hey, no bigs. The state just fined a tiny winery $115,000 for using volunteers who were learning to make wine while getting the vineyard’s product to market. They were illegal paid labor, you see. Can’t have two free parties engaging in a trade of labor for specialized knowledge without the state getting involved and depriving the area of this particular business, its job opportunities, and its wares. Congrats, public. You have been served and protected: A small-time vintner’s use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000...
  • 1 in 4 Americans 25-54 Not Working

    09/26/2014 10:07:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    There are 124.5 million Americans in their prime working years (ages 25–54). Nearly one-quarter of this group—28.9 million people, or 23.2 percent of the total—is not currently employed. They either became so discouraged that they left the labor force entirely, or they are in the labor force but unemployed. ... Those attempting to minimize the startling figures about America’s vanishing workforce—workplace participation overall is near a four-decade low—will say an aging population is to blame. But in fact, while the workforce overall has shrunk nearly 10 million since 2009, the cohort of workers in the labor force ages 55 to...
  • Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser

    09/14/2014 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama. New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager...
  • Herzog Assured U.S. Won’t Back Down on Iran (Israel Labor Party leader)

    09/10/2014 1:55:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 9/10/2014, 5:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Opposition leader MK Yitzhak Herzog (Labor) was assured by officials in Washington on Tuesday that the United States will not compromise on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. Herzog met at the White House with President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, and deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, and told them that the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is just as important as trying to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli media reported that the two officials assured Herzog that alongside the common global struggle against the IS, the United States does not intend to change...
  • Taxpayers and workers gouged by labor-law dodge: 2009 stimulus cheated taxpayers and workers

    09/05/2014 9:52:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 09/05/2014 | By Mandy Locke and Franco Ordońez
    <p>The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S. economy in generations – the 2009 stimulus – was riddled with a massive labor scheme that harmed workers and cheated unsuspecting American taxpayers.</p> <p>At the time, government regulators watched as money slipped out the door and into the hands of companies that rob state and federal treasuries of billions of dollars each year on stimulus projects and other construction jobs across the country, a yearlong McClatchy investigation found.</p>
  • Obama Has It Wrong — American Workers Aren't Better Off Under His Policies

    09/03/2014 6:37:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/03/2014
    <p>Time was, they had fact-checkers at the White House. They must've had the weekend off when President Obama let go a whopper at a Labor Day rally in Milwaukee.</p> <p>'By almost every measure," he boasted, "the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office." This must explain why nearly half of American workers believe the U.S. is still in a recession.</p>
  • Obama: ‘I’d Join A Union’

    09/02/2014 4:14:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 1, 2014
    President Barack Obama says he’ll press Congress to raise the minimum wage in the same way he courted his wife — never taking no for an answer. Obama brought a buoyant Labor Day message to Wisconsin, telling union members on Monday that he sees, quote, “engines are revving a little louder” in an economy coming back from a near-depression five years ago. Now, he says, quote, “America deserves a raise.” He promises his administration will keep pushing for one. Obama told the crowd to great applause that he would join a union for job security.
  • Labor Day stems from deadly labor strike, but few Americans know the history

    09/01/2014 6:18:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 8-31-2014 | JAMES WARREN
    Cookouts now mark Labor Day, instead of parades honoring country’s labor movement, says AFL-CIO honcho Richard Trumpka. (Picture) Few recall the bloodstained origins of this holiday as we fire up the grill, throw on the burgers and dogs and turn on the U.S. And, in a sign of the times, the Sunday morning network news shows didn’t even offer their usual, token pre-Labor Day weekend spot for the head of the nation’s labor movement. “No,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka when I asked him. “No invitations this year.” I told the former mine worker-turned-lawyer that there seems to be a...
  • Slow wage growth threatens California economic recovery, report finds

    08/31/2014 3:27:10 AM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 30, 2014 11:45pm | Chris Kirkam
    California’s economic recovery has featured a growing share of lower-wage jobs, raising concerns about the opportunities for middle-class workers hit hard by the Great Recession, a new analysis finds. The California Budget Project, a nonprofit economic research group, analyzed decades of state labor data to find that low- and middle-wage workers have seen significant pay declines over the last decade. Local and state government jobs -- traditionally a reliable source of middle-class employment -- have been particularly slow to recover. -snip- Looking ahead, low-wage jobs are forecast to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the workforce. The state expects...
  • With Labor Day close, unions don’t have much to celebrate

    08/29/2014 3:37:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Evan Horowitz
    Labor Day used to be more than a summer-closing holiday; it was a celebration of labor unions and the American labor movement. That’s easy to forget these days because labor unions don’t have much to celebrate. At the height of their influence in the 1950s, labor unions could claim to represent about 1 of every 3 American workers. Today, it’s 1 in 9 — and falling. Some have seen the shrinking size and waning influence of labor unions as a sign that the US economy is growing more flexible and dynamic, but there’s mounting evidence that it is also contributing...
  • Labor MK Accuses Netanyahu of 'Paralyzing Israel'

    08/20/2014 1:59:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/8/14 | Ido Ben Porat & Ari Yashar
    MK Erel Margalit (Labor) sharply condemned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning, in the wake of the massive renewed rocket fire by Hamas terrorists since Tuesday afternoon in breach of the ceasefire. "Where is the prime minister?" asked Margalit on his Facebook page. "This is a disgrace, simply a disgrace. There's no other definition of what is happening here. A terrorist organization is holding target practice on Israel and deciding for it. It sends Israeli residents time and again to shelters and disrupts their lives," continued the MK. Hamas has itself supported Margalit's appraisal that it is determining what...
  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    07/30/2014 5:50:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | AP News
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. Obama's order will require companies seeking federal contracts valued at more than $500,000 to make public any labor law violations in the last three years, a step the Obama administration hopes will incentivize companies to resolve labor disputes such as back wage claims.
  • Breaking the Impasse on Federal Pay

    07/30/2014 8:07:07 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 4 replies
    FedSmith ^ | 7/27/14 | Howard Risher
    overnment needs a mediator. The stakeholders virtually all agree the General Schedule (GS) system needs to be replaced but each needs to see something different for the planning to move forward. The July 15 congressional hearings made two key points clear: No one defended the GS system, but no one is ready to take the lead to develop a replacement system. With budget cuts through 2021, government could be stuck with a deteriorating work environment. Another point is increasingly clear — in the current political climate the GS salary ranges will not be increased by more than a nominal percentage...
  • UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS

    07/17/2014 7:27:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 1 replies
    www.dol.gov ^ | 07-17-2014 | Bureaucrats
    In the week ending July 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 302,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 304,000 to 305,000. The 4-week moving average was 309,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since June 2, 2007 when it was 307,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 311,500 to 312,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
  • Labor board scrambles after hundreds of decisions thrown into doubt by court ruling

    06/27/2014 10:14:30 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that invalidated three appointments made by President Obama to the National Labor Relations Board has thrown hundreds of the board's decisions into question. The board that rules on labor disputes is now scrambling to determine the impact of the high court decision. At issue is whether board decisions made when the now-invalid appointees were participating will have to be re-decided under the current NLRB.
  • Immigration Reform Can't Wait

    06/18/2014 5:53:52 PM PDT · by Theoria · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 18 June 2014 | Rupert Murdoch
    There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers. When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party. Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor's loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single,...
  • The “Paying To Work For Free” VFX Business Model (Gov funded college degrees for this)

    06/13/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by ransomnote
    vfxsoldier.wordpress.com ^ | 2012 | VFXSoldier (pen name of blogger)
    New horizontal expansion includes government-funded Bachelors and Masters programs wherein students pay Digital Domain to work for Digital Domain Soon after my tweet I get an email from a new VFX blogger called OccupyVFX who was able to find audio of the presentation given by Digital Domain’s CEO John Textor. The whole 22 minute presentation is posted above but the surprising part starts around 15:40 when Mr. Textor talks about their new VFX school in Florida called Digital Domain Institute: Classes starting in the education space, what’s interesting is the relationship between the digital studio and the college. Not only...
  • Canadian Oil Sands Projects Continue to Vie for Skilled Talent

    06/13/2014 5:51:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | June 12, 2014 | Robin Dupre
    Employment in Canada's oil sands sector expects to reach around 98,380 jobs over the next decade. More than 98,000 oil sands construction, maintenance and operations jobs will be generated over the next decade, according to a new report “the Oil Sands Construction, Maintenance and Operations Labour Demand Outlook to 2023”. “Accurate labor market information gives us a clear understanding of the workforce issues affecting oil sands development, and helps ensure that $172 billion in wages and salaries continues to generate economic benefits right across this country. This new information helps government and industry make the best possible decisions, and helps...
  • Big Labor's VA Choke Hold

    05/30/2014 6:03:59 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2014 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Big Labor's VA Choke Hold How Democrats put their union allies before the well-being of veterans. By Kimberley A. Strassel May 29, 2014 We know with certainty that there is at least one person the Department of Veterans Affairs is serving well. That would be the president of local lodge 1798 of the National Federation of Federal Employees. The Federal Labor Relations Authority, the agency that mediates federal labor disputes, earlier this month ruled in favor of this union president, in a dispute over whether she need bother to show up at her workplace—the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg,...
  • Farage hails UKIP triumph as Labour and the Tories are humiliated

    05/25/2014 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/2014 | MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR
    Nigel Farage tonight claimed victory in the European elections, becoming the first 'insurgent party' to top a national vote. With results still being declared, Mr Farage broke cover to predict he will humiliate the Westminster parties, pushing Labour and the Tories into second and third. Support for Ukip has surged by more than 12 per cent, outstripping a more modest boost in votes for Labour, while the Lib Dems faced near-wipeout, with some calling for Nick Clegg to resign. Mr Farage said: 'Ukip is going to win this election and yes that will be an earthquake because never before in...
  • The Part of the Obama Admin. That’s Supposed to Help U.S. Workers Is Calling for More Foreign Labor

    05/20/2014 9:46:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 05/20/2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Obama administration’s Department of Labor, which is supposed to represent the needs of U.S. workers, said Monday that the government needs to find ways to get more skilled foreign workers into the country.“We also need to fix our broken immigration system to encourage more highly educated foreign-born workers to come to the United States,” Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu said in a blog post. “If we are to compete in a global economy, we must continue to attract and retain the world’s brightest minds.” “Too many foreign students – many from Asian countries – come to the...
  • With Democrats and unions out of the way Detroit could be America’s first truly Chinese city

    05/14/2014 10:28:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/14/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Now that Detroit has been sucked dry by Democrat criminality and union greed, the Chinese are eager to become America’s new wave of “homesteaders.” As Detroit continues to crumble and disappear in its current form a “Chinese Phoenix” may be rising out of the ashes. Chinese buyers are scooping up dilapidated homes throughout the once great Motor City in hopes of turning the town into a “little Beijing.” The question here becomes: How is this happening? The governor of Michigan, Republican Rick Snyder, has already made a formal request to Obama’s Homeland Security for 50,000 special immigration visas to accommodate...
  • Labor Secretary Dismisses Historical Drop in Labor Participation Rate

    05/02/2014 1:56:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    free beacon ^ | 5/1/14 | staff
    Secretary of Labor Tom Perez dismissed today’s reported drop in the labor participation rate this morning on CNBC. According to the Department of Labor the economy created 288,000 jobs in the month of April, but the labor participation rate dropped 0.4 percentage points back to a historical low of 62.8 percent. Host David Faber put it to Perez directly, noting the labor participation rate drop is not due to people retiring given the participation rate for individuals 55 and older actually increased. “The civilian labor force dropped by 806,000 in April. The participation rate down by 0.4 percentage points, lowest...
  • The household survey is insane, Opinion: Don’t believe the drop in the unemployment rate to 6.3%

    05/02/2014 9:00:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 2, 2014 | By Rex Nutting
    The household survey is simply insane. Do not pay any attention to it. Do not make eye contact. Just calmly walk away. It’s simply not believable that the labor market contracted so violently according to one survey, while at the same time a separate survey of business establishments showed strong payroll growth of 288,000. Consider this: The jobless rate fell because 733,000 fewer people were considered unemployed. That’s the largest one-month decline since 1949, when unemployment fell by 920,000 when two large national strikes concluded. Nothing like that happened in April.
  • The Missing Middle Class: Jobs in the Second Machine Age

    04/27/2014 2:55:50 PM PDT · by anymouse · 56 replies
    Xconomy ^ | March 21, 2014 | Wade Roush
    Technological change is not a tide that lifts all boats in our economy. The truth is that it’s more like a tsunami. It threatens to overturn all the boats and drown their occupants, sparing only the lucky few who have already reached safety in the hills. That’s the kind of admission you won’t often see here in the pages of Xconomy. The X in our name, after all, stands for exponential, a reference to the stunning pace of technological progress and economic growth over the past 75 years—growth attributable largely to advances in computer hardware and software and the organizational...
  • In France, it’s now illegal to work late

    04/11/2014 10:48:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Unions and employers in France have come to a labor agreement that employees are not allowed to check their work-related emails once the work day is done, the Guardian reports. Although the country adopted the 35-hour work week in 1999, workers have complained about having to clock in at home. The deal, which is legally binding, affects 250,000 employees in the tech and consultancy industries, including workers at the French branches of Google, Facebook, and Deloitte. Under the new law – which does not have a particular time requirement – employees cannot look at their computers, phone, or anything else...
  • The IRS of Labor: Obama’s cabinet may be giving increased scrutiny to non-union factories

    04/09/2014 7:12:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Alabama representative Martha Roby, a Republican from Montgomery, is concerned that the U.S. Department of Labor is targeting Southern vehicle and auto-parts manufacturers because of their failure to unionize. Automotive manufacturers in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi are all now subject to in-depth inspections, part of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regional emphasis program that went into effect on January 15. This increased scrutiny comes a year after the agency also issued a rule clarification in response to a question from organized labor, newly allowing union staffers to accompany OSHA officials on inspections to non-union sites. “I find the...
  • National Average Labor Participation Rate at 35 year low, February 2014

    03/08/2014 2:28:54 PM PST · by DBCJR · 14 replies
    Day before yesterday I heard on the news that the National Average Labor Participation Rate hit a record low of 63.2%. I checked it on the Dept of Labor site this morning and that report was unavailable - even though it was a Google search result, indicating at one time it WAS available. Again, Obama cleans up his ugly mess.
  • Labor Force Participation in 2013 Lowest in 35 Years

    03/03/2014 8:06:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/3/14 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - The average annual labor force participation rate hit a 35-year-low of 63.2 percent in the United States in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The last time the average annual labor force participation rate was that low was in in 1978, when it was also 63.2 percent. Jimmy Carter was president then. The BLS bases its employment statistics on the civilian noninstitutional population, which consists of all people in the United States 16 or older who are not on active duty in the military or in an institution such as a prison, nursing...
  • Unions to Spend $300 Million to Unseat Scott Walker, Other Governors

    02/22/2014 8:44:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 2-13-14 | Kyle Maichle
    HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors. More: AFL-CIO to Target Walker, Other Governors People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida). The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it...
  • Argentina: Capitanich reveals Gov’t offered 22% salary rise to teachers

    02/21/2014 4:35:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | February 21, 2014
    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich revealed in a press conference that the Government offered teachers unions a 22 percent salary rise during today’s bargain negotiations. The offer included a “perfect attendance” plus that could raise the increment to reach 26.8% if respected. “Teachers unions claimed 61% and 35% salary increments. This is impossible,” said the Cabinet Chief, and added that the Government “hopes to near positions with the unions and close a deal next Monday or Tuesday”.
  • Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant

    02/15/2014 6:13:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Neal E. Boudette
    Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant Volkswagen workers rejected the UAW by a vote of 712 to 626. Neal E. Boudette Updated Feb. 14, 2014 11:44 p.m. ET The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, falling short in an election in which it seemed to have a clear path to organizing workers at Volkswagen AG VOW3.XE +1.10% 's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The setback is a bitter defeat because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany's powerful IG Metall union, yet it failed to win a majority among the...
  • U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote (Tennessee)

    02/13/2014 4:12:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2014 | Bernie Woodall
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been "assured" that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build. Corker's bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them. Corker has long been an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, a charge...
  • Exclusive: Labor Secy Hilda Solis Failed to Report Trips on Union's Pvt Jet-'09 Confmtn Hrgs

    02/10/2014 9:30:09 PM PST · by joinedafterattack · 38 replies
    Hews Media via Los Cerritos News ^ | February 10, 2014 | By Randy Economy and Brian Hews
    <p>Hews Media Group-Community News has obtained a lawsuit filed in the California Central US District Court claiming that former US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a current candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, was provided thousands of dollars worth of free private jet travel without declaring the trips on the federal government required forms, paid for by the powerful International Union of Operating Engineers based in Pasadena during the same period she was undergoing confirmation hearings to become part of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.....</p>
  • Minimum Wages: Few Benefits, Many Consequences

    02/10/2014 2:25:41 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-10-14 | Will Freeland
    President Obama’s recent State of the Union address was the culmination of months of advocacy from Democrats and activists for a higher minimum wage. The President proposed a raise to the minimum wage for federal contractors by executive order to $10.10 per hour and called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage for all workers to the same mark, along with indexing it to inflation. A raise of the national minimum wage was framed as giving low income workers the “living wage” they deserve and fighting perceived growth in income inequality in America. Though the President’s proposal is well...
  • Black Labor Force Participation Rate Under Obama Hits Rock Bottom--Lowest Level Ever Recorded

    01/13/2014 9:06:48 AM PST · by kristinn · 40 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Monday, January 13, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    Five years in to Barack Obama’s presidency, the number of African-Americans participating in the labor force has hit rock bottom. The news media has ignored this stunning revelation from Friday’s monthly jobs report by the Labor Department. The exception has been PBS, which interviewed economist Dean Baker who had written about it in a report published Friday. “The drop in labor force participation was sharpest for African Americans, who saw a decline of 0.3 percentage points to 60.2 percent, the lowest rate since December of 1977. The rate for African American men fell 0.7 percentage points to 65.6 percent, the...
  • SCOTUS to Decide Landmark Recess Appointment Case

    01/11/2014 7:49:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    In the coming days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Noel Canning versus the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This case arose when President Obama made several so-called recess appointments to the Board on January 4, 2012 when the Senate was not formally in recess. This landmark case is expected to determine how much leeway the President has to make appointments without Senate confirmation, and more significantly, it will have serious implications on the broader powers of the presidency itself and the system of checks and balances. The United States Court of Appeals for...
  • Beilin: Rabin Fought With 'Settlers' For the Sake of It

    12/22/2013 7:42:49 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/13 | David Lev
    Former minister Yossi Beilin said Saturday that former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was a man with a short temper and a long streak of nastiness when it came to dealing with residents of towns in Judea and Samaria. “It wasn't worthy behavior for a Prime Minister,” said Beilin, a former Labor politician who was identified with the radical-left elements of the party. Beilin, one of the proponents of the Geneva Initiative, which advocated a total Israeli withdrawal from all lands liberated in 1967, said that Rabin “would fight with the settlers for fighting's sake. When you want to remove thousands...
  • Scott Walker: Republicans should focus on economic issues to take back the Senate

    12/14/2013 2:33:46 PM PST · by AstralisLux · 90 replies
    12/14/13
    Asked how the GOP could win the Senate in the 2014 elections, Walker explained that Republicans must not be viewed as the 'party of no' as Democrats have tried to brand them. "As they're running for Senate, focus on the two key issues: an economic concern in our country, [and] there are still too many who are not coming through." Walker explained that Reagan's 1980 acceptance speech should be a model for the Republican Party to message for voters. "If you live in poverty, we want to lift you out,” he said. “We don't want to leave anyone behind. We...
  • Sa'ar: Left's 'Mistaken Outlook' Threatens Israel

    12/10/2013 10:00:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/13 | Ari Yashar
    Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar (Likud) spoke to Arutz Sheva on Tuesday, saying that by opposing the recently passed law to prevent infiltration by illegal immigrants, the leftist factions in the Knesset have taken a "mistaken outlook" that endangers the future of Israel. The law was officially passed on Monday after a heated debate. It allows police to jail illegal migrants for up to 12 months in special detention facilities, after the previously existing law allowing 3 years of internment was overturned by the Supreme Court in September. Sa'ar expressed confidence that the law would stand up to any petitions in...