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  • Infamous Philly Mob Boss “Little Nicky” Scarfo Dies At Age 87

    01/15/2017 12:42:29 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    CBS News(Philly) ^ | 01/15/2017 | Molly Daly
    Notorious former Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo has died in a federal prison medical facility in North Carolina. He was 87. A family attorney confirmed to CBS Philly on Sunday that Scarfo passed away Friday at the Butner Federal Prison. Scarfo, who had been banished from Atlantic City, became head of the Philadelphia crime family in 1981 after the murders of Angelo Bruno and Phil “Chicken Man” Testa.
  • Rank And File Union Members In The Rust Belt Propelled Trump To The White House

    11/14/2016 5:35:08 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 11/14/2016 | Ted Goodman
    Tuesday’s election results sent shock waves across the globe after voters selected President-elect Donald Trump as the 45th president — but the results may not have been as surprising to America’s rust belt. Trump’s message on jobs, trade and the economy resonated in battleground states that turned red for the first time in decades. Trump was able to take in a good number of rank and file union members who usually vote Democrat, even though many union leaders threw support behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton still beat Trump by eight points among union households, but that number...
  • America's Orwellian Liberalism

    10/15/2011 6:11:54 AM PDT · by radioone
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2011 | Marvin Folkertsma
    The ink was barely dry on the asterisk in Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.'s rant about taking out those "son-of-a-b*tches" -- referring to Tea Party members -- when the vice president made his own contribution at a Labor Day rally. "This is a fight for the existence of organized labor," the veep shouted. "You are the only ones who can stop the barbarians at the gate!" And the diatribes have continued with the establishment of a website designed to track unfair comments made by those who, in President Obama's words, want to "cripple" America. Congresswoman Maxine Waters' snippet about telling the Tea...
  • Scott Walker could become the world’s 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 Clinton’s emails.Fair enough. The former Secretary of State violated government rules in an apparent effort to keep her correspondence safe from scrutiny. That’s no small matter. But in the meantime, another politician has come from nowhere to dethrone Jeb Bush as the frontrunner for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. His name’s Scott Walker.A few months ago, Walker was an obscure underdog with little more than an outside chance of becoming the nominee. Now he’s being seriously considered for the most important job on the...
  • Three Cheers for Scott Walker's Union Busting! [Who could be against the right to work?]

    03/07/2015 11:45:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 7, 2015 | Matt Lewis
    In America, you have the right to remain silent, the right to rise—and soon the right to work. At least that is if you live in Wisconsin, or one of the other right-to-work states that allow private sector workers to opt out of union membership. Next week, it is expected that Gov. Scott Walker will sign legislation making Wisconsin the 25th state to pass right-to-work legislation. Interestingly, Walker didn't actively push for this legislation, but his signature will nonetheless guarantee one more feather in the cap of a Republican governor who has helped transform his state in recent years. You...
  • Ted Cruz “Excellence” Award Raises Questions About Caucus’ Union Ties

    01/20/2015 7:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | January 20, 2015 | David Robb
    The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors’ former ties to Hollywood’s unions are coming into question in light of its recent decision to stand by its award to ultra-conservative presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz. The decision to give the Texas Republican its American Spirit Award had polarized the caucus’ membership, with internal objections leading to an emergency meeting of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors executive committee Monday, which upheld the decision to honor Cruz. The caucus traditionally hands out American Spirit Awards to a Republican and a Democrat (California Governor Jerry Brown appears to be the choice on...
  • UAW publishing names of ‘scabs’ - aka people who don’t want to join UAW

    10/12/2014 8:51:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 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...
  • Union Goon-Squad "THUGs" Own Pennsylvania (Literally)

    03/19/2014 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 19, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    A "goon-squad" group named The Helpful Union Guys (THUG), members of Ironworkers Local 401 set fires, started riots, and took crowbars to the competition in an effort to protect union jobs. THUGs stalked women, took baseball bats to a Toys R Us site, and even torched a Quaker meetinghouse that dared to use non-union labor. Philly.Com reports 10 leaders of Ironworkers Local 401 charged in racketeering indictment. They called themselves "the Helpful Union Guys" - "THUGS" for short - and woe awaited any contractor who dared cross them by hiring non-organized workers. For, federal authorities alleged Tuesday, this "goon squad"...
  • Deal Said to Be Reached on Guest Worker Program in Immigration (Clears path for amnesty)

    03/30/2013 12:41:18 PM PDT · by montag813 · 20 replies
    Stand With Arizona/Facebook ^ | 03-30-2013 | John Hill
    HERE WE GO. The game's afoot. In 2007, a critical factor which torpedoed illegal alien amnesty was the failure of labor unions and the business lobby to reach a deal on a "guest worker" program. Now, the New York Times is reporting that the sinister cabal of the AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce have reached a "deal". That's right, just what America's 20 million unemployed and underemployed need - MORE foreign workers to take MORE jobs and undercut wages even further. The Chamber could not give a damn if illegal aliens destroy American jobs and bankrupt schools, hospitals and...
  • Super Bowl halftime show may be cancelled for 2014

    02/04/2013 10:34:31 AM PST · by Perdogg · 127 replies
    No halftime show at Super Bowl 2014? That’s the word, according to planners who say the weather may prevent appearances at matchup XLVIII, set for New Jersey. “It’s because of the cold weather,” said one involved with next year’s Super Bowl planning, in a New York Post report. “It’s not only the acts and the singers, but also the crews that have to put the stage together. … You just can’t assemble the stage and break it down fast enough in the cold.”
  • EDITORIAL: Government recalls GM stock (Good read)

    12/26/2012 8:48:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2012 | Editorial
    Administration puts an expensive end to a disgraceful episodeGeneral Motors will no longer be “Government Motors.” The Treasury Department on Wednesday announced its intention to liquidate federal holdings in the automobile company over the next 15 months. The final tally will show this policy has been a disaster for taxpayers. Under the best case scenario, the public will wind up shelling out more than $13 billion by the close of this unfortunate episode. Though President Obama has portrayed the GM bailout as saving Detroit, it was really a reward for the auto unions. It was a celebration of bad management...

    12/20/2012 8:58:34 AM PST · by StevenCrowder · 63 replies ^ | 12/20/2012 | Steven Crowder
    The media immediately accused the accuser, defaming me and supported the union thugs in intimidating/stifling free speech. This unedited footage REMOVES ALL DOUBT as to what happened that day. Please share to shine a light!
  • Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage

    12/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    This article analyzes the history of labor union violence, and how Rep. Capuano's comments are a perfect continuation of this historical truth. Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage The New American 28 February 2011 The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House “nearly every day,” the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role...
  • Confirmed: Mafia Towns Have Dirty Politicians

    09/18/2012 1:50:45 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    The four areas where organized crime reigns in America -- New York City, Dirty Jersey, Chicagoland and South Florida -- also account for the lion's share of corruption convictions by federal prosecutors against local officials as reported by Joe Palazzolo for The Wall Street Journal Law Blog. The U.S. Department of Justice has released the number of corruption convictions its prosecutors have won against public servants over the last ten years across the 93 federal judicial districts into which the country is divided, and at the top of the list is New Jersey with 429 convictions. Third on the list...
  • Former Cincinnati union president sentenced to 51 months in prison [embezzled $750K]

    06/10/2012 2:30:05 PM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    Business Courier ^ | June 8, 2012 | Morning Call
    A federal court judge sentenced the former president of the Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees union to more than four years in prison, Local 12 reported. Diana Frey pleaded guilty to stealing more than $750,000 from the union that covers mid-level managers in Cincinnati government. Frey has 60 days to report to prison. She has already repaid a small amount, but the court ordered Frey to repay the remaining $740,000 she embezzled. Prosecutors said Frey took money from three union accounts and used it to support a “more lavish lifestyle than she otherwise could afford.” Frey was also sentenced to...
  • Appleton native creates 'blue fist' logo

    11/27/2011 6:36:42 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 25 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-27-11 | ap
    APPLETON, Wis. - An Appleton native is the creator of the iconic "blue fist" graphic in the shape of Wisconsin used in spring protests at the state Capitol. Graphic artist Carrie Worthen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She now lives and works in Los Angeles, but she kept in touch with members of the AFL-CIO and, in February, the union asked her to take the germ of the fist idea and make it stand out. "To me it needed to be bold and clear and loud and simple," Worthen told Wisconsin Public Radio.
  • Progressive Government Is Obsolete

    03/19/2011 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies
    The Wall Street ^ | MARCH 18, 2011. | STEPHEN GOLDSMITH
    Across the country, the interests of organized labor, elected officials and taxpayers are colliding over wages, work rules and the astronomical costs of retiree pensions and health care. As important as these specific issues are to resolve, there is another, more fundamental problem causing so many Americans to lose faith in their government: It is not government unions per se but progressive government itself—long celebrated in Wisconsin, New York and elsewhere—that no longer produces progressive results. In the early 20th century, the progressives championed a rule-based approach to public-sector management that was a big step forward from the cronyism and...
  • Labor Unions Fear Rollback of Rights if G.O.P. Wins

    11/01/2010 9:33:27 AM PDT · by lbryce · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 1m 2010 | Steven Greenhouse
    Organized labor is deeply worried about what happens after Tuesday. By many measures, labor unions have been the Republicans’ fiercest, biggest-spending opponents in this year’s campaign, laying out more than $200 million in hopes of safeguarding the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. So it should be no surprise that Republicans, who appear to stand a good chance of winning control of the House or Senate, are signaling that they plan to push bills and strategies to undermine labor’s political clout and ability to grow. “Republicans are likely to pursue a version of what Samuel Gompers often said: ‘Reward...
  • Penalties lessened for St. Paul pothole crews accused of loafing on the job

    09/13/2010 8:06:33 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-12-10 | dave orrick
    St. Paul employees targeted for discipline following allegations they were loafing on the job instead of filling potholes are getting less-harsh penalties than the city had initially announced, records show. Of the 59 days of suspension the city announced against 17 workers in May, a mere five days of suspension-without-pay have actually been served, according to city records, which are not being released for all 17 workers because the process isn't over. In May, Mayor Chris Coleman made the announcement, billed as the largest disciplinary action in the city's history, following a flap when TV cameras in March filmed pothole-patching...
  • Hard Hats: No Mosque! No Mosque!

    08/20/2010 5:21:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 126 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Ground Zero Mosque: A grass-roots movement among construction workers and unions asks Cordoba mosque supporters: Who do you expect to build it? The same people who built the World Trade Center perhaps? In real estate, it's said the price of a property is based on three things — location, location, location. The price in blood and treasure America has paid for the gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood is incalculable. The wounds are still fresh and the anger is still real, and it's something that supporters of the Cordoba mosque, named after a great Islamic victory over the...
  • Will Hoffa mystery be buried with Giants Stadium?

    04/02/2010 7:06:46 AM PDT · by shove_it · 30 replies · 1,153+ views
    Yahoo! via AP ^ | 1 Apr 2010 | DAVID PORTER
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – As the story goes, former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa has attended every event at Giants Stadium since 1976, buried in a final resting place somewhere under the west end zone. As former New York Giants punter Sean Landeta once joked, "It gives a whole new meaning to kicking into the coffin corner." More than 20 years after a self-described mob hit man set the rumor mill in motion with an interview in Playboy magazine, the question lingers: Is the answer to one of the enduring mysteries of the 20th century buried beneath the stadium — and...
  • Private sector union membership shrinks

    01/22/2010 3:09:30 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 7 replies · 318+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/22/10 | Sam Hananel
    The number of union workers employed by the government for the first time outnumbered union ranks in the private sector last year, the result of massive layoffs that plunged the rate of private sector union membership to a record low. Local, state and government workers made up 51.5 percent of all union members in 2009, up from 48.7 percent a year ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Overall, union membership declined by 771,000 workers, to 15.3 million. But with the number of nonunion workers also shrinking, the rate of union membership fell only slightly to 12.3 percent of...
  • Union troubled by Eagle Scout project in Allentown (SEIU)

    11/15/2009 10:55:31 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 63 replies · 3,527+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | 11/15/2009 | Jarrett Renshaw
    In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park. Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city's largest municipal union. Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park. "We'll be looking into the Cub...
  • A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Democrat (in the not-too-distant future)

    09/07/2009 10:59:57 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 10 replies · 1,157+ views ^ | 7 September 2009 | Rockitz
    Joe gets up at noon because six conservatives got up at 6am to go to work and are forced by the government to pay 40-60% of their wages in taxes so that Joe can sit on his fat ass all day and watch his big screen TV and play video games on his computer. Before Joe heads down to the union hall for his protest assignment that day, he’ll go to Starbucks to buy coffee and a Danish at 1pm. But before that, he’ll stop by the local medicinal marijuana shop to get high because a liberal legislature enacted a...
  • Obama hurt by organized labor connections?

    09/05/2009 9:36:54 AM PDT · by usalady · 1 replies · 231+ views ^ | September 5, 2009 | Martha
    Adding to Obama's woes and his sinking poll numbers are his too-close connection to big union organized labor as their approval ratings continue to fall. On August 5, 2009, only 29% of the nation's voters strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President.
  • A risky new push for immigration legislation [McCain-Kennedy reborn]

    03/27/2009 5:48:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 556+ views
    Advocates of legalization have crafted a plan that could alienate businesses and key Republicans, including Sen. John McCain. But it is designed to lure a powerful new ally -- organized labor. BY PETER WALLSTEN With their prospects in Congress sinking along with the economy, liberal advocates of giving undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship are launching a risky strategy to push lawmakers and the White House to take up their cause. They are devising a proposal in which millions of undocumented workers would be legalized now, while the number of foreign workers allowed to enter the country would be examined...
  • Union uses homeless for protests: Carpenters are waging a "shame" campaign

    03/21/2009 11:24:13 AM PDT · by FourPeas · 9 replies · 572+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | March 21, 2009 | OMER GILLHAM
    The carpenters union has hired dozens of homeless people to stand in for union members to wage a "shame" campaign against a nonunion contractor, a Tulsa World investigation shows. The Local 943 Carpenters Union has organized a 2-year effort to coerce Green Country Interiors Inc. to pay union wages and benefits to its construction workers, said David Hannagan, president and part owner of Green Country. Beginning in April 2007, the carpenters union began placing personnel and large banners at businesses that had hired Green Country for construction work. At the first site, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 E. Second St., the...
  • Obama Says Teamsters Need Less Oversight (More Fraud, Less Feds Barry?)

    05/05/2008 9:33:44 AM PDT · by milwguy · 60 replies · 1,190+ views
    wall st journal ^ | 5/5/2008 | Brody Mullins and Kris Maher
    Sen. Barack Obama won the endorsement of the Teamsters earlier this year after privately telling the union he supported ending the strict federal oversight imposed to root out corruption, according to officials from the union and the Obama campaign. It's an unusual stance for a presidential candidate. Policy makers have largely treated monitoring of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as a legal matter left to the Justice Department since an independent review board was set up in 1992 to eliminate mob influence in the union.
  • Labor seeks political payback : AFL-CIO head says elections 'mandate for union agenda'

    11/18/2006 8:01:49 AM PST · by george76 · 70 replies · 1,895+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2006 | Will Lester
    Unions spent more than $100 million getting out the vote, knocked on millions of doors and delivered Election Day support to Democrats running for the House by a more than 2-to-1 ratio. Now organized labor is spelling out what it wants from the new Democratic Congress. The priorities include raising the minimum wage, expanding health care and improving pension protections. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney sees the elections as a "mandate for a union agenda." Likewise, says Bill Samuel, legislative director for the AFL-CIO, "we have an opportunity to push our agenda... The AFL-CIO executive council is scheduled to meet Tuesday...
  • Council defies Daley, OKs 'living wage'

    07/27/2006 6:53:01 AM PDT · by Jean S · 31 replies · 873+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 7/27/06 | FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
    Defying Mayor Daley and challenging Wal-Mart and Target to follow through on their threats, a bitterly divided City Council voted Wednesday to require Chicago's big-box retailers to pay employees a "living wage" of at least $10 an hour and $3 in benefits by 2010. The 35-14, veto-proof vote is an overwhelming victory for organized labor and the latest in a string of legislative defeats for a corruption-weakened Daley. "They're afraid of candidates running against them. That's what it is. That was the real issue," Daley said, denying that the vote was a sign of his diminishing grip on a Council...
  • Labor Unrest Rocks Siberian Oil Town (Case of Corporate Socialism or Crony Capitalism)

    07/20/2006 2:38:35 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 416+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | July 21, 2006 | Anna Smolchenko
    A storm is brewing in Surgut, the seemingly sleepy hometown of Kremlin-friendly oil company Surgutneftegaz. Discontent over wages and management tactics is driving thousands of workers onto the streets in protest. Managers at the closely held company may be sitting on a cash pile estimated at more than $13 billion from sky-high oil prices, but the sense of prosperity is not felt by many of the firm's thousands of workers, say workers at the company, who have set up a fledgling independent union to make their case for better conditions. The frustrations first broke out into the open during the...
  • Union Leaders in Puerto Rico Convicted in Federal Court

    06/16/2006 12:30:19 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 396+ views
    (English-language translation) Nine hours of deliberations over two days were enough for a jury to unanimously find today 10 former leaders of the Authentic Independent Union (UIA) guilty of Federal charges of conspiracy, embezzlement, and money laundering. Federal judge José A. Fusté agreed to a request from prosecutors and ordered the immediate imprisonment of the 10 convicts. "A conviction of this magnitude requires extreme measures.....Society must get the message that this conduct is in no way acceptable," the judge stated. "This type of crime has serious consequences, so I am not of the mind that this can be permitted," said...
  • Latinos Plan Nationwide Worker Strike

    03/30/2006 8:42:07 PM PST · by republican4ever · 69 replies · 2,074+ views ^ | Thursday, March 30, 2006 10:47 a.m. EST
    Hispanic groups in the U.S. are planning a major boycott of American life dubbed a ”day without Latinos” to protest proposed legislation that would criminalize illegal immigration.
  • South Africa: 'Take your dead child with' (Hospital staff insists family take body when they leave)

    12/15/2005 1:36:28 PM PST · by Stoat · 16 replies · 905+ views
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | December 15, 2005 | Marietie Louw
    'Take your dead child with' 15/12/2005 22:30  - (SA)     Related Articles Patient neglect to be punished Child with broken arm 'ignored' 'No ambulances are available' Woman gives birth on floor Mom's horror hospital ordeal 'Staff eat patients' food' Poor conditions at Bara 'Neglect and abuse' at hospital Nurse slams Gauteng hospitals   Marietie Louw , Beeld  Polokwane - "Take your child's body with you when you go home." This was the shocking instruction a couple got when their baby boy died shortly after birth in the Mankweng hospital, about 30km from Polokwane. Andries Krugel said the hospital staff refused to...
  • Bush order likely means lower wages for rebuilding (Union leaders angry)

    09/15/2005 12:57:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 78 replies · 1,950+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 15, 2005 | L.M. SIXEL
    SOME Houstonians who plan on moving to Louisiana and points east to get work in the Katrina rebuilding effort may discover their wages won't be as high as they might have expected. That's because President Bush signed an executive order last week rescinding the rule that contractors on projects receiving federal money pay the prevailing wage in areas damaged by the hurricane. "It's so important to have decent wages for these workers," said John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO. Sweeney visited the hurricane relief efforts in Houston and met with union leaders earlier this week. Without it, he said, contractors...
  • Mike Rosen: Labor Day then and now

    09/02/2005 4:56:44 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 349+ views
    Rocky Mountian News column ^ | September 2nd, 2005 | Mike Rosen
    Other than a three-day weekend, most Americans don't give much thought to what they're supposed to be observing on Labor Day. In practice, it's become little more than the unofficial celebration of the end of summer. Back in 1882, when New York City's Central Labor Union inaugurated the holiday, the labor movement was quite a different thing than it is today. Once upon a time, workers had valid grievances regarding pay, hours, conditions and safety. Unions served a positive role in leveraging the collective influence of their members to pressure management to redress those grievances. But labor unions are political...
  • Lawyer's love of labor

    08/28/2005 4:44:26 PM PDT · by Coleus · 402+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 06.05.05 | SCOTT FALLON
    Lawyer's love of labor Richard Loccke laughs sheepishly when he's told what other lawyers say about his demeanor at the bargaining table. "I've never intimidated anybody," he says in his standard baritone. "I've never exploited anyone." As a labor lawyer who has thrived in the rough-and-tumble backrooms of collective bargaining for more than 30 years, Loccke knows full well what he brings to negotiations. His tenacious bargaining skills, mastery of the state's arbitration laws and vast client list have had an enormous impact on police salaries and municipal budgets, his friends, clients and critics say. "Rich is the best police...
  • Why Are Government Employee Labor Unions Legal?

    07/01/2005 12:29:19 PM PDT · by Maceman · 23 replies · 712+ views
    Allowing government employees to unionize is a bad idea whose time is long past. I can understand, though not buy into, the logic of believing that people need labor unions to give them protection against the overwhelming economic and political power of their evil, greedy capitalist overlords. But even if one buys this argument, that logic breaks down with respect to government employee unions. I mean, given that government is the source of all good for all the people, what justification is there for believing that government employees would need protection from the power of their benevolent government? Who are...
  • Five Unions to Create a Coalition on Growth

    06/12/2005 11:21:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 518+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 13, 2005 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    Five labor unions that are highly critical of John J. Sweeney, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., are planning to announce this week that they are forming a coalition aimed at unionizing large numbers of workers, several union officials said yesterday. Labor leaders said they were planning this move because they want to form an aggressively pro-growth coalition and because they believe the A.F.L.-C.I.O. is doing too little to organize nonunion workers. This new coalition will be formed by the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters, the laborers, the food and commercial workers and Unite Here, which represents hotel, restaurant and...
  • AFL-CIO honors Mikhail Volynets & the Ukraine labor movement at Las Vegas Convention

    03/07/2005 12:50:25 PM PST · by Bronc1 · 1 replies · 279+ views
    AFL-CIO Home Page ^ | March 03, 2005 | AFL-CIO Executive Council
    In recognition of his courage, sacrifice and leadership, we honor Brother Mikhail Volynets, President of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (CFTUU), with the 2004 George Meany & Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award. In the face of extreme political repression, employer interference and government corruption, Brother Volynets and the CFTUU are vigorous advocates for workers’ rights, democracy and social and economic justice.
  • Canadian Wal-Mart Seeking Union to Close

    02/09/2005 1:24:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 106 replies · 2,455+ views
    AP ^ | 2/9/5 | ADAM GELLER
    NEW YORK, (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday it will close a Canadian store whose workers are on the verge of becoming the first ever to win a union contract from the world's biggest retailer. Wal-Mart said it was shuttering the store in Jonquiere, Quebec, in response to unreasonable demands from union negotiators, that would make it impossible for the store to sustain its business. The United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada last week asked Quebec labor officials to appoint a mediator, saying that negotiations had reached an impasse. "We were hoping it wouldn't come to this," said...
  • Organized Labor in a Tailspin-- Next Step, Congress Repeals Davis-Bacon Act

    11/09/2004 5:31:03 PM PST · by Bronc1 · 9 replies · 938+ views
    U. S. Chamber of Commerce ^ | October 13, 2004 | Bronc 1
    Background: In 1931 the Davis-Bacon Act was adopted to create a "prevailing wage," usually the union rate, for any construction contract over $2,000 funded in whole or in part by the federal government. The benefits of the "prevailing wage," however, go to a very few at the expense of taxpayers and the Act is a prime example of unfunded mandates and government waste. Davis-Bacon inflates the cost of federally funded construction projects by as much as 15%, discourages economic growth, and raises federal spending. In fact, Davis-Bacon Act wages cost taxpayers over $1 billion annually, in addition to the $100...
  • AFL-CIO on-line newsletter: "Iraqi workers need a raise!"...U. S. Labor Against the War agrees!

    10/08/2004 12:42:06 AM PDT · by Bronc1 · 5 replies · 286+ views
    U. S. Labor Against the War ^ | October 8, 2004 | Bronc1
    Iraqi workers need a raise - desperately. For six months, they've been paid at an emergency level dictated by the US occupation authority, known as the Coalition Provisional Authority, or CPA. Most workers get $60/month, a small percentage $120, and a tiny minority (mostly administrators and managers) $180. This is the same wage scale that prevailed under the last few years of the Saddam Hussein regime.
  • AFL-CIO's Gene Bruskin & USLAW join with British & Iraqi Trade Unions against War & unions in Iraq

    10/08/2004 12:13:47 AM PDT · by Bronc1 · 5 replies · 372+ views
    U. S. Labor Against the War ^ | October 8, 2004 | Bronc1
    U. S. Labor Against the War (also known as USLAW) met with British & Iraqi trade union representatives to reaffirm opposition to the Iraqi War and in support of Iraqi unionization. Here's a report by USLAW's Gene Bruskin on the August 4-7, 2004 meeting in London...and evidence of what American union dues are funding!
  • Labor Activists Invade Bush's Campaign Sites

    10/05/2004 10:14:56 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 59 replies · 4,273+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | October 6, 2004 | Ellen Gedalius/William March
    Labor Activists Invade Bush's Campaign Sites By ELLEN GEDALIUS and WILLIAM MARCH The Tampa Tribune Published: Oct 6, 2004 TAMPA - Labor activists stormed President Bush's campaign headquarters in Tampa on Tuesday, part of an orchestrated event nationwide involving thousands of people protesting his policies on overtime pay. No one was injured or arrested in Tampa, police said. Miami and Orlando also were among the 17 cities in swing- voting states where the AFL-CIO organized such events. Protesters, including construction and hospital workers, were armed with postcards and petitions expressing their disapproval of Bush's overtime policies. Some held signs reading:...
  • Goodyear Workers File Formal Petition to Throw Out Unwanted Steelworkers Union

    08/04/2004 11:00:41 AM PDT · by gunnygail · 17 replies · 1,444+ views
    Goodyear workers voting to ditch their corrupt union! Can the traditional Dem voter base (and huge $$$ donor) be disintegrating? I LIVE for this stuff.
  • Sandal whappers serenade Kerry [Should we FReep Kerry with REAL "flip flops" - across the USA?]

    04/07/2004 10:25:07 PM PDT · by RonDog · 110 replies · 873+ views
    Cincinnati Enquirer ^ | April 7, 2004 | Gregory Korte and Cindi Andrews
    Wednesday, April 7, 2004Sandal whappers serenade Kerry Reporter's Notebook By Gregory Korte and Cindi AndrewsThe Cincinnati Enquirer Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is swarmed by admirers during his Tuesday appearance at Sawyer Point downtown. One of the homemade signs hoisted there read: "Outsource Bush." The Cincinnati Enquirer/STEVEN M. HERPPICH John Kerry had seen the tactic before - it emerged on the campaign trail last week - but few others seemed to understand what was going on. Young Republicans wearing cheap sandals got in the front row and started clapping them together almost as soon as the Democratic presidential candidate took...
  • CA: Fear and Budgeting. Program administrators use human suffering to protect phoney-baloney jobs.

    03/23/2004 9:21:19 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 4 replies · 162+ views
    California Public Policy Foundation ^ | March 23, 2004 | Ray Haynes
    What a field-day for the heat. A thousand people in the street. A-singin’ songs and carryin’ signs. Mostly say, “Don’t you dare cut any of our programs!” With apologies to Buffalo Springfield, the annual summer budget fight has started early in Sacramento. Welfare mothers, students, and a myriad of others are showing up at the capitol to beg us lawmakers to give them your money. Except: the story is mostly false. Most of these people are scared into protesting by people who make money from the system. Welfare bureaucrats, union bosses (who profit from the dues public employees pay), and...
  • Abortion coverage new goal for UAW

    08/21/2003 1:43:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 215+ views
    Detroit Free Press ^ | August 21, 2003 | JEFFREY MCCRACKEN AND SARAH A. WEBSTER
    <p>The UAW has asked Detroit's automakers to pay for voluntary abortions in its national contract talks, say officials at the union and the companies familiar with the talks.</p> <p>The potentially explosive request was made to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Group during talks about health care coverage, those officials said. They did not know whether it was also made to Ford Motor Co. during contract talks, which began in mid-July.</p>
  • Organized labor sets political priorities

    10/13/2002 7:05:15 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 178+ views
    <p>Organized labor's election priorities include defeating a governor named Bush, ousting a Colorado senator with an anti-union voting record and electing a Democrat from a new district in Nevada where Palm Pilots may help determine the winner.</p> <p>With time and money dwindling as Election Day nears, labor is devoting its resources to pivotal races where it desperately wants Democratic victories.</p>