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  • Another Case Showing Why People Shouldn't Be Forced Into Unions

    03/23/2017 10:50:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 23, 2017 | George Leef
    Labor unions have been known to do many despicable things to grab dues money from workers who donít want anything to do with them. A current Minnesota case is about as bad as youíll ever find. In 2013, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) got one of its favored politicians, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton, to sign an order declaring that home healthcare providers who receive Medicaid money to care for disabled family members were government employees. But they were ďemployeesĒ only because that made them eligible for unionization. The SEIU figured that it had a good shot at finagling a...
  • Paycheck protection: Tough to swallow

    03/21/2017 10:47:41 PM PDT · by 198ml · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 3/20/17 | Tribune Review
    As union honchos for government workers describe it, the paycheck protection legislation that passed the state Senate last month amounts to a political gag order on workers. But if there's any actual ďgaggingĒ going on, it's in attempting to swallow this union shibboleth. The Senate bill bars state, local government and school district employers from deducting any portion of union dues from workers' paychecks that fund political activity. Deductions for contract negotiations and other costs remain unchanged.
  • The Number of Children in L.A. Is Shrinking ó Which Could Be a Disaster

    03/09/2017 4:41:20 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    LA Weekly, ^ | MARCH 2, 2017 | HILLEL ARON
    LAUSD .. schools are under-enrolled. "There are places where we have schools that are basically four blocks away from each other ó and at a time, that made sense," Rodriguez says. Now, he says, "Buildings built for 1,000 kids may have something like 400. "It's expensive." ... Today, LAUSD's enrollment is around 514,000, a number that the district estimates will fall below half a million by 2018. But L.A. Unified's costs have not gone down. They've gone up. This year's $7.59 billion budget is half a billion dollars more than last year's. The nation's second largest school district is facing...
  • Union Protestors Target California Republican, Go to Wrong House

    02/24/2017 1:43:47 PM PST · by kevcol · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 24, 2017 | Brent Scher
    Union leaders in California continued a protest even after neighbors and police informed them they were at the wrong house because their target, Rep. Steve Knight (R., Calif.), had moved away months ago. The group of over 50 protestors, who arrived in Service Employees International Union (SEIU) vans, carried a fake coffin to the house to send a message that Knight's votes in Congress were "killing" them, according to a report in the local Antelope Valley Press. Police arrived at the scene to alert the union protestors that they were in the wrong place, but the activistsówho had already been...
  • Town Hall Project Founded By Former Clinton Staffer

    02/22/2017 7:22:13 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 10 replies
    freebeacon ^ | February 22, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    A group serving as a central hub of information for congressional town halls was founded by a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer and its parent company is located at the same address as an organization funded by liberal billionaire George Soros. Democrats have insisted that recent town hall outbursts against Republican politicians occurred organically, likening them to the Tea Party, while President Donald Trump yesterday tweeted that the "so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous occasions, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!" The Town Hall Project, a group that serves as a one-stop shop...
  • Reporter was recorded during confrontation with Omarosa: 'This is freaking Nixonian'

    02/15/2017 10:33:45 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2-15-2017 | Paulina Firozi
    Omarosa Manigault, a top adviser to President Trump, said she has a recording of a recent contentious exchange with a White House reporter. April Ryan, a veteran White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) told The Washington Post she was ďphysically intimidatedĒ by Manigault after an exchange last week. "She stood right in my face like she was going to hit me,Ē Ryan told the newspaper. ďI said, 'You better back up.' " Now, Manigault says she has a recording of the dispute that was also shared with some other reporters, according to the Post. Ryan said she...
  • Acorn International Wade Rathke blog

    02/06/2017 2:13:36 PM PST · by Zathras · 6 replies
    http://chieforganizer.org/ ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | Wade Rathke
    http://chieforganizer.org/ "Is a Progressive Tea Party a Good Idea?" "Report from Behind the Bunker, that What Weíre Doing is Working" Worth looking at from one of VJ's inner circle.
  • SEIUís Henry: Trump executive actions prove his agenda panders to extremists

    01/26/2017 7:08:31 PM PST · by mdittmar · 38 replies
    Service Employees International Union ^ | 1/26/2017 | SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė†In response to President Trumpís executive actions on building a border wall, immigration enforcement and restoring the ďSecure Communities ProgramĒ today, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement: ďFor a president who claims to represent and lead from a posture that is not partisan and of the people, Donald Trumpís executive actions have proven that his agenda is anything but that. It is clear our president is choosing to pander to extremists and act as a puppet for their agenda aimed at dividing and weakening our nation rather than honoring the commitment he made in...
  • The Worth of Public Employee Unions

    01/04/2017 3:59:13 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | Jan. 4, 2017 | Larry Huss
    What is the worth of a public employees union? Well not much these days according to the actions of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU announced last week that its members must be prepared for a thirty percent (30%) budget reduction including an immediate ten- percent (10%) reduction in 2017. Of course the SEIU union bosses blamed it all on President-elect Donald Trump but there is really more to it than that. Private sector union membership has been on the decline for decades. It is the result of a combination of things Ė mechanization, international trade agreements, and a...
  • Citing Threats Of Trump, SEIU To Slash Budget 30 Percent

    12/30/2016 8:23:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WBUR-FM ^ | December 30, 2016 | Simůn Rios
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) ó the second largest union operating in Massachusetts, with some 87,000 members in the state ó is slashing its roughly $300 million national operating budget by 30 percent, citing the "threats" posed to organized labor by President-elect Trump. SEIU's international president told staff earlier this month that because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, workers will face serious threats to their ability to join unions. SEIU local 32BJ is fighting for a $15 minimum wage and to unionize 1,500 workers at Logan Airport. 32BJ's Roxana Rivera said itís...
  • SEIU plans 30 percent budget cut during Trump admin.

    12/28/2016 5:42:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 27, 2016 | Mallory Shelbourne
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is planning to cut 30 percent of its budget by Jan. 1, 2018, the end of President-elect Donald Trump's first year in office. ďBecause the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions,Ē President Mary Kay Henry wrote in an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • SEIU Urges President Obama To Keep Immigrant Families Together

    12/20/2016 11:35:34 AM PST · by mdittmar · 35 replies
    Service Employees International Union(SEIU) ^ | December 20, 2016 | Service Employees International Union
    SEIU Urges President Obama To Keep Immigrant Families Together in National Push to Use Presidential Pardon Dividing immigrant families is bad for our economy and communities, deportation could lead to increased exploitation of immigrant workers and drive down wages for all Washington. DC- Today, in a letter featured in the New York Times, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) joined a coalition of immigrant rights, labor and community organizations calling on President Obama to protect immigrant families by using his power to pardon immigrants who have committed minor infractions.† ďImmigrants do the work that our families need and that drives...
  • SEIU branch in Texas declares bankruptcy

    12/06/2016 6:53:33 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/6/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    After losing a lawsuit and facing a $7.8 million dollar judgment, Service Employees International Union Texas, alias SEIU District Five, has declared bankruptcy in order to escape the judgment. The plaintiff is going after the national union, as it should, so stand by lots more court appeals, But so far, the SEIU is losing at every step. Bill McMorris has an excellent account of the case and its background, at the Free Beacon. I recommend it. The bare bones of the story of this case paint a picture of a thuggish organization, in my opinion. It expanded into Texas by...
  • Biggest union reaches deal with California government [SEIU Local 1000]

    12/03/2016 11:19:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 4:47 PM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    Californiaís largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brownís administration. If workers ratify the deal, it would bring to a close contentious negotiations that led to a strike threat and allegations of bad-faith bargaining. Service Employees International Union Local 1000 didnít immediately release the terms of the deal, but union President Yvonne Walker said in a statement that it achieves improvements in compensation, professional development, working conditions, and health and safety. Ö
  • Scores arrested in first 'Fight for $15' protest since Trump win

    11/29/2016 12:41:44 PM PST · by mdittmar · 63 replies
    reuters ^ | Nov 29, 2016 | Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles and Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Additional reporting by Alexander
    Scores of demonstrators were arrested on Tuesday as U.S. workers from fast-food chains staged nationwide protests for higher pay, union rights and immigration reform in their first major action since Donald Trump was elected president.McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) restaurants in 340 cities were prime rally targets, while baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and sky caps at Chicago's O'Hare and Boston's Logan international airports planned to demonstrate in support of workers demanding starting pay of $15 per hour, organizers of the "Fight for $15" campaign said. More than 200 protesters gathered before dawn at Zuccotti Park in New York City's Financial District, the...
  • Mary Kay Henry on CNBC

    11/27/2016 11:57:03 AM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | Nov 22, 2016 | SEIU
    Mary Kay Henry on CNBCSEIU President Mary Kay Henry
  • Mary Kay Henry: Together we will keep fighting (SEIU)

    11/21/2016 3:57:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    youtube ^ | Nov 21, 2016 | Mary Kay Henry(SEIU)
    Mary Kay Henry: Together we will keep fighting
  • Texas judge denies SEIU retrial, orders uinon to turn over documents

    11/18/2016 8:43:20 PM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    SE Texas Record ^ | 11/15/2016 | The Southeast Texas Record
    A Texas district judge recently ruled the Service Employees International Union has no grounds to request a retrial following a court order directing the Chicago-based union to pay Professional Janitorial Services Houston $7.8 million. . . . Harris County District Judge Erin Lunceford also instructed the SEIU to turn over nearly 10 years of financial records and other information before the court determines whether PJS can seize the unionís assets.
  • (vanity) Who did Robert Creamer Visit at the WH in addition to Obama?

    10/21/2016 8:40:17 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 24 replies
    Vanity
    I'd like to crowdsource this with some FR sleuths / weaponized autism / centipedes.... With whom did Robert Creamer meet at the White House aside from Obama? He met with both POTUS and FLOTUS according to the visitorís log: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/visitor-records Others he visited: Kristin Sheehy. Sheehy , Kristin J. Employee $55,000.00 Per Annum EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF FOR OPERATIONS http://www.realclearpolitics.com/politics_nation/RCPWHSalaries09.pdf James Messina is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations ****** Miti Sathe Miti Sathe is a Democratic Party activist who works for Blue Engine Message & Media, a political consulting firm, and serves as the...
  • Jury Comes Down Hard On Big Union's Intimidation Campaign

    09/28/2016 12:45:52 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 9/27/2016 | HEATHER GREENAWAY
    Bullying and intimidation tactics -- that's what we've come to expect of Big Labor today. Two weeks ago in Texas, a jury awarded $5.3 million in damages to Texas-based Professional Janitorial Services of Houston (PJS) after a local Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was found to have waged a campaign of misinformation and defamation against them. SEIU Local 5 had been trying to unionize Houston's large janitorial companies through its "justice for janitors" campaign for years, and but for the Professional Janitorial Services (PJS), it was successful. PJS remained the final holdout -- causing Local 5 to resort to nefarious...
  • Companies Finally Start Fighting Back Against Organized Shakedowns

    09/08/2016 3:54:28 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 8 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | September 8, 2016 | Editorial
    Justice: Three recent court victories got little in the way of headlines, but should be required reading for every corporate executive in the country. In each, companies refused to do what so many have done before -- tuck their tails in and settle out of court. Exhibit A is a case involving Texas-based Professional Janitorial Service and its yearslong battle with the Service Employees International Union. As it has done countless times before, the SEIU targeted the company with a vicious, all out "corporate campaign," designed to ruin the company's reputation and starve it of business, until it submitted to...
  • Robot-Powered Burger Joint Makes a Beeline For Bay Area

    07/03/2016 12:56:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jul 2, 2016
    Move over, humans. A robot-operated restaurant is heading to the Bay Area. Momentum Machines, a San Francisco-based startup, plans to launch a burger joint where fare is cooked, seasoned and wrapped by robots, Tech Insider reported. The still unnamed restaurant will utilize what Momentum Machines built in 2012 ó a machine that could churn out 400 burgers in an hour. The innovative appliance includes a stamper that grinds and stamps custom blends of meat, a vegetable slicer, an oven to toast the meat and bun, and a bagger to wrap the complete product. Images released by the company show the...
  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is Finally Kicked to the Curb

    06/20/2016 2:14:40 PM PDT · by detective · 58 replies
    Th Observer ^ | 06/20/16 | Michael Sainato
    DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has turned over her duties to Brandon Davis, National Political Coordinator for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who was installed by the Clinton campaign. Wasserman Schultz will retain her title as DNC Chair until the Democratic Party votes on a successor. While Democratic presidential nominees traditionally appoint election managers after the primaries endóas Barack Obama did in 2008óthe alleged removal of Wasserman Schultz as DNC chair was nothing more than a publicity stunt. In effect, the move allows Clinton to tout an image of responding to Wasserman Schultzís poor favorability without actually having to...
  • Minimum wage, maximum mess in Oregon

    06/12/2016 11:24:08 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2016 June 10 | Dan Springer
    When Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a minimum wage bill into law in March, it was the highest statewide wage floor in the U.S. It was also the most convoluted, setting three different wages and raise schedules depending on the area's population. ‚Äé Wages will rise to $12.50 in rural Oregon, $13.50 in mid-size regions and $14.75 in greater Portland, all by the year 2022. But before the ink was even dry, Democrats, who control the state House, Senate and governor's office, announced they wanted to change the bill that was rammed through in a five-week legislative session despite fierce...
  • SEIU Backs Single Payer Health Care: Clinton ally endorses Sandersís plan

    06/07/2016 1:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 6, 2016 | Bill McMorris
    One of Hillary Clintonís most influential labor supporters has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sandersí single payer healthcare plan. Members from Service Employees International Union, which represents nearly 2 million healthcare and government workers, passed a resolution declaring medical care a human right at its national convention in May. Obamacare, which the SEIU lobbied for and endorsed, failed to address inequality in the healthcare marketplace and insurance systems remain ďconfusing and inefficient.Ē The union pledged to work to improve upon Obamacare with the goal of expanding into a government-run system. ďThe American healthcare system allows the profit motives of providers, pharmaceutical companies,...
  • Hillary Says "America Needs a Raise" During SEIU rally today, BUT..

    05/23/2016 12:28:37 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 26 replies
    http://www.FreeRepublic.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | CivilWarBrewing
    During a rally with SEIU today in California, Clinton said "America needs a raise", directing her comment at Trump who once said "wages are too high"..
  • Wendyís to make huge move thanks to minimum wage hikeÖ move over humans

    05/21/2016 6:51:49 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 52 replies
    bizpacreview. ^ | May 12, 2016 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Beware the $15 minimum wage for menial labor ó itíll eventually come back to bite you in the hindquarters. As wages for fast-food workers continue to spiral upwards, hamburger chain Wendyís is fast-replacing human workers with automation. The company announced this week that by the second half of the year, ordering will be available through the use of self-service kiosks throughout its entire 6,000 locations, according to Investors Business Daily. It will be up to each franchisee whether to use the new technology or to stick with the old system. Wendyís President Todd Penegor observed that some locations have already...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget must answer some tough questions

    05/13/2016 8:42:36 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    Every May, governors revise their state budget plans and send a final proposal to the Legislature, a process that's designed to ensure that lawmakers use the most current information on the economy and tax revenues. And it's the economy that will likely take center stage in Friday morning's unveiling of Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget. Revenues collected from personal income taxes missed their target in April by about $1 billion, according to one preliminary analysis. At the same time, Democrats in the Legislature have urged Brown to do more to fund programs for struggling California families . How the governor...
  • Transparency: California Dems Halt Effort to Make Unions Disclose How Money Is Spent

    05/08/2016 12:18:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    California union workers will continue to be in the dark about how their dues are spent after a bill that wouldíve forced unions to post this information online was†killed along a party-line vote. Californiaís public employee unions used their muscle this week to fight back a legislative bid to open their books, killing in committee a bill that would force them to post online how dues are spent -- and a second bill requiring a union vote every two years. "These members want to belong to a union. They want to be represented by a union. They just want to...
  • Prison Guard Union Provides Lurid Claims for U-M Anti-Privatization Report

    04/06/2016 7:06:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/2/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A study published by the University of Michigan claims that the state's decision to hire a nonunion contractor to run prison cafeterias led to gangs. But the reportís methodology allowed a labor union critical of privatization to hand-pick which prison guards participated in focus groups that the author used as a foundation for his report. According to the report, "The Michigan Corrections Officers recruited participants, arranged interview locations, and reimbursed participants for travel." Roland Zullo wrote the publication for the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy at the University of Michigan. It concluded that the contractor's employees...
  • NY state in tentative deal to raise minimum wage toward $15 an hour

    03/31/2016 7:05:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2016 | James Odato
    Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a tentative deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase, lawmakers said. The deal outlines a faster rise in New York City, but carves out a slow lane for small businesses and its surrounding counties. In less prosperous areas north of the city it rises to $12.50 per hour before a state review of the law's impact. The minimum wage has been a sticking point in difficult budget negotiations that threaten to delay a spending plan past the...
  • Stupid in America: Students Are So Bad, Professor Canít Grade Them

    03/30/2016 2:45:04 PM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 March 2016 | Selwyn Duke
    What does it say when in two days a teacher exhausts the ink in his red pen? Since a nation cannot be ďignorant and free," as Thomas Jefferson put it, it perhaps means we face a threat graver than the Red Menace. Apathetic or even hostile students, dumbed-down tests, often incompetent and ideologically driven teachers, Cracker Jack-box degrees, morally toxic curricula, revisionist history, the new math ó education has collapsed in America. And one of the sincere educators, wandering amidst the rubble, recently provided a window into this academic apocalypse.
  • Calif. to raise minimum wage to $15: reports

    03/26/2016 9:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | March 26, 2016 | Evelyn Rupert
    California lawmakers and union leaders have reached a tentative deal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is expected to make the formal announcement as early as Monday. According to the L.A. Times, the minimum wage will jump from $10 to $10.50 an hour in 2017 and will increase by $1 every year after that until reaching $15 an hour in 2022. Business with fewer than 25 employees will have an extra year to comply. "The governor and stakeholders have all been negotiating...
  • Flashback: Andrew Breitbart Confronts Hateful Protesters At Right Nation 2010

    03/11/2016 10:42:10 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    Andrew Breitbart Confronts Hateful Protesters At Right Nation 2010 In the name of 'ending the hate' Democratic Party Protesters use homosexual slurs against Andrew Breitbart, and engage in name calling, using terms like 'crazy' and 'tea baggers' in their political discourse. These Alinsky trained Progressives were organized and delivered by President Obama's and the DNC's Organizing For America, and the SEIU.
  • Exclusive: U.S. labor powerhouse to launch anti-Trump ad campaign

    03/11/2016 12:58:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 11, 2016 | BY AMANDA BECKER
    The AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. federation of labor unions, will launch digital attack ads targeting Republican front-runner Donald Trump next week as part of a multi-pronged effort to derail the New York billionaire's bid for the White House and dampen union workers' enthusiasm for him. Officials at the AFL-CIO, an umbrella group of 56 unions representing 12.5 million workers, told Reuters the ads will depict Trump as anti-union, and will appear on Facebook and Twitter. "Donald Trump has tapped into the very real and understandable anger of working people. But while he says he's with America's working people, when you...
  • SEIU, top Dem team up to turn 5 million Latino immigrants into voters

    01/29/2016 5:52:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/29/2016 | By Nicole Duran
    U.S. citizens and voters as possible before Election Day. Leading the charge is Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., who said Thursday that he believes the "stand up to hate" push can get 1 million of those Latinos naturalized by May, which would see them become citizens in time to register for the presidential election. The campaign's mantra is "Naturalize. Register. Vote." Gutierrez advised Latinos to "get angry" over the anti-immigrant rhetoric emanating from Republican presidential candidates "then naturalize, register and vote." "Can you believe calling all Mexicans rapists?" he asked during a conference call announcing the New American Democracy Campaign, referring...
  • Questionable Charity in Puerto Rico Has One Employee‚ÄĒ the Governor‚Äôs Brother

    01/21/2016 3:33:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 21, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    A nonprofit group founded by ex-New York SEIU boss Dennis Rivera has received big contributions from corporations that do business with the Puerto Rican government, while employing the governor's brother as its only employee. This arrangement was reported today by Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon, based on information provided by NLPC. The charity, now known as "Sociedad Económica De Amigos del Pais," was founded in New York in 1996 by Rivera and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the Hispanic Education and Legal Fund (HELF). Its name change, relocation to Puerto Rico and change of mission...
  • BLM‚Äôs ‚ÄėAnti-Police Terror Project‚Äô Celebrates MLK By Shutting Down San Francisco Bridge

    01/19/2016 7:51:33 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/19/2016 | Christian Datoc
    For the second year in a row, the Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP) put out a call for 96 Hours of Direct Action to reclaim Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's radical legacy and take a stand against anti-Black racism and terrorism. In a courageous display of solidarity and the spirit of MLK, Black.Seed, a Black, queer liberation collective, has shut down the Bay Bridge as a show of resistance to a system that continues to oppress Black, Queer, Brown, Indigenous and other marginalized people throughout the Bay Area.
  • SEIU: Dozens arrested at airport workers' MLK Day national civil disobedience

    01/18/2016 7:41:18 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | January 18, 2016
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dozens of contracted airport workers and allies were arrested today at demonstrations in cities including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, NJ, Washington, DC, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Chicago and Miami as part of a national airport workers' civil disobedience against the injustices and inequality that persist at airports across the country. The men and women who keep our airports running took action to commemorate MLK Day and to reclaim the dignity that should come with a hard day's work, a central tenet of Dr. King's vision for a just society.
  • Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

    01/18/2016 1:10:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2016 | Luz Lazo, Washington Post
    Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The workers - a mix of cleaners, baggage handlers, fuelers and wheelchair attendants - will risk arrest at airports and other locations including the Mall, to bring attention to their campaign for better wages, the Service Employees International Union said. The actions are the latest in the airport workers' campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a benefits package and job protections. They're also protesting threats against their efforts to unionize....
  • 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...
  • Working-Class Hero: Trump Expands To 20-Point Lead Among White Blue-Collars Vs. Hillary Clinton

    01/10/2016 9:28:57 PM PST · by Jane Long · 121 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/10/16 | IKE FLYNN
    New polling data from Reuters finds a nationwide toss-up 2016 contest between GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton - but he's beating her by 20 points, 46 percent to 26 percent, among white working-class voters.
  • SEIU Union Leader: My Blue-Collar Members Support Trump‚Äôs Message

    01/09/2016 7:43:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Jan 2016 | Neil Munro
    The far-left progressive leader of the huge SEIU union admits that many or most of her blue-collar members are sympathetic to Donald Trump's pro-American populist message. "I am deeply concerned about what is stirring, even in our membership... where our members are responding to Trump's message," she told David Axelrod, the chief campaign strategist for President Barack Obama's election in 2008.Can you see Trump winning the election? Axelrod asked. "Yea, I could, I could," said Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the Service Employees International Union."Sixty-four percent of our public members identify as conservative, and are much more...
  • AWESOME: Liberal Unions in FULL Panic Mode After What Just Happened to Trump‚Äôs Campaign

    01/08/2016 5:18:38 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 32 replies
    Mary Kay Henry, the head of the Service Employees International Union is very nervous about the amount of popularity GOP front-runner Donald Trump has garnered. She recently said her organization is going into "hyperdrive" to stand up against Trump, because she saw him as a real threat. Henry was interviewed by David Axelrod for his podcast, "The Axe Files" on Thursday, when she admitted that her organization was worried about what Donald Trump was stirring up in the SEIU's 2.1 million members. She was worried because she believed Trump has the ability to win the White House in November. During...
  • Mandatory Union Fees Getting Hard Look by Supreme Court

    01/08/2016 10:34:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 8, 2016 | Adam Liptak
    Harlan Elrich is a high school teacher in California, and that means he must pay about $970 a year to a labor union. He teaches math, and he said the system did not add up. "I get to choose what movie I want to go see," Mr. Elrich said. "I get to choose what church I want to go to. I get to choose what gym I want to join." He should have the same choice, he said, about whether to support a union. Mr. Elrich and nine other California teachers have sued the union, saying that they are being...
  • N.Y. Restaurant Owners Plead for Mercy as Gov. Cuomo Tightens Screws on Wages [Min. $15/hr.]

    01/07/2016 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/07/2016 | Rod Kackley
    More than 100 restaurant owners in the state of New York are begging Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) not to force them to pay their waiters and waitresses $15 an hour. But it's doubtful he heard them over the roar of union workers at rallies Jan. 4 supporting Cuomo's call for a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage. Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, can see the $15 an hour wage coming, but she's hoping for a five-year moratorium for people who make their livings on tips. She said her organization's members would be crushed...
  • Chicago Airport Police Told To "Run And Hide" During Active Shooter Situation

    01/03/2016 11:24:09 AM PST · by The All Knowing All Seeing Oz · 66 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Christian Datoc
    The nearly 300 unarmed police officers patrolling Chicago‚Äôs O‚ÄôHare and Midway airports have been told to ‚Äúrun and hide‚ÄĚ during active shootings. Internal aviation department documents obtained by CNN instruct officers not ‚Äúto become part of the response‚ÄĚ to an attack. ‚ÄúIf evacuation is not possible, you should find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the door,‚ÄĚ but Matt Brandon, secretary-treasurer of the airport officers union, told CNN they have serious issues with the protocol. ‚ÄúThese men and women are sent to the Chicago...
  • Chicago airport police told to "run and hide" in event of active shooter

    01/03/2016 2:52:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    <p>Matt Brandon, secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union Local 73, which represents the aviation police officers, said he doesn’t understand why the officers are prohibited from carrying guns.</p> <p>He said the union has been unable to get the aviation department to change the no gun policy, which dates to the early 1990s.</p>
  • Union goes to court over longevity pay for future Clark County workers

    Clark County's largest employee union is taking the county to court in effort to overturn an arbitrator's ruling that eliminates hundreds of millions of dollars in longevity pay for future hires. The Service Employees International Union Local 1107 filed a motion to vacate the arbitrator's contract award this week in Clark County District Court. To prevail, the union would need a judge to find that the arbitrator disregarded state law when issuing his final, binding decision. The arbitrator, Ross Runkel, also gave county employees 4.5 percent in retroactive pay increases in his Aug. 25 award. The key sticking point, however,...
  • Largest L.A. County employee union votes to approve contract including 10% raise

    11/25/2015 5:42:55 AM PST · by smartyaz · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/20/15 | Abby Sewell
    Workers represented by Los Angeles County's largest employee union voted to approve a tentative agreement with county management that would give them a 10% raise over three years. Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents more than 57,000 county employees, including nurses, social workers and clerical workers, tallied ballots Thursday after a month long voting process. Apart from the pay increase, the new contract would make Cesar Chavez Day an official county holiday starting in 2017, provide as much as an additional week of annual vacation every year and put some temporary workers on a path to full-time jobs....