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  • In historic vote, Minnesota home health care workers unionize

    08/26/2014 8:53:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    In one of Minnesota’s largest labor organizing efforts since the Depression, home care workers across the state on Tuesday voted to join the Service Employees International Union, giving that organization the power to bargain on their behalf. The vote is the culmination of one of the most sweeping union expansion efforts in Minnesota history and represents a victory for Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL-controlled Legislature, who pushed through legislation that enabled the certification vote. Workers and those they care for erupted in cheers and chants of “When we fight, we win!” when results were announced at the labor pavilion...
  • Minnesota home-care worker union vote can proceed, judge rules

    08/21/2014 4:41:07 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press | 08/20/2014 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Vote tallies on whether Minnesota home care workers will create a large union should come next week after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that an ongoing union election can continue. In July, nine home care workers brought a challenge in federal court against Gov. Mark Dayton and other state officials, claiming that unionization efforts in the state are violating constitutional guarantees of free expression and association. Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which is trying to organize some 27,000 home care workers, also was named as a defendant in the case. Plaintiffs sought a preliminary injunction to block a union election...
  • Truth and Justice Needed in Ferguson, MO [Nightly LIVE RIOT thread]

    08/20/2014 5:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 188 replies
    The following statement was released by Keith Kelleher, president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri & Kansas, in response to the shooting of Ferguson, MO, resident Michael Brown and the unrest that is occurring there:The aftermath of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the urgent need for justice to prevail in order to bring a level of calm back to the community. The initial lack of information coming from the Ferguson Police Department and its militarized response to protesters has clearly erased any faith in local authorities to uncover the truth. To that end, the members...
  • Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Ferguson, Missouri Shooting

    08/20/2014 4:32:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    SEIU.org ^ | August 14, 2014 | By Mary Kay Henry
    "Justice is too often elusive in a society that remains segregated and divided by race and class. These divisions are coming to the surface in Ferguson, Mo., and we are encouraged that the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI are intervening with an eye toward easing tensions, guaranteeing civil rights and protecting and serving that community and its residents. "On behalf of the 2 million members of the Service Employees International Union, I extend thoughts and prayers to the family of Michael Brown. May all parties involved in this tragedy find justice and peace."
  • Company accuses labor union of forging signatures for political gain

    08/18/2014 2:16:17 PM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | August 18, 2014 | Adam Tobias
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — A home health-care company contracted with the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care is accusing a local labor union of forging workers’ signatures to collect more money for political activity. Art Beck, a Milwaukee attorney representing Sally Sprenger, owner of Supportive Homecare Options Inc., told Wisconsin Reporter two employees have come forward since April alleging they were signed up to make contributions without their authority. The contributions were for the Committee on Political Education through the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Wisconsin. After reviewing their forms for voluntary COPE deductions, which help fund union causes for political...
  • California’s teachers union hears the footsteps of workers’ freedom

    08/18/2014 10:16:18 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/18/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    he California Teachers Association (CTA) has quietly started to prepare its members for life after extortion. It has put together a report titled “Not if, but when: Living in a world without Fair Share,” in which it acknowledges that the days of being able to extort teachers to bribe Democrats may be fast coming to an end. Automatic, compulsory union membership for teachers is being challenged in court and the thugs that run the state’s biggest teachers union can see the outcome will lead to an end of their cushy lives. They have prepared a slideshow outlining the “terrible consequences”...
  • Unions for Big Businesses: Why the NLRB is attacking America's franchises

    08/04/2014 6:56:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/04/2014 | James Sherk
    Would you like to own a small business someday? If so, sorry — the Service Employees International Union would rather you didn’t. SEIU has convinced the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to eviscerate the franchising model that many small-business owners rely on. Under the current model, these small-business owners pay for the right to use a corporate brand. The franchising corporation researches appealing products. It also does marketing to promote the brand. In return, the local franchisees agree to produce those products to fit certain price and quality specifications. The local franchisee handles all the hiring and employment. This division...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law [Thugs LOSE! Walker WINS!]

    07/31/2014 6:01:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 7/31/14
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence.
  • Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through WI Records Law (An NGO/Union/MSM Journ-o-list?)

    07/30/2014 7:47:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | July 29, 2014 | Nathan Schacht
    A low-profile Google Group used by over 1,000 state and national leftwing leaders and activists has been discovered thanks to Wisconsin’s open records law. A Media Trackers inquiry into the actions of a University of Wisconsin professor turned up records and communications from “Gamechanger Salon,” an online community that provides a forum for leftwing activists and leaders to share tactics, strategies and opinions. Operating as a closed Google Group, much of what the network does is unavailable for public review. However, a document listing the network’s membership and a policy manual describing the mission and ground rules for the entity...
  • Fast food workers vow civil disobedience (Demand $15/hr. minimum wage, unions)

    07/26/2014 5:59:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    VILLA PARK, Ill. — Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted today to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership to include nonviolent civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of a campaign that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. Wearing T-shirts that said “Fight for $15” and “We Are Worth More,” the workers cheered loudly and said they would win if they stuck together. “People are just fed up,” said Cindy...
  • CRASS: Dem Rep. Crisanta Duran Caught Chanting “Death to CO GOP”

    07/22/2014 3:10:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    colorado peak politics ^ | 7/221/14 | oloradoPeakPolitics
    First, Howard Dean wanted to ship all Republicans to the Ukraine or Russia. Now, unions and at least one elected official are calling for the GOP’s death. As The Colorado Statesman reports, state Rep. Crisanta Duran marched with a Latino group and the Service Employees International Union as they chanted “Death to the Colorado GOP.” At a rally on Tuesday in downtown Denver led by the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, Latino leaders and community groups held a mock funeral procession in which they declared, “Death to the Colorado GOP for killing immigration reform.” Joining the demonstration was state...
  • Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers

    07/19/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare—“the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest”—aren’t averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU’s Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses—$13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama’s second inaugural. The union designated all that travel as “representation activity.” Also claimed as a “representation” expense: a $6,000 liquor store tab for “beverages for...
  • Government Employee Unions Tee Up California's Bankruptcy

    05/17/2014 10:15:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/17/2014 | Bill Frezza
    Half a Billion Dollars. That’s how much the California Teachers Association and the powerful Service Employees International Union have spent on California politics since 2000. The unions’ return on that “investment”? A legislature totally beholden to them for political support and campaign contributions. Here’s another mind-boggling number: Half a Trillion Dollars. That’s an estimate of the unfunded public pension liabilities racked up by California’s state and municipal governments due to overly generous pay and defined benefit pension plans lavished on unionized government employees. If you thought the bankruptcies of Stockton, San Bernardino, and Vallejo were entertaining, break out the popcorn...
  • Supreme Court: Obama Is Out of Order

    07/03/2014 6:33:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 3, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Supreme Court: Obama Is Out of OrderPosted By Matthew Vadum On July 3, 2014 @ 12:58 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments The Supreme Court has wrapped up its 2013-2014 term by handing stinging defeats to the increasingly unpopular President Obama.Doing its job for a change, the high court reined in the power of the Executive Branch of the federal government, striking down a forced unionization scheme, an abortifacient mandate, and improper recess appointments. The Court also rejected the Obama administration’s contention that police be allowed to search Americans’ cellphones without warrants.In the nearly five and a half...
  • Supreme Court ruling on union dues could cost SEIU millions in payback

    07/01/2014 8:46:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 1, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    One of the nation's most powerful labor unions could face a costly onslaught of lawsuits seeking tens of millions of dollars in dues, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the money was collected improperly, legal experts said. In a ruling Monday, the high court held that Service Employees International Union cannot force people who care for loved ones to be union members and deduct dues from the government checks of those they care for. The practice has gone on for several years in a handful of states, creating a lucrative stream of cash for the powerful labor organization, which represents...
  • Illinois mom elated after defeating powerful union in Supreme Court

    06/30/2014 2:54:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2014 | Ruth Ravve
    An Illinois woman who took her fight against one of the nation's most powerful unions all the way to the Supreme Court and won, said all she ever wanted was to care for her ailing son. Pam Harris, the lead plaintiff in the landmark Harris v. Quinn case, in which the high court ruled people who care for loved ones in their home can't be compelled to join the Service Employees International Union, said the ruling was a victory for her son Josh, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. "It means no third party intrusion, it means that there's...
  • Activists arrested outside Royce's office

    06/29/2014 9:42:23 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Six immigration activists were arrested for protesting outside of Rep. Ed Royce's (R-Calif.) district office late Friday after they stopped traffic in the middle of a busy street near Los Angeles, according to reports. The protest, organized by the Service Employees International Union, was one of dozens held around the country Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Senate passing a sweeping immigration bill, which would pave the way for 11 million illegal immigrants to stay in the country. But House Republicans have refused to take up similar legislation, angering many immigration activists. In Washington, immigration activists also occupied...
  • Six arrested at immigration rally

    06/28/2014 8:20:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/28/2014 | Tim Devaney
    Six immigration activists were arrested for protesting outside of Rep. Ed Royce's (R-Calif.) home office late Friday after they stopped traffic in the middle of a busy street outside Los Angeles, according to reports. The protest, organized by the Service Employees International Union, was one of dozens held around the country Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Senate passing a sweeping immigration bill, which would pave the way for 11 million illegal immigrants to stay in the country. But House Republicans have refused to take up similar legislation, angering many immigration activists. In Washington, immigration activists also occupied...
  • Supreme Court to consider ‘kill shot’ on public sector unions

    06/28/2014 10:59:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The Supreme Court will make its most important ruling in labor law in decades next week when it weighs in on a right-to-work case that could determine whether non-union workers can be compelled to pay public sector union dues. Courts for years have recognized the rights of unions to ask non-members to pay dues for union negotiating costs, but a group of home healthcare workers in Harris vs. Quinn are challenging dues they pay to a branch of the Service Employees International Union as a violation of free speech. The case is pitting business groups and the National Right to...
  • Unionization Ruling Before The Supreme Court Could Be 'Huge'

    06/27/2014 7:18:02 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jack Spencer
    As the current term of the United States Supreme Court nears its end, a ruling remains to be announced that could fundamentally change the way government unions are organized. Harris v. Quinn, which involves personal care providers in Illinois who contested a forced unionization they were subjected to, is largely equivalent to the home health care "dues skim" that took place in Michigan. In both unionization schemes, workers who take care of the elderly and disabled were forced into a union. In Michigan, an affiliate of the Service Employees International union took more than $34 million from the Medicaid checks...
  • Supreme Court could deliver crippling blow to Big Labor

    06/03/2014 9:31:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 2, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    In the first year since the Wolverine State adopted a right-to-work law in 2013, SEIU Healthcare Michigan lost a staggering 80 percent of its members. The case illustrates a dirty secret of the modern labor movement: A lot of its rank and file members don't want to be in a union in the first place and will leave if given the chance. What right to work did in Michigan, the Supreme Court might soon do nationally: In the case of Harris v. Quinn, the justices must decide if Illinois state government can force its own public sector employees to participate...
  • Are Unions the Big Problem at Veterans Affairs?

    06/02/2014 5:34:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Government Executive magazine ^ | June 2, 2014 | Charles S. Clark
    Of all possible causes of the Veterans Affairs Department’s front-page woes -- corrupt managers, funding shortfalls, an exploding population of veterans, a poor communications culture -- there is one that has drawn perhaps the least attention. Too many highly paid VA employees spend their time on union organizing, some say. On May 29, Kimberley Strassel devoted her regular column in The Wall Street Journal to an essay titled “Big Labor’s VA Choke Hold: How Democrats put their union allies before the well-being of veterans.” Stating that two-thirds of the VA workforce is unionized, she said, “That's a whopping 200,000 union...
  • 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,...
  • Gowdy Names Capitol Hill Veteran to Benghazi Probe (Free Republic mentioned)

    05/19/2014 4:55:23 PM PDT · by kristinn · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014 | James Rosen
    SNIP To lead the Republican majority staff, Gowdy selected Philip Kiko, a key aide to Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., when the latter served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and more recently a registered lobbyist for the Smith-Free Group, a K Street lobbying firm with a diverse roster of clients. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, swiftly welcomed Gowdy’s choice, calling Kiko “a man of unquestioned integrity with a record of distinguished service” in and out of Congress... SNIP However, emails obtained by Fox News show that some conservatives are unhappy with Kiko’s appointment, chiefly because of his recent lobbying...
  • State of Minnesota may soon control your retirement savings

    05/15/2014 7:13:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    MN Freedom Foundation ^ | 5-8-14 | Jonathan Blake
    Earlier this week, House and Senate conferees agreed to final language for the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA). While most of the attention has focused on the bill’s family and sick leave provisions, one particularly bad policy provision has attracted little attention. Specifically, WESA lays the groundwork for a “state-administered retirement savings plan” for employees in the private sector. Yes, this would essentially be a government-run retirement plan controlled by the State Board of Investment. The ramifications of such a plan could be devastating for private sector employees as well as taxpayers who would likely be on the hook for...
  • Fast food worker strikes planned in 150 cities

    05/13/2014 3:22:07 PM PDT · by kingattax · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | May 7, 2014 | By Patrick M. Sheridan
    The fast-food worker strikes are expanding to more U.S. cities and going global. Workers in up to 150 cities across the country are planning to strike on May 15, according to labor organizers. The movement is also headed overseas, with plans for workers to join protests in 33 countries. On Wednesday, the workers announced the protests outside a McDonald's in New York City, and delivered a letter that called on the fast food giant to raise wages and respect workers' rights worldwide. However, security guards didn't allow the workers to bring the letter inside the restaurant. So, they posted the...
  • NYC area airport workers vote to join union (SEIU)

    05/12/2014 3:18:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 12, 2014 4:17 PM EDT
    Several thousand contract workers employed at the New York City area’s major airports voted Monday to join a union after campaigning for better pay and benefits. The workers cheered as representatives from about a dozen major airport contractors stood and announced their support for joining the union in a packed room at Riverside Church in Harlem. About 4,000 workers signed cards expressing their wish to join the 32BJ Service Employees International Union, including baggage handlers, security officers, cabin and terminal cleaners and others. …
  • Two more reminders unions and liberals are bottom feeding lowlifes

    05/11/2014 9:20:13 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/11/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Unions will extort disabled people; MoveOn.org will support Boko Haram. Unions and liberals make our world a little less livable every time they get a chance. Here are two stories that remind us of the depths these people will sink to in order to have their way. In Michigan the Service Employees Internal Union (SEIU) has recently seen an 80% decrease in its membership which was triggered as much by its own greed as the terrible economy Barack Obama has given us. In 2006 the Michigan SEIU was successful in their drive to forcibly unionize family members of disabled people...
  • Liberal groups to start O-Care push

    05/09/2014 3:59:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    thehill.com ^ | may 9, 2014 | cameron joseph
    A trio of liberal groups is looking to mobilize liberal voters on ObamaCare.  Planned Parenthood Action, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and MoveOn.org are teaming up in an effort to boost the law, and to boost officials who backed it. The groups are launching campaigns that will highlight popular parts of the law, according to The Washington Post. That includes the law's expansion of Medicaid, free contraception coverage and the ban on insurers denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Big Shrinkage at SEIU Healthcare Michigan: Not Just the Pool

    05/08/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    NetRightDaily ^ | May 6, 2014 | Brad Tidwell
    The SEIU has always been all about using dirty tricks and shady lobbying to accomplish their only real goal- to grow at any cost. But what SEIU Healthcare Michigan did to home healthcare workers in their state has to be one of the dirtiest tricks ever used. SEIU Healthcare Michigan exploited a legal loophole using the Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MCQ3) to force parents and family of sick children into their union. Families who saved the state thousands of dollars a month by taking care of adult children with disabilities had money taken out of their pockets as they...
  • Michigan SEIU Loses 80% of “Members” After State Ended Forced Membership of the Disabled

    05/08/2014 11:58:48 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | may 8, 2014 | daniel greenfield
    There’s absolutely incomprehensible black-hearted rotten-souled evil. And then a step beneath that, there’s SEIU. Melissa and Kevin Haynes were born with hypertonic cerebral palsy, a severe disability that impaired their cognitive development, leaving them functioning as infants. For more than 30 years, their devoted parents, Robert and Patricia, have cared for them in their home in Macomb Township, Mich. The two disabled adults received Medicaid checks each month, money that went toward their care. But in 2006, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) began collecting 2.75 percent from each of these checks, claiming that Robert and Patricia were employees — not only...
  • After Right-To-Work, 80% of Mich. Health-Care Workers Desert Union

    05/01/2014 7:55:08 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/30/2014 | Robby Soave
    Having won the right to decide for themselves whether to join unions, Michigan workers are opting to desert an organization that many never wanted to join in the first place: the SEIU. Michigan voters put an end to forced unionization by approving right-to-work in the 2012 election. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder also signed a bill that ended a fraudulent dues-skimming scheme, perpetrated by the SEIU, which had allowed the union to collect $34 million in mandatory dues out of the Medicaid checks of unknowing home-based caregivers. No longer obligated to pay money to the SEIU, 80 percent of home-based caregivers...
  • Media Matters Employees Are Now Publicly Attacking Their Bosses

    04/29/2014 12:31:24 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/29/2014 | Christopher Bedford
    Media Matters employees are furious that their bosses are trying to keep them from unionizing. A union-organizing committee at the liberal group released a statement Monday slamming their employers for “the unexpected and unexplained path our leadership has taken in response to our efforts to unionize,” adding that “the actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize.”
  • Dem Honda's Silicon Valley Campaign Office is Inside SEIU HQ

    04/21/2014 7:07:49 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Apr 2014 | William Bigelow
    Democratic Congressman Mike Honda, (D-CA), from the high-tech 17th congressional district in Silicon Valley, has a rather curious place for his campaign headquarters, the San Francisco Chronicle reports: inside the headquarters of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 521. That address, 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose, is not listed as the campaign’s address on Honda’s campaign website; instead, 2050 Gateway Suite 100, San Jose, is listed. Honda is running for reelection in the "jungle" primary June 3 against Democrat challenger Ro Khanna and Republicans Vanila Singh and Joel Vanlandingham. The reason that the false address came to light is that...
  • Unusual arrangement? Honda’s campaign offices are right at home — in SEIU headquarters

    04/19/2014 7:40:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Carla Marinucci
    Democratic Congressman Mike Honda, now engaged in a contentious fight for re-election in a Silicon Valley House race, has made the unusual move of locating his 2014 campaign office inside the headquarters of a major South Bay labor organization — the Service Employees International Union Local 521. The details about Honda’s campaign office emerged after the Chronicle reported last week that Honda can’t vote for himself in the 2014 election because his home is located outside the 17th Congressional District he represents.
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant says mayor’s minimum wage panel is ‘deadlocked’

    04/18/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Connelly
    Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage advisory committee is “deadlocked,” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant said Friday, with the socialist officeholder pledging she will now work to “build a strong coalition in the streets.” Sawant and two other left-leaning City Council members sit on the panel, which is co-chaired by business leader Howard S. Wright III, CEO of Seattle Hospitality Group, and Service Employees Union leader David Rolf, the city’s most able labor leader. The statement by Sawant comes amids increasing indications that Seattle voters will have the final say on on the minimum wage issue. And, like Washington voters...
  • Labor supporting Media Matters not super-keen on SEIU unionizing its employees

    04/18/2014 6:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    One for the hypocrisy hall of fame: Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff.Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA’s staff through a Card Check election.A filing with the NLRB does not necessarily mean that the union and management are in direct confrontation. For example, although Volkswagen tacitly backed the United Auto Workers’ recent effort to organize its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, the company still...
  • Media Matters To SEIU: Don't Unionize Us, Bro?

    04/18/2014 5:19:35 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | by DAN RIEHL
    The hypocrisy could not be more evident as reports indicate Media Matters for America is resisting efforts by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its employees. Heck, next thing you know, they'll be asking them for a higher minimum wage. "...Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA's staff through a Card Check election..."
  • Media Matters for America is resisting SEIU's effort to unionize its staff

    04/17/2014 11:59:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2014 2:36 PM | Sean Higgins
    Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff. Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA’s staff through a Card Check election. […] MMFA has regularly presented itself as a supporter of organized labor. It has argued that “economists point to declining union participation as one cause of the growing economic rift in America” and claimed it was a fact that “unions increase productivity [and] do...
  • Hah!… SEIU Petitions NLRB to Unionize Lib Employees at Media Matters

    04/17/2014 7:09:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Gateway ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Get your popcorn… The SEIU is petitioning the National Labor Relations Board to unionize the employees the employees at Media Matters. In response, Media Matters has hired a high priced law firm to represent the company. And, here we thought they supported unions? Weird, huh?
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce ‘outraged’ over minimum wage measure

    04/08/2014 7:55:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Julie Balise
    The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is “outraged” over a ballot measure to raise San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, saying in a statement on Monday that it “flies in the face of collaboration and partnership.” The measure would lift base pay about 40 percent from its current $10.74, making San Francisco’s minimum wage the highest in the country. Activists were expected to file papers on Monday for the November ballot. The measure, designed by SEIU Local 1021, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, and other activist groups, would give companies with fewer than 100 employees until...
  • Fellow Students – Stand Up To Outrageous Bias and Left-Wing Hat

    03/25/2014 7:21:23 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    The College Fix ^ | March 12, 2014 | Kyle Brooks
    Two weeks ago, a video that I filmed of a radical guest lecture in a required sociology course at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater went viral. In it, intolerant SEIU member Eyon Biddle claimed that “politics is fueled by white rage” and that Republican success in 2010 was helped by racism. Appalled by what I was hearing, I took out my phone and began to record. Based off of how quickly the video spread, becoming national news in less than three days, as well as from the reaction I have gotten from people nationwide, it is clear to me that people...
  • Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors

    03/24/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democrats and many in the media routinely complain about money spent in politics, and they regularly lash out at conservatives and big business. Turns out, unions are the top spenders in politics. Twelve of the top 20 political donors from 1989 to 2014 have been unions, which overwhelmingly support Democratic causes, according to an analysis done by OpenSecrets.org's Center for Responsive Politics. Seven of the top 10 donors overall give almost exclusively to politicians or groups on the left. ActBlue, a political action committee that raises money for Democrats and progressive causes and features Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer...
  • Union rep join federal government safety inspectors on site visits to non-union businesses

    03/22/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/21/2014 | Patrick Howley
    SEIU and other labor unions can accompany the government inspectors on site visits due to a quiet and contested Obama administration rule clarification issued last year in response to a request from a union representative. Maurice Baskin, an attorney representing the Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Manufacturers, said in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections that OSHA’s clarification letter violates the OSH Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Section 9 of the National Labor Relations Act holds that an “authorized representative” must be an agent from a union that a majority of the...
  • SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign

    03/21/2014 11:27:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/18/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The Service Employees International Union, the labor group behind the home health care dues skim, has been fined $199,000 for concealing that it bankrolled Proposal 4 in 2012, which would have locked a forced unionization scheme into the state constitution. The fine for campaign finance violations is the second-largest ever levied in Michigan, according to a press release from the secretary of state's office. Between 2006 and when the dues skim finally ended in early 2013, the SEIU took more than $34 million from home-based caregivers, most of whom were taking care of family and friends. Secretary of State Ruth...
  • SEIU Hit With Second-Biggest Campaign Finance Fine in Michigan History

    03/18/2014 5:01:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/18/2014 | Bill McMorris
    The Service Employees International Union will have to pay the second-highest fine in Michigan history for its failed 2012 campaign to preserve forced union dues among home care workers. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said that the politically powerful union agreed to pay the state nearly $200,000 for failing to properly disclose donors and file timely campaign reports. The union funneled more than $9 million into two 501(c)(4) non-profit groups, Home Care First Inc. and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care, which served as the public face of a ballot initiative. “These organizations cannot be used as a means...
  • 159 Wisconsin Union Bosses Make Six-Figure Salaries

    03/11/2014 6:03:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | February 27, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    Gov. Scott Walker’s public sector collective bargaining reforms of 2011 have not prevented union officials from making hefty six-figure salaries even as some of their organizations struggle to retain members. A review of U.S. Department of Labor filings shows that at least 159 union officials in Wisconsin made six-figure salaries in fiscal year 2012. ... The SEIU has used its political clout to recently push for a minimum wage hike for some Milwaukee County employees and government contractors. While decrying the current minimum wage, the SEIU conveniently lobbied for a carve-out that exempted employers from the requirement if they joined...
  • Michigan campaign finance violation draws near-record fine for union's actions in 2012 election

    03/10/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 20 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Brian Smith
    LANSING -- The Service Employees International Union will pay almost $200,000 to settle alleged campaign finance violations from a failed 2012 ballot proposal seeking collective bargaining rights for home health workers. The settlement was announced Monday by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, whose office investigated a complaint that the union skirted campaign finance laws. The complaint was filed by political advocacy group Michigan Freedom Fund The complaint accused the principals behind Home Care First and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care of intentionally delaying required filings with Johnson's office to conceal that SEIU had made substantial contributions to support the...
  • Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital

    03/07/2014 6:52:19 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    Bill Clinton accepted a $225,000 speaking fee from the nonprofit Washington Hospital Center smack in the middle of two big rounds of layoffs in 2012 — one of a number of tax-exempt organizations that have paid big money to hear the former president talk. The $225,000 payment wasn’t made public by the hospital on its annual Internal Revenue Service forms, but rather appeared among dozens of lucrative speeches by Mr. Clinton reported on his wife’s final ethics filing as secretary of state. “No disrespect to Bill Clinton, but that money could’ve gone a long way and been put to better...
  • Workers, bused-in activists target UPMC offices

    03/03/2014 8:03:08 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies
    WPXI ^ | March 3, 2014
    PITTSBURGH--An estimated 300 workers and bused-in labor activists tied up Pittsburgh traffic when they marched downtown to rally outside the corporate offices of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Monday's rally follows demonstrations outside the same building last week when police cited nine demonstrators for trespassing. The activists from the Service Employees International Union, which is trying to organize some of the hospital network's workers, and others were also pressing for higher wages for cooks, custodians and other blue-collar health workers.