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  • Steel Valley elementary teachers, union violate 'humanity' contract

    03/30/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Triblive.com ^ | 3-29-2015 | Eric Heyl
    UNITED FEDERATION OF HUMANITY LOCAL 15120 OFFICIAL GRIEVANCE FORM Grievance filed against: Steel Valley Education Association Grievance alleged: The union representing Park Elementary School teachers filed a cruel, insensitive, unnecessary and ultimately impotent grievance against Steel Valley School District. Said grievance involving a special needs student violates the compassion, decency and concern for others clauses of its collective bargaining agreement with the UFH, hereafter referred to as “humanity.” The grievance was incalculably unintelligent and an enormous public relations gaffe that casts Park teachers as complete cads. Those aren't explicit violations of the CBA but should be noted for the record....
  • The Romance of the Confederacy

    03/28/2015 5:52:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 123 replies
    National Review ^ | March 28, 2015 | Josh Gelernter
    This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments re Texas’s refusal to allow Confederate flags to be stamped on license plates as part of a “Sons of Confederate Veterans” design. I wouldn’t ask sons of Confederate veterans to disown their ancestry; in fact, my mother’s mother’s family was Southern, and four of my great-great-grandfathers fought in the Confederate army. And I know that lots of Americans sincerely see the Confederate flag as a symbol of states’ rights — particularly because virtually no Confederate soldiers actually owned slaves. But, personally, I see the Confederate flag as the symbol of men who, as...
  • Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union

    03/26/2015 8:41:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/22/2015 | Anne Schieber
    After months of legal wrangling, the votes are in. Secretaries at Grand Rapids Community College have chosen to decertify the Michigan Education Association local and form their own union. Out of 95 members, 40 voted in favor of the new union, the Alliance of Professional Support Staff, while 28 voted to stay with the MEA and 3 chose no union. “We are free,” said election organizer, Penni Weniger. This is the second time in 15 months that a group of employees at a state college or university has broken ranks with the MEA. The first defection involved over 300 technology...
  • Teacher Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension

    03/25/2015 10:15:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/24/2015 | Tom Gantert
    When the current president of the state's largest teachers union worked for the Lansing School District more than 20 year ago, his job title was “paraprofessional.” That's a position that pays between $7.69 and $16.52 an hour, according to a recent union contract. But thanks to a special deal approved by the Lansing district in 1993 and allowed by a state law, Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook could retire and collect a government pension of up to $105,000 a year. That pension would come from the underfunded school employee retirement system, which is run by the state. That's because...
  • How Union President's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers

    03/25/2015 5:17:52 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/22/2015 | James Hohman
    Although his real employer is a private organization – the Michigan Education Association – Steve Cook continues to be considered a Lansing public school employee for purposes of “spiking” his eventual payout from the state-run school pension system. The MEA is the state's largest teachers union, and Cook, its president, will eventually receive pension benefits that are based on his six-figure union salary rather than the modest pay he received years ago while employed as a classroom paraprofessional. Defenders of the deal argue that taxpayers shouldn’t be concerned because the MEA reimburses the school district for the money it contributes...
  • Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time

    03/24/2015 10:31:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/15/2015 | Dr. Antony Davies
    Labor unions negotiate higher wages and better benefits for union members. That’s fine – that’s their purpose and it’s why some people choose to join unions and pay union dues. The unions have to perform a delicate balancing act. If they don’t push for better wages and benefits for their members, then workers will have less of an incentive to join unions. But, as unions attain better wages and benefits for their workers, non-union labor starts to look much more attractive to employers and so employers will tend to prefer to hire non-union labor. If union labor is more productive...
  • Dismembering the Sabbath in Wisconsin

    03/21/2015 2:27:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 20, 2015 2:50 PM | Ed Kilgore
    You’d think Wisconsin Republicans would reward themselves with some rest after pulling off—via a great deal of misdirection from Scott Walker—the enactment of a southern-style “right to work” law banning union shop agreements reached via voluntary free-market contract negotiations. But no: as The Nation’s Moshe Marvit explains, Badger State GOPers are back with a bill to revoke the right to a day off after seven days of labor. The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside [Rep. Mark] Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law...
  • $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary

    03/19/2015 9:00:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2015 | Anne Schieber
    LaKiesha Allen is a 35-year old Lansing school secretary who pays the Michigan Education Association $38 a month in union dues from her $23,000 annual salary. Local union officials have threatened to get her fired if she stops paying those dues. So Allen was stunned to learn that MEA President Steve Cook, a man she has never met, swung a deal with her employer to parlay his six-figure union salary into a richer pension payout. Cook's payout will come from the same pension fund that Allen is counting on for her own retirement – a fund that is currently underfunded...
  • Scott Walker’s Humblebrag - In his new book, the Wisconsin governor lays out his vision for America

    03/17/2015 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | November 1, 2013 | Christian Schneider
    On the evening of June 5, 2012, after he had been declared the winner of a historic recall election, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker hugged his friend Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and took a call from presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Amid sobbing supporters, Walker’s wife, Tonette, pulled him aside and suggested he begin his victory speech by saying, “This is what democracy looks like!” That phrase had been the rallying cry of Walker’s political opponents for months, as they marched around the state capitol in Madison and stalked the governor at his home. Following Walker’s announcement of his bold...
  • Teachers’ Union President Knew About Clinton’s Personal Email

    03/17/2015 9:43:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/17/15 | Lachlan Markay
    A long-time Hillary Clinton supporter who heads the nation’s second largest teachers’ union says she was aware of the former Secretary of State’s personal email address before the New York Times reported its existence two weeks ago. Randi Weingarten, a donor to Clinton’s previous presidential run and to the Super PAC backing her likely 2016 bid, said on Twitter over the weekend that the existence of the email account was not “secret.” Asked if she was aware of the personal email account, hdr22@clintonemail.com, before the Times published its scoop, Weingarten gave a one-word reply: “yes.” Weingarten did not respond to...
  • San Bernardino County Public Employees To Vote In Teamster Election

    03/13/2015 1:22:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    teamster.org ^ | 3-16-2015
    Ballots were mailed out this week to more than 15,000 San Bernardino, Calif., county, city and agency employees to vote in an election for Teamsters representation. The workers, who are members of the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), will have the opportunity to vote in favor of affiliating with the Teamsters. The workers reached out to the union seeking strong representation. “I’m voting yes for the Teamsters and I encourage my co-workers to do the same. We need improvements and strong representation in future negotiations,” said Luis Aguilar, an employee with the county’s Transitional Assistance Department, which administers public...
  • Union President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union

    03/11/2015 8:27:09 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/10/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Steve Cook, the president of the state's largest teachers union, is also listed as the highest-paid employee of the Lansing School District. His annual salary is $20,000 more than that of the district’s superintendent. The deal between the Lansing School District and the Michigan Education Association allows Cook to remain a member of the state’s pension system for school employees while working full-time as president of the private union. This lets him accrue pension benefits based on his $201,613 MEA salary, setting Cook up for a much higher post-retirement payout from the underfunded public school employees pension system. The Lansing...
  • Denver schools have four times the administrators as other districts

    03/11/2015 9:49:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watchdog ^ | March 11, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Denver Public Schools had four times the number of administrators as any other large metro area districts last year, and salaries and benefits for those staffers are $22 million more than the next largest metro district, Colorado Department of Education figures show. The teachers’ union president reviewed the data Watchdog.org obtained and said the nearly $68 million paid to DPS administrators would be better spent on students. “We need to be talking about keeping dollars closer to classroom when it comes to public education,” said Henry Roman, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. “Should they be putting the money...
  • Obama slams Walker's right-to-work law [Has Walker moved Wisconsin into the Red column?]

    03/10/2015 12:56:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    In a sharp jab at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, President Obama on Monday criticized Wisconsin's newly-signed law to prevent workers from being obliged to pay union dues as a "sustained, coordinated assault on unions, led by powerful interests and their allies in government." "I'm deeply disappointed that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will WEAKEN, rather than strengthen workers in the new economy," Obama said. "Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past. So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I'd encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans —...
  • Scott Walker Courageously Takes On Unions

    03/09/2015 12:15:05 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 9, 2015 | Ira Stoll
    One threatening letter to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promised to attack his wife and “gut her like a deer.” Another talked about killing his sons: “I already follow them when they went to school.”Then there was the time the governor’s car was attacked by protesters who, as Walker recounts in his book, “surrounded the car and began beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle.” ....The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, which keeps a trademark on the Profile in Courage Award, would, alas, be unlikely to give it to Walker, even though his actions in Wisconsin surely fit the award’s...
  • Trying to Rebuild the Democratic Party Machine in Wisconsin w/o the Scott Walker Hate Meme

    03/09/2015 5:29:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Last week I grabbed a cup of coffee and had a chat with Democratic National Committee member Jason Rae, one of a spate of Democrats vying to succeed Mike Tate as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. I met with Jason at his request, but rather than sit and interview him, he wanted to pick my brain about the DPW Chair race and the state of the Democratic Party here in Wisconsin. As I shared my thoughts on the DPW Chair race, I started by noting the many, many criticisms of the poor messaging efforts on the part of...
  • Scott Walker’s Righteous Victory in Wisconsin

    03/09/2015 1:57:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    NRO - National Review Online ^ | March 9, 2015 | The Editors
    We are halfway there: On Friday, the state assembly of Wisconsin voted to make the state the 25th to pass right-to-work legislation, and Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill with some satisfaction. That’s 25 down, 25 to go. (Our optimism is not so unanchored as to consider the sorry case of the District of Columbia.) Right-to-work laws end the practice of union bosses’ enriching their organizations through a legal variety of extortion under which all workers are required to pay the equivalent of union dues, whether they wish to be represented by a particular union or do...
  • A Wisconsin Whimper [Right to Work Cheer!]

    03/06/2015 10:39:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Slate ^ | March 6, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    "...Regardless of whether you’d characterize the right-to-work law as fanatical or not, it’s remarkable the extent to which Madison kept mum about its passage. Besides a few dozen Democratic legislators and a few hundred labor protesters the day before, the famously liberal city was placid as the conservative legislation rolled along. The liberals who have faced Walker have lost, and lost,and lost again,and progressive Wisconsinites’ stores of outrage seem,at least for the moment,to be exhausted.That’s not to suggest the left has given up. But Walker and the Republicans in the Legislature have more ideas they plan to advance,including cutting funding...
  • Wisconsin: Protests Fall Flat During Final Day of Right to Work Debate [w/video hey-hey, ho-ho]

    03/06/2015 1:05:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | Staff Trackers
    On the final day of legislative debate over a proposed Right to Work law in Wisconsin, union protesters proved once again they are unable to replicate the massive crowds generated during Wisconsin’s historic 2011 Act 10 debate. While unions attempted to hold an outside rally during the midday, which mustered about 300 people, the hour long outside rally completely failed to move inside the statehouse and support Wisconsin Assembly Democrats as they debated against the bill. While Assembly Democrats were able to draw debate out to 24 hours by using poetry, claims of racism, and references to Moses delivering the...
  • Wisconsin Assembly Moves To End Forced Unionization

    03/06/2015 10:36:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 6, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    After debating all night, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a right-to-work bill Friday which is designed to end mandatory union membership in the state. The policy, which has passed in 24 states, outlaws forced union dues as a condition of employment. After a state version of the policy passed the Wisconsin Senate last week it was sent to the Assembly where representatives heard testimony from labor experts, union leaders and the public before voting 62-35 in favor of the legislation. Mark Mix, the president of the National Right to Work Committee, praised the Assembly for moving the legislation to Gov. Scott...
  • "Rinky-dink" Scott Walker’s Secret Weapon

    03/06/2015 12:22:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Slate ^ | March 5, 2015 | etsy Woodruff
    MADISON, Wisconsin—Scott Walker loves the haters. In recent years as Wisconsin has moved further to the right, the mild-mannered preacher’s son has become in the eyes of his opponents an icon of all that is evil—and he seems to relish it. On the stump, the governor is fond of talking up the fact that he’s “the No. 1 target in America of the labor unions and many others on the left,” and the hecklers that seem willing to follow him to the ends of the Earth give him a chance to flex his conservative muscles. They feed the perception that...
  • Wisconsin close to becoming 25th right-to-work state

    03/05/2015 2:57:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Huron Daily Tribune ^ | March 5, 2015
    ".....Economists and others who study the issue say it's too soon to draw conclusions from either state about what effect right-to-work is having.But that hasn't stopped proponents from pointing to job growth in Indiana, and detractors highlighting union membership slides in Michigan,as possible outcomes headed Wisconsin's way.Under right-to-work,private-sector businesses cannot enter labor contracts that require workers to pay union dues. Supporters say that it's about worker freedom and that right-to-work will make Wisconsin more attractive to businesses looking to move in or expand.But opponents say the goal is to destroy unions,which they argue will hurt the economy,lower wages and endanger...
  • Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off

    03/03/2015 5:37:27 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/25/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Former Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney and Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, squared off Tuesday, Feb. 10, in a debate over Michigan’s right-to-work law. “Those who are behind it want to see unions weakened,” Gaffney asserted. “Right-to-work comes from the rise of the political right in this country and the conservative movement becoming more active.” “If that’s so, than why have we seen unions actually growing in some right-to-work states?” Vernuccio responded. The debate was sponsored by the Michigan Labor and Employment Relations Association. An audience of approximately 50 attended the event,...
  • 5 Signs Scott Walker Is Using GOP’s Racist ‘Southern Strategy’ to Win in 2016

    03/03/2015 2:30:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    Global News ^ | March 3, 2015 | must have been a group effort
    Walker demonizes unions, the poor and voters of color in order to appeal to whites. Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s drive for an anti-labor “right to work” law covering private-sector workers is deeply rooted in the racism of the Deep South’s former slaveholding states. They are yet more evidence that he is following a template known as the Republican Party’s “Southern strategy,” which plays to white voters’ racial resentment, even though his budding presidential campaign is based in snow-encrusted Wisconsin. This emerging strategy is reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s original “Southern strategy” of 1968 and Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign kickoff event....
  • Scott Walker Stands By Claim Reagan's Union-Busting Was 'Most Significant' Foreign Policy Decision

    02/28/2015 11:37:42 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 28, 2015 | Ashley Alman
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is doubling down on claims that the strongest foreign policy move in his lifetime was former President Ronald Reagan's decision to fire 11,000 air traffic controllers. In 1981, almost 13,000 air traffic control employees walked off the job when contract negotiations between the federal government and the controllers union stalled. Reagan claimed the strike was illegal and demanded the air traffic controllers return to work; when some 11,000 did not, he fired them. Walker, who has long idolized Reagan and previously lauded the former president's standoff with air traffic control, on Saturday called it "the...
  • Wisconsin, Workers and the 2016 Election

    02/27/2015 10:56:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Editorial Board
    The Republican-dominated Senate in Wisconsin passed a bill this week to weaken the state’s private-sector unions. Similar to “right-to-work” laws in 24 other states, the bill would prevent unions from requiring dues or other fees from workers they represent in collective bargaining, a crippling constraint. The Republican-run State Assembly is expected to pass the bill next week, and Gov. Scott Walker, who stripped Wisconsin’s public employees of collective bargaining rights in 2011 and is now eyeing the Republican presidential nomination, has said he would sign it. In a nation where the long decline in unions has led to a pervasive...
  • Scott Walker woos CPAC by boasting about crusade against Wisconsin unions

    02/27/2015 6:51:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | The Guardian | Steven Greenhouse
    Seeking to wow a crowd of conservative activists on Thursday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker decided to trumpet what first made him a Republican hero: his crusade against organized labor.In what many saw as a boast that he could handle Islamic State, Walker talked of besting labor and said: “If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world.”With that red meat line at a gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference(CPAC), Walker won raucous applause about the episode that thrust him on to the national stage–his success in pushing through legislation in 2011 to curb...
  • Wisconsin Senate approves right-to-work bill, sends to state Assembly

    02/26/2015 2:09:27 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | Brendan O'Brien
    The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a "right-to-work" bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues. The bill, which would make Wisconsin the 25th U.S. state with a right-to-work law on the books, cleared the Republican-led Senate on a 17-15 vote following hours of debate marked by periodic angry shouts from opponents in the Senate gallery. Supporters of organized labor chanted "Shame!" as the legislation was passed and sent for further consideration to the state Assembly, where Republicans also hold a majority. One Republican senator,...
  • Common Core Teaches Second Graders to be Good Union Comrades

    10/28/2013 12:01:04 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/28/2013 | Michael Schaus
    Aside from the obvious objections to allowing the creators of Healthcare.gov get more involved in the education of America’s youth, a new reason to resist the creepily altruistic “Common Core” curriculum has surfaced. New Common Core teaching materials instruct second graders that land owners are intrinsically evil, that business owners are inherently greedy, and Saul Alinsky radicals are the saviors of the everyman. (Besides – and I know this should seem pretty obvious – do you really want the architects of a 17 trillion dollar debt teaching our kids things like basic math?) According to Fox news, a textbook company...
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker’s Son Matt Walker: ‘Those On The Left Are Afraid’ Of My Dad

    02/25/2015 5:29:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | February 25, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Matt Walker, son of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he thinks the institutional left is afraid of his father. In addition to attending Marquette University, Matt Walker is also currently the regional vice chairman of the midwest division of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). [snip] A recent report from The Daily Caller detailed an extraordinary level of hateful rhetoric after University of Wisconsin-Madison College Republicans sent out a campus-wide email supporting Gov. Walker’s recent budget proposal. But liberals on the campus responded with such vitriol and hatred—rather than having a civil discourse...
  • About 2,000 rally against right-to-work in Wisconsin

    02/24/2015 12:27:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 24, 2015 | Tribune wire
    "..........The right-to-work debate comes in the wake of the 2011 fight over Walker's law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. That law also prohibited the automatic withdrawal of union dues for public workers, like the right-to-work measure would do in the private sector. Walker administration spokesman Cullen Werwie said between 1,800 and 2,000 people were inside and outside the Capitol at midday and there had been no arrests. After the rally, protesters filed into the Capitol rotunda and joined the ongoing hearing. While union members were vowing to fight the measure and try to sway Republicans to...
  • Teamsters seen as upping effort to be Clark County Schools union

    02/24/2015 9:54:07 AM PST · by redreno · 6 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 2/23/2015 | By FRANCIS McCABE
    It’s beginning to look like an all-out offensive by the Teamsters against the two largest education unions in Clark County. Teamsters Local 14 has filed a public records request for the names, job classification and work location for members of the Clark County Education Association, the union representing the School District’s 17,000 teachers. Teamsters Local 14 secretary-treasurer Larry Griffith confirmed the request was made but he wouldn’t say anything more. The move could be viewed as an organizing effort by the Teamsters to represent the district’s teachers, labor law experts said. The Teamsters are in the midst of a fight...
  • Taxpayer-Funded U. Wisconsin Chancellor Spends Her Days Lobbying Alumni Against Scott Walker

    02/23/2015 2:51:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    DC - The Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2015 | Eric Owens
    ".......A Feb. 18 email from [Rebecca] Blank blatantly implores alumni to call state legislators to complain about the proposed education cuts. “If you choose to contact your legislator on behalf of the university, I encourage you to thank them for engaging in an active discussion about the university budget, tell them you recognize that the state is facing a difficult budget situation and that the university must do its share along with other state agencies, but that a budget cut of the magnitude called for in the proposed budget is just too big and will have a significant negative impact...
  • Walker’s anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin [grab a cup of coffee and curl up with this]

    02/22/2015 11:48:49 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    KING, Wis. — At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate. “There used to be a lot more people coming,” said Magnant, a 51-year-old nursing assistant, sighing. The anti-union law passed here four years ago, which made Gov. Scott Walker a national Republican star and a possible presidential candidate, has turned out to be even more transformative...
  • ENGLISH PROFESSOR Gives Students Extra Credit For Attending Rally Against Scott Walker’s Budget

    02/20/2015 3:07:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 20, 2015 | Eric Owens
    A literature professor at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater has offered students in her courses extra credit for attending a Thursday evening rally against budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin System proposed by Gov. Scott Walker. The professor is Beth Lueck. On Wednesday, Lueck notified students in her freshman English class about the exciting extra-credit assignment. “UWW students have organized a non-partisan [sic] rally with students, faculty, and community members on the UW Whitewater campus against Gov. Walker’s proposed $300 million cut to the UW system, along with speaking out against attacks on shared governance and faculty,” Lueck wrote. Protest...
  • This is what Republican governance looks like: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s frightening agenda

    02/19/2015 12:33:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Salon ^ | February 18, 2015 | Luke Brinker
    Amid depressed turnout and pent-up frustration with the Springfield status quo, Illinois voters last November ousted Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, awarding billionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner a five-point victory. The five weeks since Rauner took office as Illinois’ first Republican governor in a dozen years have offered a vivid illustration of the truism that elections have consequences — consequences that will be paid disproportionately by the state’s poor, working class, and middle-income citizens. Rauner fired the opening salvo in his war on workers earlier this month, issuing an executive order that allows public employees to opt out of paying fees...
  • Conservative Warrior - Scott Walker knows how to pick a fight [as explained by a liberal]

    02/17/2015 11:42:22 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Slate ^ | February 17, 2015 | amelle Bouie
    "....This year, ahead of a competitive presidential primary, Walker is out to distinguish himself again, this time with an ambitious push against another pillar of liberal Wisconsin. According to the Washington Post,the Republican governor will slash $300 million from the University of Wisconsin system over the next two years,a 13 percent reduction in state funding.Team Walker says it’s just bookkeeping, a simple cut that comes with an even exchange: a two-year tuition freeze and new flexibility for administrators who want to set pay scales and campus construction priorities. “These reforms will give the U.W. System the power to transform higher...
  • City to negotiate with union that has no members

    02/17/2015 7:35:28 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 13 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/17/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has no dues-paying members on the Moriarty, New Mexico police force, but that’s not stopping the union from demanding the city negotiate with it anyway. The city’s police officers voted in 2011 to create a collective bargaining unit affiliated with AFSCME to negotiate employment contracts on their behalf, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Two officers joined, the majority did not. Those two have since left the department. The seven officers currently employed by the city are not union members, though the union still claims to represent them.
  • Union Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification

    02/16/2015 5:58:53 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/14/2015 | Anne Schieber
    The Michigan Education Association has dropped an unfair labor practices complaint against Grand Rapids Community College, and also dropped its request for suspension of an election to “decertify” a union local which represents college secretaries. The decertification vote was authorized when one-third of the nearly 100 members of the Grand Rapids Community College Education Support Professionals signed a petition requesting it. The MEA filed its complaint and request a few weeks later. Supporters of the election say time was of the essence because the local bargaining unit’s contract expires June 30 and contract negotiations are set to begin April 1....
  • Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave

    02/13/2015 1:42:00 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A Harper Creek Community Schools special education teacher says her credit has “suffered irreparable” damage and her local union has attempted to humiliate her. The reason, she says, is that she refused to turn over personal banking information that would let the union automatically deduct her dues. Terri MacKenzie made her claims in a lawsuit she filed against the Michigan Education Association, the National Education Association and the Harper Creek Education Association in Calhoun County district court. Her trial is set for later this month. The dispute dates back to September 2012 when the MEA was implementing its e-dues automatic...
  • Banksville boilermakers union to offer free training to any who surrender a gun

    02/13/2015 3:48:00 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 43 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 02-13-2015 | Megan Guza
    Raymond Ventrone figured there had to be a better way to get people to surrender guns than offering “a few hundred dollars or a Giant Eagle gift card.” “I've never thought that was much incentive to turn a gun in for guys who make $2,000 or $3,000 a week selling drugs,” he said. “Let's go a step further and offer them a career.” Ventrone, business manager of Boilermakers Local 154 in Banksville, convinced his union to partner with Pittsburgh and Allegheny County police departments to establish a “Guns for Opportunity” program that offers anyone who turns in a gun the...
  • Don't look now but Illinois new GOP governor is taking on public employee unions

    02/11/2015 11:57:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    New Republican Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois is taking on the most powerful special interest in the state - public employee unions - and he's getting some support from Democrats. In truth, Rauner has little choice. Public union pensions are out of control. The pension crisis in Illinois is easily the worst in the nation and the Rauner administration is already looking for ways to cut benefits - a move that would have been considered sacrilegious previously but is now being considered even by Democrats. Also, Rauner issued an executive order: prohibiting unions from collecting so-called fair share fees from...
  • West Coast port operators halt ship work over weekend

    02/06/2015 10:25:00 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 6, 2015 | Coral Garnick
    The Pacific Maritime Association suspends weekend vessel operations at all 29 ports along the West Coast. For the second time this week, terminal operators controlling the West Coast ports have raised the stakes in contract negotiations with their dockworkers. On Friday, the Pacific Maritime Assocation (PMA) said it would suspend weekend vessel operations at all 29 ports along the West Coast. “After three months of union slowdowns, it makes no sense to pay extra for less work,” PMA spokesman Wade Gates said in a statement. “Especially if there is no end in sight to the union’s actions, which needlessly brought...
  • Ronald Reagan and a Nation at Work

    02/06/2015 1:26:06 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 6, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the days when a labor leader led our nation, on the great man's birthday... As the author writes this column, dozens of ships, each one laden with tens of thousands of truckloads of cargo, are sitting in the Pacific, parked for weeks at a time in a line, waiting for the longshoremen to stop their slowdown and get back to work. Modern containerships are measured in TEUs, a unit of measure specific to the transportation industry. The standard intermodal container (so-called because it can be transported by truck, rail, or ship, easily transferred from one to the next...
  • Workers Try to Boot Union for Fourth Time After ‘Rigged’ Election ( Alabama - UAW )

    02/04/2015 3:26:42 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 4, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    Anti-union forces claim UAW ‘stuffed’ ballot box. Workers in Alabama are staging a fourth attempt to kick the United Auto Workers (UAW) out of their plant following claims that stuffed ballot boxes derailed their last vote. Employees at the NTN-Bower Corporation, a ball bearings manufacturer, have unsuccessfully tried to boot the labor giant out of their factory for two years. Workers voted to decertify the UAW in an earlier election, but an Obama-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) panel threw out the election. Another election was held in January of this year. The UAW prevailed, but it was later revealed...
  • Scott Walker's UW mission rewrite could end the Wisconsin Idea

    02/04/2015 12:45:33 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | February 4, 2015 | Karen Herzog
    Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget calls for essentially removing the public service language from the University of Wisconsin System's mission to focus more on workforce development, according to language released Wednesday morning. The Wisconsin Idea has long been the core philosophy of the UW System, driving campuses to extend their reach into communities and "every family in the state." That mission also is linked to Wisconsin public radio and TV. The Walker budget cuts $5 million in state funding from the public service media. State funding makes up about 10% of the budget for their programming operations, according to a...
  • Union strikes at 9 US refineries in bid for new contract

    02/01/2015 12:34:34 PM PST · by george76 · 41 replies
    CNBC .. Reuters ^ | Feb 1, 2015 | Lucy Nicholson
    Union leaders called strikes on Sunday at nine U.S. refineries in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The walkouts, the first held in support of a nationwide pact since 1980, target plants that together account for more than 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity. The discord comes as plunging crude prices force oil companies to slash spending. Royal Dutch Shell, the lead industry negotiator, indicated talks had broken down. ... Shell activated a strike contingency plan at its sprawling joint venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, to keep...
  • Labor pushes 'union beers' at Super Bowl (Budweiser, Miller, Coors, Blue Moon, PBR, Shock Top)

    01/31/2015 4:43:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/15 | Tim Devaney
    Football fans will be discouraged from drinking “non-union” beers like Guinness and Heineken while they’re at Super Bowl parties. During Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, labor groups are hoping to raise awareness about beer companies that are unionized and pay their employees good wages. Labor 411’s list of approved beers for the Super Bowl includes companies like Stella Artois, which boasts strong union membership. But Guinness, Heineken, Corona, Flying Dog, and many other beermakers did not make the list, said Robert Fulton, the editorial director of Labor 411. "If you’re out making your choice...
  • Union leaders say they’re braced for ‘war’ on public employees

    01/28/2015 7:36:19 AM PST · by redreno · 19 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 01/27/2015 | By LAURA MYERS
    The head of the Nevada AFL-CIO proclaimed Tuesday that “working families are under attack” by Republican lawmakers who want to weaken collective bargaining laws and pensions now that they control the Legislature.Danny Thompson, executive-secretary treasurer of the organization, told supporters at the Teamsters Local 14 union hall that the designated GOP Assembly speaker, John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, had sent a letter to local governments soliciting ideas for changes in public employee collective bargaining — the workers’ right to negotiate pay and benefits.Thompson, a former assemblyman, said he’s been watching the Legislature for some 35 years and he had never seen...
  • Son of ex-slave who served in Union army during Civil War dies 179 years after father's birth

    01/27/2015 7:40:15 PM PST · by iowamark · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/27/2015 | AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. – Luke Martin Jr., whose father was an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in New Bern, North Carolina.. ..lived in the house where he was born — a house his father built in the 1890s. Martin had little memory of his father, Luke Martin Sr., who died at age 84 in 1920 when the son was just a few years old, according to Martin-Williams. The elder Martin, who was born in 1836, was married twice, the second...