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  • Amazon under fire for refusing to bow down to Muslim religious demands

    04/22/2017 10:39:03 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    barenakedislam.com ^ | April 21 2017
    The security firm that patrols the headquarters of tech giant Amazon has been accused of allegedly mistreating its Muslim workers, with critics claiming the contractor does not appropriately accommodate their demands for prayer breaks 5 times a day — and retaliates against those who speak out. Three workers have filed charges claiming the company retaliated against them for complaining. quote: PJ Media The Service Employees International Union and three Muslim guards who work for Security Industry Specialists, the security contractor Amazon uses to guard its facility, accuse SIS, and by implication Amazon, of refusing to allow the guards space to pray five...
  • Union Tips off Border Patrol in Immigration Crackdown

    03/10/2017 7:10:28 AM PST · by PGR88 · 25 replies
    The Buffalo News ^ | March 10, 2017 | Lou Michel
    Federal agents are not the only ones trying to remove people from the Buffalo area who have entered the country illegally. If Bill Bing, a carpenters union official, discovers workers at local construction projects suspected of being in the country illegally, the union tips off authorities. That information has led to some raids and arrests, he said, although the detention last month of 32 individuals suspected of being in the country illegally and working at projects was not his tip. "We were not directly responsible for the information on those two raids," said Bing, the local representative for the Northeast...
  • The Number of Children in L.A. Is Shrinking 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 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...
  • Illinois Governor prepares to hire scabs in response to state workers strike threat

    03/01/2017 9:08:59 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 29 replies
    HotAir ^ | 3/1/17 | Jazz Shaw
    Theres a fun little food fight breaking out in the state of Illinois this week which is sure to have public worker union advocates spitting nails. There was a recent vote among members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union authorizing a strike if Governor Bruce Rauner did not cave in to their demands. In response, the governor set up a new website inviting citizens to apply for government positions.
  • 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 activistswho had already been...
  • Few Rogue Border Agents Resist Trump Policies

    02/18/2017 7:39:31 AM PST · by Cheerio · 29 replies
    Polizette ^ | 17 Feb 2017 | Brendan Kirby
    Union leader says some stations continue to follow Obama 'catch and release' directives Some border patrol stations have been slow to carry out President Donald Trumps immigration enforcement executive order and instead have continued former President Barack Obamas catch-and-release policies, according to a union official. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told LifeZette that he raised concerns Thursday with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello. He said he is confident that issue soon will be corrected. But Judd said as recently as Thursday, some border patrol stations were still releasing border-jumpers, often without even issuing notices to...
  • Teachers union president backs Ellison for DNC chair

    02/17/2017 12:26:10 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Thje Hill ^ | February 17, 2017 | By Lydia Wheeler
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Friday picked up the backing of the head of the nations largest teachers union in his bid to lead the Democratic National Committee. In a statement announcing her personal endorsement, National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garca said she knows Ellison will be a unifying force for Democrats. Keiths emphasis and well-documented commitment to party building and grassroots organizing in every community is exactly what we need as the nation finds itself at a crossroad under the divisive Trump administration, she said. Eskelsen Garcas endorsement comes just hours after the Service Employees International Union called...
  • South Carolina Boeing workers reject unionization bid

    02/16/2017 7:25:57 AM PST · by Cheerio · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 16, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    It appears that somebody is getting the message, at least in South Carolina. A growing movement around the nation in support of right to work policies has dealt one blow after another to organized labor. The latest edition of the story comes to us out of South Carolina where one of the nations larger unions has been attempting to organize workers at the Boeing plant. That proposal came up for a vote this week and the results speak for themselves. Employees rejected the plan and the final vote wasnt even close. (Fox News) Nearly three-quarters of eligible production workers at...
  • Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay

    02/14/2017 1:59:03 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/12/2017 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association has for years promoted a claim that public school teachers are so underpaid that many live in poverty. The facts show it would require extraordinary and highly unlikely circumstances for a full-time teacher in the state to meet the official definition of poverty. Michigans largest teacher union recently enlisted a new ally in promoting this narrative: Royal Oak Mayor Mike Fournier. The MEA wrote in a press release that Fournier knows educators whove watched their pay drop to poverty levels due to step freezes and state-mandated health care premium increases. Fourniers wife teaches at the Waterford...
  • Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union

    02/09/2017 1:14:20 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/7/2017 | Anne Schieber
    The Taylor Public Schools support staff members went to Lansing to conduct a protest against their own union recently. They are taking steps to separate from the SEIU Local 517M and represent themselves. One Taylor support staff union member explained their complaints (click for video).
  • After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?

    02/06/2017 8:56:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/3/2017 | Tom Gantert
    In the 47 years between 1964 and 2011, just three states adopted a right-to-work law Louisiana (1976), Idaho (1985) and Oklahoma (2001). But in the last five years, five more states have made it illegal for employers to make workers pay unions as a condition of employment: Indiana (2012), Michigan (2013), Wisconsin (2015), West Virginia (2016) and Kentucky (2017). In the opening days of its 2017 legislative session, Missouri took a step toward becoming the 29th right-to-work state, when its Republican-controlled House approved a bill to adopt the policy. Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana all passed right-to-work laws when...
  • The VA has no idea how much time employees spend working on union business

    02/06/2017 7:57:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/06/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The public employee unions have a pretty sweet deal with the government which is very similar to the benefits enjoyed by their civilian counterparts. Some of their workers are authorized to spend a certain amount of what’s known as “official time” conducting union business while they’re on the clock and supposedly doing the business of the taxpayers. There are supposed to be limits on this benefit, but in agencies such as the Veterans Affairs Department, just how much of this is going on? Don’t ask the agency’s administrators because it turns out that they have no way of tracking...
  • Gov. Walker: White House interested in Wisconsin union law.

    02/01/2017 6:07:12 PM PST · by Nicojones · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/1/17 | AP
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about how the White House can implement on a federal level parts of the Republican governor's contentious policy that all-but eliminated collective bargaining for public sector unions in the state. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4181638/Gov-Walker-White-House-interested-Wisconsin-union-law.html#ixzz4XUPfcvLd
  • GOP Defectors Have Received Thousands From Teachers Union [Murkowski, Collins]

    02/01/2017 5:24:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 60 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/1/17 | Bill McMorris
    The two Republicans who broke ranks with their partyand announced they wouldvote againsteducation secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received thousands of dollars from the nation's largest teachers union.Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) have each benefited from contributions from the National Education Association. Collins received $2,000 from the union in 2002 and 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Murkowski, meanwhile, has received $23,500.The NEArepresents 3million members, making itthe wealthiest and most influential union in the country. The NEA, along with other labor groups like the American Federation of Teachers,has waged a fierce campaign against...
  • Betsy DeVos is scarier than the KKK, says DC teachers union head

    01/19/2017 6:17:41 PM PST · by 198ml · 63 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1/19/17 | Multiple authors
    Speaking at an event organized to oppose President-elect Donald Trumps agenda in Washington, D.C. Thursday, American Federation of Teachers President Elizabeth Liz Davis said that Betsy DeVos, Trumps nominee for Secretary of Education, is more frightening than the Ku Klux Klan. Of course, you know that there are some scarier things that are coming up one of them is Betsy DeVos, Davis said. That frightens me more than the Klan, because Betsy DeVos is a multi-mega millionaire who has managed to buy her way to a position of influence that could actually change the face of what we know...
  • Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf

    01/17/2017 8:11:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2017 | Tom Gantert
    For the past several years, the states largest teachers union has engaged in an ongoing public relations campaign that has distorted facts and promoted inaccuracies about Michigans public school system. Michigan Capitol Confidential has documented many of the inaccuracies over the past five years. The most dramatic case of the unions not telling the truth was its claim that Gov. Rick Snyder had cut $1 billion from school budgets. In a 2013 Facebook post, MEA President Steve Cook wrote, Shortly after taking office, one of Snyders bold initiatives to reinvent Michigan was to cut over $1 billion from the education...
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • Servitude Ends In Kentucky: State Kills Prevailing Wages, Passes Right-To-Work

    01/08/2017 2:58:05 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 1-7-2017 | Mish Shedlock
    Mish ShedlockJanuary 7, 2017 In a major setback for organized labor, Kentucky passed right-to-work legislation and repealed the states prevailing wage law. Organized labor suffered its first major legislative setback due to the 2016 elections on Saturday, when Kentucky Republicans gave final approval to right-to-work legislation and repealed the states prevailing wage law. Both bills are expected to be signed into law by the governor, and will take effect immediately. Labor leaders were equally troubled by the legislatures move to gut the states prevailing wage law. Such laws require that employers pay certain minimum wages on work funded by public...
  • Why Are Michigan House Republicans Continuing These Union Scams?

    01/06/2017 1:55:16 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2017 | Jarrett Skorup
    As the latest legislative session came to a close, Michigan House Republicans failed to put a stop to two union schemes that are ripping off taxpayers. It is bizarre that, despite having a huge majority, the GOP continues to allow unions to misspend tax dollars for the sole purpose of enriching their officials. Earlier this year, the state Senate passed two bills ending these special union deals. Senate Bill 279 dealt with union pension spiking schemes, in which the states largest union teamed up with school districts to pretend its officials are still working for schools when they really are...
  • Bullying Failed, So Teachers Union May Try Honey To Attract Dues Payments

    01/06/2017 9:54:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/3/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Four years after Michigans right-to-work law was passed, the states largest teachers union appears to be taking a different response to the fact that school employees no longer have to pay union dues or fees. The Michigan Education Association has significantly cut back the amount it spends on collection agencies sent after school employees who didnt pay dues. It has also created a new high-paying position a director of membership engagement according to documents filed with the federal government. Attempts to engage school employees who can no longer be legally compelled to pay dues would make sense considering...