Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $25,498
29%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 29% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: union

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • What Do Teachers Want to Support?

    07/22/2014 5:53:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/20/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The economic effects of state right-to-work laws are important, but these laws are significant for other reasons, too, namely the fact that employees cannot be forced to contribute money to a union they disagree with as a condition of their employment. This is especially significant because many labor unions, particularly in forced unionism states, are political organizations that spend money on issues that most people would consider partisan and contentious. Allysia Finley of The Wall Street Journal recently covered the National Education Association’s annual convention and explains how that union chose to spend its membership dues. The Michigan Education Association,...
  • Union Urges Dems To Vote In GOP Primary

    07/18/2014 2:43:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/17/2014 | Jack Spencer
    A division of the Michigan Education Association's political action committee, which is funded in part by teachers, is urging its members to cast votes in Michigan's 47th House District Republican primary even if they consider themselves to be Democrats. In a letter labeled: "IMPORTANT!," the MEA/Livingston County PAC Screening and Recommending Committee pressed union members to cast votes for Handy Township Supervisor Henry Vaupel, a Fowlerville veterinarian who is one of five candidates on the GOP primary ballot. A designation at the top of the letter reads in bold print: "To: All MEA members residing in House District 47," then...
  • Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back From Union

    07/15/2014 6:50:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/12/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan daycare operators who had millions of dollars taken from them in a unionization scheme that has since been outlawed, may get some of their money back. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Harris v. Quinn that people who take care of others and are paid with funds that partially come from the state cannot be unionized because they are not state workers. It also opened the door for Michigan daycare workers involved in a previous, separate scheme to revisit a class action lawsuit to get money back that was taken by the American Federation of...
  • Edn Run: UAW decides to skip election and form union at VW anyway

    07/12/2014 10:11:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I just returned from another trip to Tennessee where I was able to catch up with a few folks from the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga and see how things were developing. The conversations there had shifted quite a bit from earlier in the year when the vote regarding UAW unionization was raging, and recent reports make it clear that the big auto union isn’t going to be content with licking their wounds from their recent loss. As Ed reported back in April, the UAW had withdrawn their request for a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board, which some...
  • Major Union Drops Partnership With United Negro College Fund Because Of The Kochs

    07/10/2014 1:42:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07/10/2014 | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s largest public-sector unions is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund because the group accepted donations from the Koch brothers and its president spoke at a Koch-funded summit. In a letter sent Tuesday, AFSCME President Lee Saunders wrote that the UNCF has taken actions “deeply hostile” to public employees, which he considers a “profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement,” and that the union will end its relationship with UNCF. Saunders cited the UNCF’s decision to accept a $25 million grant from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch...
  • Michigan Families Set Stage For Helping End Forced Unionization Schemes

    07/09/2014 9:48:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Harris v. Quinn case means that parents of disabled children, relatives and friends taking care of loved ones and child care providers can no longer be forced to financially support unions simply because they receive taxpayer-provided assistance. "I felt like doing back flips," said Sherry Loar, when asked her reaction to the high court's decision. Loar is the Petoskey child care provider, who in 2009 brought the first forced unionization of workers to the attention of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "Trying to bring to light the fact that this is about...
  • Minnesota Home Care Workers Launch Union Vote

    07/08/2014 8:12:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    kstp ^ | 7-8-14 | ap
    ome health care workers in Minnesota are moving ahead with a union election, despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Union organizers presented a petition to state officials Tuesday. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that similar workers in Illinois don't have to pay any union dues. The 2013 Minnesota Legislature passed a bill that allows a unionization vote by workers who provide care to elderly and disabled people in their homes. Minnesota Public Radio News reports more than 26,000 workers are eligible to vote, and the 9,000 cards delivered to the state Bureau of Mediation Services exceeded the 30...
  • Supreme Court Rules Unionization Schemes Involving Home-Based Care Providers Are Illegal

    07/08/2014 9:34:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/2/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The United States Supreme Court said today that workers who indirectly receive state funds for taking care of the disabled or elderly cannot be forced to pay union dues. The Justices ruled 5-4 in favor of an Illinois mom and a group of Illinois personal care assistants who said their First Amendment rights of free speech and free association had been violated by a forced unionization. The case, Harris v. Quinn, was similar to a scheme in Michigan in which the Service Employees International Union took more than $34 million from the elderly and disabled who received Medicaid money from...
  • Audit Shows SEIU 'Dues Skim' Likely Bolstered By Extra $3.7 Million; Union-Run Registry Ineffective

    07/07/2014 6:57:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/3/2014 | Jack Spencer
    An audit of the state's Medicaid Home Help Program found that the state of Michigan improperly paid providers $146.4 million from Oct. 1, 2010 to February 28, 2013, the last 17 months of the home health care "dues skim." The audit also indicates strongly that various forms of fraud played a significant role in the overpayment. Because the time period covered by the audit took place before the April 2013 official end of the "dues skim,” the SEIU would have been enriched by the errors the audit brought to light. Based on a 2.5 percent take for dues and fees,...
  • Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back

    07/07/2014 11:39:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jack Spencer
    Unions took $4 million from Michigan daycare workers; class action lawsuit now possible. Michigan daycare operators who had millions of dollars taken from them in a unionization scheme that has since been outlawed, may get some of their money back. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Harris v. Quinn that people who take care of others and are paid with funds that partially come from the state cannot be unionized because they are not state workers. It also opened the door for Michigan daycare workers involved in a previous, separate scheme to revisit a class action...
  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/04/2014 10:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2014 | GregHinz.
    yesterday's decision in a key Illinois Supreme Court case has set off a first-class explosion in state and local government, potentially punching tens of billions of dollars in holes in their collective budgets. Some elements of the court's decision are drawing intense debate. But if the overnight consensus is anywhere near correct, everyone from City Hall and the Capitol to your local village and school board will have little option now but to dig deep, cut services and raise taxes a lot — and labor unions little incentive to compromise. "The law in Illinois is now crystal clear: Politicians cannot...
  • 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...
  • Unprepared grads — the scandal New York’s pols ignore

    06/27/2014 6:50:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 24, 2014 | Bob McManus
    the state’s ability-to-function-in-a-modern-economy rate among graduates hovers at a dismal 37 percent. That is, according to the state Department of Education, only 37 of every 100 students who entered high school in 2009, and stayed long enough to graduate, learned enough by last June to do college-level academic work — or to enter the workforce in any meaningful way. And in New York City, the ratio was one in four. So let’s cut to the chase: If 75 percent of New York high-school seniors get diplomas, but only 37 percent are academically or economically functional ... Per-student spending — just...
  • Deunionize the IRS: Think about the ramifications of a union of Tax Collectors for a moment.

    06/26/2014 6:47:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/26/2014 | Roger Kimball
    Here’s a headline from Forbes that caught my eye: “IRS Employees Union Is ‘Very Concerned’ About Being Required To Enroll In Obamacare’s Health Insurance Exchange [1]” You can’t blame ’em. Workers in the private sector are also “very concerned” about getting dumped into Obamacare’s subsidized insurance exchanges as, one by one, employers are forced to give up providing health insurance for their employees.It’s possible that, like me, you are entertaining an un-Christian feeling of Schadenfreude about this happening to a large, widely loathed, and deeply politicized government agency.But thing thing that should really arrest your attention about this headline,...
  • Campaign Contributions Ensnare Udall in IRS’s Missing Emails Scandal ( Colorado )

    06/21/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 19, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    Top GOP officials are concerned that missing among the IRS’s internal emails are communications with Sen. Mark Udall and a dozen other Democrats who received campaign contributions from the federal agency’s union. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) first issued Freedom of Information Act requests to the IRS last year seeking all electronic and written documents between top officials there and the Democrats who received the campaign funding, but the attempts have been repeatedly stonewalled. Udall has accepted $13,000 in donations from the National Treasury Employees Union that represents IRS employees ... This is just another instance of Mark Udall...
  • Union Sends Credit Agency After Teacher Who Stopped Paying Dues

    06/20/2014 4:43:54 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is following through with its vow to threaten the credit of employees who don't voluntarily pay dues despite their desire to exercise their right under the law and leave the union. Bangor Public Schools kindergarten teacher Kimberle Byrd received a notice from a collection agency for unpaid dues in the amount of $394.20 with the Michigan Education Association listed as the creditor. Byrd said she thought she was out of the union when her union contract expired in 2013. The notice from the collection agency. A new contract with a tentative agreement for teachers in the...
  • Medical Advocate: Senate VA Bill Would 'Protect Union Jobs, Not Ailing Vets'

    06/13/2014 5:25:23 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    http://www.cnsnews.com/ ^ | June 12.2014 | Melanie Hunter
    The founder and chair of a group dedicated to reducing hospital infection deaths told the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Thursday that a bill backed by the Senate Wednesday to address the backlog of veterans awaiting medical care “is designed to protect union jobs, not ailing vets.” The bill drafted by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, “will not save the lives of vets stuck on the wait list,” said Dr. Betsy McCaughey, chair of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. “This bill as currently written is designed to protect union...
  • Rule Request Would Require Unions To Notify Members Of When They Are Eligible To Resign

    06/12/2014 7:02:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/10/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Having the right to leave a union doesn't mean much if union members don’t know how to get out. That could change if a request to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is approved. The Mackinac Center submitted a formal request to MERC that would require the state agency to establish a new rule that unions that represent public employees tell their members three weeks ahead of when they are eligible to opt out by use of a "resignation notification." "This is about common sense," said Patrick Wright, vice president of legal affairs at...
  • Show Me the Worker Freedom: Right-to-Work Vote in Missouri

    06/11/2014 8:16:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/9/2014 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    Brave elected officials and grassroots activists are fighting to make Missouri the 25th state in the country to give workers the freedom to choose whether they want to pay dues or fees to a union. For the first time in more than 35 years lawmakers in the Show-Me state are seriously considering right-to-work. In early April, right-to-work legislation won majority approval 78-68 in the Missouri House but failed to receive the 82 "yes" votes necessary to send the bill to the Senate. A simple majority of those present is needed for early approval of a bill, but to send legislation...
  • Union Opposes Privatization For Others, Outsources For Itself

    06/06/2014 10:56:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/3/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association has been an outspoken critic of school districts that privatize custodial services to save money. Yet, the MEA contracts out work with non-union companies for its own janitorial services. The state's largest teachers union had contracts with six companies in 2012-13, according to financial reports it filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. The MEA paid a total of $155,623 for janitorial services in 2012-13, the records show. The MEA paid the companies between $5,500 to $86,112. Michigan Capitol Confidential confirmed that the companies are not unionized. The MEA did not respond to a request seeking...
  • Jeffco board says no to proposed agreement with teachers union ( Colorado )

    The Jeffco Public Schools Board school board tossed out a tentative deal with its teachers union during Thursday night’s board meeting. Board president Ken Witt said he could not endorse the deal because the agreement provided raises to an estimated 56 teachers who were rated “partly effective” on the district’s evaluation rubric. ... teachers union representatives were disappointed
  • Legal Director of PA Union Disbarred From Practicing Law

    06/06/2014 9:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | June 04, 2014 | Sarah Leitner
    The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local's current legal director was disbarred from the practice of law over 20 years ago. Edward C. Chew III is the Executive Assistant to the President and Legal Director of UFCW 1776. Chew is also the Chairman of the UFCW Local 1776 Legal Trust Fund. The Supreme Court of New Jersey disbarred Chew from the practice of law “for the knowing misappropriation of client funds” in 1992. According to the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Review Board’s website, Chew remains ineligible to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania. Chew was admitted as a member of...
  • Union Still Chasing Thousands Not Paying Dues Or Fees

    06/04/2014 6:35:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/31/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association could lose thousands of its members in August when the one-month window to leave the state's largest teachers union begins. Thousands of teachers already are withholding dues or fees from the union despite promises by the MEA that it will send debt collectors after those who don't sign up for automatic dues withdrawal. Patrick Wright, vice president of legal affairs for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said he thinks the MEA could lose as many as 10,000 members this year. Last week, Doug Pratt, the MEA's director of member and political engagement, told Michigan Public...
  • A Look At The Left-Wing Groups The National Education Association Supports

    06/03/2014 7:07:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2014 | Tom Gantert
    There probably aren't many Michigan teachers who are members of the National Education Association who have heard of America Votes. Or that money they pay in dues helps fund the left-leaning political organization. Yet, the NEA is a major supporter of America Votes, which came under national scrutiny this week after a report by The Center for Public Integrity portrayed it as a "secret liberal group" that was financing liberal causes. Michigan teachers who belong to the Michigan Education Association pay $180 a year to the NEA as part of their dues. America Votes is just one of the many...
  • 'Toledo Blade' Closes Printing Facility, Axes 130 Union Jobs

    05/31/2014 5:46:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 May 2014 | John Nolte
    Starting August 1, the left-wing Ohio newspaper, The Toledo Blade, intends to lay off about 130 of its unionized employees due to a permanent shutdown of its Toledo production center that handles printing and inserting. ... In 2013, The Blade lost $8.5 million and has been losing millions for years. As of now there are no plans that will affect the advertising and news-gathering departments. In 2012, The Toledo Blade urged it readers to re-elect President Obama, arguing in part that "He has dealt effectively with economic recession at home
  • Largest VA Employees Union Responds to Announcement of VA Secretary Shinseki’s Resignation

    05/30/2014 4:57:08 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    American Federation of Government Employees ^ | May 30, 2014 | American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr
    Calls for immediate action to fill thousands of vacant health care positions at VAWASHINGTON—American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement in response to the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki:“AFGE strongly agrees with President Obama’s statements on the need to hire more doctors and nurses to fill the ranks of front-line providers delivering care to our nation’s heroes. It is imperative that the hundreds of physician vacancies be filled immediately. This must include clerks and other support personnel who work hand-in-hand with physicians to ensure that top notch...
  • Lumber Union Protectionists Incited SWAT Raid On My Factory, Says Gibson Guitar CEO

    05/28/2014 12:43:15 PM PDT · by Altariel · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 26, 2014 | Forbes Op/Ed
    “Henry. A SWAT team from Homeland Security just raided our factory!” “What? This must be a joke.” “No this is really serious. We got guys with guns, they put all our people out in the parking lot and won’t let us go into the plant.” “Whoa.” “What is happening?” asks Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz when he arrives at his Nashville factory to question the officers. “We can’t tell you.” “What are you talking about, you can’t tell me, you can’t just come in and …” “We have a warrant!” Well, lemme see the warrant.” “We can’t show that to...
  • Union members rally for a $15 minimum wage (Socialist Sawant busts on government employees)

    05/26/2014 3:51:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Daily UW ^ | 5/22/14 | Esther Yun
    **SNIP** Sawant said the 15 Now campaign continues to unite low-wage workers and raise awareness for the UW’s unequal wages. In a recent New York Times article, “Student Debt Grows Faster at Universities with Highest Paid Leaders,” the UW was cited as one of the “most unequal” of public universities. The report defines “unequal” as universities that not only have high executive pay, but also high levels of student debt, as well as low-wage and contingent faculty labor. “It’s important for workers to be in solidarity. UW gets state funding, but it’s run like a corporation,” Sawant said. “It’s shameful...
  • Two Memorial Day Wreathes at Arlington

    05/23/2014 3:06:15 PM PDT · by BigReb555
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 23, 2014 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Some people claim the Confederate monument at Arlington may have been the first to honor Black Confederates.
  • IRS workers spent 521,725 hours on union activities; cost taxpayers $23.5m

    05/21/2014 2:38:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 21, 2014 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    The Treasury Department has revealed to the House Ways and Means Committee that Internal Revenue Service employees spent over 500,000 hours on union activities last year. They estimated the cost to taxpayers at $23.5 million in salary and benefits. “Many Americans would be shocked to learn that IRS employees are unionized,” House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, R-La., told Secrets. “The IRS has wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars and over a half a million employee hours for union activities. It is absurd the IRS has the audacity to habitually come to this committee asking for...
  • Where The World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die

    05/20/2014 10:18:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    worldtruth.tv ^ | May 17, 2014 | Staff
    In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as “channel stuffing”, of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning? Presenting… Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die Above is just a few of...
  • Why Did This Union Oppose Higher Pay for Its Members?

    05/19/2014 12:58:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    Few workers would turn down a raise. Union members, however, can have raises turned down on their behalf. Employees of a Pennsylvania grocery store learned this the hard way. Managers at the Giant Eagle grocery in Edinboro, Pa., wanted to reward hard work. So they boosted the wages of two dozen high-performing employees above their union rates. But United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 was not pleased. The union argued the pay increases violated their contract, took Giant Eagle to court and forced it to rescind the raises. Why did Local 23 oppose higher pay for its members? Because...
  • Union Sells Out Members To Keep Dues Money Flowing

    05/16/2014 8:50:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A union representing workers in the Wyoming Public Schools district gave up as much as $12,700 in annual salary and concessions that would have been paid to its members so the union could keep language in the contract that makes the payment of dues or fees mandatory as a condition of employment. But the state's right-to-work law makes that illegal if the contract takes effect after a specific date, and, Matt Lewis, director of finance and human resources for Wyoming Public Schools, said district officials believe that clause is not enforceable. The Kent County Education Association wanted the district to...
  • DC Schools: $29,349 Per Pupil, 83 Percent Not Proficient in Reading

    05/14/2014 4:20:00 AM PDT · by cruzader · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 14, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    The public schools in Washington, D.C., spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the latest data from National Center for Education Statistics, but in 2013 fully 83 percent of the eighth graders in these schools were not "proficient" in reading and 81 percent were not "proficient" in math. These are the government schools in our nation's capital city -- where for decades politicians of both parties have obstreperously pushed for more federal involvement in education and more federal spending on education. Government has manifestly failed the families who must send their children to these schools, and...
  • Despite Shortage Of Bus Drivers, Union Wants Worker Fired For Not Paying Dues

    05/14/2014 11:47:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/12/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Wyoming Public Schools needs more bus drivers and district officials say they have "exhausted our options" trying to find new workers. Yet, a Michigan Education Association UniServ Director asked the district to fire a substitute bus driver because he did not sign paperwork to join the union. School district officials said the bus driver didn't have to join the union as a condition of employment under the state's right-to-work law. In an April 16 email to the district, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, MEA UniServ Director Sandy Paesens asked the district to tell the substitute bus...
  • Attorney General: School District Violating State Law By Automatically Deducting Union Dues

    05/13/2014 1:29:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Wayne-Westland Community Schools district automatically deducts union dues from employee paychecks, which the Michigan Attorney General's office says is a violation of state law. An attorney representing Wayne-Westland said the district can do it because the appeals process in an Ingham County court case involving dues deduction hasn’t been exhausted yet. Public Act 53 of 2012, which made it illegal for school districts to take union dues out of the paychecks for school employee unions, has been challenged twice in court since it became effective March 16, 2012. Both courts ruled against the unions. The legal issues became complicated...
  • Teamsters Drop Case Requiring Non-Members Pay Unfair Fee

    05/13/2014 7:59:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The Teamsters Union on Friday agreed to dismiss all of its claims against three city of Dearborn employees in a case that involved union representation obligations under Michigan’s right-to-work law. The Teamsters and the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation agreed to end the lawsuit with the union also agreeing to pay attorney’s fees to MCLF. Last year, after the state's right-to-work law went into effect and it became illegal for unions to have an employee fired for not paying dues or fees, the Teamsters instituted a fee for non-members who wanted to file a grievance. "We're glad that we could settle...
  • National Leader of Douglas County Teachers’ Union Joins Ultra-Left Democracy Alliance ( Colorado )

    05/10/2014 7:15:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Observer ^ | May 8, 2014
    The Democracy Alliance, a top-secret collective of ultra-rich left-wing political donors, has a new member — Randi Weingarten, who heads the labor union that represented Douglas County teachers until two years ago when the district went union-free. ... Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), an arm of the AFL-CIO whose affiliates include the Douglas County Federation. ... Ben DeGrow, Independence Institute senior education policy analyst, said Weingarten’s joining the Democracy Alliance shows that the union is using dues collected from teachers to pursue an extreme political agenda. ... Unlike other school districts, Douglas County no longer...
  • Michigan Right-to-Work Law Causes Union Membership To Drop 80 Percent

    05/08/2014 12:05:18 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/6/2014 | Jack Spencer
    More than 44,000 home-based caregivers no longer are part of the SEIU Healthcare Michigan, according to federal reports filed by the union. The workers previously were forced to pay dues or fees to the SEIU after the union orchestrated a scheme that took money from the Medicaid checks of the people the workers were caring for in homes across the state. The "dues skim" ended in 2013, but not before the SEIU took more than $34 million from the elderly and disabled across the state. According to the union's LM-2 report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, 44,347 home-based...
  • NY’s Top Court Orders Disclosure of Union Pension Records

    05/07/2014 8:02:31 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/06/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    New York’s highest court on Tuesday held that the names of state and local government retirees receiving pensions may not be shielded from the public. The 6-0 decision by the New York Court of Appeals, which reversed a consistent string of lower court rulings, was a setback to public employee unions in the state that have fought for years to prevent a conservative fiscal watchdog group in Albany from collecting the pension records and including them in a searchable database.
  • Union Leader Claims Government Entities 'Falsifying' Financial Problems

    05/07/2014 6:12:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/2/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In a letter sent to any member who opts to drop out of his union via Michigan's right-to-work law, Teamsters Local 214 President Joseph Valenti claims that employers are faking claims of deficits so they don’t have to negotiate in good faith. The letter states: “Right to Work laws are eliminating your right to be represented; these laws are attacking your pension benefits, your healthcare benefits, and employers are falsifying their claims of financial deficits in order to avoid bargaining in good faith. Employer budgets are prepared by the employer and they do not accurately reflect the true financial conditions...
  • Michigan State University Administering Program On How To Unionize Employees

    05/06/2014 9:14:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/3/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan State University is administering a program called the Building Trades Academy that teaches techniques aimed at unionizing employees. In reaction, state lawmakers are threatening to make cuts to MSU’s appropriations unless the university agrees to make changes. Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the higher education budget, said MSU’s administration of such a program is not an acceptable use of state appropriation dollars. Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton “Michigan State University, a public university, has taken over the duties of the National Labor College; a failed private entity previously run by the AFL-CIO,” Sen. Schuitmaker...
  • 3,000 machinists union members on strike at Fort Rucker (Alabama)

    05/01/2014 6:46:21 PM PDT · by same old song · 18 replies
    Alabama ^ | 4/29/14 | Leada Gore
    Almost 3,000 members of the Machinists Union Local Lodge 2003 are off their jobs today after rejecting a contract offer from L3 Army Fleet Support at Fort Rucker. The strike began Monday due to what union spokesperson Bob Wood said were issues over working conditions, eroding seniority rights and overtime procedures. Union members overwhelmingly voted against the latest contract proposal Sunday night. "The IAM is communicating with our membership and in contact with the company and Federal Mediation in order to build a path forward to resuming negotiations and solving the problems and returning our members to the mission at...
  • 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...
  • Sowell: Demonizing the Helpers (Education)

    04/28/2014 12:02:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 29, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    It is not easy to demonize people who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars of their own money to help educate poor children. But some members of the education establishment are taking a shot at it. The Walton Family Foundation — created by the people who created Walmart — has given more than $300 million to charter schools, voucher programs and other educational enterprises concerned with the education of poor and minority students across the country. The Walton Family Foundation gave more than $58 million to the KIPP schools, which have had spectacular success in raising the test scores...
  • Trio Fights Michigan Union

    04/28/2014 6:03:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A trio of Michigan public school teachers is actually fighting with their union. “The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation brought a suit on behalf of Angela Steffke, Rebecca Metz and Nancy Rhatigan, who were forced to continue paying dues or fees to their union or face being fired,” Derk Wilcox reported in the March/April 2014 issue of the Mackinac Center’s report. “This status would have lasted for the next 10 years under the union’s ‘insecurity’ clause — a dubious collective bargaining agreement hastily enacted on the eve of the right-to-work law [in Michigan] taking effect.” “When the lawsuit was heard in...
  • JetBlue pilots vote to join union; shares fall

    04/23/2014 8:24:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:51pm EDT | Alwyn Scott and Karen Jacobs
    JetBlue Airways Corp pilots voted by a wide margin on Tuesday to join the Air Line Pilots Association union, sending the budget carrier’s stock price down on concerns the move would raise the airline’s costs. About 71 percent of the pilots eligible to vote in the month-long election backed ALPA. JetBlue has about 2,600 pilots and 96 percent were eligible to vote. […] JetBlue warned earlier this year costs would rise largely because of an agreement reached with pilots to raise base pay rates by 20 percent. JetBlue said that increase was expected to add $145 million to its costs...
  • UAW withdraws Volkswagen election objections

    04/21/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    United Automobile Workers (UAW) ^ | 4/21/14 | United Automobile Workers (UAW)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW announced today it is withdrawing objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding February's vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively terminating the NLRB review process. UAW President Bob King said the decision was made in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic development in Chattanooga. King said the UAW based its decision on the belief that the NLRB’s historically dysfunctional and complex process potentially could drag on for months or even years. Additionally, the UAW cited refusals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to...
  • Labor Fascism in Chattanooga: UAW refuses to take the Volkswagen workers' "no" for an answer.

    04/18/2014 6:28:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    As the labor movement tells the story, two months ago, the silly, ungrateful Volkswagen factory workers in Tennessee foolishly rejected the generous invitation of the company and the United Auto Workers to welcome the Detroit-killing union with open arms. In an election supervised by the federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the workers in VW's Chattanooga plant rejected UAW representation by a vote of 712 to 626. Amazingly, the UAW and the automaker both refuse to take the workers' "no" for an answer. The two sides are acting in unison to overturn the democratically expressed will of the workers. Nullifying...
  • There is Nothing New Under the Sun. Know Your History. (Similarities between FDR and Obama)

    04/14/2014 5:50:19 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Barnhardt.biz ^ | April 13, 2014 | Ann Barnhardt
    Here’s your history lesson of the day, and it’s a duzy. Do you all remember the department store chain Montgomery Ward? It was in the same class as JC Penney and Sears, and like Penney’s and Sears had a robust catalog business in the 20th century. The catalog ended in 1985 and the stores closed in 2000. The incident we are going to talk about happened during World War 2, in 1944. When I read this it initially put my jaw on the floor, but when I thought about it for a moment, I realized that it put all...