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  • Taking Back Thomas Jefferson

    03/13/2015 12:21:52 PM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    The Abbeville Review ^ | March 10, 2015 | James Rutledge Roesch
    Jefferson, a member of the gentry of Old Virginia, was always regarded as one of the best and brightest of his generation, a gentleman of the finest intellect, taste, and manners. Although Jefferson loved and was loyal to the Union, he was a Virginian first and an American second; Virginia, Jefferson avowed, was his “country.” This order of allegiance – State over Union, or “Society” over “the State” – was firmly rooted in the Old South. Accordingly, in the emerging conflict between the North and the South, Jefferson sided with his own country. “It is true that we are completely...
  • NY rejects all applications for new charter schools

    05/21/2015 7:01:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 21, 2015 | Yoav Gonen and Aaron Short
    The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. “We always look for quality and these applications didn’t measure up,” Education Department spokesman Dennis Tompkins said Wednesday. “We invited several of the applicants to reapply in June and we gave them suggestions on how to improve their applications.” But charter-school advocates weren’t buying it, saying the rejection of all the applicants reeked of pro-teacher-union politics. “The timing and nature of these blanket rejections should raise serious concerns for New Yorkers ... Mayor de...
  • Here's How Much Michigan 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District

    05/19/2015 5:24:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/13/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan’s “prevailing wage” law costs residents more than $224 million each year, according to the Anderson Economic Group. Now there’s a website that brings the impact of that even closer to home. Created by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Michigan, the new site, www.TimeForRepeal.com/waste-calculator/, lets people learn the cost of prevailing wage mandates for individual school districts. ABC of Michigan, which represents commercial, governmental and industrial construction industries, has consistently advocated for eliminating the state’s prevailing wage law, which essentially requires construction firms doing work for the government to pay union scale wages and follow union work rules....
  • Local Union Bolts State Union

    05/18/2015 1:11:55 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Clerical workers and classroom assistants at an intermediate school district headquartered in Cadillac have voted to decertify the Michigan Education Association local as their exclusive bargaining unit. The 60 members of the Educational Support Personnel Association of the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District will form their own independent union, according to the current president of the union local. “This is not an anti-MEA decision,” said Deb Kasza, the president of the support personnel local, in an email. “We would like to have more autonomy and to keep our money to do things for our members and our community. We are proud...
  • Scott Walker in Contrast [Libertarian "dissects" his rise using racial cues]

    05/15/2015 1:52:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 11, 2015 | Sean Scallon
    Scott Walker is certainly ambitious, and planning a run for president may seem par for the course. But for a long time—most of the 1990s, in fact—Walker was content to be a backbencher in the state assembly and didn’t do much to advance himself up the party ranks. While the seniority he gathered in his state assembly career (1993–2002) from his safe Republican district just outside Milwaukee allowed him to chair some committees, the most attention-grabbing thing he did was to protest the hiring of a Wiccan as a chaplain in a state prison. The idea that he would become...
  • What If You Won An Election…

    05/12/2015 8:37:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-12-2015 | MOTUS
    What if you won an election butt the incumbent refused to leave?I know, silly isn’t it? However that’s exactly what happened in Alabama. Employees of an Alabama plant will be voting for the fifth time on whether it will oust the United Auto Workers union. The union has lost three of the four previous votes at NTN-Bower Corporation, but has filed appeals with the National Labor Relations Board alleging management interference.The one vote won by the union was nullified for voting irregularities. In that January vote, only 139 of the plant's 140 workers voted, but a total of 148 ballots...
  • More Fallout from Scott Walker’s Union Reforms

    05/12/2015 2:57:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    "With Dues Depleted, three AFSCME Councils Merge" Here: Wisconsin’s three AFSCME councils are merging four years after the state rolled back public-sector union rights, prompting two out of three dues-paying members to drop out.
  • Second Union President Used $200,000+ Union Salary to ‘Spike’ Public Pension

    05/11/2015 5:45:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The former head of Michigan's largest teachers union was able to spike her pension by basing it on a union executive salary rather than her past earnings as a teacher. This special deal means taxpayers are on the hook for part of the extra $100,000 in annual pension benefits. Former Michigan Education Association President Iris Salters draws an annual pension of $140,000 from the state of Michigan. That's in line with longtime educators who reached the top of their profession — from school district superintendents to community college presidents. However, Salters didn’t get her six-figure government pension payout from reaching...
  • Role of government powers at issue in pension case

    05/07/2015 7:32:46 AM PDT · by redreno
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 05/06/2015 | By GEOFF MULVIHILL
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top court weighed the budget repercussions of ruling on a pension dispute between Gov. Chris Christie and public workers' unions on Wednesday while one justice wondered if the state had engaged in a "bait and switch." The state Supreme Court probed whether the state has a contractual obligation to pay what it agreed to in a 2011 pension overhaul law and tried to get lawyers from both sides to explore whether such a finding would represent an overstepping of the courts' role and put it in the middle of the state budget process every...
  • Scott Walker Wants to Make His Signature Wisconsin Issue a National Policy Fight

    05/06/2015 1:31:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 6, 2015 | Frank Camp
    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make the most public fight of his administration a national issue should he run for president. In an interview with Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Republican made the case for a national “right to work” law: “As much as I think the federal government should get out of most of what it’s in right now, I think establishing fundamental freedoms for the American people is a legitimate thing and that would be something that would provide that opportunity in the other half of America to people who don’t have those opportunities today.”Currently, twenty-five states have right-to-work...
  • Bill Would Prevent Private Union Employees from Spiking State Pension

    04/29/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Two months ago, Michigan Capitol Confidential broke the story that the Lansing School District had allowed the president of the state's largest teachers union to remain on its payroll for years as part of a “pension spiking” scheme. Last week legislation was introduced in the state Senate to prohibit such schemes. As reported by Michigan Capitol Confidential, under an arrangement with the Michigan Education Association, the Lansing School District contributed $51,976 annually to the state-run school pension system on behalf of union president Steve Cook, and was then reimbursed by the MEA. The deal will let Cook collect a much...
  • Fire Chief [Victor Voss] Deleted a Comment on a Scott Walker Pic But Forgot One Key Thing..

    04/24/2015 12:24:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    IJReview ^ | April 23, 2015 | Shawn Bevans
    Fire Chief Deleted a Comment on a Scott Walker Pic But Forgot One Key Thing: The Internet is Forever This week, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin attended a ground-breaking ceremony for Werner Electric, a company that will bring nearly 100 jobs to the Badger state’s Grand Chute area. Walker commemorated the event with a Facebook post: Groundbreaking for 250,000 sq. ft. building at Werner Electric in Grand Chute. Expansion will create 97 new jobs. Image: Facebook Many comments in response to the post were positive:.... .....But not everyone was pleased: .....Perhaps the most intense criticism, however, came from another of...
  • Walker’s destructive war on education: Let’s judge Tea Party pols by the same dumb standards

    04/23/2015 5:12:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | April 23, 2015 | Aaron R. Hanlon, Georgetown University
    Imagine what would happen if we passed a law that required every elected representative in the U.S. to take a phone call from a minimum of 10 constituents a day (and I mean individual constituents, not lobbyists and interest groups). Under this law, representatives would also be evaluated by Likert scale surveys on how well they meet the needs of their constituent callers. Anytime survey scores slip below a certain numerical threshold of acceptability, the elected official is fired from office, regardless of the results of democratic election or the prescriptions of the state or federal constitutions. By such standards...
  • Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay

    04/22/2015 12:59:05 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/20/2015 | Tom Gantert
    AFL-CIO President Karla Swift told a group in Lansing on Tuesday that belonging to unions is the way women could get equal pay. One news site headline read: “Swift: Want Pay Equity Working Women? Join A Union!” Except, that’s not accurate, according to figures compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Or at least not accurate in the literal sense that Swift and other speakers at the event have themselves used to frame the issue. When the different skill and experience levels of different workers and the jobs they do are considered it may be that Swift is...
  • Wal-Mart layoffs about retaliation, not repairs, union claims

    04/21/2015 9:41:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CSM ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Anne D'Innocenzio
    Wal-Mart faces a potential labor injunction from a union group asking the company to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. One affected store, in Pico Rivera, California, has been a hotbed for worker protests against Wal-Mart. A union is asking labor regulators to go to court to force Wal-Mart to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union filed the charge on behalf of OUR Walmart with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday,...
  • Wife's weeping over anti-union law drove Dem DA to target Republican gov's staff and.....

    04/20/2015 12:07:30 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 20, 2015 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    A Democratic district attorney who has pursued Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker over alleged campaign finance violations told a fellow prosecutor that his crying wife, a union official, drove him to hunt the governor and his conservative allies because of his anti-union laws feared by organized labor. The explosive revelation came Tuesday as lawyers for Milwaukee DA John Chisholm began two days of oral arguments in a Chicago courtroom over earlier rulings that effectively ended his wide-ranging investigation. The investigation aimed to show that conservative groups were illegally working hand-in-hand with Walker's office when they ran 'issue ads' pressing the...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’ (WI Dem DA Terrorizes Local Republicans)

    04/20/2015 9:50:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 65 replies
    NationalReview.com ^ | 4-20-2015 | DAVID FRENCH
    Someone was pounding at her front door. It was early in the morning — very early — and it was the kind of heavy pounding that meant someone was either fleeing from — or bringing — trouble. “It was so hard. I’d never heard anything like it. I thought someone was dying outside.” She ran to the door, opened it, and then chaos. “People came pouring in. For a second I thought it was a home invasion. It was terrifying. They were yelling and running, into every room in the house. One of the men was in my face, yelling...
  • Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union

    04/20/2015 6:12:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/18/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In April of 2012, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) condemned laws requiring an individual to have a photo identification to vote in local, state and federal elections. “Eleven percent, or over 21 million, of American citizens do not possess a government-issued photo ID,” an IBEW article stated when discussing the argument that photo ID laws suppress voting. The union pointed the finger at “the ultraright” for pushing for photo identification as a requirement to vote. However, the same union has no problem demanding a photo ID for something as simple as a member wanting to leave it. Ryan...
  • Machinists Union IAM Cancels Organizing Vote at Boeing’s South Carolina Plant

    04/18/2015 9:29:34 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 17, 2015 | JON OSTROWER
    The union said its organizers encountered a “toxic environment” in South Carolina. Two organizers were threatened at gunpoint during home visits to gauge support and urge votes for unionization, and others reported “near-violent confrontations,” it said
  • Protest planned near Scott Walker's home over education cuts

    04/17/2015 12:41:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2015 | Erin Richards, covers education in WI, Milwaukee
    A community group aligned with Democrats is spearheading a rally near Gov. Scott Walker's home in Wauwatosa Monday afternoon to protest the goveror's proposed cuts to education budgets. The rally is planned for 4:30 p.m. at the Juneau Park Play Field, 6500 W. Mount Vernon Ave., with a "possible march to Governor Walker's Wauwatosa home," according to a news release from Wisconsin Jobs Now, which is part of the Schools & Communities United coalition.
  • AFL-CIO ramps up its effort against Obama trade agenda

    04/13/2015 10:16:53 AM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 April 2015 | Vicki Needham
    The AFL-CIO is ramping up its efforts this week to convince Congress to oppose giving the White House fast-track authority on trade. The labor group is holding events across the country as part of a “week of action” on trade. “The week of action will increase the political momentum and grassroots opposition to fast track the same week Congress is expected to begin consideration of a trade promotion authority bill,” the AFL-CIO said in a statement. Lawmakers, labor union leaders and their members will hold a rally Wednesday on Capitol Hill and follow that up with 50 grassroots events around...
  • Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union

    04/10/2015 5:16:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2015 | Vincent Vernuccio
    Unions continue their struggle to attract new members, according to a recent review by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, membership in 2014 was down to only 11.1 percent of workers, while Michigan saw a 7.6 percent decline in membership. Why have unions been in decline and why are they not growing along with the rest of the economy? It may be because they are no longer offering services in a model that workers want. It could also be that the services they do offer are forced upon both employers and employees. As modern unions evolve away from compulsion, they...
  • South Carolina governor takes aim at union 'bullies' in Boeing labor vote

    04/02/2015 12:20:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Colleen Jenkins
    - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley considers the bid to unionize workers at Boeing Co's North Charleston plant a threat to one of her state's corporate crown jewels, and she is turning to radio, speeches and social media to denounce the campaign. "We don't need their bully middleman tactics between our associates and their employer," she wrote on Twitter last month. It was a message in keeping with Haley's previous declarations that she is a "union buster" who wears high heels to kick out organized labor "thugs" seeking to gain a foothold in the state. The April 22 union vote...
  • Atlanta cheating scandal teachers go to cells in hand-cuffs: Eleven educators..

    04/02/2015 12:36:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 2, 2015 | By Belinda Robinson
    In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.The defendants - including teachers, a principal and other administrators - were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta school system.The educators fed answers to students or erased and changed the answers on tests after they were turned in to secure promotions or up to $5,000 each in bonuses, the court was told.However the person...
  • 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...