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  • American Federation of Teachers union spends $37 million on politics

    10/06/2015 4:43:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jason Hart
    The 2015 American Federation of Teachers annual report shows a left-wing political machine humming on all cylinders — with teachers buying the gas. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the union reported $37.6 million in political activity and lobbying expenditures, a $12.7 million increase from the previous year. Even more political spending was tucked away elsewhere in AFT’s annual U.S. Department of Labor filing, reported as “Contributions, Gifts and Grants,” “General Overhead” or “Representational Activities.” AFT paid union president Randi Weingarten, one of the nation’s most prominent “progressive” activists, a total of $497,118. The union reported only 2 percent...
  • Leaked Audio: Hillary Clinton Calls at Private Fundraiser for Infrastructure Bank...

    09/30/2015 12:12:30 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 30, 2015 | Alana Goodman and Lachlan Markay
    Leaked Audio: Hillary Clinton Calls at Private Fundraiser for Infrastructure Bank to Resemble Clinton Global Initiative Hillary Clinton told donors at a private fundraiser in New York last Thursday that she plans as president to create a “national infrastructure bank” modeled on the Clinton Global Initiative, according to a recording of her remarks obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. This was the first time that Clinton, who has long supported the formation of a government-controlled bank to invest in national infrastructure projects, cited the Clinton Global Initiative—the flagship arm of her family’s controversial foundation—as an investment model for her proposed...
  • Michigan Taxpayers Pay Union Officials Millions to Do Union Work

    09/23/2015 10:07:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/22/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    The public school district in Taylor, Michigan is in big trouble financially. It is shedding students and has run significant deficits in recent years due to spending more than it takes in, requiring special oversight from the state. But the district still finds the money to pay four union stewards to do union work on the taxpayer’s dime. More than $108,000 is given up so that the union can enjoy this privilege. The practice is called “release time,” and school districts across the state do it. The arrangement allows union officials, typically the president of the union local, to be...
  • White Professor Labels Scott Walker Racist For Union Reform, Lives In Town With 19 BLACK PEOPLE

    09/17/2015 7:26:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 17, 2015 | Eric Owen
    The two authors [Dylan Bennett of the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and University of Washington Ph.D. candidate Hannah Walker] construct their argument calling Walker a racist by observing that the city of Milwaukee is home to the largest concentration of black people in Milwaukee. As in many metropolitan areas, many of the suburbs surrounding Milwaukee “such as Brookfield and Waukesha” are chockablock with white residents. Thus, the white scholars contend, any effort to reduce the scope of government is racist even if — especially if — proponents of limited government never use any overtly racist language. “Governor Walker engages a strong,...
  • Scott Walker’s Labor Reforms Would Make Unions More Accountable to Their Members

    09/15/2015 12:26:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Sherk
    Governor Scott Walker made his name reforming Wisconsin’s labor laws. Now he proposes to do the same at the federal level. In a speech yesterday, Walker detailed solid labor-policy reforms that conservatives should embrace. His reforms boil down to eliminating union power over the government and focusing private-sector labor law on employee choice. Walker sees creating government unions as a policy mistake that unnecessarily increases government spending. Neutering Wisconsin’s government unions enabled him to eliminate a $3.6 billion budget deficit and cut taxes by $2 billion. Federal unions are not as powerful as state and local government unions — they...
  • Hey, Could We Spend a Little Bit of Primary Season Talking about Policy?

    09/15/2015 9:11:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | September 15, 2015 | Jim Geraghty - Morning Jolt
    Yes, yes, Scott Walker doesn’t have enough pizazz or excitement for some Republicans. Let’s just toss out this bold agenda while we’re at it. >>>Walker will propose eliminating the National Labor Relations Board, which he will say has “become a one-sided proxy for the big union bosses — often at the expense of taxpayers and workers.” He will also propose eliminating “big-government federal unions,” saying the time members of those unions spend on union efforts takes away from the time they spend doing their jobs serving the American people. Walker’s plan would also make Right to Work nationwide, giving employees...
  • TOTAL VICTORY - Scott Walker wants to destroy what’s left of America’s unions

    09/15/2015 1:04:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | September 15, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    ..... On Monday, the Wisconsin governor released his plan to strangle unions, titled “My Plan to Give Power to the People, Not the Union Bosses.”....Under President Obama, the NLRB has been more aggressive for labor than the business-friendly boards of previous administrations. In August, for example, it made it easier for unions to negotiate on behalf of workers at companies that rely on contractors and franchisees. If fast-food workers at McDonald’s or software testers at Microsoft want to unionize, employers have to come to the table to negotiate. For Walker, this decision is evidence that the NLRB is now “a...
  • Hillary Accused Scott Walker of ‘Bullying.’ A Few Hours Later, He Hit Back With a Blistering Comment

    09/14/2015 11:41:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 15, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    [Hillary] used the social media platform to accuse Walker of employing “bullying” tactics when dealing with unions. “Unions help keep working families strong. Scott Walker’s attacks on unions and workers’ rights aren’t leadership—they’re bullying,” Clinton wrote. The tweet was signed with her initial, indicating she personally authored the tweet. A few hours later, Walker responded — and hit back hard. @HillaryClinton Actually, we’re protecting the American worker from being forced to support candidates like you,” [SW]
  • Walker unveils assault on labor - "Walker on Steroids" [DNC spokesman gets it]

    09/14/2015 8:38:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 14, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is proposing the elimination of federal employee unions as part of broader package of policies aimed at curbing the influence of unions across the country. Walker rocketed to national prominence on the back of his own anti-union policies back in Wisconsin, so he’s looking to elevate that push to the national level as he works to rebound from slipping poll numbers. The plan, released Monday morning, includes shuttering the National Labor Relations Board, a government agency that protects employee’s ability to join unions and rules on unfair labor allegations. Walker plans to call the NLRB a...
  • Gov. Walker to Double Down With Attacks on Working People in Las Vegas Speech

    09/12/2015 11:59:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 132 replies
    MADISON, Wis. — Sinking in the national polls, the bumbling campaign of onetime frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is preparing to double down with renewed attacks on working people. Career politician Walker’s desperate bid to remain competitive on the backs of the middle class and working people will be unveiled in a Monday speech in Las Vegas Nevada, hometown of anti-union, Walker mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. “Scott Walker has always been willing to do or say anything to try to win an election,” commented One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “It’s no surprise he’s...
  • No Raises For Ten Years? Teachers' Contract Tells a Different Story

    09/11/2015 6:48:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/10/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In a report by Lansing TV station WLNS on a public meeting related to the Grand Ledge public schools, teachers made claims about their pay that don't stand up to scrutiny. The district’s latest teachers union contract expired June 30. The report quoted teachers who said they haven’t had pay raises in 10 years. One described a stipend of up to $4,000 to teach one extra class period a day as “tiny.” The TV station reported: “Some teachers say they haven’t gotten pay increases in 10 years and that’s led some to resign.” That is contradicted by the last union...
  • NLRB Rules to Give Workers Right to Use Employer Email for Union Organizing

    09/09/2015 5:06:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/08/2015 | By MELANIE TROTTMAN
    Employees with access to their employer’s email system have the right to use it for union organizing and other communications about wages and working conditions, but only during “nonworking time,” the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday. The ruling overturns a 2007 board decision stating employees don’t have a statutory right to use their employer’s email system for such purposes. Since then, the board’s makeup has changed and the board’s three Democrats agreed to overturn the earlier decision. The two Republican members dissented. The ruling, part of a rush of decisions the board is expected to make by Dec. 16,...
  • Cop union boycotting Obama speech in Boston

    09/07/2015 9:06:26 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 26 replies
    AmericanThinker ^ | September 7, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
  • Emails show Clinton's close ties to teachers union

    09/01/2015 6:46:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/1/15 | Sean Higgins
    Emails released by the State Department Monday night show that the leader of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation's top unions, had direct access to the office of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Several emails show that requests from Tina Flournoy, union President Randi Weingarten's assistant at the time, for private meetings or phone calls were given priority by Clinton. For example, in a July 20, 2010, message to Clinton's private account "," Flournoy, using her American Federation of Teachers address, said: "Have a little issue I would like to discuss with you over the phone. Not...
  • Teacher Left Union and Has No Regrets

    08/31/2015 11:19:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/29/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Rosemary Stawasz wasn't sure what Michigan's right-to-work law, enacted at the end of 2012, would mean for her. Stawasz, a special education teacher with the Van Buren Intermediate School District, worried about what would happen if she exercised her new right to not be forced to financially support the local teachers union. Under the previous law, paying union dues or fees was a condition of employment. Now, she had a choice. Educators can find out more about that choice at “I have had no problems at all," she said of the decision she made to leave the union. "The...
  • The Union That Rules New York ( SEIU )

    08/31/2015 6:38:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2015 | DANIEL DISALVO AND STEPHEN EIDE
    Powerful and well funded, 1199 SEIU has unprecedented reach into city and state government. ... Medicaid is one of the primary sources of funding for the hospitals employing workers from 1199 SEIU, the powerful hospital and nursing-home employees’ union. ... The union’s clout can be assessed by several measures: the sheer size of its membership, its spending on campaigns and lobbying, and the depth and breadth of its connections with New York’s ruling elite. With well over 300,000 members in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York (where over half of that total resides), 1199SEIU is the largest union...
  • Civil War [Union] monument in Petersburg vandalized

    08/30/2015 7:05:08 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies ^ | August 30, 2015 | WTVR 6 Staff
    A Civil War monument in Petersburg was vandalized at some point early Saturday morning. The Monument to Union Soldiers stands on Wakefield Street and is across from Walnut Hill Elementary School. Petersburg police and the National Parks Service are working together to investigate the damage. If you have any information that could help investigators, call Petersburg police at 804-732-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 804-861-1212.
  • Student ‘molested’ by TSA agent in LaGuardia bathroom

    08/28/2015 7:07:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Philip Messing
    A college student was sexually molested at LaGuardia Airport by a uniformed TSA agent who demanded she go into a bathroom with him after she got off a flight so she could be searched for a weapon, sources told The Post. The 22-year-old victim, who is Korean, had gotten off a Southwest Airlines flight from Salt Lake City around 8 p.m. Tuesday when the agent, identified as Maxie Oquendo, 40, approached her near the B4 gate of Terminal B. Ogendo then asked her to follow him so she could be searched to see if she was carrying a knife or...
  • Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama

    08/29/2015 11:27:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become a lightning rod for controversy under President Obama, with its aggressive actions fueling sustained warfare between business and labor. From the labor board’s bitter fight with Boeing, to the creation of new union election rules, the NLRB has repeatedly moved to the forefront of political debate, drawing in Congress, the White House and even the Supreme Court. The NLRB’s latest bombshell was dropped on Thursday, when the board determined the waste management agency Browning-Ferris should be considered a “joint employer” of temporary workers. The decision expands the definition of what it means...
  • Union power: NJ teacher, tardy 111 times in 2 years, gets to keep job [Good work if you can get it]

    08/29/2015 5:04:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    America! It’s the land where anyone can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and make their mark if they’re willing to put in the elbow grease, ingenuity and drive to carve a path to success. Or, you could just join a union. An elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period.In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School to fire 15-year veteran Arnold Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline.Anderson was...
  • Owned by Union, Amalgamated Bank Gives Lift to the Left

    08/29/2015 12:01:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    When Ready for Hillary, a pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton “super PAC,” wanted to take out a million-dollar loan five months before it planned to go out of business, it turned to a bank that was founded to guard the savings of New York City garment workers.When the Democracy Alliance, an influential club of liberal donors, sought to recruit members in advance of the 2016 elections, the bank’s president helped to make introductions.And when workers-rights groups wanted to embarrass Walmart and the Gap for unsafe working conditions at factories supplying their stores, Amalgamated Bank, which manages $40 billion in pension fund assets,...
  • Teacher Union Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years

    08/26/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2005, the Michigan Education Association had 130,882 voting (active) members that were teachers and support professionals. According to recent disclosure documents, in 2015 the state's largest teachers union has 96,561 members, a decline of about 34,000 since 2005, or 26 percent. The numbers on the most recent MEA membership came from the Portage Education Association’s website which cites MEA Secretary Treasurer Rick Trainor as its source. The numbers significantly differ from the MEA’s federal report from the previous year. The MEA didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on its overall decline in membership. There are four main reasons...
  • Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box

    08/25/2015 1:20:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In an apparent effort to make it even more difficult or even stop school employees from exercising their right under right-to-work to not pay union dues or fees, the state’s largest teachers union has quietly set up an obscure post office box address to which members must send the required opt-out paperwork. It's P.O. Box 51 East Lansing, MI 48826. Based on a letter the Michigan Education Association sent to members who had tried to get out, and discussions with some of them, resignation requests sent to the regular union headquarters address will not be honored. An extensive search of...
  • Ruling to allow college athletes to unionize is thrown out (by NLRB)

    08/17/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 17, 2015 4:14 PM EDT | Michael Tarm
    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports. In a unanimous decision, the board said the prospect of having both union and nonunion teams could lead to different standards at different schools—from the amount of money players receive to the amount of time they can practice—and create competitive imbalances on the field. The ruling dismissed a stunning decision in March 2014 by a regional NLRB director in Chicago who said football...
  • State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income

    08/13/2015 1:53:22 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, routinely submits financial reports to the federal government, as it is legally required to do. But the reports can leave outsiders wondering about the source of the roughly 30 percent of its income that is categorized under the heading of “All Other Receipts.” That’s the only description the Michigan Education Association provides to account for more than $30 million of its annual income. Specifically, on its 2014 LM-2 disclosure form, the MEA reported over $38 million in receipts from unspecified sources under the "All Other Receipts” heading. “This is something that...
  • CPS budget relies on state cash that isn't there [ Chicago Public Schools]

    08/11/2015 4:27:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | 08/10/2015 | Chris Fusco, Natasha Korecki and Jordyn Holman
    Chicago Public Schools officials on Monday proposed a $5.7 billion operating budget for the upcoming school year that relies on $480 million in new funding from state government that might never come. School leaders conceded the spending plan contains a mix of “unsustainable” borrowing and limited classroom cuts that they say they must begrudgingly make because of a $676 million payment for teacher pensions that’s due at the end of the school year. There also are numerous fiscal wild cards in the mix, including budget adjustments that might ensue should CPS reach an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union on...
  • Former Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo facing new federal charges

    08/10/2015 12:33:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 8/10/15 | Neki Mohan
    Former Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo appeared in court Monday to face new federal fraud charges. According to court records filed Friday, Santeramo, 67, was indicted on two mail fraud charges and is accused of misappropriating more than $35,000 from the Broward school district's accountability program from 2006 to 2011. The program was set up to provide training and teachers programs.
  • Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All

    08/04/2015 7:16:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/2/2015 | Vincent Vernuccio
    "There will be blood. There will be repercussions." Such is the common threat made against those who dare take on the union juggernaut. Michigan’s State Rep. Shenelle Jackson (D-Detroit) made the threat clear in 2012 during the passage of that state’s law on worker freedom. "What you're doing today will only serve to empower [Democrats]. We will win back this chamber, possibly take the Senate back and certainly win the governorship.” Unfortunately for Rep. Jackson and her allies, the exact opposite happened. Not a single state representative or senator who voted for right-to-work lost in the general election and the...
  • With Right-to-Work, Employees No Longer Have to Put Up With Unions Opposed to Their Values

    07/28/2015 8:11:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    At the National Education Association annual convention, the nationwide teachers union passed an action item warning its members about right-to-work laws that “undermine high-quality education for every child.” But critics of the NEA say what right-to-work laws really undermine is the union's ability to promote a far-left ideology that violates the values of conservative members the union boasts of representing. In Michigan, teachers pay $183 a year to the NEA as part of membership in the Michigan Education Association. The NEA's Michigan affiliate also tries to make it hard for members of any political persuasion to leave, notwithstanding Michigan's right-to-work...
  • Principal commits suicide amid Common Core test scandal [ New York ]

    07/26/2015 8:45:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2015 | Susan Edelman,
    The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams — which were later tossed out because she cheated ... Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, of Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a B train in the 135th Street station ... She was pulled out from under the train and taken to Harlem Hospital, where she died eight days later. The city Medical Examiner’s Office ruled it a suicide. The leap came at 9:20 a.m., less than 24 hours after her 47 third-graders wrapped up three days sweating...
  • Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All

    07/24/2015 6:07:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Mackinac Center ^ | July 23, 2015 | Vincent Vernuccio
    "There will be blood. There will be repercussions." Such is the common threat made against those who dare take on the union juggernaut. Michigan’s State Rep. Shenelle Jackson (D-Detroit) made the threat clear in 2012 during the passage of that state’s law on worker freedom. "What you're doing today will only serve to empower [Democrats]. We will win back this chamber, possibly take the Senate back and certainly win the governorship.” Unfortunately for Rep. Jackson and her allies, the exact opposite happened. Not a single state representative or senator who voted for right-to-work lost in the general election and the...
  • Scott Walker’s Reforms Have Benefited Wisconsin Workers

    07/20/2015 12:17:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/20/2015 | Deroy Murdock
    Hillary Rodham Clinton shed her usual sunny demeanor last week and snarled at Republicans in general and one presidential candidate in particular. “Republican governors like Scott Walker have made their names stomping on workers’ rights, and practically all Republican candidates would do the same as president,” Clinton growled at Manhattan’s New School. “I will fight back against these mean-spirited, misguided attacks. Evidence shows that the decline of unions may be responsible for a third of the increase of inequality among men. So, if we want to get serious about raising income, we have to get serious about supporting union...
  • Growing tax burden will push people out of Cook County and Chicago

    07/17/2015 8:53:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ted Dabrowski
    City officials are pushing property-tax hikes, sales-tax hikes, and even a commuter tax and financial-transaction tax. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the county’s growing pension debt has been granted. The hike pushes the sales-tax rate back up to 10.25 percent in Chicago – the same as it was when Preckwinkle took office in 2010. And that’s not the only new tax residents have to face. Preckwinkle is just the latest local leader to usher in a tax increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a new tax earlier this...
  • Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach

    07/16/2015 2:10:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers union president Linda Carter has claimed the superintendent and school board were trying to "destroy" the school district, that same school board has spent $250,000-plus allowing union officials to work on union activities during school hours instead of teaching. Called "release time," this special arrangement allows union president Carter to teach no classes yet collect a full-time teacher's salary of $77,502, for which the district pays half and the union pays half. However, the school district covers the entire cost of Carter's health care and pension benefits, at an annual cost estimated to be...
  • Wisconsin court ends probe of presidential hopeful Scott Walker

    07/16/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 16, 2015
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ended a secret investigation into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in winning his 2012 recall election. The court's action is a major victory for Walker as he pursues the presidency, though one expert said prosecutors could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. No one has been charged in the so-called John Doe probe, Wisconsin's version of a grand jury investigation where information is tightly controlled, but questions about the investigation have dogged Walker for months. The case centers on political activity conducted by Wisconsin Club for Growth and...
  • Quotes of the day

    07/13/2015 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot ^ | July 13, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Scott Walker, the political phenomenon who rose to national fame by taking on unions in one of the most blue-collar states, announced Monday that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for president, using his kick-off rally to throw red meat to his conservative supporters. “Americans want to vote for something and for someone,” Walker told the roaring crowd in Waukesha, Wisconsin. “So tonight, let me tell you what I’m for. I’m for reform, growth, safety. I’m for transferring power from Washington into the hands of hard working tax payers in all states across the country, that’s real reform.”…“I realize unlike some...
  • The Real-World Costs of Union Release Time

    07/07/2015 5:18:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/4/2015 | Anna Pfaff
    The Michigan Senate is considering a bill that would prevent taxpayer-funded union “release time” in most settings. There is a real-world cost to this practice, which allows union stewards to spend time working for a private entity when they are supposed to be working for the public. Senate Bill 280, introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, would prevent collective bargaining agreements from offering paid release time used by teachers or other school district employees to conduct union business. While still allowing employees to spend time working on union negotiations, this would be paid for by the union rather than taxpayers....
  • Labor Watch July 2015: Scott Walker vs. the Unions, Part 2: Unintended consequences: [How you win]

    07/07/2015 1:19:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Capital Research ^ | July 7, 2015 | Steven J. Allen
    <p>There’s an old expression in politics, “If you shoot at a king, don’t miss.” In the matter of the unions vs. Scott Walker, unions paid the price for their failed at tempts to stop Walker and his reforms. Amazingly, Wisconsin became a Right to Work state.</p>
  • Lethargic Politico Labor Reporter Demands Union Shop

    07/06/2015 7:22:41 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 6, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    To the barricades! Or rather, to the virtual barricades since that requires much less effort. And in the case of lethargic Politico labor reporter the less real effort the better since according to his "work" schedule, Elk has produced only five Politico stories in fourteen weeks with absolutely no work performed by him in over five months.Ironically, Elk is now the one demanding that Politico be unionized. Um, before you advocate for "workers' rights" don't you have to at least do a little work? The most work that Elk has actually done in over five months was producing a semi-literate...
  • Free rides for Milwaukee bus riders after union apologizes for stoppage

    07/06/2015 5:20:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    WKOW ^ | July 6, 2015 | Kathryn Larson
    (MILWAUKEE) -- Milwaukee union leaders say they're sorry for a work stoppage last week, but cannot promise there won't be another strike. The county says everyone will be able to ride free today because of the inconvenience of last week's strike. Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 held a news conference overnight to apologize to riders. They say they did not walk off the job last week to punish the public. The union says they are willing to have an arbitrator settle their differences, and accuse MCTS of refusing to allow that to happen. However union leaders gave no...
  • Greece votes No: The European Union is dying before our eyes

    Despite the scaremongering and bullying from those in Brussels, we are waking today with Greece having delivered a resounding No. That comes despite EU bosses saying that it would mean a Greek exit from the Euro, not to mention the heavy economic pressure placed on the Greek people to go along with the wishes of Brussels. It is a crushing defeat for those Eurocrats who believe that you can simply bulldoze public opinion. Chief bully-boy Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and other supposed leaders of the European Union did their best to terrify the Greek people into submitting...
  • Teachers union treasurer in New Jersey pleads guilty to theft

    07/05/2015 7:56:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | July 3, 2015 | Carl Horowitz
    BARNEGAT, N.J. – Teachers unions during the past decade have known their share of scandal. Add the case of Wayne Wedderman Jr. to the list. This Monday, June 29, Wedderman, treasurer of the Barnegat Education Association, pleaded guilty in Ocean County, New Jersey Superior Court to theft from the union. He had been arrested last November for stealing roughly a combined $23,000 from two union accounts in the wake of a county probe begun the previous month. A grand jury in February subsequently indicted Wedderman on two counts of thefts and one count of computer theft. Sentencing is scheduled for...
  • Obama's La Crosse visit comes as Walker prepares campaign

    06/30/2015 2:52:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    WEAU 13 News ^ | June 30, 2015
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama brings his push to raise salaries for low-income workers to Wisconsin, the state where Gov. Scott Walker built his expected run for the White House around curtailing collective bargaining powers and enacting a right-to-work law.
  • Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'

    06/26/2015 6:27:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is directing people to a website that insults and vilifies a 37-year member who authored a widely distributed letter explaining why she wants to leave the state’s largest teachers union. Lansing School District teacher Mary Davenport wrote a letter that was sent to thousands of teachers to alert them that if they want to quit the union it would only allow them to do so in the month of August. Many teachers have complained about this so-called August window. Since Davenport’s letter was distributed, the website has invited union members to respond online. The website...
  • Union Lauches Personal Attack Against Dissident Teacher, Releases Confidential Information

    06/25/2015 5:11:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    After being compelled to pay thousands of dollars in union dues over 37 years as a teacher, Mary Davenport thought the least it could do was create a harmonious workplace. Davenport says she got the opposite, which has taken a toll personally and professionally. The veteran teacher still has five years before retirement, and says she just wants to survive it. “I believe the union and management work together to target certain employees for dismissal, and that has been the case with me,” said Davenport. Davenport claims she is being cited for vague and trivial offenses, like using her computer...
  • California teachers want Supreme Court to take up union-dues dispute

    06/24/2015 2:18:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Sam Hananel
    Powerful public-sector unions are facing another high-profile legal challenge that they say could wipe away millions from their bank accounts and make it tougher for them to survive. A group of California schoolteachers, backed by a conservative group, has asked the Supreme Court to rule that unions representing government workers can’t collect fees from those who choose not to join. Half the states currently require state workers represented by a union to pay “fair share” fees that cover bargaining costs, even if they are not members. The justices could decide as early as next week whether to take up the...
  • SEIU Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended

    06/24/2015 1:06:20 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Jack Spencer
    The union that exploited Michigan’s home-based caregivers for the best part of a decade has seen its revenue tumble since the scheme that enabled the exploitation ended. SEIU Healthcare Michigan reported $5,398,383 in dues and fees in 2014. That's just 48 percent of the $11,307,314 it reported for 2012, the last full year during which the union's dues skim was in place. The information was contained in a financial disclosure report the union submitted to the federal government 57 days after the March 31 deadline it is apparently required to meet. The disclosure finally took place shortly after Michigan Capitol...
  • Union Boss on Pipeline Making 'Temporary' Jobs: A 'Moronic' View from Administration and Politicians

    06/23/2015 4:44:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 23, 2015 | Penny Starr
    LiUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan. (Photo: Penny Starr/ ( – When asked at an American Petroleum Institute (API) event on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. about the claim that the Keystone XL Pipeline and other oil and natural gas infrastructure projects only provide temporary jobs during the construction phase, union President Terry O’Sullivan, said the claim was “moronic." “I think it’s one of the most moronic things that I’ve heard come out of the administration and every politician,” said O’Sullivan, whose Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) represents workers in both the U.S. and Canada. Canada has been seeking...
  • Scott Walker’s latest target: College professors

    06/18/2015 4:50:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | June 18, 2015 | Kimberly Hefling with Allie Grasgreen
    Labor leaders and the higher education community are closely watching to see if other politicians follow Walker’s lead.“I don’t think it’s an immediate threat elsewhere, but it’s still a big concern,” said Mark F. Smith, senior policy analyst at the National Education Association, which has slightly less than 200,000 higher education members.David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said he expects more such fights in upcoming years.“I think that this is just part of the evolution of attacks on … public benefits and on public sector employees of all sorts,” Bergeron said.------------ As Republican Gov. Scott...
  • Jeff Sessions on Obamatrade’s ‘New Pacific Union’ Like the EU: Something America Has ‘Never Seen’

    06/17/2015 6:03:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/17/15
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 80% has issued yet another clarion call to House Republicans urging them to abandon GOP leadership’s desperate ploys to bring Obamatrade back to life and instead vote against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and stop President Obama from getting even more power in his final years in office. “The House is preparing to vote again tomorrow on providing fast-track executive authority to the President. If adopted, it will be sent immediately to the Senate for final consideration,” Sessions said, before correcting misconceptions peddled far and wide by House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)...