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  • Transparency: California Dems Halt Effort to Make Unions Disclose How Money Is Spent

    05/08/2016 12:18:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | May 8, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    California union workers will continue to be in the dark about how their dues are spent after a bill that would’ve forced unions to post this information online was killed along a party-line vote. California’s public employee unions used their muscle this week to fight back a legislative bid to open their books, killing in committee a bill that would force them to post online how dues are spent -- and a second bill requiring a union vote every two years. "These members want to belong to a union. They want to be represented by a union. They just want to...
  • Scalia's Death Saves Unions From Momentous Ruling Ending Political Power

    02/14/2016 9:57:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/14/16 | John Gizzi
    As the nation and official Washington prepared to mourn the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, watchers of the high court began to assess the immediate impact of his death on several pending cases whose decisions might have had momentous political implications. Among these is Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association, set to have been a landmark case regarding the mandatory collection of union dues and their use for political purposes. The ruling could have meant the death knell of collective bargaining and the political might of America’s unions. newzf After oral arguments in the case in January, The Washington Post...
  • Supreme Court Seems Poised to Deal Unions a Major Setback

    01/11/2016 11:24:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2016 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed poised on Monday to deliver a severe blow to organized labor. The justices appeared divided along familiar lines during an extended argument over whether government workers who choose not to join unions may nonetheless be required to help pay for collective bargaining. The court's conservative majority appeared ready to say that such compelled financial support violates the First Amendment Collective bargaining, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said, is inherently political when the government is the employer, and issues like merit pay, promotions and classroom size are subject to negotiation. The best hope for a victory...
  • Wisconsin's Walker promises to fight federal unions

    09/10/2015 2:50:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Scott Bauer
    EUREKA, Ill. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Scott Walker promised to tackle union power at the federal level just like he did as governor in Wisconsin, saying in a fiery speech Thursday that he wants to "wreak havoc" on Washington. The governor chose Ronald Reagan's alma mater of Eureka College for a speech aimed at invigorating his flagging campaign less than a week before the second GOP debate. Walker spoke on the same stage where Reagan, as a freshman in 1928, gave a speech during a student strike, and his remarks were infused with references to the late president. Walker...
  • Put an end to forced union dues

    09/08/2015 1:29:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Trib ^ | Sept. 6, 2015 | Mark Mix
    As you watch your children board the school bus for the first day back to classes, consider this: That school bus driver is likely forced to pay fees to a union as a condition of driving that bus. Why? Because he or she works in one of the 25 forced-unionism states in America — states where it is lawfully permissible to force a worker to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment. You're not alone if this sounds absurd. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 80 percent of your fellow Americans agree: No worker should be...
  • Former Broward Teachers Union pres. steered illegal contributions to Clinton’s 2008 campaign

    08/20/2015 11:17:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 20, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Federal authorities indicted the former president of a Florida teachers’ union on fraud charges on Thursday, even as he faces additional charges in his home state over allegedly illegal campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton. The Justice Department charged former Broward Teachers Union (BTU) president Patrick Santeramo with two counts of mail fraud for his alleged role in embezzling more than $35,000 in payments from a local school district. “It is alleged that after the BTU received the $80,000 payment from the School Board of Broward County, Santeramo authorized payments from the [union’s] Accountability Program account for himself and at least...
  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    06/30/2015 9:41:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    Associtated Press ^ | June 30, 2015
    WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will hear an appeal from a group of California teachers who say it violates their First Amendment rights to have to pay any fees if they disagree with a union's positions and don't want to join it.
  • OP-ED: Illegal union dues ‘rebate’ scam exposed

    06/06/2015 10:46:36 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    The Mercury Columns ^ | 06/05/2015 | The Mercury Columns
    Here’s how the scam works: Near the end of each academic year, APSCUF informs their members that it miraculously found an extra $25 per person in dues that it doesn’t need. The union then portrays itself as an honest broker and offers the money back as a “rebate.” The rebate form gives members three options for their $25: 1. Let the union keep it; 2. Donate it to APSCUF’s political action committee; or 3. Have it sent back to them. Presenting this “found” money with these options and urging members to donate to APSCUF’s PAC has proven extraordinarily effective —...
  • A $15.00 minimum wage is the greedy taking advantage of the unskilled with the help of the Democrats

    05/28/2015 9:15:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/28/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Raising the wages of low to unskilled workers to $15.00 an hour will only help the Democrats and the extortionist unions who “represent” these workers. If low level salaries are doubled to $15.00 an hour, causing half of a shop’s workforce to be fired, the unions are way ahead. They will just double the dues for the remaining workers and not lose a cent in income. Better still, when employers fire half their workers just to survive, there will be half the number of members to bother union thugs with demands for services. The unions will still be able to...
  • New Republic tries bleating: “Please don’t throw them in the briar patch” to save unions

    02/16/2015 8:55:03 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/16/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The New Republic (NR) is trying a new approach to saving the Democrats’ ATM machine unions. NR is offering the novel argument that since the Republicans have been so successful in chopping away at the power of unions they should now stop their attacks because the weakened unions are finally not worth the effort to attack. This position sounds more than a little “please don’t throw me in the briar patch-ish.” Unions have not generally been a good thing for America’s workers for a very long time. They have been the Democrats’ “bagman” – collecting and sharing dues money from...
  • Workers Try to Boot Union for Fourth Time After ‘Rigged’ Election ( Alabama - UAW )

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

    08/18/2014 10:16:18 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/18/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    he California Teachers Association (CTA) has quietly started to prepare its members for life after extortion. It has put together a report titled “Not if, but when: Living in a world without Fair Share,” in which it acknowledges that the days of being able to extort teachers to bribe Democrats may be fast coming to an end. Automatic, compulsory union membership for teachers is being challenged in court and the thugs that run the state’s biggest teachers union can see the outcome will lead to an end of their cushy lives. They have prepared a slideshow outlining the “terrible consequences”...
  • UAW raises dues for 1st time in 47 years

    06/03/2014 1:09:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2014 3:52 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union’s finances, the first increase in 47 years. Representatives from local unions across the nation approved the increase with a show of hands, raising dues from two hours of pay per month to 2½ hours. […] It will raise about $15 million per year for the union, but the average longtime auto worker who makes just over $28 per hour will pay around $14 more per month. Annual dues revenue has dropped nearly 40 percent since 2006 to $115 million as...
  • A Keystone Paycheck Reform

    01/25/2014 9:26:24 AM PST · by Daveinyork · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 25, 2014 | Editorial
    The latest state to challenge monopoly union power is Pennsylvania, where the legislature is debating a "paycheck protection" bill banning automatic dues payments. A political brawl is breaking out, though the Republican Governor has so far offered little support. The SEIU's Pennsylvania State Council says the legislation "threatens collective bargaining rights in Pennsylvania and creates unnecessary and unreasonable restrictions on labor unions." The state AFL-CIO warns the bill "would significantly impair unions' ability to represent their dues and fee paying members." Their real worry is that they'll have less money to spend on politics. The paycheck proposal would prohibit state...
  • Michigan teachers fight unions over forced dues

    10/24/2013 12:19:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 23, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    Michigan teachers are discovering that their union is determined to make it as hard as possible for them to take advantage of the state's new right-to-work law, which prohibits workers from being forced to pay dues to a union. Nine teachers sued the Michigan Education Association in the last week alleging unfair labor practices. Eight teachers sued the MEA on Monday. They are being represented by the conservative Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. Their complaint alleges the union is violating the intent of the right-to-work law by only giving them a very brief period — the month of August — to...
  • There is no GOP “War on Women” but there is a war on unions and we’re winning

    08/23/2013 9:28:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/23/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    An honest person (which of course excludes most Democrats), understands that any “War on Women” in this country it is most certainly being conducted by Democrats at all levels of government. “A Republican War on Women” is a Freudian use of words, invented by a lapdog media to deflect the truth. Despite the fact that we hear the phrase over and over again from a Democrat controlled media there is no such thing as a Republican War on Women. Nevertheless, there is an actual war that is unquestionably being waged by the Republican Party against its union enemies. There is...
  • California teachers suing to end mandatory union dues

    07/01/2013 7:54:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    foxnews ^ | July 01, 2013/
    A group of California teachers is preparing for a Supreme Court battle to overturn forced union dues in a groundbreaking lawsuit filed in June. For nearly three decades, the Supreme Court has allowed closed-shop unionism, in which public employees must pay dues to labor groups handling collective bargaining negotiations. The Supreme Court established Beck Rights in 1988 allowing workers to opt out of union dues for political activities, while continuing to pay for union negotiating expenses. The teachers are hoping to take that battle one step further by putting an end to all coercive union dues.
  • 5 troopers sue over union dues in Alaska

    01/09/2013 6:50:07 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    ap ^ | January 9, 2013 | BECKY BOHRER
    Five Alaska State Troopers are suing over the way union dues are collected, arguing the current system infringes upon their constitutional rights. The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Alaska, states that even though the five are non-union members, they still pay dues. The lawsuit states that employees who do not opt-out of the current system wind up paying full dues, including those that go toward political purposes.
  • Tom on the California 2012 Propositions (McClintock recommendations)

    09/24/2012 12:28:54 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 49 replies ^ | 20 September 2012 | Tom McClintock
    Prop 30: Your Wallet or Your Kids. NO Either approve $36 billion in higher sales and income taxes or else Gov. Brown threatens to shoot the schools. Don't worry, the income taxes are only on the "very wealthy," but it turns out the "very wealthy" include many small businesses filing under sub-chapter S, meaning lower wages, higher prices and fewer jobs. California already has one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country and yet has just approved a budget to spend $8 billion dollars more than it's taking in. Moral of the story: it's the spending stupid. Prop...
  • What happens if Prop. 32 passes?

    09/20/2012 12:51:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 9/20/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Imagine it's Nov. 7, 2012.Yesterday, California voters approved Proposition 32, ending payroll- deducted funds for politics and eliminating union and corporate contributions directly to candidates. So now what? Here come the lawyers. Attorneys live to probe ballot measures for legal loopholes and constitutional conflicts. In this case, Proposition 32 bans "unions" and "corporations" from using payroll-deducted funds for "political purposes." Government contractors also are banned from giving to candidates or their committees.But what do those words mean? What about non-corporate business entities, such as limited liability companies? What about contributions from Indian tribes? What's a political purpose, anyway? Ultimately, the...
  • California: November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures

    07/09/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 22 replies
    November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 30 Initiative Constitutional Amendment 1578. (12-0009) - Final Random Sample Update - 06/20/12 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Qualified: 06/20/12 Proponent: Thomas A. Willis c/o Karen Getman (510) 346-6200 Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings...

    06/21/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 59 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 6/21/2012 | Breitbart News
    Press release from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (AP story below): Washington, DC (June 21, 2012) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today, siding with nonmember California state employees challenging a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) political fee charged to them without notice and opportunity to opt out.   The case concludes a prolonged legal challenge affecting some 36,000 California government employees initiated by eight California civil servants who filed a class-action lawsuit with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.   In 2005, SEIU officials imposed a “special assessment” to...
  • Supreme Court rules against SEIU in dispute over union fee hike [Sotomayor votes w/majority!]

    06/21/2012 7:44:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/21/12
    The Supreme Court says a union must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases that all workers are required to pay in closed-shop situations. The court on Thursday ruled for Dianne Knox and other nonmembers of the Service Employees International Union's Local 1000, who wanted to object and opt out of a $12 million special assessment the union required from its California public sector members. Knox and others said the union did not give them a legally required notice that the increase was coming.
  • Supreme Court says union must give notice to nonmembers before collecting dues increase

    06/21/2012 7:28:32 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 21 replies
    The Supreme Court says a union must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases that all workers are required to pay in closed-shop situations. The court on Thursday ruled for Dianne Knox and other nonmembers of the Service Employees International Union’s Local 1000, who wanted to object and opt out of a $12 million special assessment the union required from its California public sector members. Knox and others said the union did not give them a legally required notice that the increase was coming.
  • Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues

    05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    JSOnline via ^ | 5/18/12 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks. What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues. But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that...
  • Send (union) dues to charity

    04/25/2012 7:05:55 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 5 replies
    Send Dues To Charity In the twenty-two right-to-work States1, an employee can choose whether he or she wishes to belong to a union. In the other twenty-eight states2, the employees of any unionized employer are forced to belong to the union in order to work and these employees will find themselves paying dues to a union without any choice. These dues will be taken to support the union at the local, state and international level. Some workers may have sincere religious beliefs that conflict with their being compelled to support the union. For example, you may find that the union...
  • Teachers to pay extra dues to fight Ohio union law

    05/08/2011 2:02:47 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 32 replies
    Atlantic Journal Constitution ^ | MAy 8 2011 | By ANN SANNER The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Members of Ohio's largest teachers' union have agreed to a one-time, $54 dues increase to pay for the fight against Ohio's new collective bargaining law. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Education Association says 111,000 active union members would pay the extra dollars under a proposal overwhelmingly approved Friday. School support staff would pay $25. Student and retired members were exempted. The dues change could mean an additional $5.5 million for the union.
  • Union boss goes off at meeting, prison guards say

    03/21/2011 3:42:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, March 20, 2011 | Joseph Weber and David Hill
    Prison guards at a Western Maryland correctional facility say a union boss berated and tried to intimidate them after they raised questions at a pre-shift meeting about how their fees are spent and the benefits of belonging to a union. The guards said the March 11 meeting at the Maryland Correctional Training Center started amicably enough when Steve Berger, their American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union representative, tried to rally opposition to proposed changes in the employee retirement plan. The meeting took an unexpected twist, they say, when Mr. Berger opened the floor to questions. When...
  • Blue Corruption puts Wisconsin in Red

    03/10/2011 3:49:36 PM PST · by rhema · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 10, 2011 | Terry Heinrichs
    Wisconsin's ongoing crisis is exposing the channeling of taxpayer money to unions, and thence to Democrats. Taxpayers are being swindled by a system in which their interests come second. Though there are currently moves afoot to alter some of the procedural details contained in Governor Walker's Budget Repair Bill, nothing of any substance has emerged thus far as the Democrat "fleebaggers" are still camped out in Rahmland and show no evidence of returning to Wisconsin to vote on the bill. The budget, which Walker believes is critical if fiscal sanity is to be injected into an out-of-control spending process, also...
  • $1 million donation by California Teachers Association to oppose Prop 8

    10/17/2008 10:10:55 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 11 replies · 1,612+ views ^ | October 17, 2008 | Amber Lee
    Next month, California voters will decide whether to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry by altering the state's constitution. This week, the California Teachers Association announced it opposes Prop 8 by donating $1 million to fight the initiative. Prop 8 seeks to ban same-sex marriages in California. The teachers union said it decided to oppose Prop 8 during its state council meeting in June. The CTA felt that it needed to donate the gift to help defeat the measure. "CTA views Prop 8 as a human rights issue. Everyone should be allowed equal protection under the law, and...
  • Voters Debate Labor Dues In Amendment 47

    10/04/2008 7:46:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 297+ views
    TheDenverChannel ^ | October 3, 2008
    Amendment 47 would prohibit mandatory labor union dues. "This simply says that regardless if you have a union or not, if you do decide to get unionized or you're currently unionized, you cannot force someone to participate in a labor union against their will." Supporters of the so-called Colorado Right To Work Amendment said government employees already have this right. The measure would extend it to the private sector.
  • Kiss the money goodbye ( teachers union )

    05/13/2008 5:53:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies · 130+ views
    The Daily News ^ | May 10, 2008
    That $13.2 million grant Washington state won last year to enhance the teaching of Advanced Placement courses in math and science is history. It’s lost because of the financial incentives it would have provided for teachers who improve test scores. The Washington Education Association didn’t much like the idea of tying teacher pay to student performance on exams. Neither did the teachers union like the involvement of an outside party, the grant provider, in teacher-pay decisions.
  • Letter to AFSCME President McEntee (Hillary vs. Obama within state & municipal govt. union)

    01/05/2008 1:45:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 115+ views
    Time ^ | January 5, 2008 | Mark Halperin
    January 4, 2008 Gerald McEntee International President AFSCME 1625 L St. NW Washington, DC 20036 Dear President McEntee: We are writing to protest in the strongest terms the negative campaign that AFSCME is conducting against Barack Obama. We do not believe that such a wholesale assault on one of the great friends of our union was ever contemplated when the International Executive Board (IEB)made its decision to endorse Hillary Clinton. In fact, when the vote to make a primary endorsement was taken by the IEB, there appeared to be widespread agreement that we had a strong field of Democratic candidates...
  • Ritter can restore trust with taxpayers by making 'partnerships' transparent

    12/08/2007 12:39:22 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies · 140+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 24, 2007 | Ben Degrow
    Something is missing from Gov. Bill Ritter's executive order setting up procedures for the election of unions to serve as "exclusive representatives" of state workers: public accountability and transparency. The least Coloradans should get is an open and public negotiation process. The order emphasizes "partnerships" between state officials and employees, but it does not discuss any "partnerships" with the taxpaying public. Whether to improve customer service or to raise government employee salaries, the negotiation process is very much a public concern. If the state is to have the "partnerships" the governor intends, then all meetings between state officials and union...
  • GOP irate at union access ( Another Back Door Deal )

    08/11/2007 6:44:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 760+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | August 11, 2007 | Chris Barge
    Colorado will be turned into a union paradise under a proposed policy formalizing union access to state employees, angry Republicans say. The new guidelines, put forth by Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration Director Bill Gonzales, would require the state to provide employee organizations with space to hold meetings, e-mail addresses of all employees and use of state mailrooms. Gonzales, an appointee of Gov. Bill Ritter... Republicans, who read the draft rules obtained by the Rocky Mountain News, said Friday that they amounted to a back-room administrative fiat by a Democratic administration trying to pay back the public employee unions...
  • Former state senator collects signatures to stop city payroll deductions for unions

    07/07/2007 7:29:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 336+ views
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | July 7, 2007 | Andrew Villegas
    A group of Greeley residents and a conservative think tank are trying to stop the city of Greeley from deducting union dues from city employees' paychecks. The proposed ordinance would limit what money the city could take out of city employees' paychecks. "It's a good-government ordinance," Owen said. "What it says is that the city of Greeley cannot deduct from an employees' paycheck for causes other than what the law says." Under the proposed ordinance, the only deductions that would be allowed would be taxes, garnishments and charitable donations, which would have to be reauthorized by the employee every year....
  • Union bill clears House ( forcing workers to pay union dues ? )

    01/30/2007 6:06:45 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies · 625+ views
    The Denver Business Journal ^ | January 22, 2007 | Amy Fletcher
    The state House gave final approval Monday to a proposed law that would make it easier for workers to organize... House Bill 1072...changes Colorado's Labor Peace Act, which has been on the books since 1943. Business groups oppose the measure, saying making it easier to require all workers to pay union dues will deter prospective employees and employers looking to locate in Colorado. The full House passed the bill 35-29 Friday, with almost all Democrats for it and all Republicans against... A main sticking point among Republicans: All-union agreements require all of a company's employees to pay union dues as...
  • U.S. Supreme Court hears Washington union-fee case

    01/10/2007 1:28:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 700+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 10, 2007 | Mark Sherman, AP
    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices indicated today they are inclined to uphold a Washington state law preventing unions from using fees they get from workers for political activities. The case involves a few thousand teachers and other education employees who are in the bargaining unit and thus represented by the more than 70,000-member Washington Education Association — but who have chosen not to join the union. Workers can't be forced to join or pay for the union's political activism, but they can be charged a fee for labor negotiations that affect them. The narrow issue before the justices is whether,...
  • (DO NOT MISS THIS ARTICLE!) State workers can divert union dues to charity

    11/18/2006 9:28:39 AM PST · by doug from upland · 20 replies · 967+ views
    columbus dispatch ^ | 9-6-06 | Julie Carr Smyth
    Here we go, folks. This is how to take some of the political power away from unions, a huge funder of the Dems. They use Republicans' money to fund the Dems. It must stop. The unions, particularly the teachers unions, will be Hillary's footsoldiers in 2008. You are going to love this. I am working with a teacher friend to have his money donated the the NRA Foundation. ================================================================= ================================================================= State workers can divert union dues to charity U.S., Ohio officials reach settlement in discrimination suit Saturday, September 02, 2006 Julie Carr Smyth ASSOCIATED PRESS State employees should be able...
  • Biased ad slurs Dennis (527 groups attack ruling against union dues going to political campaigns)

    09/01/2006 1:39:46 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 1 replies · 533+ views
    Rocky Mountain News weekly column ^ | Friday September 1st, 2006 | Mike Rosen
    Perhaps you've heard those mean-spirited, hyper attack ads on Denver radio slandering Colorado Secretary of State Gigi Dennis. They're sponsored by Clear Peak Colorado, one of those free-wheeling 527 groups that sprang up to get around campaign finance reform laws like McCain- Feingold. This one is bankrolled by Pat Stryker and Tim Gill, a pair of liberal Democrat fat cats who lavishly support a cornucopia of partisan and left-wing causes. According to Clear Peak's most recent IRS filing, through June of this year Stryker and Gill have poured in just under $180,000 to the cause. Former Colorado Democratic Party Chairman...
  • Union Dues Spent on Golf, Cadillac, Resorts, and Even Wal-Mart

    04/08/2006 11:51:42 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 999+ views
    Center for Union Facts ^ | 4/3/06 | Center for Union Facts
    Washington, DC – Revised financial reporting requirements by the Department of Labor (DOL) are exposing union leaders’ spending habits with unprecedented clarity. Last Friday (3/31), most major unions filed their LM-2 financial disclosure forms with the government, and jaw-dropping expenditures are already easy to find. Using the search function on, making sense of the mountains of union financial data is simple. A preliminary look revealed the following: Nearly $1.5 million in union members’ dues money was spent on golf. The Ironworkers AFL-CIO Local Union 40 spent $52,879 on a new Cadillac for a retiring president. $7.9 million of employee...
  • Union Dues and Don'ts (Financial disclosure is a wonderful thing)

    03/19/2006 3:57:31 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 721+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 27, 2006 | Joseph Lindsley
    FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, the Department of Labor is seriously enforcing its financial reporting requirements of unions and disclosing the results online. As a result, union members--and the public at large--now have the means to examine union finances in extraordinary detail and to learn about the outside activities and potential conflicts of interest of union officials. The purpose of this newfound transparency is to promote fiscal integrity and union democracy.Previously, the department's record of enforcing its reporting requirements was dismal. As recently as 2002, 43 percent of unions were either tardy in submitting their LM-2 forms or never turned...
  • AT WAR WITH THE TEACHERS UNIONS: Part 6 - Teacher wants dues to go to NRA Foundation

    12/20/2005 8:17:27 PM PST · by doug from upland · 14 replies · 818+ views
    DFU | 12-20-05 | Doug from Upland
    1 - Are You Ready to Enlist and Fight the Great Battle? Part 2 - Teachers Have the Right to Take a Religious Exemption Part 3 - Here are some sample forms to opt out Part 4 - Listen to PSA radio ads regarding religious objection 5 - Southern California teacher ready to take on the union ========================================================================= We have an update from the previous episode. The teacher described in episode 5 has had a change of heart. No, he is not backing down. He is going to get right in the union thug faces. As an avid gun...
  • Merry Christmas: The Union Got You Fired

    12/20/2005 5:01:30 AM PST · by rdb3 · 57 replies · 1,805+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 20 December 2005 | Michael Reitz
    Merry Christmas: The Union Got You FiredBy Michael | December 20, 2005 The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), the state’s largest state employee union, is asking agencies to terminate dozens of workers, some just in time for Christmas. Why is a union, charged with representing the interests of employees, demanding that they be fired?Simple: They haven’t paid their union dues. The state’s new collective bargaining agreements, negotiated in 2004, require all covered employees—some 53,000 general government workers—to join the union or pay nonmember “representation fees.” Hundreds of state workers objected to the mandatory dues, as they were not...
  • Teachers union quietly aiding candidates - Sidesteps limits on campaign handouts

    12/11/2005 1:53:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies · 635+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 11, 2005 | Scott S. Greenberger
    With Governor Mitt Romney's push for education reform stalled, a review of state records has found that the Massachusetts Teachers Association has used a little-known avenue in a state campaign finance law to quietly add legislative allies to fight the initiatives. A Globe examination of campaign finance records has found that the association pumped $341,849 into last year's legislative elections. That figure amounts to more than six times as much as any other group gave last year. The funding also provides a glimpse into how the state's largest teachers union has built itself into a powerhouse lobby on Beacon Hill....
  • Prop. 75 foes leave rivals in dust on cash

    11/01/2005 10:12:16 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 500+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/1/5 | Andy Furillo
    Badly outspent seven years ago when they tried to curtail union money in state politics, supporters of "paycheck protection" are getting thrashed once more when it comes to the fundraising and spending wars. The public employee union-driven No on 75 campaign had banked $42.6 million and spent $41.2 million by Oct. 22, according to the most recent reports. The Yes on 75 side, meanwhile, raised only $2.3 million and spent $1.6 million. Proposition 75, however, has received a significant boost from Gov. Arnold Schwar-zenegger's California Recovery Team. According to its reports filed with the secretary of state's office, the governor's...
  • CA: Kerry calls union dues proposal an effort to silence workers (Prop 75)

    10/13/2005 6:24:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 897+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/13/05 | Michael R. Blood -ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Entering a fight over union rights that could have national implications, Sen. John Kerry warned Thursday that a ballot initiative backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could tip the balance of democracy by muzzling the voice of working people. Proposition 75 would force public employee unions, such as those representing teachers, firefighters and prison guards, to seek written permission from members before using dues for political purposes. Kerry, speaking outside a downtown firehouse, said the initiative would condemn workers to "a completely unfair system." The proposal "represents part of an ongoing effort by the Republican Party to...
  • New! Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Reform (California Propositions 73-77)

    10/04/2005 3:59:59 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 113 replies · 4,833+ views
    NEW! POLL SHOWS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR REFORM A recent public opinion poll of likely voters in California shows overwhelming support of Propositions 73, 74, 75, 76, 77. Proposition 75- Paycheck Protection- received the highest level of support at 60% in favor. Among Likely voters: PROP 73 59% Yes 39% No 2% Undecided PROP 74 55% Yes 44% No 2% Undecided Prop 75 60% Yes 37% No 3% Undecided Prop 76 58% Yes 36% No 6% Undecided Prop 77 59% Yes 36% No 5% Undecided Conducted by: Survey USA Sponsoring News Organizations: KABC-TV Los Angeles , KPIX-TV San Francisco 1,200 California...
  • Actor-director Rob Reiner campaigns against union dues measure (Meathead Alert)

    09/30/2005 8:42:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,515+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/30/05 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Actor-director Rob Reiner campaigned Thursday against Proposition 75, a ballot initiative pushed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would require public employee unions to get permission to use members' dues for political purposes. Reiner, a Democrat and longtime political activist often mentioned as a potential challenger to Schwarzenegger, told an audience that Prop. 75, known as "paycheck protection" by its supporters, was designed purely to stifle political speech. "The things I care about - education, health care, energy, environment - I need, we all need, to have everybody's voice heard," Reiner told a small audience of teachers,...
  • Teachers Sue Unions Over Dues Increase to Fight Governor

    09/22/2005 3:21:29 PM PDT · by Craig DeLuz · 1 replies · 127+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 09/22/2005 | Craig DeLuz
    A number of California Teachers have teamed up with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW) to fight back against the union bosses who (without a vote of the membership) authorized an increase in their membership dues to fight the Governor’s reforms on the November special election ballot. Read More... Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense...