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  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Union Leaders Plead Guilty to Arson, Violence and Extortion

    12/19/2014 8:12:48 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/19/2014 | DJ Biers
    Three more members of Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy, extortion, and racketeering in an ongoing RICO case against the labor union. They join eight others who have pleaded guilty in recent months to charges related to arson, sabotage, and violent intimidation of contractors who used non-union labor. The union’s business agents would visit foremen and threaten them with assault and sabotage if they did not agree to hire 401 members, prosecutors claim, although often such workers “often performed little or no actual work” and were paid “merely to prevent further acts of sabotage.”...
  • Coalition of Wisconsin business owners opposes right-to-work plan

    12/18/2014 7:11:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press/AP ^ | 12-17-14 | scotty bauer
    MADISON, Wis. -- A newly formed coalition of more than 300 construction-related private businesses in Wisconsin announced Wednesday that it will work to defeat a right-to-work proposal being discussed by Republican leaders in the Legislature. Formation of the group comes as talks proceed behind the scenes among Republicans who control the Legislature about the timing of a right-to-work bill and what form it may take. Gov. Scott Walker repeated his message Wednesday, during a brief speech to Republican state senators in the Capitol, that he sees right-to-work as a distraction from his agenda. He told lawmakers he wants them focused...
  • McDonald's Japan rations fries as U.S. West Coast port dispute drags on

    12/17/2014 11:48:30 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/15/2014
    TOKYO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd has embarked on the emergency measure of only offering small-sized french fries to customers as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports has contributed to long delays in imports. The fast-food chain said it was importing more than 1,000 tonnes of frozen fries by air, which began arriving last Monday and had begun routing another 1,600 tonnes through ports on the U.S. East Coast which should begin arriving in late January. Those steps alone, however, are not sufficient to prevent a shortage. “Unfortunately without this sales restriction step, we would...
  • 'Wis. Jobs Now' Boss Voted in Milwaukee, Lived in Waukesha

    12/16/2014 5:28:46 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | December 16, 2014 | Nathan Schacht
    Despite a 2007 court record claiming she lived in the same Waukesha County home she currently lives in, voting records for the executive director of the union front group Wisconsin Jobs Now shows Jennifer Epps-Addison voted in the City of Milwaukee a dozen times between 2007 and 2012. Wisconsin election records show Epps-Addison is currently registered to vote at her $369,000 Waukesha County home. While changing her voting address from the City of Milwaukee to Waukesha County’s Village of Menomonee Falls in 2012 may not seem unusual, a signed Waukesha County court document indicates Epps-Addison lived in her Waukesha County...
  • Education Report Card Suggests Private School Choice Laws Need Improvement

    12/15/2014 2:30:33 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-15-14 | Rudy Takala
    Less than half of states make a vibrant effort to provide a wide array of options to their students. In all, 51 private school choice programs exist in 24 states and in Washington, D.C. Fourteen states offer tax-credits scholarship programs, while just two – Arizona and Florida – offer education saving account programs. As a result, private school choice is an area where states tended to do poorly on the report. It would be beneficial for student achievement if policymakers worked to create more options for educational opportunity. The relative decline of American academic achievement corroborates that reality. According to...
  • Cleveland Police Union wants apology for Andrew Hawkins' Tamir Rice shirt

    12/15/2014 7:14:36 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | December 15, 2014 | Mike Fiammetta
    The head of the Cleveland Police Union is demanding an apology after Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt before Sunday's game that read, "Justice for Tamir Rice - John Crawford." Rice, a 12-year-old boy, died last month after he was shot by a Cleveland police officer who reportedly mistook his air gun for a real firearm. Crawford was shot and killed by police in August while holding an air rifle in a Wal-Mart.
  • NLRB issues rule to speed up union organizing

    12/12/2014 8:34:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 11:25 AM EST | Tom Raum
    The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process. The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is held, eliminating a previous 25-day waiting period. And it seeks to reduce litigation that can be used to stall elections. It will also require employers to furnish union organizers with email addresses and phone numbers of workers. […] AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the NLRB’s “modest but important reforms” will help reduce delays and make it easier for workers to vote on forming...
  • Charter School Success Story

    12/11/2014 6:59:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 10, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In my youth, cheerleaders had a chant that went, “S-u-c-c-e-s-s, that’s the way you spell success.” I don’t know that you would hear that battle cry anymore, because not many public schools teach spelling. One that does has worked the word success into its title, appropriately, as it turns out. The Success Academy opened in Harlem in 2006 with 160 students. It is now a chain of charter schools (32) with an enrollment of 9,000. It is also in the top one percent in the state of New York in math. History, science and literature also figure prominently in the...
  • Anti-Walker forces in Wisconsin may have broken the law and altered documents in cover-up

    12/10/2014 1:49:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 10, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A major scandal involving a Democrat witch-hunt aimed at crippling the campaign of Governor Scott Walker may be breaking in Wisconsin. Laws may have been broken by prosecutors seeking to discredit Walker, and it appears that documents may have been altered to hide evidence of misconduct. It is too early to know with certainty, but this drama is playing out with zero mainstream media attention, but has the potential to generate headlines. Some background: Readers may recall the outrageous political prosecution attempted by Democrats in Wisconsin, using that state’s so-called “John Doe prosecution” system under the Badger State’s Government Accountability...
  • NYC principals strike 9-year, $743M labor deal with city (Guess whose side de Blasio is on?)

    12/06/2014 5:49:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 6, 2014 | Aaron Short
    City principals received a new nine-year, $743 million contract in a deal Mayor de Blasio and union officials announced Saturday. The mayor called the agreement a “long overdue achievement” and praised principals for working without a contract since 2010. “That was wrong, that was unacceptable, and that ends now,” he said. “Given the hard work you do, you will get fair pay, you will get what you deserve and at the same time we will protect the city’s long term fiscal health.” The union’s 6,000 members will receive an average 2-percent raise annually through 2019 and a $1,000 bonus when...
  • Hillary Clinton super PAC $1M in debt to union-tied bank

    12/06/2014 10:37:41 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-5-14 | Cheryle K. Chumley
    The super PAC “Ready for Hillary” may have tens of thousands of small-dollar donors and raised more than $11 million since its 2013 founding, but it’s in debt— to the tune of $1 million. The New York Timesreported that “Ready for Hillary” reported a bank balance of $875,626 to the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 24, but also owed Amalgamated Bank about $1 million. Amalgamated is tied to various unions and serves as a go-to source for Democratic candidates, parties and political action committees, The Times reported. The loan was incurred in October. “This investment, used to fund our massive...
  • Union Executives Take Big Pay Raises While Liabilities Continue to Grow

    12/05/2014 1:06:54 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/2/2014 | Tom Gantert
    While some of its dues-paying members are taking pay freezes, top executives of the Michigan Education Association took salary raises ranging from $13,591 to as high as $48,385 in 2014, according to the financial reports the union recently filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Rick Trainor, the MEA’s secretary-treasurer, had the biggest increase. His salary jumped 44 percent from $109,911 to $158,296. Nancy Strachan, the MEA vice president, saw her salary increase 16 percent from $124,603 to $144,700. Steve Cook, the union's president, had his salary increase 11 percent from $182,698 to $203,144. Gretchen Dziadosz, the MEA’s executive director,...
  • The coming right-to-work fight in Wisconsin

    12/05/2014 5:26:54 AM PST · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 05 dec 2014 | David D. Haynes
    Is Wisconsin better off with weaker unions? Some conservatives think so. Legislators will consider the question when right-to-work legislation is introduced early next year. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said members in his house would begin debate within weeks. But I think Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican leadership should tread carefully. There is scant evidence that right-to-work laws boost job creation; there is evidence that weaker unions hurt working people. And there is no doubt whatsoever that a fight over right to work in Wisconsin will be bloody. Remember Act 10? Under right-to-work laws, workers in unionized shops...
  • EPA staffers linked to 'alleged serious misconduct,' agency reveals

    12/01/2014 2:13:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 1, 2014 | George Russell
    EXCLUSIVE: Eight Environmental Protection Agency employees who racked up a total of more than ten years’ worth of paid “administrative leave” between 2011 and 2014 -- valued at more than $1,096,000 -- apparently did so because they were involved in “cases of alleged serious misconduct,” Fox News has learned. In a memorandum sent from EPA’s acting assistant administrator, Nanci E. Gelb, to EPA’s inspector general, Arthur Elkins -- a draft also was given to Fox News -- the agency has revealed that at least three of the affected employees have now left EPA. All of the eight “were or are...
  • Union, Prosecutor Team to Push Papa John’s to Pay More

    12/01/2014 6:29:47 AM PST · by massmike · 27 replies
    http://dailysignal.com/ ^ | 12/01/2014 | Kevin Mooney
    A union operative generously praised New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman when he announced he was taking a Papa John’s pizza franchisee to court on behalf of workers who claim they were underpaid. The state attorney general, like the unions, called it “wage theft.” The thing is, the union official knew about the government’s lawsuit before the pizza franchise did. “Fast-food workers all across the city and country are organizing for higher pay and union rights,” said Kendall Fells, organizing director for Fast Food Forward, a group dedicated to increasing wages and benefits for fast-food workers. Fells added: "This suit...
  • Leftist organizers are using Ferguson to rehearse the Big Ugly

    12/01/2014 2:07:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2014 | Lee Cary
    Multiple far-left groups are using Ferguson as a pretext to rehearse widespread civil disobedience when the Welfare State taps the brakes. The scaling down of the Welfare State in America is not a question of “if,” but “when.” The status quo is unsustainable. “Unsustainable” is one of those Washington D.C. words with a history of meaning little -- like Foggy Bottom’s use of “unacceptable.” But unlike unacceptable, unsustainable, when applied to the Welfare State, is a derivative of mathematics -- a major determinant of the wealth of nations. The American Welfare State is unsustainable -- destined for significant downsizing by...
  • Now Teachers Union Outlaws Coca-Cola From Its Events

    11/30/2014 3:06:33 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2014 | Eric Owens
    After wasting millions of dollars on losing Democratic candidates in this month’s midterm elections, the American Federation of Teachers has completely gone off the deep end and banned Coca-Cola and Coke products from its events and facilities. The teachers union — America’s second largest — based its prohibition on America’s best product and, certainly, its best export, on allegations of human rights violations that were described in a trio of books published several years ago... Larry Sand, president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network, a group that frequently stands athwart teachers unions, spells out the motivation more clearly: ”Obviously, they...
  • Who Boycotts Wal-Mart? Social-justice warriors too enlightened to let their poor neighbors..

    11/30/2014 8:40:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Columbia County, Ark. — There’s no sign of it here in Magnolia, Ark., but the boycott season is upon us, and graduates of Princeton and Bryn Mawr are demanding “justice” from Wal-Mart, which is not in the justice business but in the groceries, clothes, and car-batteries business. It is easy to scoff, but I am ready to start taking the social-justice warriors’ insipid rhetoric seriously — as soon as two things happen: First, I want to hear from the Wal-Mart-protesting riffraff a definition of “justice” that is something that does not boil down to “I Get What I Want, Irrespective...
  • AFL-CIO Supports Black Friday Strikes Against Walmart

    11/28/2014 2:44:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | November 28, 2014 | Doreen McCallister
    The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Bargain hunters heading to Walmart, in addition to looking for holiday deals, may find workers participating in Black Friday Strikes.Since 2012, Our Walmart, which is an employee labor group, has been staging strikes on the day after Thanksgiving.
  • Walmart Black Friday Protests Hit Major Cities With Calls For '$15 And Full Time'

    11/28/2014 2:16:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 28, 2014 | Dave Jamieson
    WASHINGTON -- Dirk Rasmussen had Friday off and could have slept in if he wanted to. Instead, the Maryland resident and Teamster rose early and drove to downtown Washington, eager to join a post-Thanksgiving protest against Walmart. "Our local [union] president encouraged us to take part," said Rasmussen, 58, who works in a lumber and building-supply warehouse. "I raised eight children on a Teamsters benefit package and Teamsters wage. I'm a firm believer in collective bargaining, and I'm very concerned about the security of this next generation." Black Friday may be most famous for doorbuster shopping deals, but among progressives...
  • Trumka on Ferguson: We Cannot Deny the Perception That the System Is Not Yet Color Blind

    11/25/2014 6:37:53 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/24/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the grand jury decision in the shooting case of Michael Brown:The reactions to today’s grand jury decision in the case of the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown reflect a deeper feeling that our justice system is biased against communities of color. While we can all agree that justice must take its course, we cannot deny or marginalize the perception that the system itself is not yet color blind. As a labor movement, we have begun working with local community organizations to address issues of racial and economic inequality...
  • Labor unions celebrate judge's ruling against Illinois pension law

    11/21/2014 4:07:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    WBEZ ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tony Arnold
    An Illinois judge has ruled unconstitutional a controversial plan to reduce state employees’ retirement benefits. Labor groups sued the State of Illinois for passing a bill reducing their members’ pension benefits. The unions representing downstate and suburban teachers, university employees and most other state workers argued the state constitution says, specifically, that retirement benefits can’t be diminished. On Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz agreed.Belz quoted directly from the state constitution in his six-page decision, citing the passage that states retirement benefits “shall not be diminished or repaired.” He singled out components of the bill that narrowly passed...
  • Is VW the First Model for 21st Century Unionism?

    11/21/2014 8:21:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/19/2014 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    On Tuesday, the human resources department at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., released a new policy allowing for voluntary recognition of multiple unions at their plant. The company said it would recognize any union that can show it represents at least 15 percent of the employees in the plant. As detailed below, the company will bestow greater privileges upon organizations that prove they represent more workers. These include use of company facilities and meetings with VW’s human resources department and executive committee. On Monday, USA Today reported that UAW hailed the policy “as a vehicle to soon gain representation...
  • Obama huddles with civil rights leaders

    11/20/2014 6:48:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    thehill.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama met with more than a dozen prominent civil and immigration rights activists Thursday ahead of his speech debuting a series of new steps that will extend deportation relief and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants. Attendees at the meeting included AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, NAACP president Cornell Brooks and Al Sharpton. The MSNBC host has come under fire in recent days after The New York Times reported he and his companies were at one point subject to $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens. Also in attendance was Janet Murguía, the head of...
  • Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Immigration Accountability Executive Action

    11/20/2014 3:52:12 PM PST · by mdittmar · 31 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | November 20, 2014 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    Today is an important step toward rational and humane enforcement of immigration law. On behalf of America’s workers, we applaud the Administration’s willingness to act.  We have been calling upon the White House to halt unnecessary deportations since Spring 2013 because our broken immigration system is an invitation for employer manipulation and abuse, and U.S.-born workers as well as immigrant workers are paying the price. By extending relief and work authorization to an estimated 4 million people, the Obama Administration will help prevent unscrupulous employers from using unprotected workers to drive down wages and conditions for all workers in our country. ...
  • Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Better Pension Funding

    11/20/2014 12:19:41 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/19/2014 | James Hohman
    Detroit bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes called on the state to address the underfunding of local government pension benefits in his oral opinion. He stated that the state has a “constitutional, legal and moral obligation to assure that the municipalities in this state adequately fund their pension obligation.” A government’s own employees should not be its largest creditors, nor should retirement benefits they have earned be placed at risk, as happened in Detroit. There are a number of current bills that would help local governments avoid underfunding, and the Legislature should consider passing them. When an employee earns pension benefits, the...
  • Facebook shuttle drivers vote to unionize

    11/20/2014 5:21:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/20/14 | Kristen V Brown
    The bus drivers who cart Facebook employees to and from Silicon Valley voted on Wednesday to unionize, a move expected to kick off wider efforts to organize the men and women at other companies responsible for getting the tech industry to work. Drivers for Loop Transportation, a company contracted by Facebook, voted 43-28 to form a union, with 11 drivers who did not cast ballots. The drivers voted at secret ballot stations set up in the small, 10-bed trailer at a San Carlos Loop bus lot used as a rest area by dozens of Facebook drivers.
  • AFL-CIO forwards e-mail about Obama immigration plans to reporters by mistake

    11/19/2014 5:20:22 PM PST · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/19/2014 | Colby Itkowitz
    File this under always double-check before hitting send.As reporters fell over themselves Wednesday morning to confirm the breaking news that President Obama had plans to announce his immigration executive order Thursday and expand upon it  Friday, some received an e-mail confirmation by mistake.AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Hauser inadvertently forwarded an e-mail intended for immigration activists to a long list of national reporters, including several at The Washington Post.
  • Obama to detail immigration order Thursday night

    11/19/2014 9:00:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama is expected to announce his executive order to grant legal status for millions of illegal immigrants in an address Thursday night, according to sources close to the administration. Mr. Obama will give a broad outline of his action Thursday and follow it up with a trip Friday to Las Vegas to provide more details. The White House would not confirm the report Wednesday morning, nor have Mr. Obama’s aides announced any travel plans for later this week. But a spokesman for the AFL-CIO inadvertently disclosed the tentative plans in an email Wednesday. “We hear there will be a...
  • American public schools chew up teachers and spit them out

    11/17/2014 6:07:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [a/k/a: "The War on Teachers"] The stats leave no doubt. There is huge dissatisfaction among teachers. The turnover rate is very high. We need to answer the obvious question, why don’t principals and administrators take better care of their teachers? The most recent MetLife Survey revealed: “Teacher Dissatisfaction At An All-Time High.” The NEA Today website continues: “Teacher job satisfaction has plummeted to its lowest level in 25 years, from 62 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2012 –- a total of 23 points…More than one-half of teachers report feeling under great stress several days per week, as opposed...
  • Appeal threatens Stockton bankruptcy ruling on pensions

    11/14/2014 1:43:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 26 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Nov 14th, 2014 | By Dale Kasler
    Taking aim again at government pensions, an angry creditor in Stockton’s bankruptcy case is appealing a pivotal court ruling that preserved the city’s retirement plans. Franklin Templeton Investments filed a notice of appeal this week, challenging the Oct. 30 decision that approved Stockton’s reorganization plan. The plan keeps the pensions fully funded but pays Franklin, which loaned the city $36 million during better economic times, just 12 cents on the dollar. The case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Sacramento has been a major legal test of the sanctity of public pensions in California. City officials and CalPERS, which runs the...
  • Incoming Senate Panel Chairman Wants to Cut Your Pay, Pension

    11/14/2014 5:09:18 PM PST · by mdittmar · 107 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | November 14, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    The incoming chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been outspoken about his plans to cut federal employees’ pay and pensions. Besides his previous proposal, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin spoke with the Washington Post this week and discussed what he wants to do when he takes over the committee in January. On his chopping block are federal employees’ pay, health insurance, pensions, and the right to join a union.“I think it’s unrealistic for public-service employees to believe they are immune from modifications to their pay and benefit packages,” said Sen. Johnson, who was elected to...
  • Unfunded Government Pension Liabilities Reach $4.7 Trillion

    11/14/2014 1:39:42 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-14-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    As newly elected state legislators across the country consider what issues to address, they are likely to encounter the growing storm cloud of unfunded pension liabilities. According to Promises Made, Promises Broken 2014, a new report from the non-partisan government watchdog group State Budget Solutions, unfunded public pension liabilities in the states now total $4.7 trillion. For years many state governments have been over-promising pension benefits and using accounting gimmicks to hide the true cost of a state pension funds’ actual unfunded liability. Many state governments still utilize a defined-benefit pension system, where retired state employees are paid out a...
  • In Great Lakes States, Union Retribution Fizzles

    11/14/2014 7:55:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In December of 2012, in the aftermath of Michigan’s Republican Legislature passing a right-to-work law, thousands of union members from around the state participated in a teleconference where their leaders promised “retribution” against the GOP. One union member wondered if Democrats took control of the Legislature, “Could we shove it right down their throats?” Al Garrett, president of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, shot back: “If we were to change the composition of both houses, where we were the majority and had the governor, no question we would be able to get rid of it right away. … In November of...
  • Trumka: Labor Prepared to Combat Assaults on Workers' Rights

    11/13/2014 4:32:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/13/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    While conservative legislators across the country are gearing up to propose extreme legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement that working families and the labor union are prepared to fight back and make sure that harmful and unpopular policies don't pass. He said the labor federation would continue to focus on the agenda that working families want, one of raising wages and creating an economy that works for all Americans.Trumka's full statement:In the wake of last Tuesday’s elections, many state and local politicians have already begun to signal their intent to wage assaults on working people in their states....
  • Making Michigan Right-to-Work: Encouraging School Districts to Follow the Law

    11/13/2014 12:53:22 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/12/2014 | Audrey Spalding
    When Michigan’s right-to-work law was passed in December 2012, many hoped the law would encourage union responsibility. Under the statute, local unions would no longer be able to take their members’ dues for granted, and would instead have to prove their worth to members. Unfortunately, instead of responding with a positive campaign to retain member teachers, school district unions have worked in conjunction with the Michigan Education Association to avoid and circumvent the law. Many times, teachers suffer as a result. For example, Wyoming teachers lost as much as $12,700 in salary and concessions when their local union chose to...
  • Shipping lines, union blame each other for West Coast port backups

    11/11/2014 7:09:48 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    KFGO 790 AM ^ | 11-11-2014 | Steve Gorman
    Tension over prolonged labor talks between maritime shippers and the union representing 20,000 West Coast dockworkers has erupted in public as the two sides blamed each other for escalating cargo congestion at the two busiest U.S. container ports. As of Tuesday, 14 freighters were anchored waiting for space to enter the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where container cargo traffic has been backing up for about a month, delaying deliveries of last-minute holiday merchandise, port and retail officials said. Management has accused the union of orchestrating work slowdowns by its members, first at ports in the Pacific...
  • Union Chief: Republicans Are ‘Bullying’ President About Amnesty Executive Order

    11/11/2014 10:15:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 11, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Video at link: Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union, spoke at a press conference on Nov. 6, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., urging President Barack Obama to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The chief of an international labor union said on Thursday that the Republicans are “bullying” President Barack Obama about taking executive action that would grant amnesty to millions of people who are in the country illegally. “Republican leaders are already playing politics by trying to stop the president from...
  • Teachers Unions Flunked Their Midterms (Lying Liars)

    11/10/2014 4:35:14 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/06/2014 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Teachers unions took a drubbing on Tuesday after spending more than $100 million to try to elect their allies and steamroll education reformers. Like good Democratic team members, now the unions are blaming President Obama for their sweeping losses while taking credit for their few slim, hard-fought wins. --SNIP-- Teachers unions this election provided an object lesson in how to lie with statistics by lambasting school reformers across the country for “cutting” education spending.
  • Right-to-Work Will Continue to Benefit Indiana’s Economy

    11/10/2014 9:18:20 AM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-10-14 | Cara Sullivan
    Last Thursday, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the state’s right-to-work law. The constitutionality of the law, which allows employees to choose whether or not to financially support a union, was challenged by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers AFL-CIO. The appellees claim the law is unconstitutional under the Indiana Constitution because it demands particular services from the union without compensation. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled 5-0 that Indiana’s right-to-work law does not violate the state constitution. The ruling is a victory for workers across Indiana because it will preserve their right to choose whether...
  • No plan B for Pueblo police, fire unions after tax fails ( Colorado )

    11/10/2014 6:49:06 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    KRDO ^ | Nov 09, 2014 | Michelle San Miguel
    Voters reject half-cent sales tax by 74 percent. Pueblo police and fire union members don't plan to lobby city council for more money in lieu of a public safety tax failing.
  • Union Members Used School Email to Promote School Board Candidates

    11/07/2014 8:15:38 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/4/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The superintendent of Livonia Public Schools said it was a mistake that an email signed by district employees supporting four school board candidates was sent to district employees at their work email addresses. Two district employees who are officials in the Livonia Education Association union local signed the email. “It was sent by a staff member of the local EA (education association) who inadvertently sent it to the wrong email list,” Superintendent Randy Liepa told Capitol Confidential. “It was done in error. They did let us know immediately about the error and apologized.” He did not say if any action...
  • Scott Walker Embarrasses Labor Unions…Again

    11/07/2014 2:57:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Politically, are labor unions finished? It appears that might be the case. Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker once again humiliated organized labor with his comfortable re-election last Tuesday. While polls showed a close race, Walker beat his Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, by a 6-point margin 52/46. Labor unions had put Walker in the cross hairs ever since his 2010 gubernatorial victory, failed to oust him in the 2012 recall (Walker received more votes in this election than in the 2010 race), and came up short again in this contest. Walker is now a definite 2016 contender, with a reputation...
  • Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks for AFL-CIO/AFT Career and Technical Education Summit

    11/07/2014 1:34:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/07/2014 | Mike Hall
    Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at next week’s AFL-CIO/AFT Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development.    The Nov. 13 event at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., will focus on the importance of career and technical education (CTE) in preparing K–12 students for both college and career pathways. It also will examine the role of unions as collaborating partners with business, policy makers and local communities to create opportunities that prepare workers for good jobs, raise wages and spur economic development and community revitalization.Scheduled speakers include AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Snap-On Tools Chairman and CEO...
  • Trumka Calls on Obama to Take Executive Action on Immigration

    11/06/2014 1:34:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 43 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/06/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    Wasting no time after the midterm elections, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka immediately stepped back into the policy arena, calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action on immigration. Executive action is particularly important now that a historically obstructionist Congress is likely to be followed by one that takes even less action on issues important to working families.Trumka's statement:The President needs to take executive action to support immigrant rights. But he also needs to take action on immigration to ensure the rights of all of us.You see, in our country today, nearly 12 million people, and 8 million workers, are...
  • Reformers win: Public unions humiliated

    11/06/2014 12:56:19 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 6, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Public employee unions put everything they had in trying to defeat Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. The incumbent cruised to victory. National unions spent tens of millions of dollars to defeat reform governors Walker, Kasich in Ohio, and Scott in Florida, and to re-elect Quinn in Illinois. All for naught.
  • Agent: Postal worker who dumped GOP mailers not politically motivated, just lazy

    11/03/2014 12:34:13 PM PST · by bigbob · 60 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 11-3-14 | M.D. Kittle
    The Neenah mail carrier who dumped hundreds of GOP political mailers in an apartment complex Dumpster wasn’t politically motivated; the postal worker just didn’t feel like delivering the stacks of campaign advertisements, according to preliminary findings from the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. “Based upon our investigation, this was nothing done toward a specific candidate or party. It looks like it was a decision made by the carrier, and it was not a good decision,” to not deliver the campaign advertisements, Robert Rukes, special agent with the inspector general’s office in Chicago, told Wisconsin Reporter Monday. “A...
  • Tenure on Life Support

    11/03/2014 8:04:17 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 31, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When a California judge threw out the state’s teacher tenure laws, he sent shock waves throughout the K-12 educational establishment nationwide and gave hope to American parents from coast to coast. “On a warm day in early June, a Los Angeles County trial-court judge, Rolf M. Treu, pink-cheeked beneath a trim white beard, dropped a bombshell on the American public-school system,” Haley Sweetland Edwards reported in Time magazine on November 3, 2014. “Ruling in Vergara v. California, Treu struck down five decades-old California laws governing teacher tenure and other job protections on the grounds that they violate the state’s constitution.”...
  • SEIU, Fresno County’s largest employee union, rejects 5% raise

    10/31/2014 4:10:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | October 30, 2014 | BY MARC BENJAMIN
    A raise negotiated by Fresno County supervisors for its largest union was rejected after voting came to a close Thursday afternoon. The vote was an “overwhelming no,” said Riley Talford, a senior shop steward for SEIU’s supervisory employees. He did not disclose the final results. He said the vote showed that the county has to do “a better job and show respect to the employees who are serving this county.”