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  • Trump Support In This Dem Stronghold Should Have Hillary Quaking

    09/28/2016 3:11:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | September 28, 2016 | Joe Saunders
    Hillary's party of parasites has a lot to worry about. This is a war Democrats really fear losing. Next to the near-monolithic support of black voters, Democrats have been relying on the muscle and money of organized labor to pull out election victories for decades. But something different is happening this year. The Washington Examiner reports that the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president has spurred a sharp round of internal politicking within the AFL-CIO to herd its members into line to pull the lever for Democrat Hillary Clinton come November. In June, the organization conducted...
  • EPA Opposes U.P. Road, But Senator Suggests New Mine Its Real Target

    09/28/2016 6:52:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/23/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A Michigan state senator from the Upper Peninsula says the federal Environmental Protection Agency has done everything in its power to indirectly shut down a mine near Marquette. The issue is back in the news because a limited-government legal foundation announced last month it will represent the Marquette County Road Commission in a federal lawsuit against the EPA. The agency has blocked a plan to build a shortcut road to the Eagle Mine in the western Upper Peninsula. In a phone interview with Michigan Capitol Confidential this week, Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, suggested that the EPA’s real target in the...
  • HILLARY SHOULD BE 50 POINTS BEHIND

    09/24/2016 8:58:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 0924/16 | Jeff Couere
    With her unpopular positions and repulsive mindset, the real question is why isn’t Hillary Clinton 50 points behind in this election? In a bizarre video message this week to the Laborers International Union of North America, Hillary Clinton asked, “Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?” She seemed concerned that her opponent, Donald Trump, had closed the gap in the polls. Clinton claimed that Trump was staunchly opposed to labor unions, but she had a long history of support. She also noted her strong opposition to Right to Work laws. According to Clinton, “Right to Work is wrong for workers and...
  • Clinton asks why she isn’t beating Trump by 50 points

    09/21/2016 4:40:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | September 21, 2016 | John Wagner
    ORLANDO — Hillary Clinton gave voice Wednesday to a question on the minds of many of her fiercest advocates in her race against the controversy-prone Donald Trump: Why isn’t she way, way ahead? The Democratic nominee raised the issue here during an address via video conference to a gathering in Las Vegas of the Labor International Union of North America. The former secretary of state ticked off her pro-union positions, including investing in infrastructure, raising the minimum wage and supporting collective bargaining. “Having said all this, ‘Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?’ you might ask?” Clinton said. “Well, the choice...
  • ‘Worker's Choice’ or ‘Free Riders’? Union Reform Bill Opts for Former

    09/19/2016 12:46:27 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/18/2016 | Tom Gantert
    When teacher Stephen Hall leaves his union in 2018, he hopes that House Bill 5829, the “Worker’s Choice” bill, will be law and that he, not his union, can represent himself in work-related issues. “I believe if people are going to leave the union, they need to accept the responsibility of not receiving union services. That’s only fair. If you leave the union, you don’t get that service anymore,” said Hall. Michigan became a right-to-work state in 2013. While that act gave workers the choice not to belong to a union and pay dues, it did not give them freedom...
  • Philadelphia police union endorses Donald Trump for president

    09/18/2016 11:14:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Philly Voice ^ | September 18, 2016 | Michael Tanenbaum
    The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police announced Sunday night that it is officially endorsing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 election. In an email, FOP Lodge #5 President John McNesby confirmed to PhillyVoice that the union is bound by the national Fraternal Order of Police, which endorsed Trump last Friday and released the following statement. "[Trump] has seriously looked at the issues facing law enforcement today," said Chuck Canterbury, the FOP's national president. "He understands and supports our priorities and our members believe he will make America safe again." The announcement from Philadelphia's police union comes nearly two...
  • How pension deal went wrong & cost California taxpayers billions [OPPS Dems Off by 1/4 TRILLION $$ ]

    09/18/2016 4:12:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept 18,2016 | Jack Dolan
    It was a deal that wasn’t supposed to cost taxpayers an extra dime. Now the state’s annual tab is in the billions, and the cost keeps climbing. ith the stroke of a pen, California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation that gave prison guards, park rangers, Cal State professors and other state employees the kind of retirement security normally reserved for the wealthy. More than 200,000 civil servants became eligible to retire at 55 — and in many cases collect more than half their highest salary for life. California Highway Patrol officers could retire at 50 and receive as much as...
  • Union “Rank-in- File” Prefer Donald Trump as US President

    09/18/2016 3:42:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Live Trading News ^ | September 18, 2016 | Paul Ebeling
    <p>America’s union leaders are not expending a lot of energy trying to win back members drawn to Donald Trump’s populist, anti-trade message.</p> <p>Donald Trump is wooing working-class voters by promising to renegotiate trade deals and bring back lost manufacturing jobs, some unions are re-calibrating their usual election-year outreach to members on behalf of Hillary Clinton to account for his appeal.</p>
  • Police Union Endorses Trump [semi-satire]

    09/18/2016 11:39:35 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    Following a meeting of the group's national board where two-thirds voted to support GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, the largest police union—Fraternal Order of Police—announced its endorsement. Chuck Canterbury, the FOP's national president, called the choice "an easy decision. The contrast between the candidates is as stark as any we've ever seen. Trump is for law and order. He supports civilized behavior and public safety. Mrs. Clinton appears to have sided with the enemies of these values." In contrast to Trump's avid courting of the police union, Hillary Clinton disdained "to stoop so low as to try to curry favor...
  • "Well, That's Never Happened Before" (U.S. Auto Loans down, Sales Down, Inventory Up)

    09/17/2016 4:41:20 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | September 17, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In the history of data from The Fed, this has never happened before... Aggregate Auto Loan volume actually fell last week... And less loans means one simple thing... less sales (because prices have never been higher and no one is paying cash)... Which is a major problem since motor vehicle production continues to rise as management is blindly belieiving the Hillbama narrative that everything is (and will be) awesome. The problem is... inventories are already at near record highs relative to sales (which are anything but plateauing)... In fact, the last time inventories were this high relative to sales, GM...
  • Clinton Action Demonstrates Support for Coal Miners

    09/17/2016 11:19:33 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 68 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | September 8, 2016 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    America’s coal miners have sacrificed much for our nation, and we have an obligation to support them and their families. Unlike Donald Trump who says he’s with us but has nothing to show beyond the bluster, Hillary Clinton has our back. She proved it with a detailed $30 billion plan to revitalize coal communities, while Donald Trump says ‘trust me.’ She is proving it again today with her support of the Miners Protection Act. From the bargaining table to the ballot box, working people know who stands with us, not by words, but action.
  • This is How You’ll Bail out Municipal Pension Funds: Check the bills in your mailbox. [Chicago]

    09/17/2016 10:35:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 47 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 15 September 2016 | Wolf Richter
    It has gotten so bad that the phrase “Pension Crisis” made it into Wikipedia. It’s the perplexing reality that municipal, state, federal, and corporate pensions in the US and similar schemes around the world are so badly underfunded that it will be impossible to fulfill the promises by a wide margin. By many trillions of dollars. With state and municipal pension funds in the US, the situation is particularly tricky because the beneficiaries are voters and employees of the government, and politicians of all stripes bought their votes with promises of low contributions and rising benefits. They got away with...
  • Donald Trump nets endorsement from largest police union in the country

    09/16/2016 10:59:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept. 16, 2016 | Kurtis Lee
    Donald Trump, who has called himself the "law-and-order" candidate, secured the endorsement Friday of the National Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police union. "He understands and supports our priorities and our members believe he will make America safe again," wrote Chuck Canterbury, president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, in the union's endorsement letter.
  • Union Membership in Michigan Down 38 Percent in 32 Years

    09/09/2016 6:03:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/7/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The proportion of Michigan workers who belong to a union has plummeted 38 percent over the past 32 years. Just over 1 million Michigan workers belonged to a union in 1983. That number had fallen to 621,952 in 2015, according to the website Unionstats.com, which compiles data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That data includes private and public sector workers. The number of union members in this state has dropped despite an increase in the number of people who are working. The decline started long before Michigan's right-to-work law went into effect in 2013. In 1983, 3.3 million...
  • Business group sues OSHA over 'union walk around rule'

    09/08/2016 1:23:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 8, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is suing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over its so-called union walk around rule. The lawsuit, which the Pacific Legal Foundation filed on behalf of the small business advocacy group, charges that OSHA’s rule illegally foists union activists onto non-unionized businesses. Attorneys with the legal foundation say OSHA has for decades allowed an employee representative to accompany an OSHA investigator on a workplace inspection, so long as the representative is in fact an employee. But in 2013, the agency issued a memo that said an employee representative could be someone who...
  • Companies Finally Start Fighting Back Against Organized Shakedowns

    09/08/2016 3:54:28 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 8 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | September 8, 2016 | Editorial
    Justice: Three recent court victories got little in the way of headlines, but should be required reading for every corporate executive in the country. In each, companies refused to do what so many have done before -- tuck their tails in and settle out of court. Exhibit A is a case involving Texas-based Professional Janitorial Service and its yearslong battle with the Service Employees International Union. As it has done countless times before, the SEIU targeted the company with a vicious, all out "corporate campaign," designed to ruin the company's reputation and starve it of business, until it submitted to...
  • How construction unions helped kill Gov. Brown's plan to fight the housing crisis

    09/06/2016 10:10:05 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    It was the boldest California housing policy proposal in years: Allow any residential project that complies with local zoning and sets aside as few as five percent of its units as affordable to be built “as of right,” removing review from local municipalities. The idea was to fast-track approvals and reduce the cost of building as the state struggles with a crushing housing crisis. But after three months of debate and widespread opposition, the proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown, meant to boost the state’s housing production in the face of record-high housing prices, appears to be dead. … Dozens of...
  • Bernie Sanders returns to the campaign trail in New Hampshire

    09/05/2016 10:09:15 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/5/2016 | David Weigel
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Bernie Sanders returned to the campaign trail on Monday and received the warmest welcome possible — a Labor Day breakfast, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, in the state that gave him one of his biggest primary wins. His mission: to help elect the Democrat who had run against him. "We are not talking about personalities," said Sanders, explaining why he'd endorsed Hillary Clinton and would be stumping against Donald Trump. "We are talking about which candidate will better represent the needs of the American people." Monday's speech was Sanders's first outside Vermont since the launch of his new...
  • Obama administration proposes rules for how school districts spend money meant for poor kids

    09/01/2016 8:12:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 31, 2016 | Emma Brown
    The Obama administration released draft rules Wednesday that would govern how school districts allocate billions of Title I dollars meant to educate poor children, one of Capitol Hill’s most hotly contested education issues since Congress passed a new federal education law late last year. The debate has pitted the Education Department and its allies in the civil rights movement, who say they are trying to ensure that children in high-poverty schools get the federal aid they are due, against a wide range of opponents — including Republicans, teachers unions and district and state education leaders — who have accused the...
  • It’s Time to Turn Out the Lights in Illinois

    08/31/2016 3:37:38 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 34 replies
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com ^ | 31 Aug 2016 | Martin Armstrong
    The roads in Illinois are in decay. This may be the first state to go bankrupt. The question is not if, but when. State unions are so greedy that they are destroying the very state. This is exactly how Rome fell — government employees against the people. Seven states have constitutional provisions that state employee pensions must come BEFORE everything, including debt payments. Since the legislature in New Jersey was Democrat, they fought Governor Christie on pension reform. Their solution? On the ballot in November, there will be a provision to amend the state Constitution to put employee pensions before...
  • Welcome To The Third World, Part 18: Pensions Overwhelm Public Services

    08/29/2016 2:48:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Dollar Collapse ^ | 26 August 2016
    Citizens of the developed world are watching Venezuela’s descent into financial and political chaos mostly, it seems, with amused detachment, safe in the assumption that we’ll never end up hunting our cats and dogs for food. But – since Europe, Japan and the US are making essentially the same mistakes as Venezuela’s past and present governments – we might want to question that certainty. Consider what’s happening in the third biggest US city: Chicago’s detective force dwindles as murder rate soars [see excerpt at source] Why should a city as apparently affluent as Chicago have such a nightmarish crime situation?...
  • Michigan Teacher Pay the Highest in the Nation When Adjusted for Cost of Living

    08/29/2016 5:59:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/25/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A recent study by an Oklahoma think tank found that teachers’ salaries in Michigan are the highest in the nation when adjusted for the lower cost of living here. When salaries are adjusted to reflect the difference between prices here and the national average, Michigan teachers on average earned the equivalent of $69,888 in the 2015-16 school year. The study was authored by Byron Schlomach of the Oklahoma-based 1889 Institute, a free-market think tank. Schlomach said in an email he used salary data from a National Education Association survey. Michigan’s average teacher salary when unadjusted is $63,878, ranking 10th nationally....
  • Teamsters Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

    08/26/2016 6:52:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Teamsters Website ^ | August 26, 2016
    Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. The Teamsters General Executive Board unanimously voted to endorse the former senator and secretary of state. “We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States,” said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa. “She is the right candidate for the middle class and working men and women across the country. She will stand strong for the workers of America by fighting to reject job-killing trade deals, enforcing labor laws and working to provide retirement security for millions of people who have sacrificed so...
  • Big Labor Tries To Eliminate Right-To-Work By Lawsuit

    08/26/2016 6:41:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 25, 2016 | George Leef
    If the judge is on your side, you can win a case despite pathetic arguments. So if the cost of losing is near zero and the possible gain from winning is huge, why not launch a suit and see what happens? That’s the thinking behind a case challenging Idaho’s Right to Work (RTW) statute on the grounds that the state is taking property that belongs to labor unions when it allows workers to keep their jobs even if they don’t pay the dues demanded by the union. The theory of the suit is that Idaho’s law (and, logically, all other...
  • Trumka: Working People Will Tell Donald Trump, 'You're Fired!'

    08/25/2016 3:59:15 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 8/25/2016 | Kenneth Quinnell
    Listen, nobody needs to tell working people in this state about the union advantage. Collective bargaining transformed Las Vegas, and lifted up the entire entertainment industry. Across Nevada, each and every one of you continues to show us how unionism works. You do it in the building trades. You do it in our schools, hospitals, grocery stores, factories and too many places to name.When we stand together, wages go up. Consumers have more money to spend. Employers feel competitive pressure to do better for their workers. That’s the strength of collective bargaining and collective action. We have the power to...
  • PHOTO: Were Government Employees Attending Hillary's Reno Speech on Taxpayer's Dime?

    08/25/2016 1:57:38 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies
    Self | August 25, 2016 | PJ-Comix
    Take a good look at the photo below of the audience at Hillary's Reno speech today. What is interesting, besides the SMALL size of the audience, is that a whole bunch of them are wearing AFGE shirts. That stands for American Federation of GOVERNMENT Employees. That's right, they work for the government. So the obvious question, since the speech was in the middle of the day, Reno time, is were those employees being paid while attending her speech? IOW, were they watching her speech on the taxpayer's dime?
  • Graduate Students Clear Hurdle in Effort to Form Union

    08/23/2016 12:46:26 PM PDT · by oblomov · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | 23 Aug 2016 | NOAM SCHEIBER
    Students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities will be allowed to vote to unionize under a ruling Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board that found that they are employees under federal labor law. The case arose from a union election petition filed by a group of primarily graduate students at Columbia University, who are seeking to form a union that will join the United Automobile Workers. The three Democratic members of the board made up the majority; the lone Republican member dissented. A fifth spot on the board has been vacant since last year. The...
  • Firefighters Union Abandons Hillary Clinton – Refuses Endorsement

    08/17/2016 7:32:04 AM PDT · by GilGil · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/17/2016 | Jim hoft
    The International Association of Fire Fighters, a politically powerful labor union, has abandoned its initial plans to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton for U.S. president, the New York Times reported on Friday. Citing union sources, the Times said the Clinton campaign was told on Monday by IAFF President Harold Schaitberger that there was not enough support on the union’s board or its rank-and-file members for an endorsement of the Democratic front-runner.
  • Kanawha Circuit Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction on Right To Work

    08/11/2016 8:24:56 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 29 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | August 10, 2016 | Matt Maccaro
    Link only due to uncertainty of copyright rules with WV Metro News.
  • Fed and State Raid on Union IBEW & Hillary Campaign Office

    08/07/2016 5:18:14 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/06/16 | George Spencer
    Keep an eye on this one.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdYAcsj5Lw0    
  • In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel finds a typically Democratic solution to his pension fund problems

    08/07/2016 4:44:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 7, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    With all the trouble that Rahm Emanuel has been having in Chicago lately, specifically with unrest surrounding his police department and other scandals, it’s easy to forget that he’s dealing with another serious problem: his city is nearly bankrupt. As with so many other large, Democrat run municipalities, the chief culprit here is the massively underfunded pension system for municipal workers. Their unions negotiated some real sweetheart deals for them over the years, but the costs were completely unsustainable. When the city began to go broke, no real compromise was ever offered by the unions so Rahm is left to...
  • FBI Raids Labor Leader’s Home, IBEW Union Hall, Councilman’s Office (Hillary office Raided!)

    08/06/2016 11:45:05 PM PDT · by proust · 86 replies
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) ^ | 8/5/2016 | PHILADELPHIA (CBS)
    The FBI carried out investigations Friday, spanning across several locations throughout Philadelphia. FBI agents seized dozens of cartons of files and computers at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 at 18th and Spring Garden Streets.
  • WARRANTS SERVED IN PHILLY, N.J. INVOLVE UNION BOSS, COUNCILMAN

    08/06/2016 8:52:28 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    6ABC.com ^ | 08/06/2016 | WPVI
    The FBI and other law enforcement officers fanned out across the region on Friday, executing a number of search warrants involving a local union boss and a Philadelphia city councilman. Agents were searching the home of Johnny "Doc" Dougherty, a bar called Doc's Union Pub, the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 and Councilman Bobby Henon's offices. Just recently, Action News has learned Local 98 dropped upward of $80,000 on lavish parties and events for honchos and lobbyists at the Democratic National Convention.
  • FBI searches target electricians union, Johnny Doc, Councilman Bobby Henon

    08/05/2016 6:26:11 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    philly.com ^ | 5 Aug 2016 | DAVID SWANSON
    Since 2000, the union funneled about $30 million into political races... The union has a membership of 4,652, and assets of $37 million, records show.... A government filing shows that in 2015 Dougherty received $406,532 from the union, including $226,754 as salary...
  • Who Will Bail Out Insolvent Union Pension Funds?

    08/05/2016 6:19:53 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 5, 2016 | George Leef
    Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be the next president, but one of the bills he has sponsored, the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA)could become law during the next president’s term. That ought to worry anyone who knows that the collectivistic instincts of Bernie Sanders mean spreading the costs of bad policies to the entire population. Here’s the background. The Central States Pension Fund (CSPF) of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has a troubled history going back to its founding in 1955 by long-time Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. (Carl Horowitz of the Organized Labor Accountability Project looks into that history...
  • Union got Trump Taj Mahal casino workers to kill own jobs: Icahn

    08/05/2016 10:20:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug. 5, 2016 | Tribune news services
    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wrote a letter Thursday to the soon-to-be unemployed workers of the Trump Taj Mahal casino, accusing their union of inciting them to destroy their own jobs by participating in the longest strike by Atlantic City's main casino workers union. Icahn told the workers that officials of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union knew that the company had made its final offer, but rejected it anyway, knowing a strike would result.
  • The union vote: Trump wants to make it Republican

    07/28/2016 4:36:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN's GANT News ^ | July 28, 2016 | CNN
    Donald Trump likes to tout his “tremendous support” among union members. “Workers love me,” he says. Union leaders are clearly worried. They have been out in force at the Democratic National Convention, rallying around Hillary Clinton. On Monday, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka declared Clinton is a “champion of working people” and cast Trump as a rich guy who “outsourced America’s jobs to line his own pockets.” Most of the large unions — AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, UAW and teachers groups — are supporting Clinton and donating big to her campaign. Unions are among her top donors, according to OpenSecrets.org. In contrast,...
  • DNC Hack: For The Love Of God, Don’t Talk About Common Core

    07/27/2016 7:58:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 26, 2016 | Blake Neff
    Leaked emails in the recent Democratic National Committee (DNC) Wikileaks hack reveal that DNC officials view Common Core as a political “third rail” and want party members to avoid talking about it. Well, sometimes, at least. The remarks were made by DNC deputy communications director Eric Walker while discussing a planned video that would denounced the GOP as hostile to teachers. Walker was highly critical of a part of the video that would mention Common Core, and said it had to go at all costs. “Common Core is a political third rail that we should not be touching at all....
  • Pittsburgh police chief among primetime speakers on Day 2 of DNC

    07/26/2016 9:41:42 AM PDT · by surroundedbyblue · 17 replies
    WPXI Pittsburgh ^ | 07/26/2016
    Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay will be one of the primetime speakers at Tuesday's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He's expected to speak sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., after former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. McLay will be followed by actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president on the TV show 'Scandal.' According to a release by Mayor Bill Peduto's office, McLay will speak about Pittsburgh's efforts to adopt the best practices on community policing. Pittsburgh is one of six cities nationwide participating in the U.S. Department of Justice's National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Mayor...
  • Big Labor Makes The Case For Hillary Over Trump

    07/26/2016 7:35:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/26/2016 | Connor D. Wolf
    National union leaders made the case Monday for why Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton is a better choice over Republican nominee Donald Trump. National unions have overwhelmingly endorsed Clinton with many warning Trump would be disastrous for worker rights. The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the National Education Association, AFSCME, among others within the labor movement voiced their support for her at the the Democratic National Convention. “We need a president that wants to raise wages instead of one that thinks wages are too high and doesn’t even think there should be a federal minimum wage,” SEIU International...
  • Largest federal employee union applauds Clinton pick of Senator Tim Kaine as running mate

    07/23/2016 1:58:12 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | July 22, 2016 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    IMPORTANT:This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, sent to others using government equipment, or sent to anyone while in a government building because it involves election related activity.WASHINGTON – In response to the announcement that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has selected U.S. Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:“While representing Virginia in the U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine has been a vocal advocate for government workers and the programs we deliver to the American public. Like Hillary...
  • De Blasio angers UFT with latest relaxation of school discipline

    07/22/2016 12:39:39 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 21, 2016 | Selim Algar
    The de Blasio administration rolled out new set of relaxed disciplinary reforms for schoolchildren on Thursday that even managed to roil a recent ally, the head of the teachers union. Along with the Department of Education, de Blasio announced a total ban on suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade claiming the current disciplinary tactics disproportionately affect students of color and those with disabilities.
  • NEA for Hillary email

    07/21/2016 11:12:53 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 32 replies
    email | 21 July 2016 | Lily Eskelsen García
    [Wife's name], I just finished watching Donald Trump's speech tonight. He's trying so hard to convince people he's a statesman. But I'm not fooled by what I just heard, and no one who works in education should be, either. It's more obvious than ever that this man has a dangerous, disturbing vision of America. That he's committed to dividing us, cultivating fear, and exploiting frustration. Tonight, Donald Trump showed exactly why we can't afford to let him near the White House. If you agree, add your name to our list of educators ready to keep Trump out of the...
  • Philadelphia police union slams Hillary Clinton over choice of speakers at convention

    07/21/2016 7:51:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 7/21/2016 | Dave Boyer
    Philadelphia’s police union is blasting Hillary Clinton for inviting relatives of victims of police shootings to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, but failing to include relatives of slain police officers. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said the union was “shocked and saddened” by the planned choice of speakers at the convention, which opens Monday in Philadelphia.
  • Union Contract Delivers Five-Year Salary Freeze for State's Teacher of the Year

    07/18/2016 8:49:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In May, the state Department of Education named Tracy Horodyski as Michigan’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. But Horodyski, who has 16 years of classroom experience teaching at Kenowa Hills Public Schools in Kent County, won’t see any salary raise coming from the school district, due to a provision in her union contract. Like all Michigan teachers union contracts, the one at Kenowa Hills bases an individual's salary on just two criteria – the number of educational credentials acquired and years of service. The Kenowa Hills Public Schools teachers contract has 28 seniority-based pay tiers or "steps." There is generally...
  • The FAA Reauthorization Is a Big Government Gift to Unions

    07/14/2016 7:46:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2016 | Terry Schilling
    A new bill in the House of Representatives, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), seeks to “privatize” the air traffic control system, which would strip oversight away from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and create a new, private, non-profit corporation to oversee air traffic control (ATC) operations.On the surface, this bill might sound like a good idea. But the word “privatize” is a misnomer. Instead of fixing legitimate problems with the FAA, the AIRR Act would overhaul the entire ATC system and replace a bureaucracy that is currently accountable to Congress with...
  • Philly airport workers vote to strike during the DNC

    07/13/2016 3:11:30 PM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies
    philly.com ^ | July 13, 2016 | Jane M. Von Bergen
    Baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, airplane cleaners, and other workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to walk off their jobs in protest during the Democratic National Convention this month, according to a union that wants to organize them. The workers are seeking better scheduling, clarity on sick pay, a more predictable disciplinary system, and to be able to unionize. The vote, which took place at the airport, was 461-5 in favor of striking out of 500 on shift Tuesday participating. The workers, who number about 1,000, work for subcontractors hired by various airlines.
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    09/05/2011 12:54:37 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 37 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | Real Clear Politics Video
    Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.
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    10/13/2011 8:04:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2011 | John Ransom
    Fred Gegare, who is challenging Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa in elections this month to head up the transport union, says that Hoffa and the US government are colluding to control the union by the use of intimidation. If true, the allegations could mean that 50 years of work trying to rid unions of mob influence has come to an end.  Hoffa and the Justice Department, says Gegare, have abused a decades-old consent decree, “which was once used to remove mobsters two decades ago, [but] is now being used to target [Hoffa’s] critics” through a “rogue investigative unit set up by...
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    10/15/2011 6:11:54 AM PDT · by radioone
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2011 | Marvin Folkertsma
    The ink was barely dry on the asterisk in Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.'s rant about taking out those "son-of-a-b*tches" -- referring to Tea Party members -- when the vice president made his own contribution at a Labor Day rally. "This is a fight for the existence of organized labor," the veep shouted. "You are the only ones who can stop the barbarians at the gate!" And the diatribes have continued with the establishment of a website designed to track unfair comments made by those who, in President Obama's words, want to "cripple" America. Congresswoman Maxine Waters' snippet about telling the Tea...